The Guardian festival blog: Bluedot festival review – Gary Numan makes waves at science-pop mashup | Music

Bluedot is like many UK music festivals: it offers artists and DJs, truckloads of glitter, street food, kids pulled around in wagons and so on. But it’s also entirely different. Rather than add tokenistic science bits to suit its environment – Jodrell Bank in Cheshire is home to the world’s third-largest steerable radio telescope – Bluedot has made science integral to its output in the form of talks, workshops and interactive stalls. It’s a place where people flaunt their geek bona fides, dressing as Stormtroopers or Star Trek characters. Here, wormholes and quantum biology are topics devoured as heartily as the various genres of music. One bit of Portaloo graffiti simply reads: “science”.

As for the music, Hot Chip frontman Alexis Taylor’s opening set weaves between disco grooves, cosmic country and guitar noodling. He wears a plastic cowboy hat and offers a pleasingly disorientating start to a festival that seems…


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