a celebration of the expressive, challenging and generally out there
The Times

“Birmingham’s Supersonic Festival occupies an exalted position at the vanguard of the festival circuit. And rightly so. Since its inception over ten years ago, it has maintained a staggeringly focused and intelligent curatorial policy, transcending the music and art worlds to present a programme teeming with invention, audience participation and a certain amount of unpredictability. It’s also a bloody good knees up.” The Skinny

Since the inception of Supersonic Festival in 2003,  Capsule have firmly established the event as one of the UK’s premier experimental music and arts festival. With an undeniably vibrant atmosphere, always presenting a variety of performers – the inaugural event featured the bewildering blend of Coil, DJ Food, LCD Soundsystem, The Bug and more – and where the film programme, workshops and exhibitions are as paramount to the event’s atmosphere as the live performances.

Capsule’s programme has a sense of spectacle at the very heart of it,  always aiming to capture the imagination of our audience, and with a friendly, bustling atmosphere to boot, there is little wonder why the festival draws fans, performers and industry folks from across the globe.

Some of what makes Supersonic so unique – the emphasis on a multidisciplinary programme , and our curatorial approach – which has become a blueprint for others,  yet we,  continue to re-imagine the event to ensure that it remains an inviting prospect for long-standing supporters as well as welcoming new fans.

The question is, what makes Supersonic Festival a thrilling prospect after 13 years of existence? Fundamentally, the answer is, we truly understand our audience’s thirst for new discovery and desire to stimulate all senses. Capsule are also fearless when it comes to putting together the musical line up, always opting for variety, never relying on the same pool of headliners which other events are vying for and importantly, embracing the local music scene, and homegrown talent, as well as drawing in an array of international artists. Of course, the location in the city of Birmingham is an important factor, Capsule take pleasure in sharing the city’s post industrial spaces with Supersonic Festival attendees, and through our eyes, introducing emerging cultural spaces via a cocktail of music, film, art installations, food and more. In Supersonic Festival, we have created a truly enticing event that nurtures a real sense of adventure for curious audiences.

“The most consistently brilliant and forward-looking festival in the UK, if not the world.” Vice Magazine

“Narnia. Wonderland. Birmingham’s Supersonic Festival. What do these places have in common? Answer: they’re pure magic. What’s the sad difference between them? Answer: only one of them is real. (Which one is up to you.) You might not be able to step into an amazing otherworld through a large piece of furniture, but you can go to England to experience the finest in musical festival lineups.” Tiny Mix Tapes



Paragon Hotel (5 mins walk from the festival hub)
145 Alcester Street, Birmingham, B12 0PJ
T: +44 (0) 121 627 0627 Option 4 | F: +44 (0) 121 627 0628

Paragon is our partner hotel and conveniently located near to the festival.


Contact Jayde Reservations [email protected]
Reference : Capsule 12.06.15  for the Supersonic special discounted rate

Single Rooms Bed & Breakfast £45.00 (per room per night)
Double/Twin Rooms Bed & Breakfast £55.00 (per room per night)
Hotel La Tour (10 mins walk to the festival hub)
Stay in luxury at Hotel La Tour, 4 star hotel located in the heart of Birmingham city centre.
Albert Street, Birmingham, B5 5JE
Tel: 0121 718 8000


Arc Apartments (10 mins walk from festival hub)
The Arcadian Centre, Birmingham B5 4TD
Tel 0121 622 7020

*         15% discount for bookings of 2 nights or more
*        great for groups
*         Bookings must be made by contacting Simantha Lewis-Brown on 0121 622 7020
or [email protected] and quoting  “Super2015”
*         Limited spaces available so bookings must be made quickly!

Birmingham Central Backpackers
58 Coventry Street, Digbeth, Birmingham B5 5NH

T: 0121 643 0033
E: info[at]
Five minute walk from the Bull Ring, a three minute walk from the Digbeth Coach Station and a five minute walk from the festival hub.
4-12 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 £30.00 per night
Check website for full details.

This includes a basic continental breakfast (toast, jams, spreads, fruit, squash ) available between 8am and 11am, tea and coffee is avail
able all day long, free WiFi, and all bedding and linen is provided.

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.





Capsule’s internationally renowned festival runs 11th/14th June 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 (11th/14th) and also in the run up to the festival. We expect a minimum of 15 hours over the festival period in exchange for a weekend wristband.

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.

If you are interested in being a volunteer at this year’s festival please contact us at [email protected] with “VOLUNTEER 2015”  in the title of your email to get hold of an application form. Forms need to be returned to us by May 15. As we are running a “Ltd Edt” version of the event this year our team will much smaller than usual and so we may not be able to offer opportunities for everyone to take part.

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







01 – 15 June
All Ears Exhibition
start 11:00 – 17:00
Millennium Point
Curzon Street, Birmingham, West Midlands B4 7XG

Thursday 11 June

Will Gregory Moog Ensemble
Start – 20:00 pick up tickets at 19:30
Address – Birmingham Town Hall
Victoria Square, Birmingham B3 3DQ

Friday 12 June
Bees In A Tin
Start – 11:00 -17:00
Millennium Point
Curzon Street, Birmingham, West Midlands B4 7XG

Main programme – BOX OFFICE open from 8.40pm
Start 21:00
The Crossing + Boxxed
Floodgate Street Birmingham, West Midlands B5 5SR

Saturday 13 June
Supersonic Kids Gig
Start  – 11:00 – 12:30
Symphony Hall Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EA

Main programme
Start 16:00
Festival hub The Crossing + Boxxed
Floodgate Street Birmingham, West Midlands B5 5SR

Sunday 14 June
Digbeth Delights
Start – 12:00 – 17:00
Minerva Works 158 Fazeley Street, Birmingham B5 5RS
Richard Dawson’s The Delight Is Right
Start – 15:30 – 20:30
Boxxed  Floodgate Street Birmingham, West Midlands B5 5SR