Supersonic 2018

“A deeply experimental weekend but also a genuinely accessible one too. During a period in which many line-ups of alternative festivals are becoming increasingly uniform, Supersonic brightly stands out as a true alternative to the alternative..” – The Independent

Supersonic Festival is returning in 2018 on the weekend of June 22nd – 24th with an ambitious programme of mind bending music, sense shifting art and life altering experiences.

Nowhere else will you find a festival experience quite like Supersonic’s – since 2003, we have been hosting superior weekends for the adventurous audience, taking care to present only the most artistically relevant and irreverent acts from the UK and across the globe, while simultaneously making sure to fill every moment with the opportunities to let loose and party, or sit down at engaging talks, discussions and workshops, or take in exclusive screenings and exhibitions.

“Supersonic reasserts itself as the best European festival for new music” – The Quietus


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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


Hotels

See below for this years Hotel Partnerships and recommendations for Punters.

Aparthotel Adagio
131 Digbeth High Street B5 6DR

5 min walk from our festival hub and 5 mins from New Street Station/Moor Street Station these apartments are the ideal base for your time at Supersonic.

No parking on site but 24hr parking available nearby

Either Email: h8117@adagio-city.com OR call the Hotel on 0121 399 0500 to book quoting ‘Supersonic2018‘ to receive 10% off

Double, twin and 4 bed apartments available

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Clayton Hotel Birmingham

85 Albert Street, Birmingham, B5 5JT

10 min walk from our festival hub and located next to Moor Street Station or 7 minutes’ walk from New Street Station.

Clayton Hotel is a four star boutique style, full service hotel and an the ideal base to do Supersonic in style.

Parking on site is limited and £15 overnight or we have an offer with NCP Selfridges for £7 on exit.

Email reservations.birmingham@claytonhotels.com to book quoting ‘Supersonic‘ to receive special rates, deal will expire 14 days prior to event:

£100 Room Only, Per Night in a City Double, Twin or Triple Bedroom

£110 BB, Single Occupancy, Per Night in a City Double, Twin or Triple Bedroom

£120 BB, Double Occupancy, Per Night in a City Double, Twin or Triple Bedroom

*Upgrade options available on request for all offers
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Ibis Birmingham New Street Station Hotel
21 Ladywell Walk, Birmingham B5 4ST
£180 for 3 nights – Double/Twin or Family Room
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Ibis budget Birmingham Centre
1 Great Colmore Street | Birmingham | B15 2AP
From £114 for 3 nights – Double/twin or 3 person room
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Budget recommendation:

Birmingham Backpackers
58 Coventry St,Digbeth,Birmingham B5 5NH

2 mins walk from our festival hub and 10 mins from New Street Station/Moor Street Station this is a great place to book if you’re on a budget or travelling alone – shared rooms for as little as £15 per night.

Hatters Birmingham
92-95 Livery St, Birmingham B3 1RJ

Approx 20 mins walk from our festival hub, a great place to book if you’re on a budget or travelling alone – shared rooms for as little as £15 per night.


Timings

Supersonic Festival 2018 runs from June 22nd – 24th in Digbeth, Birmingham.
Box office is located on Floodgate Street | Digbeth | B5 5SR

Box office opening times to pick up your wristbands:
Friday 21:00 – 23:30
Saturday 16:00 – 22:00
Sunday 15:00 – 20:30

Timings and full schedule HERE

Line up*
Friday
Croww / Goat / Giant Swan / Housewives / Moor Mother / The Ex / Wetware
+ Ideas of Noise stage featuring a feast of experimental sounds from the Midlands and beyond

Saturday
Gazelle Twin UK premier of new material
Angel-Ho / Andrea Belfi / Cattle / Connected Devices – Sam Underwood + Graham Dunning / Deaf Kids / Faka / Jennifer Walshe / Joasihno / Mario Batkovic  / Nik Void / Terminal Cheesecake / The Dwarfs of East Agouza Vanishing Twin / Yerba Mansa / Youth Man / Yves Tumor

Sunday
Shirley Collins
Yunohana Variations –  YoshimiO (Boredoms, OOIOO) + Susie Ibarra + Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (Lichens) / Daniel Higgs /  Gnod / Group A / Gum Takes Tooth / Mark Korven – composer of The Witch  / Mésange / Modern Ritual – Laura Cannell + Charles Hayward / Olanza / Tomaga live soundtrack to Kenneth Angers ‘Lucifer Rising’ / Tirkilatops / Wolves In The Throne Rooms / UKAEA
+ Dennis McNett procession
* line up subject to change


Volunteers

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SUPERSONIC NEEDS YOU!

