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Public Service Broadcasting to open Manchester Science Festival

Manchester Science Festival welcomes electronic outfit Public Service Broadcasting for a special performance.


Manchester Science Festival – produced by the Museum of Science and Industry and supported by Siemens and lead educational sponsor the University of Salford – has just announced that internationally-acclaimed electronic outfit Public Service Broadcasting will open the 10th edition of the festival on Thursday 20 October, with a very special, one-off performance at Manchester’s historic Albert Hall. Public Service Broadcasting will be performing their hit album The Race For Space in its entirety for the very first time, accompanied by a brass section and musicians from the Royal Northern College of Music, including a string quintet and a 13-piece choir.

The evening will begin with the mastermind behind Public Service Broadcasting, J. Willgoose, Esq. in conversation with Professor Tim O’Brien, Associate Director of Jodrell Bank Observatory, as the pair explore the stories of the American and Soviet space race that inspired the album, and discuss the making of the record and the journey it has led them on.

Now in its 10th year, Manchester Science Festival is developing a reputation as the boldest, most creative and most ambitious science festival in the country. This event reflects just that – fusing world class performers and up-and-coming musicians with space exploration and cutting edge science.

Manchester Science Festival Director, Antonio Benitez commented: “We’re delighted to be working with Public Service Broadcasting to launch this year’s event. The Race for Space tells the story of space exploration’s finest hours in such a unique and inventive way, so it is the perfect collaboration for the Manchester Science Festival, which also seeks to find exciting and unusual ways to celebrate scientific discoveries. It’s a great fit for our opening night and a fantastic coup for our 10th year”.

Meanwhile, Public Service Broadcasting frontman, J. Willgoose, Esq. commented: “We’re absolutely delighted to be playing the album in full for the first time ever in such a brilliant venue and as part of such a fantastic event. We’ll be doing our best to make it a really special evening – we can’t wait”.

Tickets for the show go on sale at 10am on Friday 19 August at

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Manchester Science Festival – proudly produced by the Museum of Science and Industry – is a creative, playful and surprising celebration of science, running from Thursday 20 to Sunday 30 October 2016. It is the largest science festival in England, and celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2016.


Image credit: Dan Kendall

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