4 WEEKS TO GO! Workshop Sign Ups + More!

Hopefully by now you’ve hit BUY TICKETS on our website due to being sufficiently wooed by our spectacular line-up featuring: Anna Von Hausswolff live at Town Hall, NAWA Showcase of the Arab world’s finest experimental musicians, avant-rock giants OXBOW with live choir, master Saxophonist Colin Stetson and genre-fluid critically acclaimed Jenny Hval…to name but a few. But if you haven’t already hit BUY TICKETS then here’s even more Supersonic delights to entice you to hit that button. If you have already hit BUY TICKETS then congrats, you win.
Love being a Supersonic spectator but itching for a chance to get your hands dirty? Well, alongside our fine array of music, markets, food and film, no Supersonic would be complete without a range of hands-on leftfield workshop activities to mix things up and stretch your brain.

YOGA IN BLACK
17/18 June Sat + Sun 12-2pm
Centrala, Unit 4 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B5 5RT Birmingham
Sessions are for up to 12 people | Mats are provided on request.
Tickets must be purchased in advance: £15 from SAT I SUN

To celebrate the Summer Solstice and Supersonic Festival, Yoga In Black are holding two sessions of their unique take on yoga over the Festival weekend, in collaboration with electric cellist Rotten Bliss.

Yoga In Black offer sessions of Dru Yoga, with a twist – leading you through the graceful and strength-enhancing exercises of the yogic tradition, to a soundtrack of metal, gothic rock, drone, doomjazz and dark ambient music.

Dru Yoga features the use of visualisation and affirmation in its practice, and these workshops engage imagery from pagan, Voudon and Thelemic traditions to invoke a sense of inner strength and peace.

Expect big sound, and sound teachings: a workout for your mind, body and ears. It will be intense, magical and fun!

SYNTH BUILDING WORKSHOP WITH FARMER GLITCH
Saturday 15:00 – 17:00
Included in Supersonic Ticket – Sign up

Farmer Glitch (a.k.a. Stephen Ives) guides participants through making their very own Atari Punk Console – a standalone, palm-sized synth with built-in amp and speaker for portable noise-goodness. A great project for beginners and young people, or just those who love to make noise, spend a little time soldering and walk away with a lovely little addition to your sonic armoury.

For this workshop, we need you to sign up in advance – places are limited please e-mail george@capsule.org.uk with ‘Synth Building Workshop’ in the Subject line to book your spot.

‘UCHIWA’ FAN WORKSHOP WITH BUNNY BISSOUX
Sat 17:00 – 19:00 I Sun 16:00 – 18:00 Marketplace
Included in Supersonic Ticket – drop in

In Japan, music fans & concertgoers commonly make uchiwa – paper fans emblazoned with band names, pictures, slogans and words of admiration, to send a message to their idols or as a memento of a live experience. Tokyo-based artist, illustrator and hardcore fanatic Bunny Bissoux presents drop-in workshops in the Marketplace for you to decorate your very own uchiwa – show your support for the festival acts, proclaim your adoration for your all-time favourite band or create a Supersonic souvenir to treasure forever!

HUMAN SEQUENCER WORKSHOP – SNAPPED ANKLES
Sunday 14:30  – 16:30 Centrala
Included in Supersonic Ticket – Sign Up

Take techno back to forest floor with Snapped Ankles and join the circle to become part of the human sequencer! Using the band’s own customised ‘log synths’ (analogue percussion synthesisers), participants will create a Synth Drum Circle, exploring rhythmic interplay and traditional bell-ringing techniques – and ultimately collaborate as a group to create a new piece of pulsing and percussive sound art.

For this workshop, places are limited, we need you to sign up in advance –  please e-mail george@capsule.org.uk with ‘Human Sequencer Workshop’ in the Subject line to book your spot.

BLACK METAL LIFE DRAWING with RUSSELL MACEWAN (BLACK SUN)
Saturday  I Marketplace
Included in Supersonic Ticket – Drop In 

“When it’s cold and it’s dark, the freezing art can obsess you!”

Join Russell MacEwan (Black Sun Drum Korps) in exploring the brutal and beautiful art of black metal, in a two-hour introduction to life drawing, presented in the context of heavy metal and black metal art, music and history. Ritualistic in form, carbon in soul, unleash your creative potential and inner darkness in two hours of demonically fun life drawing. No previous experience required. Participants may bring their own sketchbooks if they wish.

