Jodrell Bank and its huge Lovell Telescope may be best known as a centre for the study of Astronomy.
But this weekend thousands of music fans will converge on the Cheshire site to shake a leg to one of Manchester's best known and best loved bands.
Rob Jaskowski has more.
Jodrell Bank is gearing up for a massive weekend of music as the Transmission gigs are held in the shadow of the famous Lovell telescope.
The Australian Pink Floyd will headline this evening, supported by Hawkwind. For more head to the Transmission website.
Today is the first day of the Manchester International Festival, which celebrates performing and visual arts across the city centre.
It will see events taking place across the city for 18 days. The festival has been held in Manchester every two years since 2007.
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Liverpool's annual festival of African culture is celebrating a milestone birthday this weekend. Hundreds of people have turned out for African Oye in Sefton Park.
Now in it's 21st year, the event is the largest celebration of African culture in the country. There are over 40 stalls to visit offering traditional African food and fashion. But the music is the main selling point, with dozens of bands set to perform throughout the weekend.
Rock legend Neil Young will play the Liverpool International Music Festival.
Young, and his band Crazy Horse, will play the event, which replaces the Mathew Street Festival.
Other acts announced include JLS, Martha Wainwright and Ghostpoet.
The full list of acts can be found here.