The award-winning Space Rocks is delighted to announce that even more popular science communicators and musical acts have joined the event to make it a day one will never forget. The recent additions include BBC Sky at Night presenter Chris Lintott, acclaimed violinist Anna Phoebe and one of the United Kingdom’s most innovative rock bands, Amplifier, as the first live acts for the evening’s space-inspired live music set.
Space Rocks once again takes over the indigo at The O2 on the 21 September 2019 for a day-long festival celebrating all things arts and science, which is also presented in association with the European Space Agency (ESA). Returning as the host is 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, Planetary scientist & BBC2’s Astronauts winner Suzie Imber and ESA rocket scientist Kate Underhill.
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Chris Lintott’s career and honours speak for themselves – a Professor of Astrophysics in the Department of Physics at the University of Oxford, a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, co-author of Bang! – The Complete History of the Universe with Patrick Moore and Queen guitarist and astrophysicist Brian May and host of one of the BBC’s most beloved space and astronomy show Sky At Night. Not only that, but he has been gifted many prestigious awards such as the prestigious Royal Society Kohn Award, Oxford Internet Institute Internet and Society Award, and the Beatrice M. Tinsley Prize from the American Astronomical Society – and this is just a snapshot of his incredible contribution to space exploration and science.
Anna Phoebe is an acclaimed violinist and composer as she looks to bring an artistic point of view to the discussion. As a performer, Anna has toured throughout the world, both as a solo artist and with multi-platinum selling bands including Roxy Music and Jethro Tull. One of her more recent projects Between Worlds is a music and science collaboration and her first choral and ensemble piece. It incorporates a 40-minute work for choir, solo violin, string ensemble, synthesiser and percussion, written in response to spectacular visual imagery provided by the research at the School of BioSciences, University of Kent. Between Worlds uses electronic soundscapes created from field recordings from the BioScience laboratories. The research is funded by Cancer Research UK.
Genre-defying Amplifier has been described as progressive rock, space rock, psychedelic rock and alternative rock just to name a few. One thing we do know is that this is a band that do not sit still, always innovating and pushing the boundaries of their music and their listeners. Sci-fi and science fanatics, since their debut EP “The Astronaut Dismantles HAL” was released in 1999 (a reference to the film 2001: A Space Odyssey) they have released six albums and three more EPs and continue to play festivals and headline shows to their fanatical fan base through Europe and beyond.
Space Rocks’ inaugural bash 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. 2019 is an incredibly important year in exploration; everyone can be excited by the events of the past and the future. Space Rocks will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first-ever Moon landing, Apollo 11, as well as looking onward to humans’ return to the Moon, a first-time human visit to Mars and what is beyond the Solar System. The panel will also contemplate what space science can do in tackling the problems on Earth, such as the climate crisis.
Space Rocks is an event that will last all day long and consists of three separate sessions. These sessions will feature lively talks and presentations for kids of all ages in the Space Academy, thought-provoking debate in Space Lab and conclude with Space Rocks Live – a very special live gig of cosmic proportions, with further details to be announced nearer the time.