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Dundee Uni gears up for Festival of the Future Phill Jupitus will compere this year’s Festival of the Future Comedy Club, featuring up-and-coming comedians.

Comedians, musicians, TV hosts and a newspaper editor or two are set to explore what the future could look like in a festival running next week.

As part of Dundee University’s 2019 Festival of the Future, venues across the city will host talks, shows and panels for people of all ages, exploring matters of science, art and culture in the years ahead.

Among the headline acts appearing in Dundee this year is Scissor Sisters frontwoman Ana Matronic, who will discuss “transhumanism” – ways human beings might evolve using technology – and also perform a DJ set at the V&A.

Scissor Sisters star Ana Matronic

TV personality Johnny Ball will hold a talk on The Wonder of Numbers – while former Never Mind the Buzzcocks fixture Phill Jupitus will compere this year’s Festival of the Future Comedy Club, featuring up-and-coming comedians.

Elsewhere, former Channel 4 News journalist Paul Mason and Richard Neville, head of newspapers at DC Thomson, will join a panel discussing the future of news.

Johnny Ball will hold a talk on The Wonder of Numbers

Meanwhile, Evidence Chamber – taking place at Dundee Sheriff Court, will give people the chance to put their analytical abilities to the test in a simulated trial.

Evidence Chamber will take place at Dundee Sheriff Court will let people experience a simulated trial.

For youngsters, there are plenty of chances to get hands-on and create the future they would like to see.

A Remix Comic Workshop will give kids aged eight and over the opportunity to learn how to create their own comics, while imagining how Dundee might look when they are grown up.

The Remix Comic Workshop will give kids the chance to learn how to create their own comics, while imagining how Dundee might look when they are grown up.

Dundee Science Festival, partnered with the university, will explore how we might get to Mars, while Dundee Rep will dazzle audiences aged 3-7, with its dizzying festival of colours The Whirlybird.

The Dundee Rep Theatre will entertain younger audiences with The Whirlybird - described by organisers as "a dizzying festival of colours"

Professor John Rowan, of the university, said the Festival of the Future aims to inspire as well as entertain.

“As we experience these wonderful events we might be inspired to reflect on how much can be achieved by science, art and culture coming together,” he said.

Phill Jupitus is well-known for his appearances on the popular BBC music quiz show, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, where he was a team captain for 19 years, missing only one episode.

The event runs from October 16-20. The programme can be picked up across the city, or read at: dundee.ac.uk/festival-future/.