“British underground’s best-loved annual event” – one month away!

photo AJA at Supersonic Festival 2019 photo by Joseph Singh


Two decades of eclectic programming, a staunch DIY ethos and forward-thinking and inclusive politics have made it the British underground’s best-loved annual event.

Read the article via The Quietus HERE

Huge thanks to Kez Whelan at The Quietus for this amazing feature which charts 20 years of Supersonic Festival as we are a month out from the 20th anniversary edition.

“Birmingham’s Supersonic Festival celebrates its twentieth anniversary this year, and looking back over the last two decades of its existence, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that organisers Capsule have laid down the groundwork for all the specialised, boutique UK festivals that have sprung up in its wake. It’s easy to take such events for granted these days, but it’s worth remembering just how ground-breaking Supersonic has been, and what an anomaly it was when it first appeared. A staunchly DIY, female-founded festival in an extremely corporate, male dominated industry, Supersonic revolutionised the idea of a music festival in the early 2000s and has been going strong ever since……

This combination of inclusive politics, diverse representation, experimental art and unpredictable atmosphere is what has kept Supersonic so fresh, unique and resilient for the last twenty years. This year is no exception, with a line-up boasting old favourites like Godflesh, Deerhoof and Oxbow alongside a host of exciting new acts from across the world, such as Zambian-Canadian rapper Backxwash, Irish avant-folk collective Lankum, Moroccan feminist punk band Taqbir and anti-colonial drone-doom duo Divide And Dissolve. Whilst other festivals may come and go, Supersonic’s continued existence stands in defiance of industry norms and proves that so called “challenging” music can be for everyone.”