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

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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