NEW SUPERSONIC PODCAST! Spinning Plates

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The Supersonic Podcast is back with a new episode – celebrating and recognising women, trans and non-binary artists who are creating extraordinary new music.

 

As Supersonic was founded and is led by women, one of our key aims is to be an inspiring space where these formidable artists and our supportive audience come together and make some stellar things happen.

 

In our new podcast ‘Spinning Plates’ we throw the spotlight on some women-led music labels and their respective formidable label heads; all spinning their many plates, making their own rules and carving their own path in the music industry. We interview Julie Weir from Sony’s Music for Nations, Bettina Richards from Thrill Jockey & Vinita Joshi from Rocket Girl – all who provide an incredible insight into how they have navigated their way through the music business.

 

We’ll also talk a bit about our very recent exciting news – Supersonic Recordings (our very own label) has been re-launched! We’ve just released the debut EP of Birmingham artist Blue Ruth, so we interview them about that and spin some tracks from it!

 

We’ll also be spinning some stellar sounds from Suzanne Ciani, Sofa King, OOIOO, White Ring, Helen Money, Blóm, Loraine James and Spellling.

Tune on in! Treat your ears, and enjoy your podcast journey with us…

 

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If you’re in a position to support the artists in this podcast too, we’ve put all their Bandcamp links below for your convenience…

Tracklist

  • Blue Ruth: Wide Eyes (Supersonic Recordings)
  • OOIOO: Nijimu (Thrill Jockey)
  • Blue Ruth: Almost Gone (Supersonic Recordings)

 

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Blue Ruth announces debut EP ‘Mausoleum’

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BLUE RUTH – MAUSOLEOUM EP
Released: Saturday 3rd July 2021

 

Through a distorted cacophony of sound, Blue Ruth presents their debut EP ‘Mausoleum’; part-fiction, part-abstract stories, scribbled down from a morbid vision of their Birmingham hometown.  

 

Synth based, blown out and sickly – it’s a shut-in’s death disco of disfigured beats and fried industrial tones.”
– Echoes & Dust

“almost like a Gazelle Twin fronted Godflesh
The Quietus

 

Six of Blue Ruth’s thundering tracks will be released exclusively on the newly re-formed Supersonic Recordings – a label championing the best in experimental and genre-bending music for the ears of curious audiences. The EP will be available as a limited-edition batch of 150 tape cassettes and as part of a T-shirt Bundle – all featuring artwork by Supersonic designer David Hand.

 

Utilising second-hand hardware, Blue Ruth’s musical ingenuity pulls from their background of performing in guitar-heavy bands Youth Man and Pretty Grim. Dropping the guitars for layers, upon layers of distortion pedals stacked on cheap keyboards, their striking debut output ‘Mausoleum’ oozes an utterly human sound. At it’s core, this is noisy, synth led, electronic, industrial music, where glitchy club beats and semi-improvised melodies transport us to a dystopian party that never ends.
Pre-order the Cassette Tape + T Shirt bundle here for £22.00

 

Pre-order the T Shirt + digital download here for £15.00

 

Just the digital download is available here for £5.00

 

 

Listen to preview:

Tracklist:

  1. Almost Gone
  2. John Wick
  3. Freshhh
  4. Mausoleum
  5. Pure
  6. Wide Eyes

 

Blue Ruth will be launching ‘Mausoleoum’ with a *sold out* live show at Centrala on Saturday 3rd July in collaboration with Supersonic Festival as part of Centrala’s #AllSystemsGo series.

 

 

 

 

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An ode to Broadcast…

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Rodgers & Onacko Play the Broadcast Songbook 

 

 

From the depths of Kings Heath, singer-songwriter William William Rodgers and pianist/synth player Piera Onacko present a stripped back, jazz-inflected EP of reworked songs by the Birmingham legends, Broadcast.

 

Created by the duo as an enjoyable lock-down project, these thoughtful reinterpretations are a beautiful ode to Trish Keenan’s immense songwriting talents. In the sublime spaciousness of Onacko’s delicate piano approach and Rodger’s vocal depth, another dimension is added to familiar songs. They capture a range of moods from misty jazz melancholy to jerky cabaret all happily existing within the limitations of just piano & vocal.

 

The whole four-track EP was released on Saturday 12 June and is available to listen to on streaming platforms here.

 

 

For now, we hope you enjoy this dreamy re-imagining of Tears In The Typing Pool for voice and piano, teamed with visuals by Kings Heath artist Dom MacMillan Scott…

 

 

We’ve been big fans of Broadcast at Supersonic HQ for two decades now – it was an honour for us to have them play at the 2006 edition of the festival. This project from Onacko & Rodgers is a fitting tribute to an immense Birmingham talent, and it’s release now is even more poignant with it being 10 years since Trish’s passing – RIP. We’re feeling all warm and nostalgic listening to the incredible set they performed at Supersonic Festival 2006 on the Custard Factory Pool…

 

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NEW PODCAST! IWD special pt. 2 !

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We’re chuffed to continue our Supersonic Podcast series celebrating and recognising women, trans and non-binary artists who are creating extraordinary new music.

 

As Supersonic was founded and is led by women, one of our key aims is to be an inspiring space where these formidable artists and our supportive audience come together and make some stellar things happen. Earlier this year we teamed up with Swamp Booking, one of Europe’s leading independent agencies, to launch a series of talks that amplify these voices – happening as live streams on YouTube.

 

In today’s podcast, we focus on our third talk of the series, “Sounding Out Intersectionality” with Stephanie Phillips from Big Joanie, Lorena Quintanilla aka. the Rocket Recordings signed artist J.Zunz and Shannon Funchess founder of US act Light Asylum.

 

We’ll also be spinning some BIG sounds from Special Interest, Divide and Dissolve, Pretty Grim, Big | Brave and The Linda Lindas.

Tune on in! Treat your ears, and enjoy your podcast journey with us…

 

LISTEN HERE

 

If you’re in a position to support the artists in this podcast too, we’ve put all their Bandcamp links below for your convenience…

Tracklist

  • “Sounding Out Intersectionality” In Conversation with Stephanie Phillips
  • “Sounding Out Intersectionality” In Conversation with Lorena Quintanilla
  • “Sounding Out Intersectionality” In Conversation with Shannon Funchess
  • Pretty Grim (live at FAT OUT Fest 2020)

 

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THIS THURSDAY! Big | Brave In Conversation

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Supersonic presents…

In Conversation: BIG | BRAVE

Thursday 10 June 2021, 20:00 BST
Live stream via YouTube

 

FREE (donations welcomed*)

*Whilst these conversations are free to watch, we ask if you’re in a position to, you please contribute what you can afford. Your donations will help to secure the future work of Supersonic, enabling us to support the artists we host and our freelance team. You can donate by buying our merch or making a donation.

 

 

Supersonic was founded and is led by womxn, one of our key aims is to be an inspiring space where womxn, trans and non-binary artists who are creating extraordinary new music are celebrated and recognised.

