Bluedot festival review: the final frontier of music
Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending Bluedot festival in Jordell Bank Cheshire.
Why is it called Bluedot you ask? Well, it’s a space themed festival named after the little blue dot we call home – earth! As this blog is named after luna (the moon) it was perfect for this gal.
Unlike many UK festivals, Bluedot had a mix of science talks and activities, as well as plenty of music and comedy.
It’s a 3 day festival running from Friday to Sunday night, although this year you could buy an extra evening ticket for the Thursday to see the Halle Orchestra performing the soundtrack to the BBC’s Blue Planet. I arrived on the Friday, fresh when the gates opened at 9am.
First impressions of Bluedot festival
Bluedot is a very easy festival!
It’s only a 45 minute drive away from where I’m based in Manchester. And the car park is close to the campsites so you don’t need to lug all your camping stuff very far. Plus, I got there early so the queues were minimal and security was quite chilled. Overall it took about 30 minutes to get in and set up in the campsite – that’s a record for a festival!
Once you’re in the festival, it continues to be a breeze. It’s not huge so you can easily walk around and find different stages (all suitably space themed). There’s phone signal so you can always get in contact with people there, although the other apps on my phone were slow to load. Queues at the bars were always very quick and there are plenty of toilets around (which are cleaned everyday so they aren’t too disgusting).
The festival had a really calm and relaxed atmosphere. The team obviously put in loads of effort to make it look amazing, from the giant floating earth, to the glowing mushrooms, the projections on the Lovell telescope, and the amount of bubbles that filled the air.
I would say that it’s generally aimed at people who are a bit older than typical festival goers, with most people being around 25-45. That said it doesn’t feel like an old festival at all – there’s so much energy buzzing around. Its family friendly so there was a number of young children around. Most parents gathered the kids up and led them around in a wagon.
Bluedot also has a big push on being eco-friendly; after all it’s celebrating the beautiful planet we live on. You’ll notice recycling bins, reuseable plastic cups and decompostable utensils instead of plastic.
Music at Bluedot festival
There’s a huge variety of music at Bluedot, but I would say it caters more towards the indie, electro and rock genres. If you love hip hop, dance or drum and bass it probably isn’t the festival for you.
This year the headliners were the Flaming Lips, the Chemical Brothers and Future Islands which didn’t disappoint. And the visuals projected onto the Lovell telescope made for an amazing addition to the music.
I had an all-round fantastic experience at Bluedot festival so it’s hard to pick my highlights. However, I would have to say discovering new music from the likes of Look Mum No Computer – a crazy scientist with a huge homemade synth – and Amber Arcades whose lad singer has possibly the most tingle inducing chilled out voice. Other favourites included watching The Chemical Brothers play their biggest hits, dancing to Crazy P in the sunshine, getting down to Afriquoi in the rain, and making new friends to enjoy a top weekend with.
Hope you enjoyed this review. Look out for my next festival review of Boomtown coming later on in August. It’s the 10th anniversary so it should be a good’un! Or read my guide to UK music festivals.
Have you ever been to Bluedot? What’s your favourite uk music festival?