“Capsule’s Supersonic festival has evolved…to consistently provide one of UK’s most anticipated Festival line-ups. Fans of dubstep, krautrock, free-jazz and doom metal were all catered for on a bill which promised to both rupture the ears while stimulating the mind through its diverse selection of music, film and specialist talks.” – CLASH

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 9th year, the event will once again take place at the Custard Factory in the heart of in the heart of Eastside of Birmingham, utilising converted factory warehouses and art galleries and offering up-close, intimate settings to showcase some of the most exciting music out there. Capsule’s passion for genre bending sound and performances is at the heart of all their events – there are not many places where you can listen to funeral doom, prog, folk, avant jazz and grindcore in one weekend.

The festival is now in it’s 9th year, starting out as a 1 day event in 2003 which featured Coil, LCD Sound System, The Bug, DJ Food and many more. Over the years the festival has garnered a worldwide reputation for being one of the most exciting events for experimental music, gathering audiences from all corners of the UK and further a field.

“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

“Every attraction is in some way a visceral sensory experience – ear candy for lovers of the sonically extreme…So many other music festivals offer you what you expect to hear, merely affirming your good taste in music, Supersonic is a place to be educated and surprised: new, experimental and intellectually nourishing.”

“Supersonic’s trump card; is it not only a festival that is wildly diverse in it’s content but it also manages to flow musically from stage to stage, like looking through your best friend’s record collection.” Rough Trade Shops

Market Place

After the success of last few years of our ’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 equipped with a tea room serving a selection of epicurean delights. Open to the public on Saturday 22rd of October through to Sunday 23rd.

Previous stall holders have included: Rough Trade, Conspiracy Records,  Wonderleague, Polar Bear Shop, Eat A Book Records.

“Sitting behind our stall at Supersonic last year was the highlight of the year for Bad Egg. The atmosphere was excellent, the banter was rowdy and the chance to engage with so many people in such a short space of time was intense. As a DiY label it’s almost impossible to reach such a wide and receptive audience like the Supersonic crowd – we not only sold some records but also made some friends in the process. REAL ones too.” Dave – Bad Egg Records

Supersonic 2011 Marketplace will include:

Cold Spring
The UK’s premier label, mailorder and distributor for Industrial & related music: Esoteric, Dark Ambient, Power Electronics, Noise, Ritual, Japanoise, Soundtrack, Neofolk, Doom and experimental music.

Southern Records
Since the late 1970s Southern have worked with a veritable Who’s Who of independent labels, including Dischord, Wrong, Touch & Go, Kranky, Constellation and Ipecac.. Come and say hello, we’ll have plenty of interesting stuff for sale, and we love a natter.

Burning World Records
Label and mailorder  based in Holland, home of the Roadburn Festival, and mainly focused on vinyl. Black metal, drone, death, stoner, doom – as long as it kicks you in the gut.

Bad Egg Records
An independent, stalwartly DiY label which has been releasing and promoting some of Birmingham’s finest and noisest since 2009, including Stinky Wizzleteat, Human Hands and Fuck Your Haircut.

First Fold Records
An independent record label specialising in Electronic and Experimental music. First Fold’s focus is to maintain a self regulating and enthusiastic approach to the creation of music and visual media.

Edge World
We are a tiny,fiercely independant record store specialising in alternative,outsider,emergent,interesting music that just happens to be predominantly VINYL!

Future Noise
Manchester based-label, booking agency and PR company.  We work and have worked for the likes of Ufomammut, Conan, Bastard of the Skies, Black Sun, OvO, The Sleeping Shaman, Supernatural Cat Recordings and The Malleus Rock Artlab.

Holy Roar
The label’s first release was in June 2006, with the Phoenix Bodies album ‘Raise the Bullshit Flag’. Since then Holy Roar Records has released over 80 CDs, records and tapes.

Lanchashire and Somerset
A humble label, we attempt to help and support a growing family of bands like Enablers / Nathan Bell / Kogumaza / McWatt / Mugstar, all with a like-minded ethos based around truthful, honest music.

Dead Pilot Records
A small DIY record label from Buckinghamshire established in 2007, focusing on hand made physical releases of various sounds and styles.

Static Caravan
UK’s largest small label since 1999. Digging out musical treasures at the A + R car boot sale of recorded sound. Home to releases from Zombi, The Owl Service and Alison O’ Donnell, Serafina Steer, Starless and Bible Black + Ass.

Purveyors of sonic pharmaceuticals. alt.vinyl is a globally recognised home for rare, limited and beautiful outsider music across all formats but particularly vinyl and lathe. we source from small and micro labels around the world and actively support independent artists and music in all that we do, including our own alt.vinyl label.

