12:30pm Wednesday 28th August 2013
MUSIC, food and a party atmosphere are just some of the many attractions planned for Jodrell Bank this weekend as one of the country’s biggest bands comes to town.
A live music festival headlined by Iceland band Sigur Ros will mark the end of Jodrell Bank’s series of summer shows, which started on July 6 and will come to a grand finale this weekend.
The event on Friday and Saturday gives the general public the chance to explore the wonders of the universe and to find out why stargazing has enjoyed a massive resurgence in recent years.
Established in 1957, Jodrell Bank is the astronomical research centre of the University of Manchester and is a world leader in radio astronomy.
The Live From Jodrell Bank series sees some of the most innovative artists performing in this unique and dramatic setting behind the iconic Lovell telescope, marrying science and music and bringing the audience together.
Sigur Ros have released six studio albums, and with an expansive sound and gargantuan visual light show are the perfect band to immerse the audience and venue in their cinematic soundscapes.
Also performing will be the renowned Halle Orchestra. Established in 1858, the Halle was one of Britain’s first professional symphony orchestras.
Conductor Stephen Bell said: “It will be a huge pleasure to conduct the magnificent Halle in such a brilliant and unique setting as Jodrell Bank.
“We’ll play some of the most exciting music there is and nothing beats hearing a world-class symphony orchestra playing at the top of their game. It will be an unforgettable evening!”
Last year’s performers Elbow and The Flaming Lips said the shows were among the best performances they have played.
Elbow’s Guy Harvey said: “Jodrell was a dream come true. All the thrills of space exploration for a band of the Star Wars generation, plus some pretty amazing Cold War era hardware.
“Thanks to everyone who stood in the rain through to the end, you made it the best gig ever! Ooooooh Jodrellites”.
Tickets are £29.50, VIP Package £59.50, VIP Premium including three-course meal £150 and children 10 and under go free for a limited time.
Tickets are on sale at: livefromjodrellbank.com/ tickets.
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