DR BRIAN MAY JOINS SPACE ROCKS
Queen guitarist to join panel discussion with astronaut Tim Peake and bring London Stereoscopic
Company to the Space Lounge
Sunday 22 April 2018 – indigo at The O2, London
Tickets on sale now via www.spacerocksofficial.com
Space Rocks, presented in association with ESA, the European Space Agency, is delighted to announce that Dr Brian May, guitarist, founding member of one of the biggest selling rock bands of all time, Queen, and Doctor in Astrophysics will be displaying a selection of the products produced by his London Stereoscopic Company as well as joining a panel discussion alongside ESA astronaut Tim Peake.
The display will be in the Space Lounge, an area where all ticket holders can interact with representatives from ESA, observe spacecraft models and demonstrations, and have the opportunity to buy Space Rocks merchandise and more. This area will be open in between each of the events three sessions. Dr May will also join the second panel of the day: Science Fiction Vs. Space Fact alongside British astronaut Tim Peake, senior ESA science advisor Mark McCaughrean, 2009 sci fi classic Moon co-creator Gavin Rothery, musician and Science Fiction überfan Charlotte Hatherley and science fiction bestseller Alastair Reynolds.
Brian, alongside photo-historian Denis Pellerin, who has been researching and learning about the history of stereo photography for over 30 years, will be on hand to discuss a variety of implements including some of the earliest equipment used in the 1800’s, through to more modern techniques such as Owl viewers and mobile phones. In 2008 Brian re-founded and became the new manager of The London Stereoscopic Company Ltd. (www.londonstereo.com). The company was initially founded in 1854 in the bustling heart of London. The London Stereoscopic Company were leaders in this craze which gave still images a depth and life never before seen and swept through England, Europe, and eventually the United States. In a world which had never experienced television, the movies, or the internet, this was understandably a revelation!
Dr Brian May says: “I’m excited to join the very first Space Rocks! What a great new adventure!”
Alexander Milas, Twin V Ltd. director and Space Rocks co-founder, says, “Anyone who follows Dr Brian May knows that his insatiable curiosity and enthusiasm for space science is as infectious as the riffs for which he is so keenly celebrated, and you could say he’s the very embodiment of our desire to bring the worlds of space exploration and culture under one roof, and we are truly honoured to welcome him through our doors.”
Space Rocks takes place at the Indigo at The O2, London on Sunday 22 April and tickets are available now from www.spacerocksofficial.com and start from £10.
This first one-day event runs across three separate ticketed sessions designed to inform, intrigue and entertain.
Session One (12.30pm – 2.30pm) – Space Academy
Perfect for children (and their families), this session will feature demonstrations and discussions by ESA scientists, engineers and friends, including British ESA astronaut 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.
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. Alastair Reynolds, Astronaut Tim Peake, Musician and Science Fiction überfan Charlotte Hatherley, Gavin Rothery, film director and the co-creator of the 2009 Duncan Jones-directed sci-fi classic ‘Moon’ and of course Dr Brian May.
Session Three (7.30pm – 10.30pm) – Space Rocks Live
With Arcane Roots (electro exclusive), Charlotte Hatherley, and Lonely Robot featuring Kim Seviour. The final session is live music from artists whose love of sci-fi and space travel has influenced their most recent albums.
Tickets can be bought for individual sessions or for the entire day from www.spacerocksofficial.com.