Jodrell Bank Observatory

Bluedot Festival Reviews

Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd July 2018

Jodrell Bank Observatory in Macclesfield

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Bluedot Festival reviews

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Review of Bluedot Festival

Overall rating: 5 Verified review

An excellent festival, full of good vibes due to the location, the lovely family atmosphere, unique programme and great food. Seeing Orbital there this year was a real highlight. I hope they can keep booking such quality acts in future so we can make a weekend of it.

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Review of Bluedot Festival

Overall rating: 3 Verified review

Ok but no markets & food astonishingly expensive

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Overall rating: 4.5 Verified review

I took my space-mad 10 year old to Bluedot, lured by fantastic music and tons of science in an awe-inspiring setting. Neither of us were disappointed - it's simply the best all-round festival we've been to. Brilliant line-up and a wide range of informative and interesting science talks and workshops, suitable for all ages and experience levels. Really friendly atmosphere (staff, volunteers and fellow festival-goers were all lovely). Great range of food and drink providers. My only criticism is of the camping facilities - too few washing facilities to serve the number of campers, and worst of all, no showers, unless you wanted to pay 25 a day for Club Class shower and toilet facilities (together with hairdryers, mirrors and straighteners). I don't - I just want a warm shower a couple of times over the weekend. I don't mind paying a couple of quid (most other reasonable-sized festivals provide for free), but the choice of Club Class or nothing was a bit of a joke. So we stayed grubby and did the wetwipe wash. Otherwise, it was brilliant.

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Overall rating: 4 Verified review

Great music and venue but 40 for a shower

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Fab Friendly Festival

Overall rating: 4.5 Verified review

I went on Saturday. Wow, what a massive variety of stuff to see, hear and do, for all ages. Great talks but a shame I couldn't get into the Dark Web talk, it was solid packed at the door so couldn't even stand at the back. [ORGANISERS - I suspect every seat wasn't taken and that there was room to stand around the sides; there should have been some stewards moving people around so more could enjoy the talk.]
It's a shame that all the food and drink was so expensive, it spoiled the day a bit for me. Particular highlights for me: Radiophonic Workshop, Chris Lintott, the telescope, the weather, the atmosphere. Well done guys!

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Review of Bluedot Festival

Overall rating: 4.5 Verified review

Excellent festival, very family friendly with science activities geared towards not only adults, but ~7yrs onwards too.

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Review of Bluedot Festival

Overall rating: 4 Verified review

One of the best festivals I've attended. Really well laid out, compact, toilets clean and well maintained. The sound on all stages was crystal clear. Haven't done so much dancing in years!!

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Review of Bluedot Festival

Overall rating: 4.5 Verified review

Only went for one day, will go all weekend next year! My friends and I all loved it, as did our children whose ages ranged from 2-9

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Review of Bluedot Festival

Overall rating: 5 Verified review

Geekcellent festival, went for the day this year but will go for the weekend next year

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Review of Bluedot Festival 2017

Overall rating: 4 Verified review

Family friendly festival which lots of interesting science-y things going on as well as music. Very relaxed and friendly. Sound from main stage not fantastic but the setting is great with the Lovell telescope lit up above you. Camp sites were good, toilets did not get as bad as they could have! SIte is a nice size, not too big but enough to keep you occupied. Orbital were absolutely awesome - so good to have them back. I would recommend this festival for families or for your first festival.

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Review of Bluedot Festival

Overall rating: 5 Verified review

Fantastic, friendly atmosphere, great acts, tickets great value

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Review of Bluedot Festival

Overall rating: 4 Verified review

Great, definitely be coming back

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Review of Bluedot Festival

Overall rating: 4.5

Great festival with a good variety of artists and science, all the bands seemed to fit so well with the 'theme' of the festival, the atmosphere was chilled and friendly. Had an awesome time, providing they can do as good a job with the line up next year, I'll be back.

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Review of Bluedot Festival

Overall rating: 4 Verified review

A perfect mix of science for geeks and kids plus music for parents or non parents. Lovely friendly atmosphere - not enough crazies to worry the straights/kids. Quiet enough to sleep even when camped near Oatopia!
More drainage and toilets please, (though could have been worse).
Not enough equipment led to too much queueing for scheduled things inside the festival plus poor queue management (though this did improve).
Better traffic management needed for arrival, especially with the flower show nearby. Signage on the roads for example could start as far away as Preston.
Had a blast though, as did the 11yr old son with me, will rave about it to friends. Thank you.

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Bluedot Festival - out of this world!

Overall rating: 4.5

What an amazing venue, and the satellite as a backdrop made this a unique experience. The choice of artists went well with the place, and it didn't feel like a variation on a theme, as many festivals do now. I went without my kids, but will take them next time as it seemed very family orientated. The staff throughout the event were all really friendly, which is rare!

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Review of Bluedot Festival

Overall rating: 5

A beautiful festival set in an amazing location right beneath Jodrell Bank Telescope, with a diverse selection of music ranging from Jean Michel Jarre and Underworld through to Steve Davis DJ'ing and a solo performance from Stone Rose guitarist Aziz Ibrahim. With many creative displays and imaginative productions based up science, nature and space. The Be One performance was a truly lovely highlight. Good music and good people.

