The nerdiest festival
These days, music festivals are ten a penny. In summer, even more so. But the ones combining pop with scientific experiments? That’s a different matter. Bluedot (6, 7 and 8 July in Cheshire, United Kingdom) has opted for this curious format, resulting in an event that would make Sheldon Cooper very excited indeed. A regular attendee at Comic-Con in San Diego (California), here the star of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ wouldn’t need to wear fancy dress. He could go as himself, a simple scientist since this festival blends music, art and other kinds of cultural expression with science and space exploration. Between concerts you can go and watch live experiments, for example. Next to the stage, which this year will be hosting artists like Alt-J, Orbital and The Pixies, stands the giant Lovell telescope. The telescope is part of the Jodrell Bank astronomic observatory and has become the iconic symbol of Bluedot, held for the first time last summer.
Bluedot is named after the Pale Blue Dot, the famous photo taken by the Voyager space probe in 1990, whose name astronomer Carl Sagan (1934-1996) also used for one of his books. In the picture, the Earth appears as a tiny dot of light from more than 6 billion kilometres away. Sagan used this image to write one of his most famous texts: “Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us”. A tiny speck in the universe where there’s space for everything. For a music and science festival too. Long live the nerds!