Space Rocks: Band Arcane Roots joins set of new space and music event

One of the most exciting and innovative live bands to come out of the UK in recent years, the trio will be exclusively performing a unique synth set


One of the most exciting and innovative live bands to come out of the UK in recent years Arcane Roots, will be performing a unique synth set exclusively at Space Rocks, an incredible live show that unites space with the art, music and culture it inspires. Space Rocks, which is in association with the European Space Agency (ESA), will be taking place at the indigo at The O2 in London on 22 April and hosted by Dallas Campbell.

Arcane Roots, who have been compared to the likes of Biffy Clyro, Sigur Rós and Radiohead, will be joining a plethora of stars including the Discovery Channel’s Meteorite Men Geoff Notkin and Steve Arnold, musical polymath and former Ash guitarist Charlotte Hatherley, Lonely Robot, bestselling science-fiction author Alastair Reynolds, Rosetta comet-lander project scientist Dr Matt Taylor, astrophysicist Dr Maggie Lieu and  ESA astronaut Tim Peake.

“We’re extremely proud and very excited to be playing a special set at the first-ever Space Rocks on 22 April. Having visited the European Space Agency (ESA) recently, we potentially have some more collaborations with them soon and hopefully, it’s the beginning of a very cool relationship,” says Arcane Roots’ Andrew Groves. “We can’t wait to see what we can do together and for people to hear what we have in store.”

Twin V Ltd director and Space Rocks co-founder Alexander Milas, adds: “Space Rocks is a celebration of our innately human fascination with the stars, and that’s reflected in so many different areas of culture – the addition of Arcane Roots’ truly mesmerising and cosmic take on music is hugely exciting to us, and we can’t wait to see the unique set they have planned for us. And as for the truly excellent Meteorite Men and Aereolite Meteorites joining us in the Space Lounge, well, we couldn’t have Space Rocks without space rocks, could we?”

Arcane Roots, Charlotte Hatherley and Lonely Robot will lead the Space Rocks Live session, while Session One and Session Two will take the form of a Space Academy and Science Fiction vs Space Fact, respectively:

Session One (12.30pm – 2.30pm) – Space Academy

Perfect for children (and their families), this session will feature demonstrations and discussions by ESA scientists, engineers and friends, including British ESA astronaut Tim Peake, astrophysicist Dr Maggie Lieu, Antarctic medical researcher Dr. Beth Healey and Rosetta comet-lander project scientist Dr Matt Taylor. From the most recent developments in space science to what is currently occupying the great minds of space exploration, this is an opportunity to get answers to those unanswered questions from the experts themselves. There will also be a rocket-design competition for the under-16s, with special space prizes to be won.

Session Two (3.30pm – 6pm) – Science Fiction vs. Space Fact

Science Fiction vs. Space Fact will look at popular portrayals of space and space exploration and see how they stack up next to the work being done every day, featuring ESA senior science advisor Professor Mark McCaughrean and science fiction bestseller Dr Alastair Reynolds, with more names soon to be announced.

Space Rocks takes place at the indigo at The O2 in London on Sunday 22 April. Book your tickets now! For updates follow Space Rocks on Twitter and Facebook

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