Supersonic 2018

“A deeply experimental weekend but also a genuinely accessible one too. During a period in which many line-ups of alternative festivals are becoming increasingly uniform, Supersonic brightly stands out as a true alternative to the alternative..” – The Independent

Supersonic Festival is returning in 2018 on the weekend of June 22nd – 24th with an ambitious programme of mind bending music, sense shifting art and life altering experiences.

Nowhere else will you find a festival experience quite like Supersonic’s – since 2003, we have been hosting superior weekends for the adventurous audience, taking care to present only the most artistically relevant and irreverent acts from the UK and across the globe, while simultaneously 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.

“Supersonic reasserts itself as the best European festival for new music” – The Quietus


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


See below for this years Hotel Partnerships and recommendations for Punters.

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

Either Email: OR call the Hotel on 0121 399 0500 to book quoting ‘Supersonic2018‘ to receive 10% off

Double, twin and 4 bed apartments available


Clayton Hotel Birmingham

85 Albert Street, Birmingham, B5 5JT

10 min walk from our festival hub and located next to Moor Street Station or 7 minutes’ walk from New Street Station.

Clayton Hotel is a four star boutique style, full service hotel and an the ideal base to do Supersonic in style.

Parking on site is limited and £15 overnight or we have an offer with NCP Selfridges for £7 on exit.

Email to book quoting ‘Supersonic‘ to receive special rates, deal will expire 14 days prior to event:

£100 Room Only, Per Night in a City Double, Twin or Triple Bedroom

£110 BB, Single Occupancy, Per Night in a City Double, Twin or Triple Bedroom

£120 BB, Double Occupancy, Per Night in a City Double, Twin or Triple Bedroom

*Upgrade options available on request for all offers

Ibis Birmingham New Street Station Hotel
21 Ladywell Walk, Birmingham B5 4ST
£180 for 3 nights – Double/Twin or Family Room

Ibis budget Birmingham Centre
1 Great Colmore Street | Birmingham | B15 2AP
From £114 for 3 nights – Double/twin or 3 person room
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 – shared rooms for as little as £15 per night.

Hatters Birmingham
92-95 Livery St, Birmingham B3 1RJ

Approx 20 mins walk from our festival hub, a great place to book if you’re on a budget or travelling alone – shared rooms for as little as £15 per night.


Supersonic Festival 2018 runs from June 22nd – 24th in Digbeth, Birmingham.

Timings and full schedule will be available later in the year.

Artist Opportunities

Sarah Angliss in the Moog Soundlab 2015


Open call: Supersonic Festival Residency, Moog Sound Lab 2018

We are delighted to announce an open call for artists to spend time in-residence at the Moog Sound Lab, hosted by the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in partnership with the Supersonic Festival 2018 between 4 – 15 June, 2018.

Supersonic Festival is the UK’s premier experimental music and arts festival and thrives on the spirit of adventure and discovery. Its international reputation and multidisciplinary programme draws audience, artists and industry professionals from across the globe.

A 2 day residency opportunity with support from a technician and £300 fee
Dates for the residency:
7/8 or 14/15 June

Deadline for applications: 4 May (successful applicants will be informed 9 May)
Following the success of the 2015 collaboration, which led to the mesmerizing set from Gazelle Twin, (we are delighted to once again partner with The Moog Sound Lab and Birmingham City University. This year, hosted by the renowned Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, The Moog Sound Lab is available for a 2 day residency in June, as part of a series of special residencies aimed at providing a unique opportunity for artists. Applications are welcomed from both solo artists and groups. One track produced during the residency will be filmed and made publicly available via our media partners.


Please send a proposal that includes all of the following:

  • Your name, contact details and home address
  • A short statement (of no more than 200 words) explaining why you want to undertake this residency and what you hope to gain by working in this context.
  • Include two links of current work, uploaded to Soundcloud, You Tube or Vimeo – which may be accompanied by a short explanatory statement submitted as PDF or .doc file.
  • Complete and return our Equal Opportunities Form
  • Please send to sean[at} with ‘MSL_SS commission 2018 in the title
    Email attachments must not be larger than 5MB. Application is by email only.

    To apply download
    Moog Soundlab Application doc
    Capsule Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form


Rachel Lowe – ‘Revolving Woman’ 2008  Video still  Courtesy the artist


Open call: ‘FIND YOUR WORLD IN OURS’ Digital artwork commission for Supersonic Festival 2018 and Ikon Gallery.

We are delighted to announce an open call for an artist to produce a new digital moving image artwork for large-scale projection at Supersonic Festival 2018 and for screens at the Ikon Gallery in June 2018.

Supersonic Festival presents ‘Find your world in ours’ a series of newly commissioned digital artworks. The project developed with artist Mark Titchner continues his interest in the intersection between visual art and experimental music. These works will be presented both as a series of large-scale video projections during the festival (22-24 June) and on screens at Ikon Gallery. The successful applicant will have their work included within a programme of new artist commissions curated by Mark Titchner.

Artists include Anna Barriball, Sean Dower, Mustafa Hulusi, Rachel Lowe and Mark Titchner.

