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Blue Dot Festival – ‘Out of this World’ (20-21 Jul)

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Out of this World – Night Parades with Global Grooves

As the headliners come to a close, stay vigilant in the main arena and watch out for Out of this World: an other-worldy procession of curious characters by Global Grooves. Blending together Carnival arts, thumping percussion, ethereal beings and illuminated lanterns, the Friday and Saturday night parades will be a spectacle to behold.

Dance with flaming bats & dragons, alien jam-junk bands and molten planets in a spectacular display of music and dance. Meet magical, mysterious extra-terrestrials from imagined constellations, feel the fire and gasses of the milky-ways molten planets, and move to the space grooves of our star-hopping musicians.

Global Grooves is calling Carnival enthusiasts, drummers and dancers from our network to join our carnival community. All are welcome to join ‘Out of this World’ night parades around the main arena.

We need you!

Global Grooves are looking for a team of enthusiastic volunteers (aged 18+) for the following roles:

Participants will receive free weekend festival tickets and if required camping passes to Blue Dot Festival with £180. Some paid roles are available. Participants will need to be available from 10pm on each day to receive a full briefing and prepare for the parade that will leave at 11pm. Full details will be sent to the chosen cast via email.

Dates: 20th and 21st July
Times: 9:30pm – 12:00pm
Location: Jodrell Bank Observatory, Bomish Lane, Cheshire, SK11 9DW

  • Pegasus horse entourage!

Enjoy wearing beautiful brand new creations and parading alongside our stunning new Pegasus horse made by the talented Mel Roberts.


  • Fire Bat guardians!

To ensure he doesn’t eat anyone or fly off with any children, we need a couple of vigilant bat spotters to walk alongside our newest fire-breathing creature made by the incredible Tony Mason.


  • Junk Jam drummers

We are also looking for several experienced percussion players to wear costume and play groovy music for our creations to move to. Experience of parading/walking and the ability to improvise/hold a groove is essential.


  • Wing / Backpack wearer

To complete our Carnival troupe for this event, we are also looking for one more wing wearer to show off one of our beautiful silk pieces.


  • Back Stage / Crew

Help out with the back stage elements of the Carnival Parade and crew the parade supporting our performer team.


Join the Global Grooves Bloco

Join the Global Grooves Bloco and workshop delivery team! GG is seeking a team of artists to form our brand new Carnival Bloco, kicking off with a hot season of festivals and events all over the UK this summer! Primarily we are looking for advanced/professional/full-time percussionists and brass/reed players. Dancers and puppeteers and producers will also be needed for some events. The initial rehearsal(s)/development admin is not paid, but we hope to work closely with a small team of artists to develop a regular paid performance group who can get out there on the street and show the world what GG is all about.


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Starts On 20/07/2018
Duration 2 days
Level Open Level

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