Guest curator announced + new line up announcements

Today we announce a further dose of exemplar, eclectic and extraordinary musical delights to the 2017 Supersonic line-up, scheduled to take place across three venues in the cultural hub of Digbeth, Birmingham during 16th to 18th June. We are delighted to announce a very special NAWA RECORDINGS record label showcase, presenting four of their artists, curated by label owner and multi-instrumentalist Khyam Allami.  Supersonic are also pleased to announce additions of PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS, LANIAKEA, GREY HAIRS, BIG JOANIE, FLOWERS MUST DIE, CASUAL NUN and MOHAMMAD. Read on to find out more about all the featured artists in this latest announcement…

NAWA RECORDINGS are a limitless label with their output of innovative, alternative, shape-and-boundary shifting sonics, founded in 2011 by the visionary multi-instrumentalist KHYAM ALLAMI.  Having released critically acclaimed albums by Maurice Louca, Alif, The Dwarfs of East Agouza and Allami’s soundtrack to Tunisian director Leyla Bouzid’s award winning debut feature film As I Open My Eyes, the label brings its newest artists to the UK for the first time in an eclectic quadruple-bill.  Khyam shall curate a striking array of Nawa artists during the Sunday afternoon of the 2017 edition of Supersonic Festival, in celebration of the festival’s longstanding relationship with the musician and label owner. All of the handpicked artists hone in on their own musical influences–spanning rock, psychedelia, gritty percussion, avant-garde, jazz, electronica – all are united by their exploration of genre-defying, improvisation-based craftwork that hail from the Arab world.

A contemporary trio led by renowned Palestinian vocalist and oud player Kamilya Jubran with Werner Hassler (Trumpet, Electronics) and Sarah Murcia (Double Bass, Roland SH-101).

Two or The Dragon
Lebanese electro-acoustic/noise duo Abed Kobbeisy (Buzuq/Effects) and Ali Hout (Percussions/Effects)

Nadah El Shazly
Egyptian vocalist and composer combining abstract quirky electronics and sultry Arabic vocals.

Khyam Allami
The Iraqi-British multi-instrumentalist musician/composer presents his latest series of improvisations on processed Oud, electronics and percussion.

We have added a further seven bands….more below!

LANIAKEA is Daniel O Sullivan (Ulver, Æthenor and Mothlite), Massimo Pupillo (Zu), Jessica Moss (A Silver Mount Zion) they draw on a rich tapestry of influences ranging from the plainchant of Hildegard von Bingen to Alice Coltrane’s vedantic tapes to the monolithic bass frequencies of Godflesh. With visuals by artist, Mark Titchner.

PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS has been a world-of-mouth phenomenon amongst the DIY scene, bringing their feverish and demented collision of psych-drone and riff-driven salvation to the masses.

GREY HAIRS hail from the fertile Nottingham DIY scene. Every song is like a miniature world in itself, taking unexpected twists and turns that mean just when you think you’ve got them pinned, they wriggle free.

BIG JOANIE is a black feminist punk band. In their own words, “We’re like The Ronettes filtered through 80s DIY and riot grrrl with a sprinkling of dashikis.”

FLOWERS MUST DIE is a six-piece Swedish outfit pursuing an improvisation-based approach removed from the codified realm of contemporary psych.

CASUAL NUN are a hotwire fuse of intoxicating buzz, heavy psychedelic krautrock ruptures and spellbinding distortion.

MOHAMMAD have been forging their deep monolithic sound for the past 6 years, bringing together low frequencies, inter-modulations, dark textures, and distant folk nuances through custom made instruments and software.

In the next announcement…day tickets go on sale, and the final musical line up is put in place. Also still to come, news on the talks, workshops and more across the weekend.

Line up so far:-
Anna Von Hausswolff . Anonymous Bash – Charles Hayward + Gnod . Arbouretum . Big Joanie . Casual Nun . Colin Stetson . Dorcha . Electronica Wizard . Ex Easter Island Head – Large Ensemble . Flowers Must Die . Grey Hairs . Haress . Jenny Hval . Jessica Moss . Kamilya Jubran/Wasl . Kuro Maga . Khyam Allami . Laura Cannell . Laniakea . Melt Banana . Mohammad . Nadah El Shazly . Oxbow . Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs . Princess Nokia . Raime . Richard Dawson . The Space Lady . Tomaga + Pierre Bastien . Two or The Dragon . Xylouris White . Zonal (Justin K Broadrick and Kevin Martin) . ZU