Live from Jodrell Bank details revealed

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Jon Drape, live director, Ear to the Ground, has revealed details of Live from Jodrell Bank 2012. The 2011 event, which took place for the first time last year, saw 5,000 people stand in the shadow of the Lovell Telescope to see The Flaming Lips. This year, the event will take place over two days and will welcome a crowd of 10,000 on each day.

Drape and his team are currently working with Elbow’s production team to make the band’s performance “site-specific”, incorporating the dish projection once again, which worked famously in 2011.

Live from Jodrell Bank was granted its license for 15,000 people last Friday, yet Drape explained that the team wish to see how the site behaves with 10,000 in its second year before contemplating increasing capacity.

Drape continued: “Jodrell Bank is unique because it’s a working science facility. Last year, we proved that we could deliver a safe outdoor concert and that the site could handle it. This year, we have taken our learnings and we’ve looked at traffic management on egress, a wider variety of food and drink and the build and break down of the event.

“We’ve gone for a site re-design. The music will take place in an adjacent field so that it has the same relationship with the telescope but allows for a safer build with less disruption. We’ve also redesigned the traffic management system. We’re working with a rail company to put on a special service for egress and we’re also working with the local footpath committee to sign post safe walkways from the station to the site.”