 

We’re excited to partner once again with Swamp Booking as we continue our series of online talks that amplify the voices and experiences of womxn, trans and non-binary artists. We’ll be exploring how to create a better working environment and a more cohesive scene, sharing wider perspectives first-hand, whilst also focusing on more specific topics such as the notion of ‘Heaviness’ in creative practice.

 

With this in mind, we’re delighted to present the trio BIG | BRAVE in conversation on Thursday 10 June 2021. Hosted once again by journalist, Jasmine Ketibuah-Foley, this new edition of our series will explore ideas of great force, intensity and turbulence within music.

 

 

The Montreal, Quebec trio BIG | BRAVE create heavy, vast post-rock. Minimalism, structural freedom and meticulous timing form the cornerstones of their precise, rhythmical sound.

 

The band formed in 2012, with no other goal than simply experimenting with the instruments in their possession. Band members Robin Wattie and Mathieu Ball started writing subtle ambient/minimalistic folk songs together. After an incident where an acoustic guitar broke, the electric guitar became the permanent replacement, bringing with it larger amps and mass of amplitude. Third member Tasy Hudson joined the ranks in 2018.

 

It became clear that loud volume would become just as effective as the lowest possible ones and the juxtaposition of both would become something of a signature sound for them.

 

 

Even at their heaviest though, there’s a brightness and optimism radiating at the core of the trio’s sound. Their folky roots really shine through”
– The Quietus

 

Above is the band’s latest music video ‘Big Brave’ – it consists of a single shot of a single performative action that can be read as the representation of the damage an external force can have on someone or something without ever having to bear any responsibility and consequence.  BIG | BRAVE adds “The action of shovelling dirt onto the person, also acts a way to discredit, shame and discriminate the individual. With the victim (on screen), being painfully covered with dirt by the perpetrator (off screen), all we have to witness is the damage done and left behind. We are aware of what is happening, what has happened, but the source is kept anonymous and can easily be missed and overlooked.”

 

In 2015, the band entered the studio with Menuck and recorded “Au De La”. With no home for the record, they decided to take a chance in writing to Southern Lord. As luck would have it, Greg Anderson happened upon their email among hundreds and responded. Since then, BIG | BRAVE have had a home with Southern Lord Records – they’ve released the band’s latest outputs; Ardor in 2017, A Gaze Among Them in 2019 and VITAL in 2021.

 

Since their inception, the band has had many honours and privileges of touring a number of times in North America and Europe with bands such as Sunn O))), MY DISCO, The Body, Thou, Primitive Man and Thee Silver Mt Zion.

 

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Swamp Booking is a booking agency representing bands from across the globe in Europe, UK and Latin America.
Swamp Booking was founded by Riccardo Biondetti in Berlin in 2012. Since its foundation, Swamp has grown to become one of Europe’s leading independent agencies, promoting some of the most cutting edge artists in rock and experimental music and paving the way for new and compelling acts. Nowadays, Swamp Booking is well known in the music community for the consistency and diversity of its roster, and for having a finger on the pulse of the underground.
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An important update from Capsule about Supersonic 2021

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Thank you to everyone who has been patiently waiting to hear from us about our plans for Supersonic Festival 2021. Many of you have been getting in touch to find out about the next festival and when it will take place.

 

We have made the decision not to go ahead with Supersonic Festival in 2021. The festival will return in 2022.

 

Since the COVID-19 pandemic arrived and reshaped our lives, the Capsule team have been working closely with our board to think through possible approaches and different scenarios. During lockdown last year, our digital edition Sofasonic was a big success, and we have discovered a lot about producing digital events. We didn’t want to repeat Sofasonic this year, especially as we are not in a full national lockdown. Sofasonic (an online only edition of the festival) felt like an idea that was of the moment, and whilst digital broadcast will remain part of our future, we also want to return to producing in-person events.

 

Equality and accessibility for a wide range of audiences is a core part of our ethos as an organisation and it doesn’t feel right to produce an in-person festival when a lot of people are still unable to attend safely. We understand this personally – some of our team have been shielding throughout lockdown. The safety of our team, artists and audience is so important to us.  We want people to feel comfortable and confident, and to be able to engage with the festival safely. This is especially important for Supersonic as we are a city-based festival working mostly in indoor venues.

 

It’s also risky for independent festivals and event organisers to plan events when there is still no insurance available to cover cancellations connected to COVID-19.  We hope this issue can be addressed soon as it’s affecting many independent festivals in the UK. We hope that the government might work with the insurance sector to develop or underwrite such a scheme.  This would enable the independent sector to plan more confidently.

 

Supersonic is an international festival and currently international touring is on hold. It’s important to us (especially within the context of Brexit) that we remain outward facing and can host artists from all corners of the world. We’re exploring new collaborations that can help international touring, and we are also looking into greener ‘slow touring’ models which could support our goal to reduce carbon emissions and reduce our climate impact.

 

We miss seeing our audience, team and amazing artists face to face. Thank you for the support thus far – attending our online events, buying our merch, and for all your generous donations – which have enabled us to raise money not only for Capsule but also for the Trussell Trust and RSVP.  Your loyalty and generosity means the world to the team and keeps us going – making us more determined to make 2022 our come back year. We’re planning to come back with a bang in 2022 – and are already working on exciting plans.

 

For those with tickets for Supersonic 2020 please hold onto them and they’ll be valid for 2022. If you need to request a refund for your ticket at this stage, please contact the Capsule team on info[at]capsule.org.uk. We can refund the full cost of your ticket but sadly cannot refund booking fees.

 

We know you are a knowledgeable and opinionated bunch and so we wanted to take this opportunity to ask you the fans what you’d like to see at Supersonic 2022. What artists do you dream of seeing live? What ideas for new forms of events and festival strands could make Supersonic 2022 extraordinary? What could make the festival more inclusive? Let us know in the comments on our social media here.

 

In the meantime, you can relive the some of the highlights of past Supersonic festivals on our Youtube channel.  We’ve also been dusting off vintage footage from the archive and getting ready to share with you publicly. As a very special treat, today we are publishing the live set Fugazi played in 2002 – see below.

 

We miss you!

 

With love,

The Capsule / Supersonic family and team

 

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To soften the blow, we share with you now some rare footage from our archives – Fugazi (Dischord) live at one of our earliest Capsule shows in 2002 at the then Institute in Birmingham, UK.

 

A massive thanks to Fugazi for the permission to share this footage, and to Tom Wagstaff for editing it.

Filmed by Lisa Meyer & Jenny Moore 

 

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WATCH NOW: DIVIDE AND DISSOLVE IN CONVERSATION

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Supersonic presents…

In Conversation: DIVIDE AND DISSOLVE

Thursday 6 May 2021, 19:30 GMT
Live stream via YouTube

 

FREE (donations welcomed*)

*Whilst these conversations are free to watch, we ask if you’re in a position to, you please contribute what you can afford. Your donations will help to secure the future work of Supersonic, enabling us to support the artists we host and our freelance team. You can donate by buying our merch or making a donation.

 

 

Supersonic was founded and is led by womxn, one of our key aims is to be an inspiring space where womxn, trans and non-binary artists who are creating extraordinary new music are celebrated and recognised.

 

We’re excited to continue our series of online talks that amplify the voices and experiences of womxn, trans and non-binary artists. We’ll be exploring how to create a better working environment and a more cohesive scene, sharing wider perspectives first-hand, whilst also focusing on more specific topics such as the notion of ‘Heaviness’ in creative practice.

 

With this in mind, we’re delighted to present the multidimensional heavy duo, Divide & Dissolve in conversation on Thursday 6 May 2021. Hosted once again by journalist, Jasmine Ketibuah-Foley, this new edition of our series will explore ideas of great force, intensity and turbulence within music.

 

DIVIDE AND DISSOLVE members Takiaya Reed  (saxophone, guitar, live effects) and Sylvie Nehill (drums, live effects) create instrumental music that is both heavy and beautiful, classically influenced yet thrillingly contemporary, and powerfully expressive and communicative. It has the ability to speak without words, and utilises frequencies to interact with the naturally occurring resonance. There is an undeniable chemistry between the two musicians when interlocked in their waves of sound.

 

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.  They use their pummelling performances to carry the fight of their ancestors, and to draw attention to the ongoing battle against systemic oppression. 

 

Their new album Gas Lit  was released on  Invada Records on 29th January, and produced by Ruban Neilson of Unknown Mortal Orchestra.  About the signing, Geoff Barrow from Invada comments: “I first became aware of Divide & Dissolve through a mutual friend. She then sent me their album and it totally freaked me out with its beauty and extreme heaviness. Takiaya & Sylvie are brilliant people who feel like part of the Invada family already.” He continues, “I’m really looking forward to them releasing their new album with us and we 100% support their fight to abolish white supremacy with their crushing doom.” 

 

 

As part of this event, we are delighted to be premiering ‘Many Arms‘ the new single of Helen Money to be released on Thrill Jockey.

 

Helen is a unique and versatile cellist who uses her instrument to access and channel the extremities of human emotion. By employing extensive sonic manipulation and an array of plucking and bowing techniques she summons an astonishing breadth and depth of sound. She has toured extensively with ShellacRussian CirclesEarthBob Mould and MONO. On her new album Atomic, she pushes even further out towards the extremes of her output with a daring leap forward in her songwriting through minimalist arrangements that stand as her most intimate, direct, and emotionally bare work to date.

 

Her music has been described by Louder Than War as “emotionally stunning, flipping between tenderness and fear, rage and serenity. A perfect example of a universal story being told by a master of their craft.”

 

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WATCH NOW: SISTERS WITH TRANSISTORS

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In partnership with The Wire, Supersonic Presents…

SISTERS WITH TRANSISTORS: film screening + in conversation with Q&A

In Conversation: Suzanne Ciani & Lisa Rovner (Director)
hosted by Louise Gray from The Wire

 

Tuesday 27 April 2021 at 20:00 BST

In Conversation is free to watch via the Supersonic YouTube channel here.

 

Tickets to film screening are £9.99 available hereWatch anytime after April 23.

 

We are delighted to be partnering with The Wire to present a Virtual Screening of the film SISTERS WITH TRANSISTORS (released by Modern Films) accompanied by an In Conversation with legendary electronic music pioneer Suzanne Ciani & the film’s director Lisa Rovner – hosted by Louise Gray from The Wire.

 

Sisters with Transistors is the remarkable untold story of electronic music’s female pioneers, composers who embraced machines and their liberating technologies to utterly transform how we produce and listen to music today.

 

The film maps a new history of electronic music through the visionary women whose radical experimentations with machines redefined the boundaries of music, including Clara Rockmore, Daphne Oram, Bebe Barron, Pauline Oliveros, Delia Derbyshire, Maryanne Amacher, Eliane Radigue, Suzanne Ciani, and Laurie Spiegel.

 

Supersonic was founded and is led by womxn, one of our key aims is to be an inspiring space where womxn, trans and non-binary artists who are creating extraordinary new music are celebrated and recognised. This event takes place as part of our wider series of online talks that amplify the voices and experiences of womxn, trans and non-binary artists. Exploring how to create a better working environment and a more cohesive scene, sharing wider perspectives first-hand.

 

SUZANNE CIANI (born June 4, 1946) is a five-time Grammy award-nominated composer, electronic music pioneer, and new age recording artist. While in grad school in Berkeley, Suzanne became entranced with the ability to produce music with a machine, and devoted herself to the Buchla synthesizers for the next two decades, pioneering live electronic performances in quadrophic sound. Alongside a successful artistic career, she was also responsible for scoring TV spots and crafting iconic sound bites for some of America’s largest corporations throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s. The sound effect of a Coca-Cola bottle being opened and poured is one of her most famed achievements. Ciani was also the first woman to score a major Hollywood film (Lily Tomlin’s ‘The Incredible Shrinking Woman’ in 1981).

 

LISA ROVNER is a French American artist and filmmaker based in London. Her films spring from her fascination with archives and her underlying aspiration to transform politics and philosophy into cinematic spectacle. Rovner has collaborated with some of the most internationally respected artists and brands including Pierre Huyghe, Liam Gillick, Sebastien Tellier, Maison Martin Margiela and Acne. Her films have been presented internationally in art venues and theaters. Currently, she is in development on an episodic comedy about the art world and on a television series about revolutionary architecture. SISTERS WITH TRANSISTORS is her first feature documentary.

 

HOSTED BY LOUISE GRAY from The Wire – a writer who specialises in music and visual arts. She has written for many UK-based publications, including the NMEGuardianIndex on Censorship and the New Statesman. Formerly a music critic for The Times and culture correspondent for the Independent on Sunday, she currently writes for The WireMusicworksNew Internationalist, Tempo and Museums Journal.

 

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Watch again! Iconic Sonics series

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Especially for International Women’s Day 2021, we commissioned six artists to pay homage to their own personal Pop Icons – the result? ICONIC SONICS! 

 

In celebration of some iconic womxn music makers and shakers, expect wild interpretations and creative covers of pop royalty presented by Lone Taxidermist, Godspeed You! Peter Andre, Conny Prantera, Blóm, Blue Ruth & Sofa King.

 

They are now all available to watch again on our YouTube channel for your pure viewing enjoyment! Get stuck in below…

 

LONE TAXIDERMIST covers Cosey Fan Tutti

Supersonic veteran, Natalie Sharp aka Lone Taxidermist is known in equal measure for her cosmic synth creations and otherworldly costume designs. Sharp is a disabled artist at the forefront of a new wave of underground musicians, creating immersive worlds for their audiences to participate in. Often working in non-conventional settings, she challenges existing frameworks and expectations whilst exploring issues around gender and sexuality, pain and the body. She effortlessly blends stagecraft with costumes, graphic art, video making, face paint, vocal technique, remixing and DJing, pushing the parameters of live settings. 

 

“I feel like Cosey paved a way of doing art that deeply resonates with me. There’s a lot of parallels between us, not just because we’re from hard ass northern fighting towns and have sea fairing fathers but also because of her approach to art. Through actions and her own personal corporeal expression, Cosey puts her entire being into her art I can hard relate to that”

 

GODSPEED YOU! PETER ANDRE ft BEAU AZRA covers SOPHIE 

This dark electronic duo are set to collide the world of pop royalty with deep industrial witch music. Based at the Islington Mill in Salford, the duo first met back in 2008 at a Fat Out gig (of Supersonic googly-eye fame). Together, they explore the realms of the dark psyche, taking the audience from depths of meditative intensity to rhythmic industrious beats.

 

“SOPHIE has been a huge inspiration to GY!PA. Their incredible talents as a producer and ability to make really unique, noisy and challenging pop songs will forever influence our sound. Their recent tragic death sent deep shockwaves through our community and we wanted to cover Ponyboy in tribute and utter admiration for one of the most important experimental producers of our generation.
Thank you SOPHIE for your artistry. You will forever live on as a true icon. Rest in Power you absolute genius.” 

 

CONNY PRANTERA (aka THE SEER) covers Nico

Artist Conny Prantera has built a striking career in illustration, video art, music and multimedia work that takes inspiration from symbolism and visionary art. Her creations are full of dark meditations on man’s relationship to the natural world and the historical vanquishing of matriarchal systems, drawing lineage from magic and esotericism through dreamwork and self introspections. Mostly performing as The Seer, she has produced a multitude of performances that take form as solo or collaborative pieces.

“My fascination with Nico has a lot to do with her as a performer and especially in the beautifully raw underground short The Inner Scar, a strange and spellbinding film by Philippe Garrel. Like the very few successful women artists of her times, Nico’s life was complicated and put under scrutiny in a way that her male counterparts never had to endure.” 

 

 

BLÓM covers SOPHIE

Forming mid-way through 2017, Blóm describe themselves as “three cute punx playing pua radge shit”.  Comprised of former members of Tough Tits and Yume Hayashi, Newcastle Upon Tyne’s Blóm fuse together genres to create their unique DIY Queer Feminist anthems. In 2020 Blóm released their debut album ‘FLOWER VIOLENCE’ on Box Records, and played only two shows: Borealis Festival (Norway) and TUSK Festival. This year they will be supporting Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs on their rescheduled 2021 UK Tour dates.

 

“We chose SOPHIE as she is a hugely inspirational artist and soul who has influenced us collectively and individually. This reworking of FACESHOPPING, has been dissected and reworked by BLÓM, recorded in our practice room, never to be played the same again. This is our tribute to a pioneer, it tastes good and it’s like moisturizer.”

 

 

BLUE RUTH covers Grace Jones

Noisy, synth led, electronic, industrial music with post-punk sensibilities. Blue Ruth is a semi-improv genre crossing experience by Kaila Whyte of Birmingham punk band Youth Man and noise-trio Pretty Grim.

 

“Grace Jones is just a badass. Firstly, her music and film career is iconic (her performance as Katrina in Vamp is a highlight!) And on a personal level, she’s one of few prominent people I can really recognise myself in. To see an androgynous, Jamaican woman who is sex-positive without being hyper-feminine is something I really valued as a child and still today.”

 

 

SOFA KING covers Kate Bush

Leeds based experimentalist Sofa King, is the musical output of pop-obsessed transgender individual Dianne Burdon. She treats reverb and feedback like a chemical formula with raucous clashes of Tetris-like guitar beeps. 

 

What’s important about Kate Bush is her ability to take risks without compromise, it’s why her music holds up, it’s both classic and timeless, something I aspire to with my music. She’s someone who understood what it took to sit at conception of pop as art, without watering anything down. ” 

 

 

 

If you enjoyed this Iconic Sonics series, why not check out our Sofa Sabbath collection from last summer? We’ve also got many performances, panel talks, make-a-longs and more from our Sofasonic weekend over on our YouTube Channel. So make sure you Subscribe!

 

 

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NEW SHOW: Godspeed You! Black Emperor

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Supersonic Festival are proud to present Godspeed You! Black Emperor live at the HMV Empire in Coventry, on 20 January 2022.

 

Tickets

 

It is an honour for us to once again play host to Godspeed’s legendary live performances; a harnessing of raw sonic power, spittle and grit amongst the backdrop of 16mm analog film projections.

Since 1997, the Canadian collective have been pulling at the threads of late capitalism. A quarter of a century later, they continue crafting their cinematic instrumentals to conjure a world on the very brink of apocalypse – a soundtrack for our times. Between searing melodies that ricochet and converge amidst violin and bassline counterpoint, their noise-drenched, widescreen, post-rock sound is an all encompassing live experience. Expect field recordings and semi-improvised passages that frame the fervent epics they forge.

Godspeed will be performing music from their new album ‘G_d’s Pee AT STATE’s END’ – a release that has bottled our turbulent moment in history with both noise and beauty.

 

“A tumultuous record for tumultuous times … Godspeed’s new album articulates dark times, but it also presents the countermovement with breathtaking power.”
NME

 

Resisting social media and releasing just two grainy press shots in a quarter of a century, Godspeed remain wary of the mainstream. Few rock bands have been as steadfast in letting the work speak for itself and maintaining a simple rule about non-participation in modern cultures of personality, celebrity and commodification.

 

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NEW PODCAST! International Women’s Day special! pt. 1

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We’re chuffed to be back with a new series of the Supersonic Podcast as part our celebrations for International Women’s Day!

 

As Supersonic was founded and is led by womxn, one of our key aims is to be an inspiring space where womxn, trans and non-binary artists who are creating extraordinary new music are celebrated and recognised. So this podcast will do just that, with an absolute stonker of a programme coming your way, ft. Gazelle Twin, Lone Taxidermist, Moor Mother & Valentina Magaletti.

 

Tune on in! Treat your ears, and enjoy your podcast journey with us…

 

LISTEN HERE

 

And don’t forget on Saturday 13th March we are hosting a whole day of celebrations for International Women’s Day 2021. ALL are welcome to join us for an array of online events that celebrate the incredible Womxn artists we champion in our Supersonic line-ups all year round.

 

 

We’re over the moon that our headline event will be Cosey Fanni Tutti, the acclaimed musician/performance artist, in conversation with actress & writer Maxine Peake. This will stream alongside a brand new series called Iconic Sonics – where you can expect wild interpretations and creative covers of pop royalty presented by Lone Taxidermist, Godspeed You! Peter Andre, Conny Prantera, Blóm, Blue Ruth & Sofa King.

 

During the daytime we have two participatory events; you can get involved and get creative with a joyously interactive drawing workshop from Old Bort Designs aka Emily Doyle. And join Do.omyoga as they return to Supersonic to harness the divine feminine energy of Shakti within you.

 

We’re offering an all day bundle ticket for £15.00 which gets you into all the events, or you can purchase tickets separately and we’ll be donating 25% of all ticket sales to RSVP, the Rape & Sexual Violence Project.

 

If you’re in a position to support the artists in this podcast too, we’ve put all their Bandcamp links below for your convenience…

Tracklist

 

  • Gazelle Twin In Conversation
  • Lone Taxidermist In Conversation
  • Valentina Magaletti In Conversation
  • Moor Mother In Conversation
  • October (love song): Cosey Fanni Tutti & Chris Carter

 

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International Women’s Day 2021 – Line up announced!

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[poster by David Hand]

Supersonic Presents:

An online programme celebrating International Women’s Day…and the day after that…and the day after that…and the day after that…

 

all genders welcome – come celebrate with us!

Supersonic was founded and is led by womxn, one of our key aims is to be an inspiring space where womxn, trans and non-binary artists who are creating extraordinary new music are celebrated and recognised.

 

Monday 8th March marks International Women’s Day 2021… in celebration of this we’re throwing a big virtual bash on Saturday 13 March (because Monday’s are just no good!). ALL are welcome to join us throughout the day for an array of online events that celebrate the incredible Womxn artists we champion in our Supersonic line-ups all year round.

 

So without further ado! Drum roll please…

In Conversation: Cosey Fanni Tutti & Maxine Peake 

20:00 GMT via YouTube // more info 

We’re over the moon to present our headline event – Cosey Fanni Tutti, the acclaimed musician/performance artist, in conversation with actress & writer Maxine Peake. This event will be available to re-watch, pause & rewind for 48hrs once it starts.

Iconic Sonics

20:00 GMT via YouTube // more info 

Expect wild interpretations and creative covers of pop royalty presented by Lone Taxidermist, Godspeed You! Peter Andre, Conny Prantera, Blóm, Blue Ruth & Sofa King. These will be screened as part of our evening event with Cosey Fanni Tutti & Maxine Peake.

 

Drawing Workshop: Symbolism & Self

15:00 GMT via Zoom // more info
Get involved and get creative with a joyously interactive drawing workshop from Old Bort Designs aka Emily Doyle.

 

Do.om Yoga: Feminine Blood Roots 

11:00 GMT via Zoom // more info
Do.omyoga returns to Supersonic to harness the divine feminine energy of Shakti within you.

We will be donating 25% ticket sales across all IWD events to RSVP, the Rape & Sexual Violence Project.

Community fund-raising has been really hard for charities during the pandemic and so your support is very much needed, so feel free to be as generous as you can afford when purchasing tickets to these IWD events. At RSVP, they believe that everyone deserves a life free from sexual violence and abuse. They offer empathic services to support and inspire children and adults of all genders who have been subjected to sexual violence and abuse.

 

‘Huge thanks to Lisa and the Supersonic team for again showing their big-hearted support to RSVP and all survivors of sexual abuse. We know the pandemic has had a terrible impact on live music, so for the Capsule team to think of us, and donate, at this time is so generous.
Your support means such a lot, thank you.’ – Sarah, RSVP
 
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WATCH NOW: SPINNING PLATES

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Supersonic x Swamp present… Spinning Plates

In Conversation: Julie Weir (SONY MUSIC), Bettina Richards (THRILL JOCKEY) & Vinita Joshi (ROCKET GIRL)
Friday 12 February 2021, 19:30 GMT
Live stream via YouTube

 

FREE (donations welcomed*)

*Whilst these conversations are free to watch, we ask if you’re in a position to, you please contribute what you can afford. Your donations will help to secure the future work of Supersonic, enabling us to support the artists we host and our freelance team. You can donate by buying our merch or making a donation.

Together with Swamp, we’re delighted to share with you the fourth instalment of the series, entitled Spinning Plates, on Friday 12 February 2021. Hosted once again by journalist, Jasmine Ketibuah-Foley, this time we hear from Julie Weir (Head of A&R Music For Nations, Sony Music), Bettina Richards (Thrill Jockey founder) and Vinita Joshi (Rocket Girl Founder), all of who have over two decades of experience in the record industry.


Spinning their many plates, making their own rules and carving their own path in the music industry – we’re all ears for these formidable label heads. This panel will explore how Julie, Bettina & Vinita have navigated their way through the business. They’ll be sharing insights from their early beginnings to their greatest achievements in running successful music labels, not forgetting the challenges that come with it. Above all, these womxn are huge fans of music and have contributed boundlessly to the ecology of music-making on an international scale. From across a range of genres and scenes, these label heads have been rewriting the rules of the industry.

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Save the date! IWD 2021

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[poster by David Hand]

Supersonic Presents:

An online programme celebrating International Women’s Day…and the day after that…and the day after that…and the day after that…

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday 13 March 2021

All welcome!

Supersonic was founded and is led by womxn, one of our key aims is to be an inspiring space where womxn, trans and non-binary artists who are creating extraordinary new music are celebrated and recognised.

 

Monday 8th March marks International Women’s Day 2021… in celebration of this we’re throwing a big virtual bash on Saturday 13 March (because Monday’s are just no good!). ALL are welcome to join us throughout the day for an array of online events that celebrate the incredible Womxn artists we champion in our Supersonic line-ups all year round. We’ll be announcing the full programme very soon, so keep your eyes peeled. You can expect plenty of participatory action to get you feeling inspired, motivated and celebrated!

In the meantime, here’s a heart-warming reminder of some momentous IWD gigs of Supersonic past to get your tits jiggling…

[AJA at IWD 2020, Centrala – image by Ewan Williamson]

[Sofa King at IWD 2020, Centrala – image by Ewan Williamson]

[AJA at IWD 2020, Centrala – image by Ewan Williamson]

[Sofa King at IWD 2020, Centrala – image by Ewan Williamson]

[Youth Man at IWD 2019, Centrala – image by David Stanley]

[Godspeed You! Peter Andre at IWD 2019, Centrala – image by David Stanley]

[Youth Man at IWD 2019, Centrala – image by David Stanley]

[IWD 2019 revellers, Centrala – image by David Stanley]

[Bas Jan at IWD 2019, Centrala – image by David Stanley]

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Sofasonic Playlist: Jasmine Ketibuah-Foley

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As part of our extended online Sofasonic Festival series, we have an array of playlists on Spotify that have been carefully curated by artists & friends of the festival for your listening pleasure. Check out this week’s selections…

 

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 | Hen Ogledd | Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs | Nicholas Bullen | J. Zunz | Rocket Girl

 

During the process of taking our Supersonic programme online, we’ve had the pleasure of working with the incredible Jasmine Ketibuah-Foley as a host for our varied panel discussions. From hosting talks on “The Birth of Indian Electronic Music” with Paul Purgas, to a panel on “The Art of Collaboration” with Moor Mother & Valentina Magaletti – Jasmine has been shining a light on and retrieving valuable insights into the practices of some formidable artists.

 

 

But now it’s our turn to throw the spotlight on Jazz; a broadcast journalist at the BBC and a presenter and producer with community radio station Ujima radio. We wanted to find out what music inspires her and get’s her moving!

 

In her spare time, Jazz is an advocate and activist for equity, raising awareness of the need to include more BAME representation and visibility in environmental dialogue. She has been involved in social sciences research as a Green and Black ambassador working with UWE, Bristol Green Capital Partnership, Bristol University and Ujima Radio to further discussions on representation within the environmental movement.

 

 

“I listen to different things depending on what mood I’m in, like everyone else, but there is definitely something satisfying about ropey warm, tape deck fuzzy sounds and layers of music that paints a picture, rather than just being a textbook format for a song in itself. Some of the artists on the list I was lucky to discover at Supersonic Festival. See if you can spot them!”

 

 

Tune in here…

 

Jasmine will be hosting the fourth instalment of our series with Swamp Booking, entitled Spinning Plates, on Friday 12 February 2021. This time we hear from three formidable label heads; Julie Weir (Head of A&R Music For Nations, Sony Music), Bettina Richards (Thrill Jockey founder) and Vinita Joshi (Rocket Girl Founder), all of who have over two decades of experience in the record industry.

 

This panel will explore how Julie, Bettina & Vinita have navigated their way through the business. They’ll be sharing insights from their early beginnings to their greatest achievements in running successful music labels, not forgetting the challenges that come with it.

 

Supersonic x Swamp present… Spinning Plates
Friday 12 February 2021, 19:30 GMT
Live stream via YouTube

+ Q&A

 

 

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BANDCAMP FRIDAY: remixes from Brum

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the band Hoopla Blue sit on steps outside their gig
Once more, Bandcamp waivers its fees on the first Friday of the month in support of musicians during the Covid-19 Pandemic. This means 100% of profits go to straight to Bandcamp artists for 24hrs, many of which have had tours, festivals and shows cancelled. We want to use this opportunity to champion once more artists a little closer to home – the Midlands born/bred/based, and those on the peripherals, we are proud of our local music scene! Now more than ever, it’s important that we keep it local and nurture our communities.

 

What better way to show your solidarity and support by purchasing some music? This time we recommend to you Hoopla Blue’s community remix album ‘RE:planted’.

 

‘RE:planted’ features a hearty buffet of some of Hoopla Blue‘s favourite fellow Brummie artists, some of which are no strangers to Supersonic line-ups. Each bring their own sonic revision together for this remix of the band’s debut album ‘Pl(^)nted’ which was released during the first 2020 national lockdown – an album that explored themes of settlement and identity.

 

Featuring remixes by Arc Vel, Man Kato, Limpid, Hate People, MATTERS, Percy Vear, Fridge Poetry, Flamingo Flame, Blue Ruth, Simple Eyyes and sunnk, alongside 12 original and intimate pieces of art by Lewes Herriot, ‘RE:planted’ is a response to life in lockdown – a coming together, a battening of the hatches and a loving appreciation of our home: Birmingham.

 

 

Tracklisting

01. Swoon (Arc Vel Remix)

02. Houseplant (Man Kato Remix)

03. A Gnome (Limpid Remix)

04. Mischievous Gallery (Hate People Remix)

05. Walking in Tongue (MATTERS Remix)

06. Scour (Percy Vear Remix)

07. Powerplant (Fridge Poetry Remix)

08. Fire Alarm (Flamingo Flame Remix)

09. Sa(sea)lt (Blue Ruth Remix)

10. Wildflower (Simple Eyyes Remix)

11. W.A.S.P (sunnk Remix)

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Sofasonic Playlist: Vinita Joshi (Rocket Girl)

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As part of our extended online Sofasonic Festival series, we have an array of playlists on Spotify that have been carefully curated by artists & friends of the festival for your listening pleasure. Check out this week’s selections…

 

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 | Hen Ogledd | Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs | Nicholas Bullen | J. Zunz |

 

We’re so excited to be hosting Vinita Joshi, founder of the label Rocket Girl, for our panel talk ‘Spinning Plates’ on Feb 12. Vinita launched Rocket Girl Records into the atmosphere in 1997. She’s since enjoyed over two decades orbiting the music industry having established one of the premier UK independent labels; the glorious result of a music lover releasing music for music lovers. We asked her to collate some highlights from the Rocket Girl catalogue as some recommended listening…

 

Nestling under the wing of the influential Cheree Records and then co-founding an offshoot label Che Records in 1990, Vinita finally established her own record label, Rocket Girl in 1997. Within weeks of the label’s inception, Rocket Girl released a 7” split single by Silver Apples / Windy & Carl, to coincide with the Silver Apples’ sold-out European tour booked by Vinita herself. Hot on the heels of the Silver Apples / Windy & Carl 7”, 1998 saw the release of Rocket Girl’s first full-length album – ‘A Tribute to Spacemen 3’ – a celebration of the pioneers of drone, with offerings from (the then largely unknown) Mogwai, Arab Strap, Piano Magic, and Low, among others. In today’s digital world of streaming and disposable MP3s, Rocket Girl can be relied upon to produce records with a quality of artwork and packaging reflecting the precious music within.

 

“I have done a little trip through the Rocket Girl discography, with the most recent release first. I really enjoyed revisiting some old releases and picking out some tracks from different albums. I chose these tracks randomly according to how I was feeling today and which tracks ‘spoke’ to me a bit more. I think if I compiled a playlist on another day it would be completely different!”

 

Tune in here…

 

“The first track is the single taken from the forthcoming album by USA band White Ring. ‘Show Me Heaven’ is out on 19th February. I am currently working on the next album from Fuxa and hope a new album from Pieter Nooten might follow. It’s a very difficult time for bands without their touring income and being unable to promote their new releases, but the public have been very supportive.

We can’t wait for live music to return.

I also have a mail order shop and think people might be surprised by some of the releases I still have in stock (especially 7″ singles from small DIY labels).”

 

 

 

Some more info about the panel talk…

 

Supersonic x Swamp present… Spinning Plates
Friday 12 February 2021, 19:30 GMT
Live stream via YouTube

+ Q&A

We’re delighted to share with you the fourth instalment of our series with Swamp Booking, entitled Spinning Plates, on Friday 12 February 2021. Hosted once again by journalist, Jasmine Ketibuah-Foley, this time we hear from Julie Weir (Head of A&R Music For Nations, Sony Music), Bettina Richards (Thrill Jockey founder) and Vinita Joshi (Rocket Girl Founder), all of who have over two decades of experience in the record industry.

 

This panel will explore how Julie, Bettina & Vinita have navigated their way through the business. They’ll be sharing insights from their early beginnings to their greatest achievements in running successful music labels, not forgetting the challenges that come with it.

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A new Kids Gig with Noon Garden!

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Kids Gig: Noon Garden
Hosted by Anna Palmer
Live Stream via Zoom
Saturday 20 February 2021, 11:00 GMT

More info | Tickets | Event

Supersonic Kids Gigs are designed for families as a way of introducing children to experimental music – BIG sounds for little people! This show takes place as a Live Stream on Zoom, so you can join us for the usual Kids Gig fun from the comfort of home.

Noon Garden, is the new solo project from Charles Prest (Flamingods). He’ll be taking us on a synth-pop voyage to a tropical land where you’ll find yourself dancing wildly to a mix of Disco, Funk & Psychedelic grooves. As a talented multi-instrumentalist, Charles has written, self-produced and will be playing all the parts himself!

So get your tickets (pay as you feel) and join Charles & Anna for a virtual boogie and another healthy dose experimental disco fun. There’s limited capacity, so book early to avoid disappointment. Some tropical/summer fancy dress is optional but always encouraged!

 

 

And to top it off… we are delighted that our first Kids Gig of 2021 will be hosted once more by everyone’s favourite alt-rocker and pyscho-storyteller, Anna Palmer from Dorcha. Grab a copy of her Supersonic Kids album here.

 

So get your ticket and join Charles & Anna for a virtual boogie and another healthy dose experimental disco fun. There’s limited capacity, so book early to avoid disappointment. Some tropical/summer fancy dress is optional but always encouraged!

 

Recommended for children under 10.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

This event is generously supported by The John Feeney Charitable Trust.

 

In the event of event cancellation (including any Covid-related issues, restrictions or illness of band members), we will notify you and your ticket will be automatically transferred for a rescheduled date in the new year. If (as stated in our standard terms & conditions) you are unable to make that re-scheduled date you may request a refund, by writing to [email protected] within 7 days of the cancellation notice. The full value of the ticket – less any booking fees, transaction fees, credit card charges and insurance – will be refunded.

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Sofasonic Playlist: J. Zunz

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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 | Hen Ogledd | Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs | Nicholas Bullen |

 

J. Zunz, the new solo project of Mexico’s Lorena Quintanilla, is purely hypnotic. Within a thick atmosphere of an experimental post-punk sound, she uses wonky synths and creates haunting melodies that shine through cold repetitions. Ahead of this Friday’s third panel talk ‘Sounding Out Intersectionality’ we asked Lorena to pull together a collection of tracks that got her through 2020.

 

‘Hibiscus’, Lorena’s second release under the moniker J. Zunz was released last year via Rocket Recordings. It’s the sonic result of a metamorphic process whereby the minimal is rendered maximal and the personal fused with the political. You may remember her single video ‘Four Women & Darkness‘ was premiered at our online Sofasonic Festival last summer in the Rocket takeover!

 

“These are some of the sounds that helped me get through the year. I have been very lucky to see some of these artists live. The dreamy and relaxing shows of José Orozco Mora, the fierce techno of Adiós Mundo Cruel and the incredibly dense dark ocean noise of Concepción Huerta have been shows that have become part of me.

I also added two different projects (Interspecifics and Microhm) from Leslie García, one of the most inspiring and prolific musicians that I know. Hopefully soon we’ll be able to get transformed by the amazing experience of live music again.

 

 

Tune in here…

 

Some more info about this Friday’s panel…

 

Supersonic x Swamp present… Sounding Out Intersectionality
Friday 15 January 2021, 19:30 GMT
Live stream via YouTube

+ Q&A

Together with Swamp Booking, we’re delighted to share with you the third instalment of the series entitled ‘Sounding Out Intersectionality’ on Friday.

This time, we hear from Stephanie Phillips (Big Joanie, co-founder of Decolonise Fest), Shannon Funchess (Light Asylum) and Lorena Quintanilla aka J. Zunz. Hosted by journalist, Jasmine Ketibuah-Foley.

During this talk we’re aiming to explore intersectionality from the perspective of the musician, learning from these three formidable artists how their experiences converge, impact and informs their creative output.

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Sofasonic Playlist: Nicholas Bullen

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[Nic Bullen live at Supersonic 2017 – image by Joe Singh]

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 | Hen Ogledd | Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs |

 

DRUM ROLL! We’re here to share with you our final Sofasonic Playlist of 2020, courtesy of Birmingham’s own Nicholas Bullen – a formidable composer with a career in sound and music spanning more than 40 years. From his beginnings as a founder member of the ‘extreme’ music group Napalm Death at the age of 13, Nic has since released over 40 recordings and performed internationally both solo and in collaboration.

 

His artistic work across a range of media (including sound, text, film, installation and performance) has been performed and exhibited both in the United Kingdom (including Tate Britain, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Hayward Gallery, Serpentine Gallery, Chisenhale Gallery and Arnolfini Gallery) and internationally (including Art Basel, White Columns, Creative Time, Kunsthall Oslo, Schirn Kunsthalle, and MACBA).

 

He has been on haitus from public performance and exhibition since 2017 (with the exception of occasional concerts by the adverse punk group Rainbow Grave whose new album will be released in 2021) and is no stranger to a Supersonic Festival line-up. Here he tells us a bit about his selections…

 

“This playlist presents a fragmented selection of my listening in the last few months, flowing between ancient and contemporary, oscillating across an emotional terrain that is coloured by the ebb and flow of life during this period of lockdown: fear, energy, terror, stasis, resignation, transcendence. 

I have never used Spotify but if you want the artists to be paid, you can find these recordings at your local record shop.”

 

 

Tune in here…

 

“There have been many electrifying performances at Supersonic (Selvhenter, Lichens, Shit and Shine, Deaf Kids come to mind) but I have particularly fond memories of the sense of energy during the LCD Soundsystem set at the first Supersonic: the beginning of something.
Looking forward to the return next year. “

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Sofasonic Playlist: Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs

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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 | Hen Ogledd |

 

The boys are back in town! Following their class-act ball skills at Sofasonic Festival, we’ve invited Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs back for a new *festive edition* of Bingo Bingo Bingo Bingo Bingo Bingo Bingo – all in aid of The Trussell Trust, who support a nationwide network of food banks. So to warm you up for this online festive event, we asked Pig Adam Sykes to put together a wintery selection of music. 

 

The Newcastle-based maximalists whose heavy riffs, raw power and rancour have blazed a trail across many a Supersonic line-up, will be hosting this classic game to bring a bit of a joy to the rather turbulent year we’ve had. Join the boys via a live stream on Zoom and play from the comfort of your home. Expect more hilarious facts from Matt Baty and number-calling chaos from Adam Sykes. There will of course be some crackin’, lip-smackin’ prizes to be won from Purity Brewery, a Supersonic goody bag AND a surprise treat from the PIGS!

 

Get yourself warmed up for the big game by listening to their selections here…

 

So join us on Saturday night and let’s see this bonkers year out with a Supersonic bang! Here are the details:

BINGO BINGO BINGO BINGO BINGO BINGO BINGO, CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

Saturday 19 December 2020, 20:30 GMT
Live Stream via Zoom
Tickets(Pay As You Feel*)
YOU MUST BE OVER 18 TO PLAY

 

*The suggested donation for this event is £10.00 per household. If you’re in a position to, we ask you to please contribute what you can afford. All proceeds will be donated to The Trussell Trust, who support a nationwide network of food banks. We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. The Trussell Trust, are working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

 

 

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LIVE AT 20:30 GMT – MOOR MOTHER & VALENTINA MAGALETTI

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APOLOGIES WE ARE EXPERIENCING TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES, SO WILL BE GOING LIVE AT 20:30 GMT ON YOUTUBE, PLEASE JOIN US THEN

 

Watch here: https://youtu.be/_r6tYxs7OmM

Supersonic x Swamp present… The Art of Collaboration

In Conversation: Moor Mother & Valentina Magaletti
Friday 11 December 2020, 19:30 GMT
Live stream via YouTube

 

FREE (donations welcomed*)

*Whilst these conversations are free to watch, we ask if you’re in a position to, you please contribute what you can afford. Your donations will help to secure the future work of Supersonic, enabling us to support the artists we host and our freelance team. You can donate by buying our merch or making a donation.

 

 

Together with Swamp, we present our second talk of the series on Friday 11 December where we open the stage to multi-disciplinary artist Moor Mother and percussion powerhouse Valentina Magaletti. This conversation entitled The Art of Collaboration will be hosted by journalist, Jasmine Ketibuah-Foley.

 

Collaboration is an essential part of music creation – whether with a sound engineer, producer, creative director or other musicians – working with others is inevitable in this field. However, there is undoubtedly a certain “art” to collaborating. It’s an often sensitive process that requires both compromise and confidence to navigate, where the destination is all the more rewarding and you don’t arrive alone.

During this talk we’ll hear about the ever expansive practices of these two artists, and how collaboration plays an important role in their musical output. Let’s get you acquainted with them both…

 

[Moor Mother live at Supersonic 2018 – image by Joe Singh]

Moor Mother is the viscerally charged output of Philadelphia based interdisciplinary artist, Camae Ayewa. A musician, poet, visual artist, workshop facilitator, and activist, Camae is no stranger to collaboration. She currently performs in a number of collaborative groups: Irreversible Entanglements, Moor Jewelry, 700bliss, ZONAL and is one half of the collective Black Quantum Futurism along with Rasheedah Phillips. Her music, harsh and strange, projects both the cathartic anger of punk and the expansive improvisatory spirit of Sun Ra. Using a variety of machines, field recordings, and analog noisemakers, she constructs fractured, cacophonous waves for her words of punishing pertinence to ride.

 

Valentina Magaletti is a drummer, percussionist and composer whose goal is to strategically enrich a folkloristic and eclectic palette through endless listening and experimentation with new materials and sounds. She has performed and co-written with many artists including Nicolas Jaar, Lafawndah, Jandek, Helm, Raime, Malcom Catto, Charles Hayward, Graham Lewis (Wire, Dome), Tightpaul Sandra (Coil, Spiritualized, Julian Cope), Thurston Moore, Bat for Lashes, Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals), and many more. In her current project, Vanishing Twin (Fire Records) she has a more conventional jazz approach that finds its escape in the drone/field recordings of the percussive approach in her other main experimental/avant-garde duo Tomaga. Valentina was born in Bari, Italy, and is based in London.

 

Swamp Booking is a booking agency representing bands from across the globe in Europe, UK and Latin America.
Swamp Booking was founded by Riccardo Biondetti in Berlin in 2012. Since its foundation, Swamp has grown to become one of Europe’s leading independent agencies, promoting some of the most cutting edge artists in rock and experimental music and paving the way for new and compelling acts. Nowadays, Swamp Booking is well known in the music community for the consistency and diversity of its roster, and for having a finger on the pulse of the underground.
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Sofasonic Playlist: Hen Ogledd

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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 

LIVE STREAM via Zoom

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New talk! Sounding Out Intersectionality

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Supersonic x Swamp present… Sounding Out Intersectionality

In Conversation: Stephanie Phillips (BIG JOANIE), Shannon Funchess (LIGHT ASYLUM) & Lorena Quintanilla (J. ZUNZ)
Friday 15 January 2021, 19:30 GMT
Live stream via YouTube

 

Supersonic was founded and is led by womxn, one of our key aims is to be an inspiring space where womxn, trans and non-binary artists who are creating extraordinary new music are celebrated and recognised.

 

So we’ve teamed up with Swamp Booking, one of Europe’s leading independent agencies, to launch a series of talks that amplify the voices and experiences of womxn, trans and non-binary artists who are creating new music. Together, we’ll be exploring how to create a better working environment and a more cohesive scene, sharing wider perspectives first-hand whilst also focusing on more specific topics such as identity, collaboration, and the use of the body in live performances.

 

Together with Swamp, we’re delighted to share with you the third instalment of the series on Friday 15 January 2021 – this time we hear from Stephanie Phillips (Big Joanie, co-founder of Decolonise Fest), Shannon Funchess (Light Asylum) and Lorena Quintanilla aka J. Zunz. This conversation entitled Sounding Out Intersectionality will be hosted by journalist, Jasmine Ketibuah-Foley.

 

 

[Stephanie, Big Joanie live at Supersonic 2019 – image by Joe Singh]

 

First coined by Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw back in 1989, intersectionality is the acknowledgement that everyone has their own unique experiences of discrimination and oppression and we must consider everything and anything that can marginalise people – gender, race, class, sexual orientation, physical ability, age etc.

Without an intersectional lens, our efforts to tackle inequalities and injustice towards womxn are likely to just end up perpetuating systems of inequalities.

During this talk we’re aiming to explore intersectionality from the perspective of the musician, learning from these three formidable artists how their experiences converge, impact and informs their creative output.

 

[Shannon, Light Asylum – image by Denise McMullin]

Swamp Booking is a booking agency representing bands from across the globe in Europe, UK and Latin America.
Swamp Booking was founded by Riccardo Biondetti in Berlin in 2012. Since its foundation, Swamp has grown to become one of Europe’s leading independent agencies, promoting some of the most cutting edge artists in rock and experimental music and paving the way for new and compelling acts. Nowadays, Swamp Booking is well known in the music community for the consistency and diversity of its roster, and for having a finger on the pulse of the underground.

 

 

FREE (donations welcomed*)

*Whilst these conversations are free to watch, we ask if you’re in a position to, you please contribute what you can afford. Your donations will help to secure the future work of Supersonic, enabling us to support the artists we host and our freelance team. You can donate by buying our merch or making a donation.

 

[J Zunz – new album ‘Hibiscus’ out now on Rocket Recordings]

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