Supersonic 2017

“Birmingham’s Supersonic Festival occupies an exalted position at the vanguard of the festival circuit. And rightly so. Since its inception over ten years ago, it has maintained a staggeringly focused and intelligent curatorial policy, transcending the music and art worlds to present a programme teeming with invention, audience participation and a certain amount of unpredictability. It’s also a bloody good knees up.”
– THE SKINNY

Supersonic Festival is returning in 2017 on the weekend of June 16th-18th, back in a big way! We might have taken a year off in 2016, but behind the scenes Capsule have been keeping busy, as the subsequent line up announcements will soon prove…

Nowhere else will you find a festival experience quite like Supersonic’s – since 2003, we have been hosting superior weekends for the adventurous listener, taking care to present only the most artistically relevant and irreverent acts from the UK and across the globe, while simulatenously making sure to fill every moment with the opportunities to let loose and party, or sit down at engaging talks, discussions and workshops, or take in exclusive screenings and exhibitions.

“a celebration of the expressive, challenging and generally out there” – THE TIMES


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a celebration of the expressive, challenging and generally out there
The Times

“Birmingham’s Supersonic Festival occupies an exalted position at the vanguard of the festival circuit. And rightly so. Since its inception over ten years ago, it has maintained a staggeringly focused and intelligent curatorial policy, transcending the music and art worlds to present a programme teeming with invention, audience participation and a certain amount of unpredictability. It’s also a bloody good knees up.” The Skinny

Since the inception of Supersonic Festival in 2003,  Capsule have firmly established the event as one of the UK’s premier experimental music and arts festival. With an undeniably vibrant atmosphere, always presenting a variety of performers – the inaugural event featured the bewildering blend of Coil, DJ Food, LCD Soundsystem, The Bug and more – and where the film programme, workshops and exhibitions are as paramount to the event’s atmosphere as the live performances.

Capsule’s programme has a sense of spectacle at the very heart of it,  always aiming to capture the imagination of our audience, and with a friendly, bustling atmosphere to boot, there is little wonder why the festival draws fans, performers and industry folks from across the globe.

Some of what makes Supersonic so unique – the emphasis on a multidisciplinary programme , and our curatorial approach – which has become a blueprint for others,  yet we,  continue to re-imagine the event to ensure that it remains an inviting prospect for long-standing supporters as well as welcoming new fans.

The question is, what makes Supersonic Festival a thrilling prospect after 13 years of existence? Fundamentally, the answer is, we truly understand our audience’s thirst for new discovery and desire to stimulate all senses. Capsule are also fearless when it comes to putting together the musical line up, always opting for variety, never relying on the same pool of headliners which other events are vying for and importantly, embracing the local music scene, and homegrown talent, as well as drawing in an array of international artists. Of course, the location in the city of Birmingham is an important factor, Capsule take pleasure in sharing the city’s post industrial spaces with Supersonic Festival attendees, and through our eyes, introducing emerging cultural spaces via a cocktail of music, film, art installations, food and more. In Supersonic Festival, we have created a truly enticing event that nurtures a real sense of adventure for curious audiences.

“The most consistently brilliant and forward-looking festival in the UK, if not the world.” Vice Magazine

“Narnia. Wonderland. Birmingham’s Supersonic Festival. What do these places have in common? Answer: they’re pure magic. What’s the sad difference between them? Answer: only one of them is real. (Which one is up to you.) You might not be able to step into an amazing otherworld through a large piece of furniture, but you can go to England to experience the finest in musical festival lineups.” Tiny Mix Tapes


Hotels

Hotel Partner
Aparthotel Adagio
131 Digbeth High Street B5 6DR

5 min walk from our festival hub and 5 mins from New Street Station/Moor Street Station these apartments are the ideal base for your time at Supersonic.
No parking on site but 24hr parking available nearby

Email h8117@adagio-city.com to book quoting ‘SupersonicAdagio‘ to receive 10% off
Double, twin and 4 bed apartments available

 

Staycity Aparthotels Birmingham

Newhall Square, 88 Charlotte Street, Birmingham B3 1PW

Telephone 0203 4990748 or email Birmingham.info@staycity.com and quote ‘SUPER2017’ to receive a 15% discount off either best available rate or advance purchase rates.