We are looking for a new moving image digital artwork that explores these themes in an original and dynamic way: Ritual / Repetition / Collective experience / Transcendence

The successful applicant will produce a new moving image digital work that responds to the projects themes listed above, it should also reflect upon the festival setting. Whilst there are no strict guidelines on content the work would ideally be between 2 and 10 minutes in duration and be without sound. Works will be for single channel projection and screen display.

Fees: £1,250 to support the production of a new work for the project.
+ Technical support is also available for the production of the work for those applicants who may not have produced digital moving image work before.
A weekend pass for the Supersonic 2018 Festival, travel expenses, accommodation.

Deadline for applications: 4th May (successful applicants will be informed 11th May)

Key Dates:
Submission of final work by 12th of June.
Works on display at Ikon Gallery from 19 June – 8 July.
Large scale projections at Supersonic Festival 22 June – 24 June.

Please send a proposal that includes all of the following:

  • Your name, contact details and home address
  • A short statement (of no more than 200 words) explaining why you want to

undertake this commission. This may include an outline for the commissioned work

  • Examples of 3 previous works, which may be accompanied by a short explanatory statement submitted as PDF or .doc file.
  • If applicable send two links of current work, uploaded to Soundcloud, You Tube or Vimeo.
  • Complete and return our Equal Opportunities Form
  • Please send to alice[at]

Email attachments must not be larger than 5MB. Application is by email only.

To apply download
* FIND YOUR WORLD IN OURS – Open call doc
Capsule Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form





The UK’s premier experimental music and art festival – Supersonic – returns 22nd – 24th June 2018 and there are plenty of opportunities to get involved as a volunteer.

Supersonic has secured its experimental reputation with over 14 years of consistently innovative and explosive concoctions of visual installations, films, exhibitions and music. Guaranteed to open your eyes and ears to music and art outside the predictable genre labels and familiar performance spaces.

You will be part of an ever growing, friendly community of music and art lovers helping to maintain the values of bringing the extraordinary to curious audiences in an all inclusive way. This is will be an invaluable experience into how a festival runs but not only that, you’ll be contributing to something truly Superspecial whilst making friends along the way!

We need a dedicated team of volunteers to help deliver Supersonic over the festival weekend (22nd – 24th June) and also in the run up to the festival (early June onwards).

We would like every volunteer to commit to 15 hours over the weekend

Volunteers must be over 18 years old

This year we are on the lookout for people for the following roles:

  • Artist Liason/Box Office
  • Hospitality/Site Set up
  • Merch/Promotion



You can contact the Supersonic team via

For any press queries, please speak to Lauren Barley via


Supersonic Festival 2018 gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our funders and sponsors



Welcome to Supersonic 2018 FAQ section. We will be updating more info as things develop closer to the festival, but here’s everything we can tell you now. For any further queries, please email


When will General Tickets go on sale?

Stay tuned for further announcements and ticket release at the end of Feb.



Whist Supersonic Festival doesn’t have a specific children and young people offer, children aged 10 years and under are welcome to accompany adults attending the festival for free. If you are planning on bringing children with you please contact us in advance via and we will reserve sufficient numbers of wristbands at our festival Box Office. We request that all children in attendance at the festival must be accompanied by an adult at all times, have their own ear defender equipment and be off site by 9pm.

Supersonic Kids Gigs are perfect events for children and their families. More information about events taking place later this year will be available soon.


Accommodation: “Where can I live for the weekend?”

We have negotiated a number of special rates for Supersonic visitors, you can read all about that here


Alcohol: “Can I bring my own alcohol?”

Unfortunately not, you may be searched on arrival and if you are found to be carrying drinks, these will be confiscated. There will be licensed bars on the festival site. If you look under 21, please bring some photo ID along.



We have a food court on site located in North Yard, which will cater for vegetarians and vegans alike as well as meat eaters.


Cash Points

There are only a few ATM machines in Digbeth, so you might want to take out money prior to arriving at the festival site. There are two free cash machines located near-by at:

Nisa | Digbeth High Street | B5 5NR (about a 3 minute walk from the Custard Factory) which is open until midnight daily

Birmingham Coach Station which is open 24hrs


Directions: “How do I get to Supersonic Festival?”

The central hub of Supersonic Festival is held at the The Crossing Floodgate St, Birmingham B5 5SR. Details on further venues coming soon.


Playing at Supersonic – can my band play at Supersonic?

Capsule HQ receive tonnes of emails from bands wishing to play the festival, we wholeheartedly wish to encourage new artists and bands and work hard to ensure that the festival features plenty of new talent. Please email proposals to and we’ll do our best to get back to you.



Normal smoking rules apply: you can smoke in any outdoor area on site, you cannot smoke inside any enclosed public buildings, tents, portacabins, or near a fuel source.



There are loads of taxi firms in Birmingham – Here’s numbers for a couple of them:

Atlas Cars 0121-643-8888

Ambassador Cars 0121-449-8888

T.O.A. 0121-444-8888

Royal Cars 0121-444-8888