Debut live performance with The Bug vs Dylan Carlson of Earth

The Bug and Earth

Supersonic are beyond excited to host this first time live collaboration of The Bug vs Dylan Carlson of Earth. It’s a collaboration that simply cannot be understated. Dylan Carlson and Kevin Martin are both long established figures presiding over the radical fringes of heavy music, holding the attention of curious minds and audiences for over twenty years worldwide. Carlson, the mainstay of Seattle’s Earth, has created a volume of daring work that originates in distorted drone and expands over cinematic Americana, folkloric balladry and proto-rock, whilst Martin (as The Bug, Techno Animal, Ice, King Midas Sound) gained notoriety producing hulking hyrbids of dancehall, dub and techno that are unparalleled in tactility and dark aggression. As The Bug vs Earth, they released Boa / Cold for Ninjatune in December (listen here), and it is with great pleasure we can announce that they will be performing together for the first time ever, especially for Supersonic Festival. Following this performance, The Bug shall be joined on stage by Flowdan to round up proceedings on Saturday night in style.


The Bug vs Dylan Carlson add to an unmissable line-up, which includes the avant-pop cerebral sound manipulator Holly Herndon (as announced last week on Stuart Maconie’s Freak Zone), the anticipated opening concert with the Will Gregory Moog Ensemble, post punk provocateurs The Pop Group, Liima, a new collaborative quartet formed of Danish indie-pop trio Efterklang and Finland’s finest improvisational percussionist Tatu Rönkkö, post-everything black metal lone wolves Liturgy and label mates, psych rock explorers Eternal Tapestry. Six Organs Of Admittance (Ben Chasny) will be performing, dissecting and demonstrating The Hexadic System whilst other welcome additions include the uncompromising and unmissable Gazelle Twin, and  Flamingods who shall be bringing a welcome and vibrant splash of day-glo to the main festival programme, alongside Swedish maxi-experimentalist duo Wildbirds & Peacedrums, the Franco-Scottish hedonism of Glasgow’s Happy Meals, super-kinetic London future jazz outfit Tomaga and the anonymous sundrenched sounds of Slow Magic. We can also highly recommend grit’n’synth solo punk Apostille, the brightly coloured prickly post-pfunk of Ravioli Me Away, maxi-percussionist Danes Selvhenter and mysterious organ and saxophone possessing super-duper-group Sex Swing. From Northern Ireland, manic, droning interpreters of local mythology and instrumentation Woven Skull and the striking Circuit Des Yeux.

On Sunday 14 June Richard Dawson curates an afternoon show named after his infamous podcast the DELIGHT IS RIGHT. With a number of rare UK performances by artists handpicked by Dawson, the line-up reflects the diversity of sounds that feed into his own songwriting which includes performances by  Afework Nigussie, Jiří Wehle, Rhodri Davies, Phil Tyler and Angharad Davies.

Weekend Tickets are available HERE