Come pay them a visit and check out their wares!



The hotels with special Supersonic deals are  now all sold out:
Nite Nite, Stay Birmingham – ARC Apartments and the Paragon.

Budget recommendations:

Birmingham Central Backpackers
Five minute walk from the Bull Ring, a three minute walk from the Digbeth Coach Station and a five minute walk from the Custard Factory.
6-8 bed dorms – regular £16.00 pppn, special large group rate – £14.50 pppn
POD dorm/four bed dorm – £20.00 pppn
Private rooms are available prices start at £20 per night
Check website for full details.

T: 0121 643 0033
E: info[at]

Hatters Hostel
Near Snow Hill railway station.  30-40 minute walk from Custard Factory.
Singles from £45, doubles from £55, triples from £81 plus a range of 4-12 bed rooms
Check website for full details.

Mid-price recommendations:

Travelodge: Central Newhall Street
Close to New Street railway station. 15-20 minute walk from Custard Factory.
Rooms start at £32.50 – check website for full details

Ibis Hotel and Holiday Inn

Try and for last minute deals.


The Special Supersonic Deals were:

Nite Nite SOLD OUT
(15 mins walk from the Custard Factory, It’s just a 5 minute walk from New Street Station)
Quote ‘super11’  for room  – Tel: 08458 90 90 99
rate £39.95 per night (Double or Single – room only) with WIFI
(while available)

Stay Birmingham – Arc Apartments SOLD OUT offers high quality self-catering apartments that are ideal for both short stays and long- term rentals, and conveniently located in the heart of Birmingham city centre. Providing a genuine home from home, all apartments are fully furnished with TVs, sofas, fully-equipped kitchens, dining areas, spacious bedrooms and more. The 24-hour receptions are easily accessed on foot from any of our apartments. Complimentary Wi-Fi Access is available in each room and reception lobby. Car parking is available upon request.

2/3 person apartment special rate of £79 per night
4/5 person apartment special rate 0f £105 per night

To book at special festival rate contact:

Magda Pabrianto Sales Executive
Email: sales[at]

Direct line: +44 (0) 871 971 2952

Paragon Hotel (2 mins walk from the Custard Factory) SOLD OUT
A magnificent example of Gothic architecture, the Paragon is situated in the heart of the city, lovingly restored into a modern, stylish, urban retreat.
£37.50 Room Only for Standard Single Room
£42.50 Room Only for Standard Twin or Double Room

Breakfast is available at the hotel but is an additional charge

Quote ‘SUP211011′ to book at special festival rate

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



Capsule’s internationally renowned festival runs 21-23 October 2011 and there are plenty of opportunities to get involved as a volunteer.

We need a dedicated team of volunteers to help deliver Supersonic over the festival weekend (21-23 October) and also in the run up to the festival (early October onwards).

The festival is small enough for everyone involved as a volunteer to gain an overview of how the festival works, and to give real input and value. We expect a minimum of 12 hours over the festival period in exchange for a weekend wristband.


If you are interested in volunteering for Supersonic Festival, please click here to download the application form.

Completed application forms should be emailed to volunteer[at]

The first volunteer meeting will take place on Monday 26 September, 7pm where you will be able to find out more about the festival and meet the team.

NB/ unfortunately we can only consider applicants who are 18 years old and over.



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Supersonic Festival is located at the Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B9 4AA
The site opens at 9.00pm on Friday 21st of October, only then can you pick up tickets from the box office, which is located at the top of Gibb Street.

Birmingham International Airport (BHX) has a number of budget flights from Europe and further a field, it is located less than 30 mins by taxi to Birmingham city centre or there is a train which takes about 15mins.

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


Each year we receive lots of emails asking lots of questions, so to make life easier, we’ve collated all of the information here into the Supersonic Festival Frequently Asked Questions List.  If you do have a question, check the list.  If it definitely isn’t answered here, info[at] is where you can send it.

Accommodation: “Where can I live for the weekend?”
We have negotiated a number of special rates for Supersonic visitors at the below hotels
Alcohol: “Can I bring my own alcohol?”
Unfortunately not, you maybe searched on arrival and if you are found to be carrying drinks, these will be confiscated. There will be at least three licensed bars on the festival site.  If you look under 21, please bring some photo ID along.
We have a number of lovely drinks available on site including a selection of Purity Ales & The Kraken Rum

We have a food court on site, which will cater for vegetarians and vegans alike as well as meat eaters. There is also Yumm cafe and Bay Leaf restaurant on site.

