Supersonic 2009

Supersonic Festival . Birmingham
24TH – 26TH of July 2009

Capsule the brains behind Supersonic Festival are curators, promoters and fans of the finest music, revealing the otherwise indescribable connections between contemporary music and art, crafting extraordinary events for adventurous audiences. Now in it’s 7th year, the event will once again take place at the Custard Factory in the heart of Digbeth utilising a number of spaces for music, art, film and cake.

We are thrilled at what is shaping up to be our best line up yet, with unique performances from such influential artists as Italian legends, GOBLIN,  their first show in the UK in 20 years, the reformation of the original line up of HEAD OF DAVID, who bring their driving bombast to proceedings for the first time in 23 years, the notorious Japanese band CORRUPTED who have yet to play on UK soil as well the reawakening of Greg Anderson & Stephen O’Malley of Sunn 0))) maiden voyage into darkeness: the cult  black doom act THORR’S HAMMER, not to mention splatter rock band THE ACCUSED, unruly trio MONOTONIX, the expansive drone-noise of GROWING; Brighton’s prog adventure, DIAGONAL; the wild avant futuristic jazz of ZU; the stoned pysch of EARTHLESS, the Virginian sludge rock of PONTIAK, the industrial experiments of 65 DAYS OF STATIC, the immense duo that is FLOWER/CORSANO DUO, occult noise act SKULLFLOWER, also joining the line up is SCORN aka Mick Harris (king of the blast beat)  and the new project combining Russell McEwan of Black Sun &  the electronic-vocal attack of Lea Cummings (Kylie Minoise) in the form of ATOMIZED, added to this are the power violence duo IRON LUNG  and one of the finest folk vocalists NANCY WALLACE will be featured in the line-up, once again highlighting the highly eclectic booking policy of the festival.

Tickets for Supersonic 2009 are on sale NOW via
Available via Rough Trade East in London + Polar Bear & Swordfish in Birmingham + Plugd Records in Cork


Friday:  Army Of Flying Robots / Atomized / Drum Eyes / Kylie Minoise / PCM / Scorn / Taint / Venetian Snares

Saturday: Bobby Previte / Corrupted / Diaganol / Flower/Corsano Duo / Growing / Iron Lung / Kim Hiorthoy / Light Trap / Marnie Stern / Master Musicians Of Bukkake / Monotonix / Nisenenmondai / Remember Remember / Rose Kemp / Skullflower / Tartufi / The Accused / Thought Forms / Thorr’s Hammer / Tweak Bird / Zu

Sunday: 65 Days Of Static / Arbouretum / Caribou / Chris Herbert / Earthless / Goblin / Head Of David / Jarboe / Khyam Allami  / Nancy Wallace / Pontiak / Pram / Pre / Theo / The Memory Band / ZzZ

“Of this welter of well organised, wisely curated festivals (ATP, Faster Than Sound, Sonar, Greenman) perhaps the best organised and most wisely curated was Supersonic. Plotted by Birmingham promoters Capsule, 2007’s Supersonic inhabited the nexus where metal, folk and noise met.”
Plan B Magazine

“Supersonic, in our opinion the best festival in the world right now” 
Rock-A-Rolla Magazine

”AS British music festivals go, Birmingham’s annual Supersonic event is the best kind of mixed musical bag, a dizzying assortment of avant rock textures and Heavy Metal thunder on a bill which swings from the sublime to the ridiculous without once seeming ostentatiously eclectic.

The Wire



Supersonic Tickets

Weekend tickets – £70
Friday Ticket – £15
Saturday Ticket – £35
Sunday Ticket – £35

available from:
24 hr order line – 0844 870 0000 – Calls cost max 5p per min from BT landline

Also from:
Rough Trade East
Dray Walk,
91 Brick Lane,
London, United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7392 7790

Swordfish Record Shop
Cheltenham House
14-16 Temple St, Birmingham, B2 5BG
0121 633 4859

Polar Bear

10 York Rd
Kings Heath, Birmingham, B14 7RZ
0121 441 5202

Plugd Records
Washington St
Cork . Ireland


If you are under 18 and would like to attend the festival please get in touch with us at info[at]


Friday 24th of July 9pm – 3am

Factory Club
9.20 pm Atomized
10.00 pm Glatze
10.50 pm Army Of Flying Robots
11.50 pm Scorn
1.10 am Kylie Minoise
1.50 am Taint

Outside Stage
9.20 pm Drum Eyes
10.20 pm PCM
11.40 pm SUNN O)))
1.00 am Venetian Snares

*Line up subject to change


Supersonic Festival is located at the Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B9 4AA
The site opens at 9.00pm on Friday 24th of July, only then can you pick up tickets from the box office, which is located at the top of Gibb Street.


