Following our most recent announcement about the debut of The Bug vs Dylan Carlson from Earth headlining Saturday night of Supersonic Festival, it’s now time to turn to reveal more treats we have lined up for the audience to partake and participate in across the four days.
The net has been cast wide while choosing the following guests and artists, who will be presenting visual, literary and live entertainment to ensure that the senses are stimulated from beginning to end. The festival, broken down across four day and nights, commences on the Thursday with the Will Gregory Moog Ensemble opening concert with special guest Stuart Maconie of BBC 6 Music.
Friday has performances from The Pop Group, Gazelle Twin, Happy Meals, Ravioli Me Away, Sex Swing, Apostille, Wildbirds and Peacedrums.
On the Saturday: The Bug Vs Dylan Carlson, Liturgy, Six Organs of Admittance, Eternal Tapestry, Dirty Electronics, Woven Skull, Circuit Des Yeux, Slow Magic, Flamingods, Liima, Holly Herndon, Selventer and Tomaga! can all be found across various venues.
Sunday plays host to Richard Dawson’s afternoon of curation, hailed Delight Is Right and featuring Afework Niguisse, Jiri Whele, Rhodri Davies, Phil Tyler, and Angharad Davies.
Alongside the wealth above we can announce these welcome additions…
Supersonic Festival are delighted to be partnering with the British Library Sound Archive to create a new commission as part of the Capsule Labs, an artist development and commissioning scheme devised to create more opportunities for commissioning experimental, cross-disciplinary art. Stephen Cracknell, founder of The Memory Band, has worked with selected material from the Library’s archive to create a new work, Children of the Stones, intended as a sonic celebration of British Primitive, mixing archival recordings, natural and industrial sounds, traditional melodies and original field recordings alongside a new acoustic score.
Talks, workshops and films…
Supersonic is partnering with Faber Social to present acclaimed author Rob Chapman talking about his new book Psychedelia and Other Colours, that explores in crystalline detail the history, precedents and cultural impact of LSD. From the earliest experiments in painting with light and immersive environments to the thriving avant-garde scene that existed in San Francisco even before the Grateful Dead and the Fillmore Auditorium. Sitars and Sergeant Pepper, surfadelica and the Soft Machine, light shows and love-ins – the mind-expanding effects of acid were to redefine popular culture as we know it.
Ben Chasny from Six Organs of Admittance will give a workshop on his Hexadic system. Charts and diagrams will be provided for audience members to document and leave with their own compositions. Ben will also give a talk on the Hexadic System and how it relates to the 13th century monk Ramon LLull. Llull’s influence on serial and combinatorial thought, poetics and hermeticism will be addressed. In addition he will be demonstrating the system in a dual with fellow guitarist Rick Tomlinson of Voice of the Seven Thunders fame – not to be missed!
John Doran is celebrating the publication of his first book, Jolly Lad, by reading passages from the book and also performing various incantations and rituals concerning black holes, the dismemberment of Dapper Laughs, ghosts and Birmingham bus timetables.
Friday 12th June marks the Birmingham Premiere of the Made You Look Documentary, a film about creativity in the digital age, exploring the landscape of the commercial art scene in the 21st Century, followed by a special Q&A session will follow the screening, Made You Look features interviews with leading creatives including: Hattie Stewart, Ian Stevenson, Sam Arthur (Nobrow), Sophie Dauvois (OKIDO Magazine), Anthony Burill, Ben the Illustrator and Kate Moross.
On Sunday 14th June as part of Digbeth Delights, a host of Birmingham’s best independent spaces present an afternoon of avant-garde performances, workshops and talks. Expect brutalist composition, contemporary improvisation, punk protest art, and poetic robotics. Highlights include Dissenters and Dreamers at Centrala, a new gallery, café and venue with a particular focus on Central and Eastern European culture, presenting an exhibition of Anti Authoritarian Protest Art and Music from the East and West. The exhibition is a selection of Punk protest art and documents produced before the fall of the Iron Curtain from the East and West, including works by Gee Vaucher and Oscar Kasperek. Gee Vaucher’s iconic imagery made with Anarcho-punk band Crass was inspirational to the ‘protest art’ of the 1980s and still resonates today. From the same period but on the other side of Europe Oscar Kasperek’s work was equally provocative. Gee will be in conversation with Nic Bullen co-founder of Napalm Death.
Apostille / Afework Nigussie / Angharad Davies / Circuit Des Yeux / Eternal Tapestry / Flamingods / Gazelle Twin / Happy Meals / Holly Herndon / Jiří Wehle / Liima – Efterklang + Tatu Rönkkö / Liturgy / Phil Tyler / Ravioli Me Away / Rhodri Davies / Richard Dawson / Selventer / Sex Swing / Six Organs of Admittance/ Slow Magic / The Bug vs Dylan Carlson From Earth/ The Pop Group / Tomaga / Wildbirds and Peacedrums / Woven Skull
More live music, and further details about the Moog Sound Lab + Bees In A Tin + All Ears still to be revealed in the coming weeks…
Tickets – weekend tickets priced at £60, and newly released day tickets as follows: Thursday £15, Friday £27.50, Saturday £37.50. Richard Dawson’s Delight is Right is limited capacity and only available to those with 3 day passes £80, Digbeth Delight is a free afternoon of avant-garde performances, workshops and talks located in artist-led spaces based in the area.