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CREATIVE CODING FOR LIVE VISUALS WORKSHOP

Saturday 12:00 – 17:00 I Vivid Projects

Tickets £5 for Supersonic Tickets holders / £10 for general public

BAFTA-winning digital artist Dan Hett brings his computational creativity crash-course to Supersonic! Aimed at complete beginners, this course will take attendees on a colourful and interactive hands-on journey into making noise and colour with a computer. The course will firstly look at livecoding visuals and noise in the browser using the amazing LiveCodeLab, and then heads into creating unpredictable and colourful drawing tools using Processing. No previous coding experience is necessary, but you will need to bring a sparkling can-do attitude and a willingness to experiment.

Hosted by Vivid Projects

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Volunteer Interviews

 

With our Volunteer application deadline tomorrow [info here] we spoke to a couple of past Supersonic Volunteers to find out what they had to say about their festival experience…

 

GUSHI SOHAL

What compelled you to Volunteer with us in the first place?

I was interested in working with Supersonic because I like a lot of bands Capsule host. & Supersonic is a fun atmosphere.

Tell us about your Supersonic Volunteer experience:

My experience of Supersonic has always been enjoyable & fuelled by samosas.  I’ve met a lot of like minded people, get to see friends I don’t usually see on a regular basis & watch so many bands.

How have you used this experience outside the Festival?

Whilst working at the festival  I was able to network, so I have been able to use this experience to further my professional career.

Who are you excited about at Supersonic 2017?

The Space Lady! Dorcha, Xylorious White… Too many to chose from!

KRISTIAN CLARK

What compelled you to Volunteer with us in the first place?

I had visited the festival on two occasions and just loved the experience, the vibe was really friendly and the people were all great, as soon as i noticed the call for volunteers i knew i wanted to be a part of it.

Tell us about your Supersonic Volunteer experience:

My first year volunteering i felt nervous at first but once i met Sean and the rest of the Capsule team I was instantly put at ease. The team are so friendly and they care about everyone having a great weekend, wether you are a punter or a volunteer, they really looked after us all. It was also great that I got to meet a lot of the artists who performed at the festival, there was a real community spirit to it all, where the artist were genuinely grateful to us for giving our time to help run the festival. 

How have you used this experience outside the Festival?

I have gone on to work at other festivals/events around the UK since my first time volunteering at Supersonic. Including Tusk Festival in my home town and some dates on tour with Test Dept.

Who are you excited about at Supersonic 2017?

There’s so much to look forward to as ever…

Richard Dawson playing with a full band! (don’t miss it!)

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs (also essential, don’t forget the buckfast)

Princess Nokia (super excited to see Princess Nokia, dat girl is a tomboy!)

Ex-Easter Island Head Large Ensemble (beautiful)

Casual Nun (just got into these, love em, can’t wait to see them live)

Grey Hairs (just class, big fan of this lot)

Laura Cannell (excited to see Laura Cannell again!)

ZONAL!? (Kevin Martin & Justin Broadrick collaborating again! should be Mega)

Supersonic always get it right,  I love that every time I visit I don’t know half of the line-up, but always go home with a new favourite band or 6! 

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LONE Taxidermist: Trifle

“A howl-inducing music making machine” Ruth Barnes 6 Music

LONE Taxidermist is the chaotic project of cosmic Cumbrian synth artist Natalie Sharp, also an award winning experienced makeup artist and skin decorator based in London. Her work has been published and exhibited internationally for the likes of the British Library, Philharmonie de paris, The Huffington Post, New York Times, The Guardian, BBC, Channel 4 to name but a few. With clients such as Vogue, Google and Sony and longstanding close collaboration with Gazelle Twin.

Natalie’s work is always surreal and her training in fashion and music has led her to work with a roster of artists from the ground upwards. She has been described as “An iconic misfit of the first order’” by Phyllis Cohen and continues to collaborate with esteemed photographers like Perou receiving her initial training by Rankin.

Natalie’s work has achieved Viral success as her self painted images of album artwork for International Record Store Day, putting her on the global map and opening up the art of face painting to an international audience.

Lone Taxidermist plays with the gothic and enchanting to create a disturbed beauty that exists in the darkest spaces of our minds, with saws, organs, bells, broken strings, old blues howling and an exquisite voice that could raise the dead.

