New Order to curate Live From Jodrell Bank gig

Johnny Marr will also perform beneath the Manchester observatory

New Order will play and curate a day of music from Manchester’s Jodrell Bank.

The series see bands perform beneath the Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire. New Order will headline the event, and the band have also enlisted Johnny Marr, The Whip, ex Bad Lieutenant man Jake Evans and Hot Vestry to play on July 7, 2013.

New Order’s Stephen Morris said: “Playing at Jodrell Bank is going to be really exciting. I grew up not far from there, and I remember riding my bike over to it all the time when I was a little lad. I saw The Flaming Lips play there and they was brilliant. Really special. We’re going to try to do something special too, but we’re not telling you what! I do plan to take my life-size Dalek and Cyberman up there for the weekend at the very least.”

Earlier this year, it was announced that Sigur Ros will also headline Jodrell Bank this summer. Before the gig, ticket-holders will be able to take part in science experiments and workshops at the site’s Discovery Centre. The band will also project visuals onto the 76 metre-long telescope – which is one of the most powerful radio telescopes in the world and has been used by astronomers to explore outer space since 1957.

Elbow and The Flaming Lips have previously taken part in the Jodrell Bank events, which aim to marry science and music. For more information on the series, visit