bluedot late night: Max Cooper and MESH to premiere a unique A/V soundscape

The late-night program promises a host of international electronic artists, and world-exclusive A/V installations at the iconic Jodrell Bank Observatory.

By Manchester's Finest | 28 June 2023

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bluedot Festival, internationally recognised for its fusion of music, science, and cosmic culture, has prepared a ‘late night’ electronic music lineup, showcasing prominent electronic artists, exclusive A/V installations, and immersive parties at the iconic Jodrell Bank Observatory.

The weekend’s climax is undoubtedly the one-of-a-kind ambient A/V art piece created by Max Cooper and MESH. This world-premiere performance will feature the colossal 200-foot Lovell Telescope as its canvas, becoming an integral part of the festival’s landscape. This unique spectacle is set to follow an immersive 3D/AV show in the festival’s Orbit arena.

Ensuring the weekend closes with a bang, Annie Mac, legendary ex-Radio 1 DJ and the creative mind behind ‘Before Midnight’, will headline the Sunday night Closing Party.

Friday night sees a headlining performance from Leftfield, who are set to bring the sounds from their new album, ‘This Is What We Do.’ Lauded by critics, it features collaborations with poet Lemn Sissay and Grian Chatten of Fontaines D.C. Renowned for their immersive, bass-heavy electronica and visually captivating A/V shows, Leftfield’s performance promises to be an unforgettable experience. Underground music icon, David Holmes, also joins Friday’s late-night lineup, offering a genre-spanning set that is sure to intrigue.

Saturday evening’s performance schedule brings 2manydjs to the forefront. These electronic pioneers will close the Orbit arena, bringing the spirit of their influential album, ‘As Heard On Radio Soulwax Part 2,’ to life. Alongside 2manydjs, you can look forward to Erol Alkan, the creative force behind a slew of popular electronic music remixes and founder of the record label Phantasy.

Further bolstering bluedot’s late-night programme are Elkka, the acclaimed creator of BBC1’s ‘Essential Mix of the Year’ in 2021, and Future Utopia, the production project of Fraser T Smith, known for his collaborations with industry giants Stormzy, Adele, and Dave. His new single, ‘We Were We Still Are,’ featuring bluedot favourite Kae Tempest, is set to make its mark at the festival.

bluedot’s Festival Director Ben Robinson expressed his excitement, “We are delighted to reveal bluedot Late Night, an ambitious new late-night offering at the festival.” Robinson highlighted the significant collaboration with Max Cooper and MESH on the innovative projection piece on the Lovell Telescope, promising that this, alongside performances from 2manydjs, Elkka, Erol Alkan, and the Closing Party with Annie Mac, will make the late nights at bluedot 2023 truly extraordinary.

The multi-award-winning bluedot Festival, named both ‘Line-Up Of The Year’ at the UK Festival Awards and ‘Festival of the Year’ at the Live Awards, continues to push boundaries in curating immersive and transformative experiences. This year’s edition is set to maintain this tradition, hosting a line-up that reflects the festival’s expansive, eclectic spirit. Among the confirmed acts, audiences can look forward to Róisín Murphy, Django Django, and Black Country, New Road on Friday evening, and Pavement, Dry Cleaning, and Tinariwen on Saturday.

In a northern exclusive, the legendary Grace Jones will close the festival on Sunday, performing beneath the UNESCO World Heritage Site’s Lovell Telescope. Her performance will follow sets by Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers.

Day tickets for bluedot 2023 are currently on sale. To explore the full lineup and book, visit