Joining the previously announced line up are; ANONYMOUS BASH, DORCHA, ELECTRONICA WIZARD, EX EASTER ISLAND HEAD, HARESS, JESSICA MOSS, KURO MAGA, RICHARD DAWSON, THE SPACE LADY, TOMAGA + PIERRE BASTIEN, XYLOURIS WHITE, ZONAL.
Premiering at Supersonic Festival are Zonal, the name of a brand new project by heavyweights Justin K Broadrick and Kevin Martin (The Bug), born from the ashes of Techno Animal.
Supersonic welcomes back Richard Dawson performing material from his forthcoming new album and for the first time, with a full band which includes long-time collaborators Angharad Davies and Rhodri Davies and also members of Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs.
Anonymous Bash, directed/led by This Heat’s infamous drummer, Charles Hayward and featuring members of Gnod.
Ex Easter Island Head convene a gathering of their Large Electric Ensemble, an ambitiously scaled work for sixteen prepared table-top electric guitars and percussion. Utilising a self-developed language of extended techniques and mechanical preparations the piece sees the groups’ shimmering electrified minimalism expanded to a bold new scale, encompassing members of Gnod, ILL, Action Beat and Mother.
Kuro, the duo of Agathe Max and Gareth Turner, performed at the Supersonic warm up event last year, however for the main festival they take on a special new form as Kuro Maga joined by Valentina Magaletti (drums/percussion) and Helen Papaioannou (baritone sax).
Supersonic Festival are also very excited to present the UK premiere of Pierre Bastien and Tomaga which follows on from a residency they performed together in France in 2016. The performance at Supersonic sees Pierre presenting his timeless, futuristic, and slightly dada mechanical sound sculptures in collaboration with the utterly infectious multi-instrumental music of Tomaga that moves by turns through industrial, jazz, psychedelia and minimalism, on its way to somewhere wholly other.
Speaking of special performances, we are certain that Electronica Wizard is going to be every bit as enjoyable as the concept implies.
The Space Lady is who the “outsider music” genre was created for. This unique artist began her career in the late 70s, walking on the sidewalks of Boston dressed exuberantly, sending messages of love and pacifism, accompanied by an accordion and making versions of some contemporary pop hits or classics of that time.
Violinist and composer Jessica Moss of cult post-rock band Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, her brand new solo project. Jessica Moss plays elegiac durational music at the intersection of neo-classicism, soundtrack, electronic, art-punk and avant-folk. This promises to be a highly compelling performance.
Dorcha, a 5 piece Birmingham band of synths, strings, electronics and heavy beats, led by composer – Anna Palmer. Dorcha is a continuing exploration through alternative songwriting. The band produces an enigmatic live show accompanied by visuals.
Haress 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, Earth, Human Bell and Papa M.
And finally for now, Xylouris White, their live shows, much like their recorded output, is a startling mixture of Cretan traditional music, punk rock and fiery – improvisation created by The Dirty Three drummer Jim White and Greek lute player George Xylouris, a testament to both of their remarkable histories. Explosive performance of pirouetting melodies, soaring vocals, and seamless transitions between tradition and invention.
Line up so far:-
Anna Von Hausswolff/ Anonymous Bash – Charles Hayward + Gnod/ Arbouretum / Colin Stetson / Dorcha / Electronica Wizard / Ex Easter Island Head – Large Ensemble / Haress / Jenny Hval / Jessica Moss / Kuro Maga / Laura Cannell / Melt Banana / Oxbow / Princess Nokia / Raime / Richard Dawson / The Space Lady / Tomaga + Pierre Bastien / Xylouris White / Zonal (Justin K Broadrick and Kevin Martin) / ZU