We are thrilled to announce the remaining acts that complete our Supersonic Festival 2022 line-up; Divide & Dissolve, Grove, Pharaoh Overlord with Aaron Turner, Big | Brave and more. Our brilliant guest curators, Radwan Moumneh (of Jerusalem In My Heart) and Decolonise Fest also reveal their invited artists.
DRUM ROLL! Here is our full line-up*, including day splits…
ABRONIA | BLUE RUTH | FÖLLAKZOID | GROVE | HOLY TONGUE | MATTERS | ORCHESTRA OF CONSTANT DISTRESS | THE BUG FEAT. FLOWDAN
BISMUTH | BLOODY HEAD | BUÑUEL | DJ AWKWARD BLACK GIRL | NADJA | NEKRA | NO HOME | OLD MAN GLOOM | PHARAOH OVERLORD WITH AARON TURNER | PRNCSS | RACHEL AGGS | THOU
AA WILLIAMS | BIG|BRAVE | BINT7ALAL | DIVIDE AND DISSOLVE | FARIDA AMADOU | J.ZUNZ | JERUSALEM IN MY HEART | JESIKA KHAZRIK + NURAH FARAHAT | JUNE OF 44 | RICHARD DAWSON & CIRCLE | SHOVEL DANCE COLLECTIVE
We can’t wait to bring our global community together once again to challenge the mainstream and champion the weird. Weekend Tickets, plus a limited number of one day & two day tickets are now on sale.
*line-up subject to change
[Divide and Dissolve – photo credit: Billy Eyers]
Following our spectacular sell-out 2019 edition, the “mother of all British underground festivals“ [The Quietus] will return on 8-10th July 2022 at a new location on the outskirts of Digbeth in Birmingham.
Since 2003, we have hosted our superior weekends for adventurous and curious audiences, bringing together live performances by some of the world’s most extraordinary artists and audience participation to create a one-of-a-kind festival. Whilst the music takes the forefront of these announcements, you can expect to see a coming together of artists and audiences from all over the globe as we celebrate the best in creativity that the underground has to offer. We balance the familiar with the new, delivering you the most inspiring weekend.
[Pharaoh Overlord + Aaron Turner]
New to the line-up, we are extremely proud to present Divide And Dissolve, who use a compelling blend of guitar, drums, saxophone and live effects to create galvanising music designed to decentralise and destroy white supremacy (#1 on Mary Anne Hobbs’ album of the year list). About their appearance at Supersonic Divide and Dissolve comments…
“Supersonic is an awesome festival we are deeply honoured to be a part of. Supersonic Festival continues to curate inspirational mind bending events. Our music aims to decolonise and dismantle systems of oppression and Supersonic Festival is a congruent part of those goals” – Divide & Dissolve
We’re also proud to present a new project from powerhouse percussionist Valentina Magaletti (Tomaga, Vanishing Twin) and her ever in-demand sticks as Holy Tongue. Pharaoh Overlord with Aaron Turner present their glorious and surprising collaboration of motorik soundscapes, Italo-pop, EBM and corrosive vocals.
Grove’s ingenious noise concoctions come from the ‘feminine’ and ‘masculine’ energies that reside within, filtering them through a sensuous; rave-a-licious lens, with lyrics inspired by political angst, queer euphoria, and the toppling of the Edward Colston statue in the city of Bristol.
[Big | Brave – photo credit: Mathieu Ball]
BIG|BRAVE join the line up on Sunday evening to immerse audiences in their heavy waves of sound, in which minimalism, structural freedom and meticulous timing form the cornerstones of their precise, rhythmical sound. Swedish collective Orchestra of Constant Distress, comprising members of The Skull Defekts, Union Carbide Productions, Brainbombs and No Balls have prepared something special and unique especially for the festival – all we know is to expect the unexpected!
[Shovel Dance Collective]
Abronia‘s mixture of free-jazz, Morricone-soundtrack twangs via German kosmische, 60s Folk, and ritualistic drone envelopment will bring a taste of unbridled psychedelia to the proceedings. Eerie industrial synths come from Birmingham’s very own gloomy duo Matters. Last but not least, Shovel Dance Collective are aiming to uncover proto-feminist narratives and queer histories, and will explore the folk traditions of England through a melding of drone, improvisation and metal.
Additionally, sound artist and musician Paul Purgas shall reveal a new work as a special commission for the festival, which will combine the trailblazing reel-to-reel tape experiments of the Radiophonic Workshop and the exploratory spirit of Musique Concrète.
[Farida Amadou – photo credit: Laurent Orseau]
Our guest curators, Jerusalem in My Heart have invited Bint7alal, a Palestinian producer/rapper who specialises in smooth flows and energy-filled sounds from the depths of the Arab underground. Farida Amadou, one of the up-and-coming Belgian artists on the international free and improv scene, will bring her unique approach to electric bass – making use of pedals to create fuzzed out noises and textures – to the stage. Jessika Khazrik scavenges sounds from the debris of online media and militarised ads & technologies, and will be performing alongside 3D/real-time visual artist Nurah Farahat. In addition there will be a screening of a selection of films by Erin Weisgerber, a Tiohtia:ke/Montreal-based artist working with photo-chemical film to produce installations, performances, and short films. She manipulates the photographic, chemical, and material properties of film to transform the world framed through her camera, rendering moving images that exist between figuration and abstraction, external vision and internal landscape.
Decolonise Fest have invited Rachel Aggs who, having found acclaim with Shopping, Sacred Paws and Trash Kit, will deliver her distinctive guitar and vocal style, mixed with a lo-fi pop sensibility. Hardcore punks Nekra, will raise the tempo as they serve up blistering mosh-inducing tunes with themes ranging from Bell Hooks’ theories to the trauma of immigration. PRNCSS‘ will no doubt be an enigmatic presence, hitting on an expansive formula that mixes voodoo vibes with trap, grime and outré electronics. Additionally, DJ Awkward Black Girl, an avid vinyl collector of over 20 years, who spins a mixture of rock, R&B, soul, funk, garage, disco and more to get you on your feet.
Talks, films and workshops will also be included in the program, and will be announced in the near future.
Ahead of the weekend, please find useful information about accommodation (including local hotel deals) and the festival here.