On 20 July 1969, 600 million people watched in awe as Neil Armstrong became the first person ever to set foot on the moon. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this monumental day, a new one-day festival will be taking place, Apollo 50, a programme of science, music, arts and culture surrounding the historic moon landing.
We’re told to expect an ‘other worldly experience’, with striking visuals, impeccable sound and fascinating conversation. The day will see performances from dance legends Orbital, art-rock band Public Service Broadcasting, BBC Radiophonic Workshop, A Love From Outer Space, and The Bowie Lounge, a homage to the legendary David Bowie – one of the greatest music stars of the 60s. A number of talks will also be taking place from a wealth of experts, authors and scientists, including writers Jonathan Scott and Andrew Smith, as well as screenings of moon-related films like First Man, A Trip To The Moon and Last Man on the Moon.
The event will take place at the Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station, based on the Lizard peninsula in the south west of Cornwall. From here, operators used the now iconic Arthur satellite dish – which enabled transatlantic broadcasts for the first time – to broadcast Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon to millions of homes around the world. During the festival, guests will have the chance to meet Pip Greenaway, one of the operators managing the satellite station, and a group of ex-employees will be hosting a talk about preserving Goonhilly’s illustrious past.
For accommodation during the festival there’s off-site camping, or if you fancy something a bit more glam Shire Huts are sleeping either 2 or 4 area available to book.
Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station, Helston, Cornwall TR12 6LQ
20 July 2019, from 10am
Early bird adult tickets are on sale now from £59, book online at apollo50.co.uk