Sofasonic 2020



A panel discussion on the importance of musical communities and ecosystems, and how we pave the way for their growth.

Over the past few months, we’ve all become far too used to being cooped up inside our homes, unable to interact with friends, discuss music or encounter it live. Where does that leave the musical communities that we’re all a part of, how were they changing before Coronavirus and how will we adapt when restrictions ease?

Join us for a discussion on community, ethics, gentrification and much more.


Luke Turner is co-founder and editor of The Quietus and has contributed to outlets including Vice, The Guardian, Q, NME, The Observer, Dazed & Confused, Mojo and the BBC.

MARCUS MACDONALD, Decolonise Fest (UK)
Marcus founded Decolonise Fest – a London based annual DIY punk festival collectively organised by and for punx of colour. A group of activists, militant community organisers, musicians and artists came together in 2017 to create a festival unlike any other; one that connects BIPOC punx in global struggles against the legacy of colonialism.

CATHY PELLOW, Sargent House (USA)
Cathy Pellow is the owner and head of A&R for Sargent House which she started in 2006. The company handles both management and also acts as a record label in partnership with their own management clients. They have offices in Los Angeles and Berlin. Some of the artists Pellow represents include : Brutus, Chelsea Wolfe, DIIV, Dylan Carlson, Earth, Emma Ruth Rundle, Helms Alee, Ioanna Gika, Jaye Jayle, King Woman, Lingua Ignota, Miserable, Mrs.Piss. The full list all can be found at

CHRIS REEDER, Rocket Recordings (UK)
Chris is the co-captain of Rocket Recordings, a label who have been responsible for some of the most forward-thinking British (and international) records of recent years, committing to wax the wonderment of astral rejecters Gnod, the ephemeral adjacent post-rock of Teeth of the Sea and the ecstatic trance of Goat.

LISA MEYER, Supersonic Festival (UK)
Lisa is the Artistic Director of Capsule. Now celebrating 20 years of crafting extraordinary events for curious audiences, Capsule are the producers of the internationally renowned Supersonic Festival & the Birmingham Heavy Metal heritage series, Home of Metal, alongside a dynamic year round programme.