Preview: Live at Jodrell Bank 2013

By on Tuesday, 12th February 2013 at 9:30 am

All you science types, have I got a feast for the mind for you. Take the world-leading facilities of the Jodrell Bank Observatory, and then stick some star-shattering speakers around the site. Presto, you’ve got the makings of one of the kookiest and yet family-friendly festivals you’ll come by any day. In 2011, Live at Jodrell Bank played host to the cornucopia of psychedelia that is Wayne Coyne’s Flaming Lips, alongside the kings of the music video OK Go and maritime doubleheader British Sea Power and Wave Machines.

While 2012 was cut short due to poor weather, seeing punters miss out on headline act Paul Weller on the Sunday, the first day again proved that the atmosphere when you gather a bunch of like-minded people around a big telescope is difficult to beat. Elbow did their thing in 2012 on the Saturday, and Guy Garvey said the festival was ‘a dream come true’: “All the thrills of space exploration for a band of the Star Wars generation, plus some pretty amazing cold war era hardware. Thanks to everyone who stood in the rain right through to the end, you made it the best gig ever!… ooooooh Jodrellites”

With that in mind, 2013 is set to be another triumphant year under the shadow of the Jodrell Bank telescope. The event will be held this year during the last weekend of August. Reykjavík-born soundscapers Sigur Ros will be looking to go stratospheric with their Friday 30th August headline set at this year’s festival. Drawing from six albums worth of material, it’s sure to be a night which will have thousands of onlookers gazing to the stars with joy.

Tickets are priced at a formidable £35 each and are available here now. Watch the Jodrell Bank preview below.


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