We’re thrilled to announce our top 40 for 2021… a selection of the best twenty books and twenty albums from the past year which have entertained and soundtracked another weird year.

In selecting our top picks, we’ve dug deep into the crates and far across the shelves for some of the year’s most vital sounds, insightful lyricism, poetic memoirs and groundbreaking journalism. Our best albums of 2021 features highlights from some bluedot favourites past (and future!), with our top spot given to an act that so far haven’t played a note live. Meanwhile our best books of 2021, selected with our friends at Blackwell’s, celebrates world-beating scientific research, the world of psychedelics, the future of our understanding of gender and much, much more. Our top book of 2021 is quite simply one of the finest memoirs we’ve ever read – a stunning story of one man’s journey into his family story and deep into his own identity.


From our top 40 we’ve cherry-picked some of our favourites, and you can win them in time for Christmas. bluedot weekend ticketholders who have booked before 15 December 2021 will be entered into a draw to be selected to win our bluedot 2021 hamper. All you have to do is book by this date – 2020 and 2021 ticketholders who have held onto their tickets are automatically entered.

Please note, the winner must be UK-based, and have opted into marketing communications when booking. If you did not opt into marketing communications but would now like to, please sign-up to our mailing list in the footer of our website.

So without further ado…

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