POP! Science! is a unique new event celebrating science and music at the National Space Centre, Leicester. Take a seat beneath the satellites for a night of music, comedy, magic and science alongside prizes, craft challenges and awesome fulldome films!
With a jam-packed line-up including science magician Oliver Meech, science writer and broadcaster Kat Arney, geekpop pioneer Jonny Berliner and brilliant indiepoppers Chorusgirl, POP! Science! is a mind-blowing mashup of inspiring ideas and entertainment.
If you’ve ever wanted to be in a band, build a secret lab, or be the first person on Mars, POP! Science! is the place to be!
Kat Arney – “Herding Hemingway’s Cats – How do our genes work?”
We’ve all heard of genes, but how do they work? With the help of cats with thumbs, fish with hips and wobbly worms, Kat Arney - author of the acclaimed new book Herding Hemingway’s Cats - will unpack some of the mysteries in our DNA and explain the latest thinking about how our genes work.
Kat is an acclaimed science writer, broadcaster and author. She co-presents the highly successful Naked Scientists BBC Radio show, presents and produces her own Naked Genetics podcast, and has fronted several BBC Radio 4 science documentaries including programmes in the Costing the Earth series. As a freelance science writer, her work has featured in Wired, BBC Online, Guardian Online, Mosaic, the New Scientist and more, and she has just published her first pop-science book about genetics – the five-star reviewed Herding Hemingway’s Cats - for Bloomsbury Sigma.
Oliver Meech – When Magic and Science Collide
Oliver meddles with forces we barely understand, in a comedy magic show for the QI generation.
Amazing tricks inspired by astounding science. It’s the Natural Selection!
Oliver Meech studied Psychology at Oxford University, Creativity at top London ad agencies and Trickery at The Magic Circle. He fuses all three to produce magic that’s ‘fascinating and different from other magicians’. After melding magic with Neuro-Psychology and Time in previous hit shows, Oliver turns his attention to the rest of the universe.
Jonny Berliner is a science troubadour and pioneer of the Geekpop genre.
His unique brand of comedy science songs were originally commissioned for the Guardian Science Weekly podcast back in 2007 and have now been sung in all sorts of sciencey places.
He’s sung about DNA at Cambridge’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Michael Faraday at the Royal Institution, and the Higg’s boson at the LHC! He’s performed alongside Robin Ince and Brian Cox at the Hammersmith Apollo, been the warm up act for Richard Dawkins, been featured on the Radio 4 Rambling Show, and played science festivals up and down the country.
Chorusgirl make noisepop, blending the sounds of Lush, the Cure, The Breeders, Pulp, the Bangles, surf, girl groups, melodies, dirt, jangle and noise into a swirling & shimmering mix that spins your head until you’re dizzy. The lyrics are personal, delicate and angry, about losing and giving up, but all of that heartache and anger is layered underneath enough noisy rubble and happy fizz.
“Chorusgirl are a band you’d have to try hard not to love. … This is one of the best albums you will hear all year.” (9/10) Richard O’Hagan, Little Indie Blogs
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
This event is suitable for all the family.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
There are 400 free car parking spaces available on site. We are happy to call taxis for people and there is a bus stop to the 54 route within a few minutes walk of the Centre.
What can/can’t I bring to the event?
Food and drink will not be allowed to be brought onto the premises.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
The National Space Centre – 0116 261 0261.
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
No, tickets are non transferable or refundable.
Can I update my registration information?
No, once a ticket is purchased no changes can be made.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Either a printed ticket, or a ticket on your phone or tablet (we like the non-printing option, it is better for the planet).
What is the refund policy?
All tickets are non-refundable.