Space Rocks at the Indigo at the 02, London

Sunday April 22nd, 2018

We’re incredibly proud to announce our first event, a celebration of space exploration and the culture it inspires, which will take place at the Indigo at the 02 on Sunday, April 22nd 2018.

 

Our pilot event consists of three sessions and covers a broad range of space enthusiasts, from devoted superfans to the sci-curious.

 

Space Academy, our first session, is aimed at kids of all ages and will highlight the incredible range of space science currently underway and features speakers on the cutting edge of this remarkable age of discovery. Session two, Science Fiction vs. Fact, will look at popular portrayals of space and space exploration and see how they stack up next to the work being done every day with some of the best and brightest minds in the known galaxy. Session three is our live gig, and will conclude our programme with  visionary music inspired by humankind’s fascination with the great beyond.

 

You can buy tickets to any or all of our sessions here, and if you’re coming down why not hang out at our Space Bar? We’d love to meet you.

Session One (12.30pm – 2.30pm) – Space Academy

Perfect for children of all ages (and their families), this session will feature demonstrations and discussions by ESA scientists, engineers, and friends, including British ESA astronaut Major Tim Peake, astrophysicist Dr. Maggie Lieu, Antarctic medical researcher Dr. Beth Healey and Rosetta comet-lander project scientist Dr. Matt Taylor. From the most recent developments in space science to what is currently occupying the great minds of space exploration, this is an opportunity to get answers to those unanswered questions from the experts themselves. There will also be a rocket-design competition for the under-16s, with special space prizes to be won.

Dr. Beth Healey is a medical doctor who spent a year in Antarctica to test the long-term effects of human isolation related to space travel for ESA.

Dr. Maggie Lieu is an astrophysicist working on ESA’s Euclid mission designed to study dark matter and dark energy.

Dr. Matt Taylor is an ESA physicist and project scientist on the Rosetta mission which rendezvoused and orbited a comet, placing a lander on its surface.

Astronaut Tim Peake is a British Army Air Corps Major, European Space Agency astronaut and former International Space Station crew member. He spent six months in orbit on the ISS for ESA’s Principia mission.

Hosted by

Dallas Campbell

Dallas Campbell is a British television presenter and science communicator. His book, Ad Astra: An Illustrated Guide To Leaving The Planet, is out now

Session Two (3.30pm – 6pm) – Science Fiction vs. Space Fact

Science Fiction vs. Space Fact will look at popular portrayals of space and space exploration and see how they stack up next to the work being done every day, featuring ESA senior science advisor Professor Mark McCaughrean, science fiction bestseller Dr. Alistair Reynolds, and with more to be announced.

Prof. Mark McCaughrean is ESA’s senior advisor for science & exploration, and studies the birth of stars and planets using ground & space-based telescopes, including the forthcoming James Webb Space Telescope.

Alastair Reynolds is a bestselling, award-winning science fiction author well-known for the Revelation Space and Poseidon’s Children series, and former ESA scientist

Hosted by

Dallas Campbell

Dallas Campbell is a British television presenter and science communicator. His book, Ad Astra: An Illustrated Guide To Leaving The Planet, is out now

Session Three (7.30pm – 10.30pm) – Space Rocks Live with Charlotte Hatherley & Lonely Robot

The final session is live music from two artists whose love of sci-fi and space travel has influenced their most recent albums – Charlotte Hatherley and Lonely Robot.

Charlotte Hatherley

 

Charlotte Hatherley is a true musical polymath.   Known for her work as the guitarist for alt-rockers Ash, she is a frequent collaborator with the likes of Bryan Ferry, KT Tunstall, and XTC’s Andy Partridge. Her current solo project is a cinematic, sci-fi inspired breakup record True Love, which will be making its live debut at Space Rocks.

Lonely Robot

 

Lonely Robot is helmed by award-winning multi-instrumentalist, producer, and composer John Mitchell, whose 2017 album ‘The Big Dream’ formed the second of a three-album series that depicts the story of an astronaut’s journey through deep space.

 

Met with huge critical acclaim, this one-off show for the band follows a string of sell-out London shows in 2017.

The Space Lounge

Open from midday to 7.30pm to all event ticketholders throughout the day. Situated in the 1st floor of Indig02. With static displays, interactive exhibits, and more this is where you can interact with ESA scientists and our other invited guests in a casual, friendly environment, and we’ll have tea, coffee, beers & wine available.

 

Venue Address

Indigo at the O2, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0DX

 

Tickets

Tickets are available from February at www.eventbrite.co.uk & www.axs.com/uk          

Merch/ticket bundles are also available on the web store.

Transport

TUBE = The Jubilee line runs from east and west to North Greenwich for the Indigo2 (only 15 mins from the center of London). Trains run every 2 to 5 minutes. Last train 12.19am back to town, 1.08am back to Stratford.

BOATS = Thames Clippers run boats from central London piers to the North Greenwich Pier (for O2 arena and Indigo2). For timetables, journey times & routes go to: www.thamesclippers.com   

TAXIS = Drop off address should be The O2, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0DX