The Custard Factory is a 10 minute walk from both New Street Station and Moor Street Station.

Exit New Street Station via the main doors (signposted taxi rank). As you approach Debenhams, turn LEFT and walk through the tunnel. Ahead of you will be Moor Street Station. Continue forward with Moor Street Station on your left and the entrance to Moor St carpark ahead. At the crossing turn RIGHT (The Bull Ring Tavern ahead of you). Turn LEFT onto High Street Deritend and continue forward (with the Selfridges building directly behind you). On your left you will pass The Fancy Fabric Store, Birmingham Barfly, and South Birmingham College. Eventually you will reach the Custard Factory on your left – if you reach The Old Crown pub or The Rainbow you have gone too far!

Birmingham Central Coach Station is only a 5 minute walk from the Custard Factory. Start out along Oxford Street, heading south. After 1500 metres turn LEFT onto Digbeth, heading east. After 100 metres continue onto High Street Deritend, heading south. You will reach the Custard Factory 250 metres along High Street Deritend.

The Custard Factory is easily accessible from M6, M5 and M42.

Whichever direction you’re coming from to get to Birmingham, follow sings for the A41. Once you’re on the A41, continue to follow signs for the City Centre. You’ll find yourself heading towards town, slightly downhill along a road called Digbeth. You’ll pass through a couple of sets of traffic lights before seeing a Renault garage on your left – get into the right-hand filter lane for the next set of lights. You should see an old-fashioned pub on your right called The Old Crown. Take the right hand turn at this corner into Heath Mill Lane. A few hundred yards along and to your right, next to Air nightclub, is the entrance to the Custard Factory car park (its gates made up of the cubes of squashed cars).

There are many car parks available nearby, the closest being the Custard Factory car park on Heath Mill Lane, Digbeth, B9.

There are loads of taxi firms in Birmingham – here’s numbers for just a few of them:

Atlas Cars                0121 643 8888
Ambassador Cars    0121 449 8888
T.O.A                       0121 427 8888
Royal Cars               0121 444 8888
•    Check the taxi is displaying proper license plates and a roof sign

Rhubarb Radio

Broadcasting live over the weekend Rhubarb Radio
you’ll also be able to catch sets & interviews on playback

Market Place

Market Place
Old Library – Custard Factory

After the success of launching last years ‘Market Place’ we’re really excited about developing this area of the festival, a space for independent distributors, record labels,  poster artists and peddlers of curiosities to sell their wares, network and for you to meet face to face.  The Market Place is also where the bands sell their merch. This area is located in the ‘Old Library’ at the Custard Factory equipped with a tea room serving a selection of epicurean delights.

Open to the public on Saturday 25th of July from 4pm – midnight and then on Sunday 26th from 2pm – 10pm

Aurora Borealis
AB continues to mystify and confound with a seemingly random assortment of quality releases unfettered by genre in both CD and vinyl formats.  Also known for a fine array of distributed titles from around the world, AB ceaselessly seek out the true gems in an entirely subjective manner.

Cold Spring
A UK-based label, mail-order house and distributor, specialising in all forms of extreme media, but particularly: Black Ambient, Dark Ambient, Neoclassical, Neofolk, Medieval, Martial, Orchestral, Power Electronics, Noise, Japanese Noise, Minimal, Drone, Doom, Death Industrial, Dark Soundtracks, Experimental, obscure electronics since 1990.

Crimson Glow Photography
Home to Alex Woodward, a freelance music photographer from Glasgow with a passion for all kinds of experimental/avant-garde/weird music and anything that “rocks”. Photographic prints from previous Supersonic festivals and a host of other live gigs will be available at this year’s festival.

