bluedot-thumb Standing in the shadow of the Lovell Telescope, bluedot Festival returns for the second year. Over this balmy summer weekend, festival goers land at Jodrell Bank, (the Cheshire observatory at the cutting edge of humanity’s quest for knowledge), bluedot for a three day intergalactic journey of discovery that combines live music and science with artists, speakers, scientists and performers.


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A Time and Place And as we reflect on the centenary of the First World War, a powerful new music project featuring Mercury Prize folk artists Sam Lee, Rachel and Becky Unthank will receive its world premiere on Wednesday 17th September at Birmingham’s Town Hall.


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John Cooper Clarke His appearance is immediately striking and familiar. The birds-nest hair style, often compared to Bob Dylan ‘Blonde on Blond’ era.... but Bob with access to hair gel. His tall, fragile and skinny frame ambles on stage, swaying about, dressed in a very tight suit and drainpipe trousers. He could really have been a successful stand-up comic if he wished, he had me in stitches at times and I don’t usually laugh out-loud at stand-ups. Basically his act is a few poems, linked by jokes and banter (like Paul Merton he is very observational, seems to see strange connections everywhere and is constantly going off on tangents).


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