 

On her new project Trifle she’s joined by Philip Winter (Wrangler/ Tunng) and Will Kwerk for a journey into the murky, intertwined depths of sexual food fetishes, Amsr and foley artistry. The live show features music from the group’s forthcoming debut album of the same name, and explores the shadowy worlds of sploshing, cake sitting and crush fetish. It features a visual backdrop from a series of YouTube cake fetishists, and AV artist Ross Blake’s specially commissioned projections.

We were lucky enough to get right up inside LONE Taxidermist’s Trifle at Fat Out Fest 2017 – a stupefying live experience – which we can’t wait to bring to you at Supersonic.

Also not to be missed is LONE Taxidermist and Jenny Hval’s first full stage direction with makeup, costume and blood paint for Hvals Superspecial Supersonic performance.

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Trifle Trailer from Ross Blake on Vimeo.

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CALL OUT FOR MARKET PLACE!

 

Supersonic Festival – June 16-18th 2017

 

The Market Place has been a vibrant part of Supersonic Festival for many years now. It’s a space for independent distributors, record labels, poster artists and peddlers of curiosities to sell their wares, network and for you to meet each other face to face.  The Market Place is also where the bands sell their merch. This year, the Market Place will be situated in the light, glass-walled canteen of our Digbeth hub venue, equipped with a tea room serving a selection of epicurean delights.

 

This year at Supersonic, we’ve got a few spaces still available in our Festival Marketplace.
The deal? For £200, you get 2 weekend tickets to the festival and a stall to sell your goods, network and meet audiences face to face alongside likeminded folks.

 

Deadline for booking 18th May
For enquiries contact: george{at]capsule.org.uk

 

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Day tickets on sale

Supersonic Festival announce the day line-ups, as the day-tickets go on sale today, and reveal more of what this year has to offer…

We are thrilled to announce another exclusive commission for Supersonic 2017, a special performance by Nicholas Bullen, originator of Napalm Death, with ‘Universal Detention Centre’  tying into the 30 year anniversary of Grindcore masterpiece, ‘Scum’. This groundbreaking album by Napalm Death, paved the way for a new sub genre which was unlike anything previously heard before incomprehensible screams and growled vocals were laid atop distorted, down tuned guitars in a race to the finish line against a newly formed style of percussive aggression – the blast beat, whilst preaching a message of personal responsibility.

In addition to this Superspecial Napalm Death anniversary we bring you sets from artists who take elements of the genre in new directions: Melt Banana, Art of Burning Water, and PCM. There will also be a special talk to analyse and discuss the impact of DIY culture on social change 30 years on. More details on this to be revealed soon.

In recognition of the fact that children can enjoy experimental music as much as the adults who attend Supersonic, not to mention being a fantastic opportunity to show all the family the beauty of live music, the festival each year hosts a Supersonic Kids Gig labelled “big sounds for little people”. In previous years this has included performances from Richard Dawson, Flamingods, and this year shall be hosted by Japanese band Melt Banana, who form a riot of sound and fury that’s both sonically adventurous and feverishly compelling. The Supersonic kids gig shall take place on Saturday 17th June at Symphony Hall from 2-3:30pm, recommended for children under 10.

 

Adding to the variety of the Supersonic 2017 line up, there shall be a plethora of AV performances including multi-media commission by artist Conny Prantera in collaboration with a host of female artists and musicians, The Seer, which explores the supernatural and visions of the future, through multiple projections and costumes, with live music composition.  Lone Taxidermist’s Trifle is a journey into the murky, intertwined depths of sexual food fetishes, Amsr and foley artistry. Mothwasp experiment with brute force of drums and guitar, film soundtrack techniques and audio-responsive video experiments. London based punk purveyors of Pagan Funk, Snapped Ankles bring their Wild Man attire to Supersonic, while power trio Ghold, will plough into some of the most ponderous dirges you’ll hear this side of Corrupted. Audiences can expect a party where electronic music is generated from live algorithms hailed as an Algorave.

  Of course, no Supersonic line up would be complete without extra curricular activities and workshops to keep curious minds (and bodies) enterained throughout the weekend, and so this year, Yoga In Black are holding two sessions of their unique take on yoga over the Festival weekend, in collaboration with electric cellist Rotten Bliss.

