Space Rocks returns to indigo at The O2 on the 21 September 2019.
The Award Winning Space Rocks presented in association with the European Space Agency
Announces more panellists and first music acts...
BBC Sky at Night presenter Chris Lintott
Acclaimed violinist and composer Anna Phoebe
Space rock stalwarts Amplifier
By Paul Davies.
Saturday 21 September - indigo at The O2
Tickets On Sale Now - https://spacerocksofficial.com/
Confirmed participants so far…
ESA astronaut Tim Peake
Planetary scientist & BBC2's Astronauts winner Suzie Imber
ESA rocket scientist Kate Underhill
and event host, BBC TV presenter Dallas Campbell
The award-winning Space Rocks is delighted to announce that BBC Sky at Night presenter Chris Lintott, acclaimed violinist Anna Phoebe and one of the UK's most innovative rock bands, Amplifier, as the first live acts for the evening's space-inspired live music set in the evening.
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), it 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, Planetary scientist & BBC2's Astronauts winner Suzie Imber and ESA rocket scientist Kate Underhill.
Tickets are available now from www.spacerocksofficial.com
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, host of the BBC’s renowned space and astronomy show Sky At Night and holder of multiple honours including 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 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. 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.
An all-day event consisting of three sessions, Space Rocks 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 to the time.
About Space Rocks: Launched in 2018 at indigo at The O2, Space Rocks has grown internationally and continues to build on its huge momentum with appearances at the Latitude Festival and at ESA’s own enormous Open Day at ESTEC in The Netherlands, where ESA design and test spacecraft. Get a snapshot of what Space Rocks looks like here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCNsMIsqEGA