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

Tickets (pay as you feel)

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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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a very Supersonic christmas…

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Any festive plans yet? No worries if not – 19th & 20th of December we have a whole host of online events for you to enjoy from the comfort of your sofa.

 

Why not have your Nan play Bingo with Pigsx7, or keep the little ones entertained with a Hen Ogledd Kids Gig? We’ve got something for the whole family here at Supersonic!

 

And if you need some help with the dreaded Christmas shopping, don’t go dachshund around – we’ve got you covered! There are T shirts, totes & vinyl in plenty over at the Supersonic merch shop.

 

Here’s everything you need to know – get involved!

 

Supersonic Kids Gig: Hen Ogledd
Hosted by Anna Palmer
Live Stream via Zoom

Saturday 19 December, 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.

Hen Ogledd will be singing songs from their new album Free Humans – which explores themes of love, friendship, sewers, the nature of time, human stench, and the thrills of wild swimming! Expect swirls of ravishing melodies, hallucinatory textures and bonkers rhythms.

And to top it off… we are delighted that this final Kids Gig of 2020 will be hosted once more by everyone’s favourite alt-rocker and pyscho-storyteller, Anna Palmer from Dorcha.

Bingo Bingo Bingo Bingo Bingo Bingo Bingo, christmas special
Hosted by Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs
Live Stream via Zoom
Saturday 19 December, 20:30 GMT

More info | Tickets* | Event |

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 – all in aid of The Trussell Trust, who support a nationwide network of food banks working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

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!

*ALL proceeds from tickets will be donated to The Trussell Trust.

 

Hen Ogledd: from The Star & Shadow
Exclusive live broadcast
Sunday 20 December, 20:00 GMT

More info | Tickets | Event |

Hen Ogledd is the wild, inimitable band project of musicians Richard Dawson, Rhodri Davies, Dawn Bothwell and Sally Pilkington.

“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

Following their invigorating performance at Supersonic 2019, Hen Ogledd return for a special online broadcast. Expect a psychedelic voyage, that ebbs & flows between outer-space, lochs, toxic gas-emitting bogs and celestial plains.

Also available to add to your ticket order is a stunning Hen Ogledd A3  3-colour print poster taken from their album artwork. There’s only a limited edition run of 50, so be quick!

 

And don’t forget! If you want merch orders to arrive before the big day – you’ll have to order on or before Wednesday 16th December. Any orders after that won’t be posted out till mid January when we’re back after a Christmas break.

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Bandcamp Friday – 2020 highlights!

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Sly and The Family Drone with Sharon Gal – Supersonic Festival 2019 photo by Mark Rhodes

 

For the final time in 2020, Bandcamp waivers its fees today 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 recently had tours, festivals and shows cancelled. 

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As this turbulent year draws to a close, we want to use this opportunity to highlight for you a handful of artists that defied all odds to produce some incredible releases in 2020. We’ve needed music more than ever this year, it’s a friend and a comfort. In the absence of live shows, these albums from the most forward-thinking artists have provided the escapism we crave.
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These sounds are crafted by musicians who are dependent on making their income from their music, and they need your support. What better way to show your solidarity by purchasing some of these top-notch albums, fresh from the inferno…

 

VALENTINA MAGALETTI & MARLENE RIBEIRO

Two of the most important artists of UK underground music: Valentina Magaletti (Tomaga, Vanishing Twins, etc) and Marlene Ribeiro (Gnod, Negrabranca) “Due Matte” is the fruit of it: an interaction game between styles and sounds, mesmeric in its echoes of distant landscapes and enveloping in its spatiality. A music exercise in “tropical concrete”.

 


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KLEIN – Frozen
The third album from South London’s Klein – a multi-disciplinary producer and performer. Tantalising glimpses into her kaleidoscopic world reveal a blend of vocal abstraction, disarming experimentalism and pop-cultural references.

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DORCHA – Honey Badger
The fusing of Dorcha’s own unique concoction of experimental pop-noise with the offerings of the infamous Invada (owned by Geoff Barrow of Portishead/Beak) and its delicious collection of old school synths and analogue effects has born a beast of sound in the shape of their new album – Honey Badger.

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HEY COLOSSUS – Dances/Curses
The lucky thirteenth record by Hey Colossus is the work of six musicians in tune with the dualities of life as a loud rock band, fit to channel both the dances of aspiration and the curses of reality into a record that transcends all limitations in a blinding volley of incandescence.

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J. ZUNZ – Hibiscus

The new solo project of Mexico’s Lorena Quintanilla, is purely hypnotic. Hibiscus, her second release under the moniker J. Zunz, is the result of a metamorphic process whereby the minimal is rendered maximal and the personal is fused with the political.

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ALGIERS – There Is No Year

In the true spirit of rock ‘n’ roll, this fast-paced four-piece from Atlanta douse their distorted anthems in a sound-concoction of raw-blues, gospel and industrial. From the instant synth-pulse of the opening seconds of There is No Year, it’s clear that Algiers have set out to stake new ground, internally as much as sonically.

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SHIRLEY COLLINS – Heart’s Ease
Recorded at Metway in Brighton, Heart’s Ease is as compelling and original as Shirley’s great albums from the Sixties and Seventies. There are traditional songs, of course, from England and the USA, but there are also more new songs than in the past (four non-traditional tracks) and there’s even a burst of experimentation that hints at possible new directions to come.

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HOOPLA BLUE – Pl(^)nted
Birmingham outfit HOOPLA BLUE unleashed their debut album ‘Pl(^)nted’ – pronounced ‘planted’ earlier this year. It’s an exhilarating 11-track record that confronts themes of identity and settlement – both generationally and geographically.

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HEN OGLEDD – Free Humans
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.

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PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS – Viscerals
This record is the most far-reaching from the Newcastle-based maximalists yet. It presents the sound of a leaner, more vicious Pigs, and one with their controls set way beyond the pulverising one-riff workouts of their early days. .

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SEX SWING – Type II
Unearthed from the UK underground, these malevolent rogues are a ‘supergroup’ of sorts. Between them, individual members have been sparking tinnitus in bands such as Mugstar, Bonnacons Of Doom, Earth, Dethscalator, Dead Neanderthals and now even Idles. ‘Type II’ from Sex Swing is more than the mere machinations of a rock band – it’s a howl of malfunction rendered terrifyingly visceral. 

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We also recommend you check out the music on these fiercely independent labels…

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Curl Recordings  https://curlrecordings.bandcamp.com/music
Box Records https://box-records.com/
Lancashire & Somerset Records https://lancashireandsomerset.bandcamp.com/
Neurot Recordings https://neurotrecordings.bandcamp.com
NAWA Recordings https://nawarecordings.bandcamp.com
Wysing Polyphonic https://wysingpolyphonic.bandcamp.com/
Ipecac Recordings https://ipecacrecordings.bandcamp.com
Die Das Der https://diedasder.bandcamp.com/
Gringo Records https://gringorecords.bandcamp.com/
Viral Age Records https://viralage.bandcamp.com/
Night School Records https://night-school.bandcamp.com/
God Unknown Records https://godunknownrecords.bandcamp.com
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There’s also a full list of Birmingham Independents – eateries, shops and more offering deliveries in lockdown here via Independent Birmingham.

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Sofasonic Playlist: Dorcha

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the five members of dorcha stand in a field with abstract costumes
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 |

 

Our Sofasonic Playlist of the week comes from Birmingham’s very own band of rogues, Dorcha – these left-field luminaars are a genre-fluid, dynamic, versatile group with a refusenik attitude. We asked them to pull together selections that sonically inspired their new album ‘Honey Badger’.

 

Dorcha have been praised by BBC Radio 6’s Stuart Maconie on the Freak Zone, have performed for BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction and have had festival appearances at Flatpack Film Festival, Supernormal and with us at Supersonic back in 2017. Earlier this month they released brand new album ‘Honey Badger’, recorded at Geoff Barrow’s Invada Studios – where they seem to have had a great time in the toy chest of analogue synths. The album is layered in gorgeous glowing tones and sweet cinematic strings, we highly recommend you give it a listen.

 

 

“Honey Badger is about capturing the chaos and introverted mayhem that transpires from being a weird insular person in social situations, but also how these circumstances might help you go on to develop and grow. It’s the creeping presence within our psyches that unleashes the weird, socially unacceptable side. We don’t want anyone thinking we’re taking this too seriously. Some of the lyrics are total fucking nonsense. It’s more about embracing the joyful, chaotic side of things.”

Take a listen here…

 

“At the minute we would love to visualize us playing that album launch party we had planned for May 2020, in a multi-sensorial space that supports and enhances the musical experience. We’re thinking big, man! But in reality, we would just love to get in a room together and play the music. Making music in the company of others is something that has been a huge part of our lives since we were kids, and we’re missing it like hell! As for when, we would imagine it will be as soon as we can play live in public, hopefully generating cyclical audience energy to boost us off into the 5th dimension.” 

Grab your copy of Honey Badger here on Bandcamp.
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HEN OGLEDD – AN ONLINE BROADCAST & KIDS GIG

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Join us Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th December as Hen Ogledd 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.

 

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

 

Following their invigorating warehouse performance at Supersonic 2019, we just knew we needed another dose of Hen Ogledd’s soul-nourishing sonics before the end of 2020. After this turbulent year, we’re sure you’re in need of it too! It’s our final show of the year, so get cosy on your sofa and soak in the sounds of four curious minds, knowing you’re sharing a moment with our fellow Supersonic dwellers across the universe.

 

 

For this 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.

 

“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

 

Hen Ogledd Limited Edition Print

This stunning limited edition run of 50 – Hen Ogledd A3 Risograph poster designed by Rachael Macarthur is available to add to your ticket order – brighten up your walls with this vibrant three colour print!

 

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.

 

Supersonic Kids Gig with Hen Ogledd
hosted by Anna Palmer
Saturday 19 December 2020, 11:00 GMT 
LIVE STREAM via Zoom
Tickets (pay as you feel)

 

With Dawn Bothwell on glockenspiel, synth and drum machine, Rhodri Davies playing the electric harp, Sally Pilkington at the synth and our beloved Richard Dawson on the bass – the whole family will be in for a treat! For this virtual Kids Gig, they’ll be singing songs from their new album Free Humans – which explores themes of love, friendship, sewers, the nature of time, human stench, and the thrills of wild swimming! Expect swirls of ravishing melodies, hallucinatory textures and bonkers rhythms.

 

And to top it off… we are delighted that this final Kids Gig of 2020 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.

 

[Hen Ogledd live at Supersonic 2019 – image by Mark Rhodes]

 

So get your ticket and join Hen Ogledd & Anna for a virtual boogie and another healthy dose experimental disco fun. There’s limited capacity, so book early to avoid disappointment. Celestial space 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.

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Sofasonic Playlist: Haress

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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 |

 

From deep in the Shropshire Hills, we asked the hypnotic guitar-duo Haress to form this week’s playlist. Whether it’s on the Supersonic stage, or designing Supersonic artwork – David Hand and Elizabeth Still are no strangers to Capsule collaborations. 

 

Haress consists of the core guitar duo of David Hand and Elizabeth Still, based in Bishops Castle in the Shropshire Hills where they also organise the amazing Sineater Festival and run the DIY record label Lancashire & Somerset. Intertwining dark and repetitive guitar figures in order to create a hypnotic, mantra-like state, their intuitive playing works on a kind of telepathy until it’s impossible for the onlooker to work out which player is responsible for which sound. They are frequently joined by collaborators David Smyth (Kling Klang, Mind Mountain), guitar and Echoplex from Chris Summerlin (Kogumaza, Grey Hairs, Hey Colossus), vocals from Thomas House (Sweet Williams, Charlottefield)

 

“fave Supersonic memories?

Daniel Higgs at the last two Supersonics – his solos shows were amazing! Rambling stories with musical interludes. We also love the perpetual experimental output of Woven Skull, inspiring and sustaining – this band is great, they played a few blinding sets at Supersonic.
Also happy memories of Liz playing Banjo with Nathan on a track when he opened Supersonic 10 years ago. He’s collaborated with Chris as well in Kogumaza. He plays trumpet on the latest Haress LP – watch this space!
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Take a listen here…

 

 

“In January 2020, DaveLiz and Chris recorded the 2nd Haress LP in a haunted water mill in Wales.
In February our van got flooded up to its roof in a car park in Shrewsbury and made the front cover of the tabloids.
Then the Covid hit, cancelling some great shows and festivals we were meant to play.
During lockdown we have been working on the record, Tom has been adding vocals from Spain.
We recorded a new track ‘Dancers Green’ for a Weirdshire benefit comp.
We also had the joy of working out and butchering a Black sabbath classic for Sofasonic filmed from home”
– a 2020 update from Haress

 

 

We are delighted to announce that we’ve commissioned jeweller Alan Cheeseman to cast in pewter the beautiful flying dachshund design of Haress’s David Hand – the mascot of our We Will Rise Again merch range, that encapsulates our Supersonic stance on this turbulent year in history.

GET YOURS HERE

Gorgeous and very limited-edition run of 50, this brooch will be posted out in early December – so get yours while you can!

In the lead up to, dare we say it… Christmas… they’ll make a perfect festive gift or a beautiful treat to yourself! By purchasing, you’ll also be supporting all things Supersonic, so we can continue our work of crafting extraordinary events for curious audiences, supporting artists and our freelance workers.

In addition we will donate 25% of each purchase to our local foodbank. We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. Our foodbank is supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

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WATCH NOW – Lone Taxidermist & Gazelle Twin

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Supersonic x Swamp present… Performance as Catharsis

In Conversation: Natalie Sharp & Gazelle Twin
Friday 13 November 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.

[Natalie Sharp’s BodyVice live at Supersonic 2019 – image by Joe Singh]

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.

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So we’ve teamed up with Swamp Booking, one of Europe’s leading independent agency, 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.

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Despite some positive trends, gender disparity is still a major concern across the wider music industry. For example, PRS for Music’s membership remains heavily skewed towards men, with only 18.4% of members identifying as female. In 2019, the top 10 female songwriters/composers in the UK generated 67% less revenue via PRS for Music compared to their top 10 male counterparts. This revealed that women, even at the top of their field, receive less opportunities than men for their music to be heard and performed.

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With this in mind, together with Swamp, we kick off our first talk of this wider series on Friday 13 November (we’re not superstitious here) and turn up the mics of producer, composer and artist Elizabeth Bernholz – the genius behind Gazelle Twin and cosmic-creator Natalie Sharp aka Lone Taxidermist. This panel entitled Performance as Catharsis will be hosted by journalist, Jasmine Ketibuah-Foley.

 

Gazelle Twin in Red Jester-style costume performing live at Supersonic 2018

[Gazelle Twin live at Supersonic 2018 – image by Joe Singh]

So, what is performance as catharsis? From the most primitive relics we find examples of the link made by humans between music and the body. Since ancient times, music has served many ceremonial functions, ranging from tribal circumcision to marriage and death. The ancient Egyptians depicted scenes of instrumental performance, illustrating their belief that music accompanied the body to its final meeting with the gods. They recognised not only that music was created and performed by humans, but that it would assist them to transcend their bodily confines after death.

 

During this talk we’ll hear how two boundlessly creative artists use the physicality of their bodies as a tool for musical self-expression and how they incorporate costume in live performances. Let’s get you aquatinted with them both…

 

Through avant-garde electronica, Gazelle Twin’s repertoire draws from sci-fi film scores, choral music, underwater life and the paranormal. This certainly shone through in her 2015 Supersonic performance where she performed from her second album UNFLESH, a depiction of puberty, phobia, gender identity backed by unrelenting industrial-pop production. In 2018 she returned to the Supersonic stage for a UK premier of an electrifying, brand new performance surrounding her album ‘Pastoral’.

 

Supersonic veteran, Natalie Sharp aka Lone Taxidermist is known in equal measure for her cosmic synth creations and otherworldly costume designs. Her performances have been known to turn audiences members into exhibitionists – tales transpiring of sensorial acts of gender-bending, food porn and squelchy mass ritual. Sharp effortlessly blends stagecraft with costumes, graphic art, video making, face paint, vocal technique, remixing and DJing.

 

 

 

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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Our second In Conversation announced! Moor Mother & Valentina Magaletti

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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.

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

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.

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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.

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Despite some positive trends, gender disparity is still a major concern across the wider music industry. For example, PRS for Music’s membership remains heavily skewed towards men, with only 18.4% of members identifying as female. In 2019, the top 10 female songwriters/composers in the UK generated 67% less revenue via PRS for Music compared to their top 10 male counterparts. This revealed that women, even at the top of their field, receive less opportunities than men for their music to be heard and performed.

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With this in mind, 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 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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Bingo Bingo Bingo Bingo Bingo Bingo Bingo returns!

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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.

 

What more could you possibly want to do with a cosy, winter’s night?!

 

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.

 

 

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!

 

“If this is the entertainment in the Supersonic care home, I’ll be okay with it.”

– Echoes and Dust review

 

  • Bingo x7 will be hosted live on ZOOM (a free video chat service you’ll need to download to your computer).
  • After purchasing you will be emailed a sign-up form to complete your order.
  • Tickets go off sale at 18:00 GMT on Saturday 18 December 2020.
  • Instructions & bingo cards will be emailed at 19:00 GMT on the day, if you’ve not heard anything by 19:15 GMT – check your junk or get in touch.
  • Please be on time. The session duration is 90 minutes – in order that the session runs to time, Supersonic staff will lock the meeting following a short welcome.
  • So that everyone gets to enjoy the game as much as possible, all attendees will be muted.
  • Supersonic will remove anyone from the session whose behaviour is deemed inappropriate.

 

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New! WE WILL RISE AGAIN BROOCH

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We are delighted to announce that we’ve commissioned jeweller Alan Cheeseman to cast in pewter the beautiful flying dachshund design of David Hand – the mascot of our We Will Rise Again merch range, that encapsulates our Supersonic stance on this turbulent year in history.

 

PRE-ORDER HERE

 

Gorgeous and very limited-edition run of 50, this brooch will be posted out in early December – so get yours while you can!

In the lead up to, dare we say it… Christmas… they’ll make a perfect festive gift or a beautiful treat to yourself! By purchasing, you’ll also be supporting all things Supersonic, so we can continue our work of crafting extraordinary events for curious audiences, supporting artists and our freelance workers.

In addition we will donate 25% of each purchase to our local foodbank. We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. Our foodbank is supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

 

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Brand new merch from Bryn Perrott

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We are delighted to announce that we’ve commissioned Bryn Perrott, an intricate wood-carving artist from West Virginia in the US, to create a brand-new, zingy Supersonic design!

 

Available on three different T’s and a tote, this new merch range will only be available as a pre-order until Wednesday 9 December – so get them while you can!

In the lead up to, dare we say it… Christmas… they’ll make a perfect festive gift or a beautiful treat to yourself! By purchasing, you’ll also be supporting all things Supersonic, so we can continue our work of crafting extraordinary events for curious audiences, supporting artists and our freelance workers.

 

PRE-ORDER HERE

 

Bryn Perrott aka Deer Jerk, is an artist living and working in Morgantown, West Virginia in the US. Bryn can be found working from home where she drinks 8 shots of espresso a day and hangs out with her cats while carving, printing, painting or drawing.

“I started getting tattooed seven years ago and started working in a tattoo shop four years ago. I have since become increasingly interested in the aesthetic and history of tattoo images because of the simplicity and directness those images convey to even the briefest of glances. Which is why I reference heavily from tattoo history; I’m trying to present these images in an equally strong but new context. Essentially I want to pay homage to those references and influences, to the history of an industry built on real work.”

 

 

In addition we will donate 25% of income per T purchased and £2.50 of every tote to our local foodbank. We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. Our foodbank is supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

We are confident with your help and loyalty that we will be back next year to present our best festival yet.


PRE-ORDER HERE

 

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Sofasonic Playlist: Bryn Perrott

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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 |

 

This week we bring you selections from Bryn Perrott aka Deer Jerk, an artist living and working in Morgantown, West Virginia in the US. Bryn can be found working from home where she drinks 8 shots of espresso a day and hangs out with her cats while carving, printing, painting or drawing.

“My mind does not wander when I carve; I make for purpose, not from artistic representation. I have focus when I work, which is a relief from my otherwise scattered thoughts. Carving feels like real work: something is being physically accomplished. Each cut made gets me closer to the next image within the larger scene. I simply like making a good image, a strong image.”

Take a listen here…

 

“I started getting tattooed seven years ago and started working in a tattoo shop four years ago. I have since become increasingly interested in the aesthetic and history of tattoo images because of the simplicity and directness those images convey to even the briefest of glances. Which is why I reference heavily from tattoo history; I’m trying to present these images in an equally strong but new context. Essentially I want to pay homage to those references and influences, to the history of an industry built on real work.

That, and to always revamp these icons without tiring them out.” 

 

We are delighted to announce that we’ve commissioned Bryn Perrott, an intricate wood-carving artist from West Virginia in the US, to create a brand-new, zingy Supersonic design!

Available on three different T’s, this new merch range will only be available as a pre-order until Wednesday 9 December – so get them while you can!

In the lead up to, dare we say it… Christmas… they’ll make a perfect festive gift or a beautiful treat to yourself! By purchasing, you’ll also be supporting all things Supersonic, so we can continue our work of crafting extraordinary events for curious audiences, supporting artists and our freelance workers.

PRE-ORDER HERE

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Shop Local this Bandcamp Friday

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[Dorcha live at SS17, photo by Joe Singh]

 

Once more, Bandcamp waivers its fees today 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 recently had tours, festivals and shows cancelled. 

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With a second national lockdown just begun, 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.
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What better way to show your solidarity and support by purchasing some music? Check out these brilliant midlands-based artists we think you should hear…

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DORCHA – new album Honey Badger OUT TODAY!
The fusing of Dorcha’s own unique concoction of experimental pop-noise with the offerings of the infamous Invada (owned by Geoff Barrow of Portishead/Beak) and its delicious collection of old school synths and analogue effects has born a beast of sound in the shape of their new album – Honey Badger.

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MATTERS
Birmingham three-piece utilising synths, guitars and drums to create expansive music, blending Krautrock, psychedelic, post-rock and techno into a rich and powerful sound.

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LADY SANITY
She’s at the forefront of the next generation of female rap, hip-hop and soul stars to come out of Birmingham. Brum born & bred, she draws from  various 90s reggae, hip-hop & garage influences.

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HOOPLA BLUE
Birmingham outfit HOOPLA BLUE unleashed their debut album ‘Pl(^)nted’ – pronounced ‘planted’ earlier this year. It’s an exhilarating 11-track record that confronts themes of identity and settlement – both generationally and geographically.

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ODMANSBOX

Describing themselves as a ‘musical knick-knack drawer’, Odmansbox present the listener with a bevy of sounds and musical touch-points. However, like any good draw of useful stuff, it’s full of surprises and delights.

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MICHAEL VALENTINE WEST

A composer/decomposer utilising lessons learnt from various musical disciplines such as minimalambient, glitch, hip hop, jazz and sound design.

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ZYGGURAT

Forged in the post industrial terrains of the UK’s second city, Zyggurat – aka Pete Grimshaw – navigates the expanse between electronic and jazz grains in deep layers of sonic exploration.

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STINKY WIZZLETEAT

Wizzleteat carve out a sound informed by groove from across the musical spectrum, whilst staying fully committed to heaviness, good times and volume.

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MOTHER TRUCKER

Mothertrucker have shared the stage with the likes of Boris, Mono, Baroness, Jesu, Grails, Red Sparowes, Aereogramme and Truckfighters and kicked off their 10th year with a devastating performance at our 2012 Supersonic.

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KHYAM ALLAMI
Currently completing a PHD at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, this virtuoso Oud player, serial collaborator & musical explorer is a musician and composer with a formidable – and continually growing – international reputation.

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PRAM
Birmingham’s Pram craft fairytales from concrete reality. Pram’s restless groove, an endearing and gently refusenik mix encircles early Rough Trade innovators The Raincoats, astro jazz, sci-fi soundtracks, creepy Victoriana, tropical analogue and tumbledown funk.

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MODIFIED TOY ORCHESTRA
By exploring the hidden potential inside redundant technology; MTO create sophisticated new electronic instruments from abandoned children’s toys.

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RAINBOW GRAVE
Featuring Nicholas Bullen (founder member of Napalm Death and Scorn) and John Pickering (founder member of Doom and Sore Throat), Birmingham based Rainbow Grave channel the blank despair of negative punk through layers of distorted psychedelic damage

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ROSIE TEE
Birmingham composer/performer weaving dream-like vocals with sporadic movements of scattered harmony and abstract refrains. Her Chambers EP presents a perfect synthesis of diverse and skittish electronics with her lush vocal talent.

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THE NATURE CENTRE
Breakfast Time, the most recent single by The Nature Centre, is utterly bewildering in the best possible way. Densely packed staccato vocals, guitars, synth and drums battle for your attention, none of them sounding exactly as they should.

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SOFA KING
Birmingham based experimentalist Sofa King, is the musical output of pop-obsessed transgender individual Dianne Burdon. She treats reverb and feedback like a chemical formula.

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GLATZE
Musician, sound artist and musical instrument designer with an almost unhealthy fascination with sound, often being distracted by a squeaky shoe or the sound of the ventilation system.

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SURGEON
Surgeon (DJ), real name Anthony Child, has been at the forefront of UK techno since 1994. The Birmingham resident has perfected a unique techno sound with an industrial murk.

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GREY HAIRS
Emerging from the fertile Nottingham DIY scene, Grey Hairs recall a time when it was harder to pigeon hole bands and people cared less about doing so anyway

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RATTLE 
Minimal in approach, Nottingham drumming duo Rattle, create a cyclical and whirling swirl of percussive sound.

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BLOODY HEAD
Dirgey yet groove-heavy hardcore punk from Nottingham whose live shows feel like being run over by a bulldozer of noise and discordant energy.


We also recommend you check out the music on these brilliant local labels…

Die Das Der http://diedasder.bandcamp.com/  (We recommend their stonking-good compilation album series ‘Without Venues, We’re Nothing’ supporting independent Brum venues)

Gringo Records https://gringorecords.bandcamp.com/

 

There’s also a full list of Birmingham Independents – eateries, shops and more offering deliveries in lockdown here via Independent Birmingham.

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Sofasonic Playlist: ImpaTV

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[front: Isadora & Jamie of impaTV pictured with Qujaku, image by George Lane]

 

Thank you to everyone that tuned in over the weekend for Sofasonic Festival, as part of our extended Sofasonic 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 |

 

This Friday’s Sofasonic Playlist, is brought to you courtesy of Isadora Darke and Jamie Robinson aka IMPATV – a collaborative video and stage production project based at Islington Mill, Salford.

 

They use new digital technologies and live mixing methods combined with costumes and stage design they produce immersive installations, music videos, live streaming, and art and music productions across the realms of DIY, experimental and underground culture. Some key artists they’ve collaborated with include Gnod, Giant Swan, Working Men’s Club, Thurston Moore.

 

[impaTV workshop at Artefact for Outlands Tour 6, 2019]

 

Supersonic have had the pleasure of hosting a wide-range of impaTV’s visual production projects, including WORLDZERO a premiere performance from The Seer & UKAEA at our 2019 festival and ‘Enso-Sone’ a cross-collision with Japanese pysch-noise band Qujaku at the 6th Outlands Tour back in November last year. Most recently, the pair contributed to our online Sofasonic line-up by making three videos for the new relentlessly driving ‘Faca de Fogo‘ album by Gnod & João Pais Philipe, out on Rocket Recordings.

 

“This playlist is a selection from artists that we’ve seen at Supersonic before, or would love to see in the future
and music that’s given us moments of clarity, helping to stave off the neurosis over the last few months.”
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Take a listen here…

 

We’ve been really busy with IMPATV as events turn digital, which has been great for us but we’re really missing gigs! 

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There has been SOOOO many amazing memories at Supersonic for us… Performing WORLDZERO in 2019 and being roped in at the last minute to be part of the Dennis Mcnett parade. Over the years there’s been an absolutely mind-blowing roster of performances; Lash Frenzy, Hype Williams, Bohren Und Der Club Of Gore, Secret Chiefs 3, Zombi, Master Musicians of Bukakke, Goblin, Drunk in Hell, Thorr’s Hammer, Corrupted, the list goes on…..
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The one that went down in history for us, was way back in 2009, when Sunn O))) played in the Custard Factory ‘swimming pool’ (now filled in) and Scorn played in the warehouse behind, and if you got in the sweet spot under the arches between the two, you got the best collaboration at Supersonic that never actually happened – SCORN O))) in 2021?
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Supersonic x Swamp a launch series of talks

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Supersonic x Swamp present… Performance as Catharsis

In Conversation: Natalie Sharp & Gazelle Twin
Friday 13 November 2020, 19:30 GMT
Live stream via YouTube

 

FREE (with donations*)

*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.

[Natalie Sharp’s BodyVice live at Supersonic 2019 – image by Joe Singh]

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.

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So we’ve teamed up with Swamp Booking, one of Europe’s leading independent agency, 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.

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Despite some positive trends, gender disparity is still a major concern across the wider music industry. For example, PRS for Music’s membership remains heavily skewed towards men, with only 18.4% of members identifying as female. In 2019, the top 10 female songwriters/composers in the UK generated 67% less revenue via PRS for Music compared to their top 10 male counterparts. This revealed that women, even at the top of their field, receive less opportunities than men for their music to be heard and performed.

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With this in mind, together with Swamp, we kick off our first talk of this wider series on Friday 13 November (we’re not superstitious here) and turn up the mics of producer, composer and artist Elizabeth Bernholz – the genius behind Gazelle Twin and cosmic-creator Natalie Sharp aka Lone Taxidermist. This panel entitled Performance as Catharsis will be hosted by journalist, Jasmine Ketibuah-Foley.

 

Gazelle Twin in Red Jester-style costume performing live at Supersonic 2018

[Gazelle Twin live at Supersonic 2018 – image by Joe Singh]

So, what is performance as catharsis? From the most primitive relics we find examples of the link made by humans between music and the body. Since ancient times, music has served many ceremonial functions, ranging from tribal circumcision to marriage and death. The ancient Egyptians depicted scenes of instrumental performance, illustrating their belief that music accompanied the body to its final meeting with the gods. They recognised not only that music was created and performed by humans, but that it would assist them to transcend their bodily confines after death.

 

During this talk we’ll hear how two boundlessly creative artists use the physicality of their bodies as a tool for musical self-expression and how they incorporate costume in live performances. Let’s get you aquatinted with them both…

 

Through avant-garde electronica, Gazelle Twin’s repertoire draws from sci-fi film scores, choral music, underwater life and the paranormal. This certainly shone through in her 2015 Supersonic performance where she performed from her second album UNFLESH, a depiction of puberty, phobia, gender identity backed by unrelenting industrial-pop production. In 2018 she returned to the Supersonic stage for a UK premier of an electrifying, brand new performance surrounding her album ‘Pastoral’.

 

Supersonic veteran, Natalie Sharp aka Lone Taxidermist is known in equal measure for her cosmic synth creations and otherworldly costume designs. Her performances have been known to turn audiences members into exhibitionists – tales transpiring of sensorial acts of gender-bending, food porn and squelchy mass ritual. Sharp effortlessly blends stagecraft with costumes, graphic art, video making, face paint, vocal technique, remixing and DJing.

 

 

 

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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NEW PODCAST! Sofasonic Festival – “the highlights” Part 1/2

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We’re back! For this episode, we’re going to re-visit our online Sofasonic Festival programme, that launched through cyber-space and beamed into your living rooms back in July this year. So if you want a pit-stop tour of the line-up, or just want re-experience the weekend we went virtual, this podcast is a cracking way of rounding up the festival highlights.

 

 

Plus a special feature on our Supersonic Vinyl archive, including some pummelling live recordings from past festivals.

 

Treat your ears, and enjoy your podcast journey with us…

 

 

LISTEN HERE

 

This podcast is part one of two, so keep your eye out for more Sofasonic highlights in the near future…

For now, a massive thank you goes to everyone that has reached out to us and supported us so far this year. Donating or purchasing some merch helps us continue our work of crafting extraordinary events for curious audiences. Please help us continue by donating here.

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

Tracklist

  • Electric Funeral (Black Sabbath Cover) – Blue Ruth
  • Autojector (live at Supersonic 2009) – Iron Lung

 

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Sofasonic Playlist: Bunny Bissoux

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[Illustration by Bunny, Celebrating 10 Years of Supersonic Festival]

Thank you to everyone that tuned in over the weekend for Sofasonic Festival, as part of our extended Sofasonic 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 |

 

This week’s playlist is courtesy of Birmingham-raised artist & illustrator, Bunny Bissoux. From many a pop-up stall at Supersonic’s Market Place to designing our popular Home of Metal tea-towels – Bunny is well versed in Capsule collaborations. Their distinctive and enticing designs are truly a sight to behold. 

 

Currently based in Tokyo, Japan, Bunny’s work is heavily inspired by popular culture and fanaticism, with recurring themes including music, teen angst, pro wrestling, animals and idols. They have made many collaborations with Capsule over the years – you may have spotted them at Supersonic 2009, 2010 or 2012 where they graced the festival Market Place with their prints, zines, badges and stickers in addition to vintage trading cards, cult memorabilia and treasures from Japan.

 

 

“My playlist is a somewhat demented mix of genres, languages and eras but with the uniting threads of romance, frustrated desire and rhythms that are just enough to keep me moving forward, step by step.”
Take a listen here…

 

“It’s been an honour to have been involved in Supersonic in so many ways over the years from t-shirt designs to workshops and exhibitions.
The memories are all somewhat blurred but for whatever reason 2012 comes to mind, a vivid memory of racing from my marketplace shackles just in time to catch Justice Yeldham go wild on a pane of glass in the Old Library, having been sat at a table with him for the magnificent Sonic Feast a few days before.
When a pandemic isn’t keeping me from getting back across an ocean i’ll be looking forward to many more Supersonic memories to come!”

 

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A halloween Kids Gig with BEN SADLER!

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Supersonic Kids Gig with Ben Sadler

hosted by Anna Palmer

Sunday 1 November 2020, 2pm

LIVE STREAM

via Zoom

 

TICKETS (Pay As You Feel)*

We kindly suggest a £5 minimum donation – we rely on ticket sales to fund our work, so if you’re watching with others at home, please consider donating the cost of their tickets if you’re in a position to.
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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.

 

We hope you’re feeling suitably spooky, cause this special *Halloween Kids Gig* is taking place with the spooktacular Ben Sadler!

 

 

Ben is a Birmingham-based artist who makes art as part of Juneau Projects, formed in 2001 alongside friend Phil. From Lionel Ritchie to Kraftwerk, many of you will remember Ben’s hilariously inventive song covers at our Sofasonic Festival in July.

 

For this virtual Kids Gig, Ben raids his daughter’s dressing-up box once more (we can’t keep him away!) and he returns to the wigs, tin foil and tracksuit tops with some new covers – including some requested by you, our Kids Gig audience!

 

And to top it off… we are delighted that this spooky Kids Gig special 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 Ben & Anna for a virtual boogie and another healthy dose experimental disco fun. There’s limited capacity, so book early to avoid disappointment. Halloween 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.

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