The UK’s premier experimental music and art festival – Supersonic – returns 22nd – 24th June 2018 and there are plenty of opportunities to get involved as a volunteer.

Supersonic has secured its experimental reputation with over 14 years of consistently innovative and explosive concoctions of visual installations, films, exhibitions and music. Guaranteed to open your eyes and ears to music and art outside the predictable genre labels and familiar performance spaces.

You will be part of an ever growing, friendly community of music and art lovers helping to maintain the values of bringing the extraordinary to curious audiences in an all inclusive way. This is will be an invaluable experience into how a festival runs but not only that, you’ll be contributing to something truly Superspecial whilst making friends along the way!

We need a dedicated team of volunteers to help deliver Supersonic over the festival weekend (22nd – 24th June) and also in the run up to the festival (early June onwards).

We would like every volunteer to commit to 15 hours over the weekend

Volunteers must be over 18 years old

This year we are on the lookout for people for the following roles:

  • Artist Liason/Box Office
  • Hospitality/Site Set up
  • Merch/Promotion

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER YOUR INTEREST!


Contact

You can contact the Supersonic team via info@capsule.org.uk

For any press queries, please speak to Lauren Barley via rarelyunable@yahoo.co.uk


sponsors

Supersonic Festival 2018 gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our funders and sponsors

 


FAQ

Welcome to Supersonic 2018 FAQ section. We will be updating more info as things develop closer to the festival, but here’s everything we can tell you now. For any further queries, please email info@capsule.org.uk.

Box office opening times to pick up your wristbands – located on Floodgate St, Birmingham B5 5SR
Friday 21:00 – 23:30
Saturday 16:00 – 22:00
Sunday 15:00 – 20:30

Timings and full schedule HERE

Children

Whist Supersonic Festival doesn’t have a specific children and young people offer, children aged 10 years and under are welcome to accompany adults attending the festival for free. If you are planning on bringing children with you please contact us in advance via anna@capsule.org.uk and we will reserve sufficient numbers of wristbands at our festival Box Office. We request that all children in attendance at the festival must be accompanied by an adult at all times, have their own ear defender equipment and be off site by 9pm.

Supersonic Kids Gigs are perfect events for children and their families. More information about events taking place later this year will be available soon.

Accommodation: “Where can I live for the weekend?”
We have negotiated a number of special rates for Supersonic visitors, you can read all about that here https://supersonicfestival.com/info/hotels/

Alcohol: “Can I bring my own alcohol?”
Unfortunately not, you may be searched on arrival and if you are found to be carrying drinks, these will be confiscated. There will be licensed bars which have a selection of vegan friendly ales + spirts + soft drinks on the festival site. If you look under 21, please bring some photo ID along.

Food
We have a food court plus a tea room on site, which will cater for vegetarians and vegans alike as well as meat eaters.

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 are two free cash machines located near-by at:

Nisa | Digbeth High Street | B5 5NR (about a 3 minute walk from the festival site) which is open until midnight daily

Birmingham Coach Station which is open 24hrs

Directions: “How do I get to Supersonic Festival?”
The central hub of Supersonic Festival is held at the The Crossing Floodgate St, Birmingham B5 5SR.

Smoking
Normal smoking rules apply: you can smoke in any outdoor area on site, you cannot smoke inside any enclosed public buildings.

Parking
There are a number of 24 hr car parks around Digbeth and about a 5 mins walk away from the festival site.
Green Parking Ltd, Digbeth High Street, Oxford Street, Birmingham B5 6DY

Taxis
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