Sigur Ross to headline celestial spectacular…

Following in the footsteps of The Flaming Lips and Elbow, the latest band to play Jodrell Bank Observatory is non-other than Icelandic stars Sigur Ross.

Following in the footsteps of The Flaming Lips and Elbow, the latest band to play Jodrell Bank Observatory is non-other than Icelandic stars Sigur Ross. Following scientific lectures, workshops and experiments throughout the day, the band are set to headline the show in the shadow of the iconic Lovell telescope.

The 76 meter telescope has been exploring the depths of space since its construction in 1957 and to this date remains one of the largest and most powerful radio-telescopes in the world, observing cosmic phenomena that had never even been dreamt of when the project was first conceived. On Friday 30th August however, it will become home to stunning visuals and lasers as Sigur Ross take to the stage coupling  their internationally acclaimed self styled music with a spectacular sonnet lumiere.

Previous shows have been cited by Wayne Coyne and Guy Garvey of the Flaming Lips and Elbow respectively; as being among the most amazing they have ever played, marrying the picturesque Cheshire landscape with space, science, fireworks extravaganzas and some of the finest bands to have graced not only earth, but the cosmos. For those of you who are aware of Sigur Ross’ six ambient/ post rock albums, you should be able to see how their elegant sound lends itself to an intergalactic extravaganza of light and sound and this is a concert not to be missed.

Before the band from Rekjavik begin to wow crowds in the evening, patrons will have the chance to delve into the scientific work carried out at the Manchester University run observatory, with the ticket price including a range of hands-on and interactive experiments, as well as admission into the on-sight discovery centre, where visitors can learn about the wonders of the Universe, or become part of the resurgence in stargazing.

“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 right through to the end, you made it the best gig ever!… ooooooh Jodrellites”

Guy Garvey, Elbow

“to stand here in the symbolic shadow of this great achievement I think is the greatest place to be on all of planet Earth right now.”

Wayne Coyne, Flaming Lips



With ‘Transmission 001’ Headlined by the Flaming Lips and backed up by a stellar line-up of British Sea Power, OKGO and Wave Machines, the event snatched the award for Best Outdoor Event 2011 as Jodrell opened it’s newly completed vistor centre to the public for the first time.

‘Transmission 002’ saw an emotional and unique homecoming gig for much loved Manchester band Elbow. Selling out in a matter of minutes the 10,000 strong crowd were treated to a set full of greatest hits as well as some rarely performed album tracks.

The Mercury prize winning artists put together a strong list of support acts, with Lianne La Havas being joined onstage by Willy Mason for a duet, following his earlier performance at the show.

The event won best extra activity at the 2012 UK Festival Awards for the extreme creativity of the Science activity at the event. A live link up to an observatory in Chile, a Mars Rover Prototype, mathematical origami, more 76 meter high projections entertained all in another stunning day out at Live Form Jodrell Bank.

2013 will see more award winning entertainment and learning experiences. Be part of making history among the stars with future Transmissions in 2013…”


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