Sofasonic Playlist: Hen Ogledd

Throughout the year, as part of our extended Sofasonic Festival celebrations, we’re releasing an array of playlists on Spotify that have been carefully curated by artists & friends of the festival for your listening pleasure!


Sofasonic Playlists: Radwan MoumnehMark Titchner | QUEEF | Gazelle TwinMatt RidoutKhyam Allami | Molly & MabelDecolonise Fest | Rocket Recordings | Mike Nelson | Faten Kanaan | Iggor Cavalera | Valentina Magaletti | Sex Swing | Mariano Sarine | Sofa King | Ben Sadler | Rosie Tee | Elle Donlon | Natalie Sharp | Matters | Bunny Bissoux | impaTV | Bryn Perrott | Dorcha


We’re delighted to be hosting Hen Ogledd on Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th December as they grace our screens with their playfully unyielding, wonky-pop sounds. First for a trail-blazing Supersonic Kids Gig and again for a full set, broadcast from The Star & Shadow in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. So ahead of all the fun, we asked them to make a playlist of some of their favourite songs!



Signed to Dominio Records, Hen Ogledd is the wild, inimitable band project of musicians Richard Dawson, Rhodri Davies, Dawn Bothwell and Sally Pilkington. All four members deliver vocals in their various Scottish, Welsh and northern English accents – after all, Hen Ogledd is Welsh for the Old North – along with swathes of vocoder for good measure.


Take a listen to their selections here…


For their special online broadcast, we’re excited to hear (for the first time!) live incarnations from their latest album Free Humans; a psychedelic voyage, that ebbs & flows between outer-space, lochs, toxic gas-emitting bogs and celestial plains – broadcast from Newcastle’s Star & Shadow.


Free Humans takes a deliberately more organic and natural approach, this new material tackles themes of love, friendship, Gaia theory, sewers, the nature of time, human stench, and the thrills of wild swimming. It’s remarkable that, given the intense collision of ideas at play, Free Humans somehow coheres into a marvellous whole.



“Hen Ogledd are so excited at the thought of beaming into your living rooms for a couplet of special streamed shows, from the Star & Shadow in Newcastle – one gig especially for the kids, the other for the fully-growns. It’ll be our first chance to share in person (sort of) the music of Free Humans, and we are so happy to be doing this in collaboration with our friends at Supersonic Festival – that most crucial and brilliant hub of music and cultural light.”

– Richard Dawson


Here are the details you need to know if you want to join the online fun next weekend…


Hen Ogledd: live from the Star & Shadow

Sunday 20th December, 20:00 GMT

Live-stream concert

Tickets £10 or £25 including Hen Ogledd limited edition A3 poster



Supersonic Kids Gig with Hen Ogledd

hosted by Anna Palmer

Saturday 19 December 2020, 11:00 GMT 


Tickets (pay as you feel)