Films, talks and DJs at Supersonic 2022

With just three weeks to go until Supersonic 2022 we’re proud to announce the following additions to our programme:

Freak Zone in Conversation with Richard Dawson and Radwan Ghazi Moumneh

BBC Radio 6 Music presenter Stuart Maconie talks to cult icon Richard Dawson, about his life, his lyrics and his recent collaboration with Finnish legends, Circle. Then on Sunday Stuart speaks to ground breaking producer, musician and Supersonic Guest Curator Radwan Ghazi Moumneh aka Jerusalem In My Heart, an artist whose music has been on repeat in The Freak Zone home for the whole of 2022.

The Art of Collaboration

Jessika Khazrik, Sian O’Gorman (NYX), Elizabeth Bernholz (Gazelle Twin) will be talking to Sophie Morrison (SAM) about the art of collaboration and the launch of Digital Bridge, a new project led by Sound and Music and the Mexican Centre for Music and Sonic Arts (CMMAS) in partnership with Supersonic.

Electric Wizards JR Moores in Conversation with Rosie Solomon

Being in the Home of Metal we couldn’t resist an opportunity to talk to author JR Moores about his new book Electric Wizards which explores the rich tapestry of Heavy Music from 1968 right through to the vibrant modern underground, epitomised by Supersonic darlings Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs.

Jasmine Ketibuah-Foley in Conversation with Decolonise Fest and Divide and Dissolve

Our guest curators Decolonise Fest will be in conversation with Jasmine Ketibuah-Foley on Saturday. Decolonise Fest is a non-profit DIY punk festival collectively organised by and for punx of colour, made up of activists, militant community organisers, musicians, and artists.

On Sunday Jasmine will be speaking to multidimensional heavy duo Divide & Dissolve. Both from indigenous backgrounds, Divide and Dissolve aim to secure Black futures, liberation, and freedom; demand Indigenous Sovereignty; uplift people of colour’s experiences; and destroy white supremacy.

Paul Purgas In Conversation

Sound artist Paul Purgas will share his research into the history of India’s first electronic music studio founded in Ahmedabad, Gujarat in 196, and in turn how this research informed his recent commission ‘Tape Music’ for Supersonic Festival as part of the New Music Biennial.


“Here Is a Gift for You: A Film about Old Man Gloom” directed by Kenneth Thomas

Kenneth Thomas’ will be presenting “Here Is a Gift for You: A Film about Old Man Gloom“. The official Old Man Gloom documentary will take audiences along with the band on the West Coast leg of the tour for their album, NO, in 2012.

Shorts by John Bradburn

Director John Bradburn will take us through his Birmingham-made music videos for Royal Thunder, Deafheaven, Emma Ruth Rundle, and Uniform among others, channelling the sinister, strange landscape where the ruins of industrial England meet a timeless pagan wilderness.

Shorts by Erin Weisgerber

Erin Weisgerber, a Tiohtia:ke/Montreal-based filmmaker and member of Jerusalem In My Heart shall be screening a series of short films as part of Radwan’s guest curation. All of the films were created on 16mm film using in-camera effects, optical printing, hand-processing, and other forms of image generation and manipulation unique to the material qualities of film.


Freaky Disco

On Saturday night, BBC Radio 6 Music are throwing their very own Freaky Disco featuring DJ sets from Stuart, Divide and Dissolve and Jerusalem In My Heart. They’ll also be broadcasting a Supersonic Special on 6 Music on Sunday the 17th of July, featuring live music and highlights from the festival. The Freak Zone broadcasts on BBC Radio 6 Music at 8PM every Sunday, and if you miss it, you can listen again on BBC Sounds.

The Quietus Takeover

The rooftop bar is being taken over all day Saturday and Sunday by our pals at countercultural magazine, The Quietus. Expect DJ sets from UKAEA spinning tropical disco; international punk rock fire from Noel Gardner; Alannah Chance and Jennifer Lucy Allan from BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction; and the hopefully not self-explanatory John Doran and J.R. Moores’ Naked Brunch; plus expect special performances and guest DJ spots from across the bill.

FAT OUT One Stop Transformation Shop

Returning to Supersonic again laden with all the (biodegradable) glitter & googley eyes they can carry is Fat Out’s One Stop Transformation Shop and bringing with them their hoards of rowdy glitter witches. Give yourself to Fat Out and let them transform you into your most fabulous self, ready to tear up the Supersonic pit and pull all the shapes on the dance floor.