Cash Points
There are only a few ATM machines in Digbeth, so you might want to take out money prior to arriving at the festival site.  There is one cash machine on site at H&S News – this machine will charge you £1.78 per withdrawal.
There are also cash machines located near-by at:
Nisa | Digbeth High Street | B5 5NR (about a 3 minute walk from the Custard Factory)
Free cash machine(!)
The Forge Tavern | 129 Great Barr Street | B9 4AY (it’s on the corner of Fazeley Street, at the top of Heath Mill Lane) Charge of £1.75 per withdrawal
Children can come along, but it is essential that you contact us beforehand and they usually have to leave the festival site by 9pm.  (info[at] or 0121-248-2252).
Directions: “How do I get to Supersonic Festival?”
Supersonic Festival is held at the Custard Factory | Gibb Street | Birmingham | B9 4AA
Box office is located on Floodgate Street

The Custard Factory is a 10 minute walk from both New Street and Moor Street Stations.
1. Exit New Street Station via the main doors (signposted taxi rank)
2. As you approach Debenhams, turn left and walk through the tunnel (under the USC store)
3. When you emerge, Moor Street Station will be ahead of you.
4. Continue with Moor Street on your left, toward Selfridges Car Park.
5. At the crossing, turn right towards The Bull Ring Tavern.
6. Turn left onto Digbeth High Street
7. Walking down the high street, you’ll pass The Fancy Fabric Store, The HMV Institute and South Birmingham College.
8. Keep walking, and you’ll come to the Custard Factory, you can’t miss us.
9. If you reach The Rainbow, you’ve gone too far.

Birmingham International Airport (BHX) has a number of budget flights from Europe and further a field.  It is located less than 30 minutes by taxi from the Custard Factory, or there is a train from Birmingham International to Birmingham New Street Station which takes about 15 minutes.

(Please note that since Supersonic last year, a shiny new coach station has opened in Birmingham.)
1. Exit the coach station and head towards Rea Street.
2. Turn Left at Rea Street.
3. After 120 metres, you’ll emerge onto Digbeth High Street opposite The HMV Institute.
4. Turn right and walk up Digbeth High Street.
5. You’ll pass South Birmingham College on your left, The Irish Centre on your right and the Custard Factory itself on your left again.
6. Cross the road at the lights by The Old Crown.
7. You’ve arrived!
B9 4AA is the postcode you’ll need for your Sat Nav.
The Custard Factory is easily accessible from the M6, M5 and M42.
1. Whichever direction you’re coming from to get to Birmingham follow signs for the A41.
2. Once you’re on the A41, follow signs for the City Centre.
3. You’ll find yourself heading towards town, along Digbeth High Street.
4. Pass through a couple of sets of traffic lights before you see a Renault garage on your left.
5. Get into the right hand filter lane at the next set of lights, where there’s an old Tudor building on your right (that’s Birmingham’s oldest pub, The Old Crown, established in 1368).
6. Turn right onto Heath Mill Lane.
7. A few hundred yards along and on your right, just past Air nightclub, is the entrance to the Custard Factory car park (its gates are made up of cubes of squished cars).
Lost Property: Lost something at the festival?
Any lost property found by Supersonic staff will be safely stored in the production office; lost property found by Custard Factory or Factory Club staff will be stored in their office.

If you lose something over the weekend, contact a member of Supersonic / Security Staff.  If you realise you’re missing something after the festival contact info[at]

Playing at Supersonic – can my band play at Supersonic

Capsule HQ receive tonnes of emails from bands wishing to play the festival, we wholeheartedly wish to encourage new artists and bands and work hard to ensure that the festival features plenty of new talent, however at this point in the proceedings we’re already fully booked so please refrain from emailing us, we welcome suggestions via our recommendations blog post and refer to these when programming the festival so please use this as your first point of call.

Performance Times
Stage times for each artist will be posted a week before the festival.
Festival Times
FRIDAY Doors 9pm – 2.30am (Box office closed at midnight)
SATURDAY Doors 4pm – 1.30am (Box office closed at 11pm)
SUNDAY Doors 2pm – 1.30am (Box office closed at 10.30)
NB. times will be fully confirmed closer to the festival
Normal smoking rules apply: you can smoke in any outdoor area on site, you cannot smoke inside any enclosed public buildings, tents, portacabins, or near a fuel source.
There are loads of taxi firms in Birmingham – Here’s numbers for a couple of them:
Atlas Cars 0121-643-8888
Ambassador Cars 0121-449-8888
T.O.A. 0121-444-8888
Royal Cars 0121-444-8888