Emma Duggan
Emmas’ work incorporates elements of both textiles and illustration, specialising in embroidery with hand drawn elements. At Supersonic she will be selling a selection of her creations in the form of T-Shirts, prints, fashion accessories, cards and badges.

Hannah Charlotte Alice
These recent illustration graduates from Camberwell College of Arts, will be at Supersonic with a table of fun bits and bobs for you. So please pop by.’

Set up by Portishead’s Geoff Barrow and Paul Horlick aka “Fat Paul” to lose money & friends. Invada Records strives to showcase the finest in experimental music. From kraut rock to hip-hop, taking in doom, post-rock, metal and noise along the way.  Bands signed to Invada Crippled Black Phoenix, Beak, Thought Forms, Gonga, Team Brick, Joe Volk etc

Music Fears Satan
Established since 2004, Music Fear Satan is a French online mail-order which carries famous labels as : Hydrahead, Southern Lord, Rise Above, Temporary Residence, Relapse and many more. There is also label activities with the finest French bands live Year Of No Light, Overmars, HKY, One Second Riot, Revok and some international artists too: Across Tundras, Omega Massif, Souvenir’s Young America, Rosetta, Kongh, etc. In 2010, it will also be an official record store in Paris!

Polar Bear
Polar Bear is one of Birmingham’s few surviving independent record shops and a firm favourite of the Supersonic team. They specialise in Jazz, Folk, Avant Rock, Prog and Extreme Metal. They are also a specialist ECM dealer.

Rough Trade
Rough Trade has been one of the UK’s leading independent record shops for over 30 years. They recently opened the largest independent record shop in Europe, which has seen them win retailer of the year in Music Week, two years in a row.

Southern Mail-order
Jammed packed with a comprehensive selection of wares from across their vast catalogue (Southern, Latitudes, Southern Lord, Ipecac, Dischord, Constellation and Kranky amongst others).. Expect lots of vinyl, unique web store only coloured wax, limited editions and warehouse finds of long deleted classics!

Wonderleague Shoppe
Home to artist and illustrator Francesca Bunny Williams. Her Wonderleague Shoppe sells prints, zines, badge sets and other handmade goods as well as specialising in vintage trading cards and collectibles, music memorabilia and forgotten treasures of the past.


Saturday 25th July 4pm – 2am


Factory Club
5.30 pm Remember Remember
7.00 pm Thought Forms
8.15 pm Skullflower
9.45 pm Kim Hiorthoy
11.00 pm Light Trap
12.15 Growing

Outside Stage
4.45 pm Flower/Corsano Duo
6.00 pm Tartufi
7.30 pm Nisennenmondai
8.45 pm Marnie Stern
10.15 pm Bobby Previte + VJ Benton-C Bainbridge
11.30 pm ZU
1.15 am Monotonix

Space 2 Stage
4.30 pm Rose Kemp
5.45 pm Diagonal
7.00 pm Master Musicians of Bukkake
8.15 pm Iron Lung
9.30 pm The Accused
10.45 pm Thorr’s Hammer
12.15 am Corrupted

Theatre Space
4.45 pm Talk: Celebrating Independence
7.00 pm Talk: Home Of Metal – Johnny Doom with Stephen & Greg
8.00 pm Talk: Home Of Metal – Dr. Niall Scott
10.15 pm Dirty Electronic Ensemble performance

*Line up subject to change

Saturday Day Tickets £35
purchased from:
24 hr order line 0844 870 0000 – Calls cost max 5p per min from BT landline
Birmingham – Polar Bear + Swordfish
London – Rough Trade East

We have negotiated a number of special rates for Supersonic visitors at the below hotels

Special Deal:
Nite Nite
(15 mins walk from the Custard Factory, It’s just a 5 minute walk from New Street Station)
Quote ‘super09’  for room  – Tel: 08458 90 90 99
rate £39.95 per night (Double room only) with WIFI
offer available until 19/07/09

Ramada Encore BIrmingham City Centre
(20 mins walk from the Custard Factory, 5 minute walk from New Street Station)
Ernest Street/Holloway Head
B1 1NS
£41/£49 per room, whether this is a Twin or a Double
call reservations on 0844 8010 698

Get Dire
Paragon Hotel – SOLD OUT

(2 mins walk from the Custard Factory)
A magnificent example of Gothic architecture, the Paragon is situated in the heart of the city, lovingly restored into a modern, stylish, urban retreat.

