“Science has no frontier” – These words by Sir Bernard Lovell FRS are displayed on the wall of the Jodrell Bank Observatory, where each year nerds, geeks, music lovers, and people from all walks of life come together to celebrate the frontier-free nature of science and music at bluedot festival. With fun activities and science talks during the day and inspiring and jaw-droppingly good music in the afternoon and evenings, the festival catered to all in attendance.

bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

Seed performing at bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

Seed performing at bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

Rajastan Heritage Band performing at bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

Rajastan Heritage Band performing at bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

Diabel Cissokho performing at bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

Diabel Cissokho performing at bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

Flamingods performing at bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

Flamingods performing at bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

Ezra Furman and the Boyfriends performing at bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

Ezra Furman and the Boyfriends performing at bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

Moonlandingz performing at bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

Moonlandingz performing at bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

Monica Grady performing at bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

Monica Grady performing at bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

Sarah Bridie performing at bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

Sarah Bridie performing at bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

Sweat performing at bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

Sweat performing at bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

Plastic Mermaids performing at bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

Plastic Mermaids performing at bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

Gallops performing at bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

Gallops performing at bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

Darkroom performing at bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

Darkroom performing at bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

Shobaleader One performing at bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

Shobaleader One performing at bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

Leftfield performing at bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

Leftfield performing at bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

Pixies performing at bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

Pixies performing at bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

Pixies performing at bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

Pixies performing at bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

Leftfield performing at bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

Leftfield performing at bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

Bruno Spoerri performing at bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

Bruno Spoerri performing at bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

Alt-J performing at bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

Alt-J performing at bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

Algorave performing at bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

Algorave performing at bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

Latenight Tales performing at bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

Latenight Tales performing at bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Gunnar Mallon)

Throughout the weekend, everybody enjoyed the fantastic family-oriented atmosphere of a very special festival that not only opened our eyes to new music, but expanded our minds to new ideas about the world around us. bluedot festival struck a perfect chord of exciting scientific talks, comedy shows, and an incredible line-up of top notch music. Bring on bluedot 2018!

Read a full review of bluedot festival 2017 here: https://rockshot.co.uk/27827/live-bluedot-festival-jodrell-bank-observatory/

Photographs by Gunnar Mallon of bluedot festival 2017 at Jodrell Bank Observatory.

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