History of Live from Jodrell Bank History

Live from Jodrell Bank are a series of shows launched in 2011 at Jodrell Bank Observatory. Bringing together amazing performances from esteemed musical artists and featuring science activities and workshops has made for a new chapter in live music experiences.

History of Live From Jodrell Bank:

Transmission 001 headlined by the Flaming Lips was awarded Best Outdoor Event 2011 at the national Event Awards recognising innovation in events. With a support bill of British Sea Power, OKGO & Wave Machines it was a day of continuous musical delights. The newly completed visitors centre opened it’s doors to the crowds who ecstatically chanted “Science, Science, Science” at Jodrell Bank Scientist Tim O’Brien as he played the sounds of pulsars from the main stage.

To celebrate the opening of the Live From Jodrell Bank the Lovell Telescope was used as a 76 Meter projection screen and featured an epic sequence exploring the history of the Jodrell Bank site. Jaws dropped and the formula was set and The Transmissions Series.

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.

Mercury prize winners Elbow curated the line up which was to feature two acts that would become Mercury nominated themselves later that year. Field Music and Lianne La Havas performed afternoon sets and Lianne was joined on stage for a duet with Willy Mason who had opened the musical entertainment, flying in from the states especially for 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…

“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


History of The Lovell Telescope:

For over 50 years the giant Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank has been a familiar feature of the Cheshire landscape and an internationally renowned landmark in the world of astronomy.

Since the summer of 1957 it has been quietly probing the depths of space, a symbol of our wish to understand the universe in which we live. Even now, it remains one of the biggest and most powerful radio telescopes in the world, spending most of its time investigating cosmic phenomena which were undreamed of when it was conceived.

The Lovell Telescope is named after its creator, and the first Director of Jodrell Bank, Sir Bernard Lovell, who died in 2012 at the age of 98.

Since it was completed in 1957, it has stared into space, its giant dish collecting radio waves from the depths of space. When it was built it was the world’s largest radio telescope. It is still the third largest steerable radio telescope and, after several major upgrades, it is more capable than ever.

Jodrell Bank’s recent achievements include the discovery of the first double pulsar. An orbiting pair of dead stars, this has provided the best-ever test of Einstein’s theory of gravity, General Relativity, showing that he is at least 99.95% correct!


History of Jodrell Bank:

The Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics is the astronomical research centre of the University of Manchester and operates e-MERLIN, the UK’s national radio astronomy facility. 

Jodrell Bank is a world leader in radio astronomy-related research and technology development but also carries out research across the electromagnetic spectrum and in theoretical topics.

The observatory was established in 1945 by Sir Bernard Lovell, who wanted to investigate cosmic rays after his work on radar during the Second World War. It has since played an important role in the research of meteors, quasars, pulsars, masers and gravitational lenses, and was heavily involved with the tracking of space probes at the start of the Space Age.

The observatory is a place of learning, teaching and research for the many engineers, astronomers and students who develop and use the radio telescopes there.

The Discovery Centre works alongside the Observatory to educate visitors about the research and the live science that is carried out by the Jodrell Bank team.