£35.00 Room Only for Standard Single Room
£40.00 Room Only for Standard Twin or Double Room
£45.00 Room Only for Superior Single Room
£50.00 Room Only for Superior Double or Twin Room.

Breakfast will be available upon request at £5.00


Quote ‘SUPERSONIC’ to book at special festival rate

T: +44 (0) 121 627 0627 / F: +44 (0) 121 627 0628
E: [email protected]

Recommended Budget visitors:

Birmingham Central Backpackers
Birmingham Central is a five minute walk from the Bull Ring and a three minute walk from the Digbeth Coach Station. 5 min walk from the Custard Factory.
About 50 dorm beds available at £15 per night.
T: +44 (0) 121 643 0033

1 Great Colmore Street, Birmingham, B15 2AP
T : +44 (0) 121 622 7575

Please mention Supersonic when booking.

£38/45 per room per night – includes 1 single bed & 1 double bed in each room 1-3 people per room – BARGAIN!!! works out £13 each per night. 5 mins cab ride from venue or 20 minute walk from the venue. Rooms book up very quickly! £2.95 for a continental breakfast. Approx 150 rooms available.

Volunteer at Supersonic

Call Out!

Supersonic needs YOU! Capsule¹s internationally renowned festival runs 24th to 26th July 2009 and there¹s plenty of opportunities to get involved as a volunteer. The festival is small enough for everyone involved as a volunteer to gain not just an overview of how the festival works, but to give real input and value. We will try to fit your experience and aspirations against required roles in the festival, so that we all benefit as much as possible

What’s available?

Capsule have 2 internship opportunities one in Marketing/Communications and one in Event Management you will be required to do at least 10 days between April to July, and then follow up report based work in August/September. You will receive valuable work experience and be credited as part of the core team that deliver Supersonic Festival.


In addition to this we need a team of volunteers to help deliver the festival over the weekend of the event itself 24th -26th July and in the run up to Supersonic from June onwards. You will be required to do a minimum of 6 hrs over the weekend in return for a day ticket and festival t-shirt.

* We are also looking for professional quality photographers to help us document the festival*


We will need to know, very specifically, when you are available to volunteer for Supersonic. This enables us to timetable volunteer hours in the office,at events and liaising with artists and onsite. It’s really important that if you’ve said you’re available at a particular time on a particular day, we can rely on your presence. Please look at your diary and let us know what commitments you already have.


Please note, unfortunately we can only receive applications from people over 18 years of age. For further information on volunteering for Supersonic,To apply send an email to:
Mark in the SUBJECT of the email either INTERNSHIP or VOLUNTEER
We will send you an application form, which you need to fill out and email back to us before the deadline.
You must also remember to include a full CV or if you don’t have a current CV 1 side of A4 explaining your interest in volunteering and any specific knowledge or skills that you think are applicable.

Deadline for Internship applications is 24th April
Deadline for Volunteer applications is 30th April
Interviews for Internships will be held 7th & 8th May but you will be contacted for your interview date & time.

Email us at volunteer[at]


Sunday 26th July  2pm – 12.30am

Outside Stage
2.30 pm Nancy Wallace
3.45 pm Theo
4.45 pm Pontiak
6.00 pm Arbouretum
7.15 pm Earthless
8.45 pm 65daysofstatic
10.15 pm Caribou

Space 2 Stage
3.00 pm zZz
4.15 pm Esoteric
5.30 pm Khyam Allami
6.30 pm Jarboe
8.00 pm The Memory Band
9.15 pm Head Of David
11.00 pm Goblin

Theatre Space
2.45 pm Pram
4.45 pm Chris Herbert
6.15 pm Goblin Q & A
10.15 pm Tim Wright

*Line up subject to change

Sunday Day Tickets
£35 can be purchased from:
24 hr order line 0844 870 0000 – Calls cost max 5p per min from BT landline
Birmingham – Polar Bear + Swordfish
London – Rough Trade East

Full times will be released in the weeks leading up to the festival, this is just to give you an idea of whom is playing on which day.