DAY TICKETS ON SALE

16- 18 JUNE BIRMINGHAM UK

Friday

Anna Von Hausswolff / Algorave / Anonymous Bash / Art of Burning Water / Charles Hayward Zigzag+Swirl / Melt Banana / Mothwasp / Nicholas Bullen / PCM / Xylouris White

Saturday 

Arbouretum / Big Joanie / Colin Stetson / Electronica Wizard / Ex Easter Island Head / Grey Hairs / Haress / Jenny Hval / Jessica Moss / Kuro  / Laniakea / Laura Cannell / Pigs x 7 / Raime / Richard Dawson / The Seer / Zonal Feat. Justin Broadrick + Kevin Martin / Zu

Sunday  

Casual Nun / Dorcha / Flowers Must Die / Ghold / Kamilya Jubran Wasl Trio / Khyam Allami / Lone Taxidermist / Mohammad / Nadah El Shazly / Oxbow Choir / Princess Nokia / Snapped Ankles / The Space Lady / Tomaga + Pierre Bastien / Two or The Dragon

+ workshops/talks/films and cake

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Supersonic 2017 PODCAST NO.2

SUPERSONIC FESTIVAL 2017 PODCAST NO.2

Presented by Anna Palmer and George Leeming
We take you through the next batch of acts to be announced for this year’s festival including:
Charles Hayward
Anonymous Bash
Dorcha
Ex-Easter Island Head
Richard Dawson (special feature)
Haress
Tomaga + Pierre Bastien
Jessica Moss
Xylouris White
Kuro
The Space Lady
Zonal (ft. The Bug and Justin Broadrick)
[with live performances from Supersonics gone by]

Plus interviews and influences, expect:
PJ Harvey
Gavin Bryars
Mike & Lal Waterson
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra
Captain Beefheart
This Heat

 

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Casual Nun: Psychometrics

“Akin to blending the sonic freak outs of legendary krautrock pioneers Ash Ra Tempel with 90’s Japanese noise mongers Up-Tight or Ohkami No Jikan, London’s Casual Nun deliver some downright heavy psych – a blown out slab of distorted, hypnotic guitar buzz, heady, effect-laden vocals, and plodding drums, everything bleary eyed, garage-y, intense and drugged out! Anyone who has been diggin’ the aforementioned greats, GNODThe Heads or Loop will definitely fall in love with Casual Nun – at least, we did immediately upon hearing Super Fancy SkeletonCasual Nun’s debut release.” – Roadburn

Psychometrics are used to gauge and influence in a world where information digestion has moved increasingly towards social messaging. The ability of organisations and entities to use psychometric data to build a psychological profile of a person is an alarming manipulation of our personalities, aptitudes and desires.

 With that in mind, ‘Psychometric Testing By…’ sees Casual Nun embracing a more improvisational approach, with the entirety of the recording created in Wayne Adams’(Shitwife/Death Pedals)  Bear Bites Horse studio during the same session that produced their first LP ‘Super Fancy Skeleton’ .

 

 

Casual Nun’s ‘Psychometric Testing By…’ limited edition 12’’ vinyl by Box Records AVAILABLE HERE

” All tumultuous sounds hurtling through a cavernous echo chamber, the band dissect what it means to be psychedelic and discover a new-found jamming ethic, if you thought their debut was good, you haven’t heard anything yet… Coming so soon of the back of their excellent debut, this is an extraordinarily confident piece of music which takes their sound into ever different avenues… This is the true sound of the UK underground.” – Echoes & Dust

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Haress: Rural Sensibilities

HARESS consists of the core guitar duo of David Hand and Elizabeth Still, based in Bishops Castle in the Shropshire Hills where they also organise the amazing Sin-eater Festival and run the DIY record label Lancashire & Somerset. David is also our incredible visual artist and graphic designer for Supersonic – making us look Superfly.

Hand and Still intertwine dark and repetitive guitar figures in order to create a hypnotic, mantra-like state. Their intuitive playing works on a kind of telepathy until it’s impossible for the onlooker to work out which player is responsible for which sound and they must choose to absorb it as a whole. The resulting music is reminiscent of Ry Cooder’s “Paris, Texas” soundtrack, latter-day Earth, Papa M or even the repetition of Sahara blues but filtered through a warm, rural sensibility.

Haress are frequently joined by collaborators and recent live performances have expanded the 2 piece to also include Pete Simonelli (Enablers) on vocals and Chris Summerlin (Kogumaza) on guitar. A recording made with Nathan Bell (Lungfish, Human Bell) is also in the release pipeline. 

Be sure to catch this beguiling duo at Supersonic 2017!

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