1-2 Bed apartments (sleeps up to 5 people)

5-minute walk from new Street Station

Average £60 per night.

Car parking available for £13 per day

More deals coming soon


Budget recommendation
Birmingham Backpackers
58 Coventry St,Digbeth,Birmingham B5 5NH

2 mins walk from our festival hub and 10 mins from New Street Station/Moor Street Station this is a great place to book if you’re on a budget or travelling alone


 


Volunteers

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SUPERSONIC NEEDS YOU!

Capsule’s internationally renowned festival runs 16-18 June and there are plenty of opportunities to get involved as a volunteer.

We need a dedicated team of volunteers to help deliver Supersonic over the festival weekend (11th/14th) and also in the run up to the festival. We expect a minimum of 15 hours over the festival period in exchange for a weekend wristband.

The festival is small enough for everyone involved as a volunteer to gain an overview of how the festival works, and to give real input and value.

If you are interested in being a volunteer at this year’s festival please contact us at volunteer@capsule.org.uk with “VOLUNTEER 2017”  in the title of your email to get hold of an application form. Forms need to be returned to us by May 15.

NB/ unfortunately we can only consider applicants who are 18 years old and over.

 


Venues

Friday 16 June
Anna Von Hausswolff –
Start – 19:00 pick up tickets at 18:00
Address – Birmingham Town Hall
Victoria Square, Birmingham B3 3DQ
www.thsh.co.uk/

Main programme – BOX OFFICE open from 21:00
Start 21:30
The Crossing + Boxxed
Floodgate Street Birmingham, West Midlands B5 5SR
www.boxxed.co.uk/


Saturday 17 June
Main programme
Start 16:00
Festival hub The Crossing + Boxxed
Floodgate Street Birmingham, West Midlands B5 5SR
www.boxxed.co.uk/


Sunday 18 June
Main programme
Start – 15:00
Festival hub The Crossing + Boxxed
Boxxed  Floodgate Street Birmingham, West Midlands B5 5SR
www.boxxed.co.uk/


Contact

You can contact the Supersonic team via info@capsule.org.uk

For any press queries, please speak to Lauren Barley via rarelyunable@yahoo.co.uk


Workshops


Stephen Fowler – Wildman Life Drawing workshop

SUPERSONIC WORKSHOP CALL OUT
The UK’s premier experimental music and arts event, Supersonic Festival 2017, returns this June from the 16th to the 18th and we’re on the hunt for some creative minds to bring us unusual, imaginative and engaging new workshops as part of our unorthodox weekend.

For facilitating a workshop you will be given a budget of up to £150 and 2 weekend tickets to the festival.

From high-brow to indulgent fun: we want you to craft something extraordinary so we can offer a variety of inclusive workshops for our curious audience.

Whether you’re flying solo, a group or an organisation, we want to hear ideas that embrace our passion for collaboration between both artists and audience alike, in a bid to reveal the otherwise indescribable connections between art forms and champion the unclassifiable.

So send us your proposal!

Deadline for Applications: 20 March 2017

The successful proposals will be from contributors who present an innovative idea, show a clear understanding of all-things-Supersonic; a festival which celebrates the expressive, challenging and generally out-there whilst remaining inclusive and engaging to varied audiences.

If you are interested in contributing, please complete this form Workshop Proposal Form and email to info@capsule.org.uk with ‘Workshop Proposal’ in the subject line.


sponsors

Supersonic Festival 2017 gratefully acknowledges the support of our funders and sponsors

Arts Council England, PRS Foundation, Purity

Media Sponsors
The Quietus