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Review of Bluedot Festival

Overall rating: 5 Verified review

Bluedot was a lot of fun and a lot of physical and mental effort. The program of music mixed with talks, science demos and other forms of entertainment kept me busy the whole time. The addition of the small Roots stage as a chill-out option was a good idea for when energy was running low. The food and drink offerings were excellent and not overpriced - I'd expect the same prices from any street-food vendors; the only thing that was missing was fruit. How did I live without the roast pork steamed dumplings from Dim Sun Su before this event? I'd also like to say that the pre-event magazine was a great idea but I only found mine completely by accident wandering around Manchester one afternoon - I would have liked to receive one automatically as a ticket holder but I suppose by then I was a captive audience. For the first time a festival of this size has been run everything seemed to go very smoothly indeed but there are a few things that could be finessed for next time.
1) the toilets and showers ( free and paid for) were simply not good enough. In particular the paid for showers and loos in the campsite ( advertised as 'luxury') were very below par compared to other festivals such as Latitude. The design was cramped and old fashioned leading to persistent uncleanliness and the staff were less than pro-active at keeping the facilities up to a basic standard. I was a campsite user from Friday to Monday morning and , despite paying for these 'luxuries', they were unavailable to me from 11 pm on the last night. This is just NOT ACCEPTABLE - people were still out clubbing until gone 2 am and if you stayed to the last note of the headline act you couldn't go to the loo with any form of confidence.
2) Post 11pm there needs to be more on offer than just DJs - there was a bit of comedy on Saturday night and it was very welcome.
3) It would have been nice if there had been an area in the campsite for people who wanted to sleep rather than bellow with their mates loudly for hours with a boombox. Full days at the festival paying attention to particle physics are exhausting enough and we needed some sleep.
4) They need to take a bit more care with the timing of various artists - the bass from the Orbit tent was seriously interfering with my enjoyment of Jean-Michel Jarre.
5) I thought the ban on camping chairs was silly and I also noticed it was relaxed as the weekend went on. Not everyone attending will be perfectly fit in their 20s and there really weren't enough seats for everyone who wanted one in the main arena. I am pretty fit but I have arthritic hips and need not to be sat on the floor - particularly a spongy field - for more than a few minutes.
6) the signage needed to be better when we left the festival in order to get to the car. I and my partner arrived pretty much as the festival gates opened and parked in the first open section of car park but when we left before 6 am on Monday morning our path back to that car park was obscured my a host of other parked cars and when we had wandered through these in the general direction of the first car park our path was blocked by fences - they need to split and sign each section of car park and put signs up to guide you back to where your car is so that you can get home.
7) The Orbit tent needs to ban smoking. It IS an enclosed space and it was immensely irritating to be in there with very many people smoking cigarettes, roll-ups, the full gamut of Vape stinks and w**d. I felt soiled by the experience.
But the festival was great - Girl Sweat Pleasure Temple Ritual certainly opened my eyes, Mercury Rev turn out to be more of a rock band than you would ever imagine and I'd gladly see Public Service Broadcasting every day of the week,

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Review of Bluedot Festival

Overall rating: 5 Verified review

Great first festival at the site well organised with a good mix of music talks and environment. The arboretum was a real treat.

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Review of Bluedot Festival

Overall rating: 5 Verified review

Fantastic

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Review of Bluedot Festival

Overall rating: 4.5 Verified review

Overall the festival was enjoyable and well organised. The food outlets were excellent as were the beer tents. Maybe there could be additional installations to lessen the 1 hour 45 minutes we queued on Sunday for admission to the Luminarium. The entrance fee of 49.50 should include a programme without the additional expense of 10. however, my main issue was the ticket for the carpark: I bought 2 tickets online for my partner (who lives elsewhere) and myself and my partner took care of the tickets. A friend informed me that her tickets had arrived in the post , which included a carpark ticket. My partner said there were only 2 festival tickets but no carpark ticket and so I bought a carpark ticket online from Skiddle. However, we realised almost immediately that the blue shaped card was the carpark ticket and I quickly informed Skiddle of my mistake- a refund is a long time materialising. There is NO INDICATION on the blue shaped card that it is the carpark ticket.

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Adult Weekend Camping Release 1
16 or older. Includes camping within standard campsites with entry from 2pm Fri 20th July 2018.
£168.25
(£159.00 + bf)
11-15yrs Weekend Camping
Includes camping from 2pm Fri 20th July. All under 16s must camp in same area as parent/guardian.
£85.75
(£79.00 + bf)
6-10yrs Weekend Camping
Includes camping from 2pm Fri 20th July. All under 16s must camp in same area as parent/guardian.
£27.50
(£25.00 + bf)
Under 5yrs Weekend Camping
Includes camping from 2pm Fri 20th July. All under 16s must camp in same area as parent/guardian.
£0.00
Live-in Vehicle (7x5 Meter Pitch)
Motorhome Ticket
Valid only for live in vehicles, cars are not permitted in the live in vehicle field, unless towing
£87.50
(£79.00 + bf)
Caravan Ticket
Valid only for live in vehicles, cars are not permitted in the live in vehicle field, unless towing
£87.50
(£79.00 + bf)
Vehicles
Weekend Camping Car Park Pass
Required for all vehicles inc motorbikes. Purchase in advance to speed up entry and save money.
£22.00
(£20.00 + bf)
Weekend NOT Camping Car Park Pass
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£22.00
(£20.00 + bf)
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