Space Rocks: Famed actor Jason Isaacs is confirmed as host and panelist

Jason Isaacs will join the likes of Tim Peake, Lucy Hawking, Paul Franklin and more for a day of stellar amusement


The award-winning Space Rocks is delighted to announce that renowned actor of stage and screen Jason Isaacs will be joining as a host and panellist on 21 September 2019. The award-winning actor and producer, whose film credits include Harry Potter, Hotel Mumbai, London Fields, the Death of Stalin and Armageddon will be presenting Space Academy, the day’s opening kids’ session, which will be followed by an appearance at the day’s second session, The Space Lab – a collection of panel discussions covering everything from the climate crisis to the future of space exploration. Isaacs will be joining Mark McCaughrean, co-founder of Space Rocks and ESA’s Senior Advisor for Science and Exploration for a deep-dive on the relationship between science and science fiction on a panel entitled Space: Stranger than Fiction, which should be a fascinating insight into the cutting edge of humanity’s ongoing race for space.

With only a few days left until the event, be sure to get your tickets now by clicking here.

Jason Isaacs has been involved in some of the best-loved fantasy and sci-fi franchises ever. A Death Eater, Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies, star of The OA, Captain Gabriel Lorca in Star Trek Discovery, voice of The Grand Inquisitor in the animated series Star Wars Rebels, Lex Luthor in DC Comics Justice League: Gods and Monsters, and currently the voice of skekSo (The Emperor) leader of the Skeksis in the acclaimed Netflix/Jim Henson production The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance these, as well as a plethora of other films, TV series, theatre productions and blockbuster video games gives Jason a unique insider perspective on how the creative talents of these films bring them to life.

Space Rocks returns to indigo at The O2 on the 21 September 2019. A day-long festival of space exploration presented in association with the European Space Agency (ESA), is broken into three sections. Session one and two will once again be hosted by renowned science broadcaster Dallas Campbell, who will be introducing some of the most inspirational and talented people from the worlds of space exploration, art, music, and film for a unique celebration of the great beyond. Already confirmed for the event are ESA astronaut Tim Peake, double Oscar and Bafta award winner, VFX guru Paul Franklin, planetary scientist & BBC2’s Astronauts winner Suzie Imber, ESA rocket scientist Kate Underhill, BBC Sky at Night presenter Chris Lintott, award-winning science author Lucy Hawking, star of Amazon Prime Video’s The Expanse Dominique Tipper, ESA space robot engineer Shahrzad Timman, renowned author and journalist Sue Nelson, climate scientist Tamsin Edwards and ESA senior scientist Mark McCaughrean.

Session Three is all about live music. Headliners Anathema will be playing a one-off set in collaboration with globally celebrated Somerset House resident multimedia artist Kristina Pulejkova, creating previously unseen visuals from the European Space Agency’s archives. Anathema founder and lead singer Vincent Cavanagh is developing a special set-list for the show that will dove-tail with Kristina’s visuals. The genre-defying Amplifier, cosmic rockers Voyager will also perform in Session Three, while acclaimed violinist and composer Anna Phoebe will premiere a new work titled “Between Worlds: There Is No Planet B” in Session Two.

Space Rocks’ inaugural bash in 2018 saw it winning Event Of The Year at the Prog Music Awards and was also nominated by the British Interplanetary Society for a Sir Arthur Clarke award – both hugely prestigious honours. In 2019, the world and indeed Space Rocks will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, as well as considering our next giant leaps, from new robotic and human missions to the Moon, onwards to Mars and the rest of the solar system. We’ll also be exploring the crucial role that space science has to play in tackling the climate crisis and other challenges facing us on our home planet.

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