Supersonic 2019

“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 2019 on the weekend of July 19 – 21, celebrating our 15th edition 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


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

Aparthotel Adagio – SOLD OUT
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. Double, twin and 4 bed apartments available.

A 10% discount for all festival attendees is available. Bookings can be made either via email: [email protected] OR by calling the Hotel on 0121 399 0500 to book quoting ‘Supersonic2019

Ibis Birmingham New Street Station Hotel
21 Ladywell Walk, Birmingham B5 4ST

A 10 min walk from our festival hub and centrally located from New Street Station/Moor Street Station, this hotel is ideally located for your time at Supersonic. Onsite parking is available.

For a limited time only Supersonic guests can make the most of a reduced rate. All bookings should be made by contacting: [email protected] – when booking guests should quote the reference 561721 and the name SUPERSONIC FESTIVAL

Fri: £50 single occupancy / £55 double occupancy – includes breakfast
Sat: £70 single occupancy / £75 double occupancy – includes breakfast
Sun: £50 single occupancy / £55 double occupancy – includes breakfast

StayCity Aparthotels

  • Arcadian Centre, Hurst Street, Birmingham, B5 4TD
  • Newhall Square, 88 Charlotte Street, Birmingham, B3 1PW

StayCity have two Birmingham City Centre locations to choose from: these spacious apartments have fully equipped kitchens and free wi-fi.

A 15% discount – off the best online flexible rates – is available to Supersonic Festival audiences using the following code: SUPR15

Please call 0203 744 7525 for all reservations.


Budget recommendations:

Ibis budget Birmingham Centre
1 Great Colmore Street, Birmingham B15 2A

Setting high standards for low-cost accommodation, this centrally located, budget accommodation option keeps frills to a minimum, so that you can enjoy all the necessary comforts without paying for things you don’t need.

Rooms are available from £121 for 3 nights – Double/Twin & Family options are available

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.




You’ve got your ticket, now what? Have a read over our FAQs to help you plan for this weekend…


For weekend tickets your wristbands will be picked up at Town Hall
Neurosis + Godflesh
performance at Town Hall Birmingham,
Victoria Square, Birmingham B3 3DQ
Box Office opens at 6.45pm – Godflesh on stage at 7.30pm
Main Festival Box office opening times (for wristbands) – located on Floodgate St, Birmingham B5 5SR

Friday 22:00 – 23:30

Saturday 16:00 – 22:00

Sunday 15:00 – 20:30

Timings and the full schedule will be announced soon…



Whilst Supersonic Festival doesn’t have specific children and young people offers, 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 [email protected] 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 our next Kids Gig with Paddy Steer HERE


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.


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 25, please bring some photo ID along.



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

This year we’ll be filling bellies with SriLicious, Beet The System, The Green Pizza Co. and MASA Mexican Kitchen. You’ll find their stalls in the courtyard to the festival Market Place. You can also get your caffeine fix from the Really Awesome Coffee Van. 



We have an array of exciting workshops for you to get involved with at Supersonic 2019. Workshops & sign-ups will be announced soon.



Volunteer applications for this year’s festival have now closed, but we always welcome some helping hands at our year-round events. If you’re interested in supporting Supersonic please express your interest via [email protected]


For Uber pick ups we suggest using the Zellig Car Park as a pick point –
Zellig Car Park Birmingham B9 4AA

Alternatively there is a taxi rank at the coach station just opposite the main festival site or listed below are taxi firms in Birmingham – here are 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


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 + box office of Supersonic Festival is held at The Crossing, Floodgate St, Birmingham B5 5SR.



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



There are a number of 24 hr car parks around Digbeth and about a 5 mins walk away from the festival site, these are paying car parks but are fairly cheap.

Green Parking Ltd, Digbeth High Street, Oxford Street, Birmingham B5 6DY

Noise Complaints

Hotline +44 7946541506 will be maintained throughout the entire event – to which concerned residents may make contact to bring: complaint, query or issue to the attention of the event organisers – all such calls will be documented.



Introducing you to Birmingham, the city we call home…


#WhenInBrum is for the curious explorers amongst you who are looking to discover the city’s independents, cultural hideaways and local haunts.


Led by three of Birmingham’s most long-standing independent festivals for film, music and performance; Flatpack Festival (30 April – 5 May), BE FESTIVAL (3 – 7 July) and Supersonic Festival (19 – 21 July), #WhenInBrum is here to highlight our favourite places to eat, drink, sleep and do.

The campaign will be popping up all over the UK so when you see it, tag us and use the hashtag #WhenInBrum to spread the word.

This work is supported by the West Midlands Growth Company and is part of a Cultural Destinations project.


Below you can find a list of places to stay with, eat & drink with, explore with and connect with.  



Some of our favourite places to refuel…

Faculty Coffee, Piccadilly Arcade


There’s plenty of places to fill your boots here… We recommend starting your day at Café Artum; sip some coffee whilst you rifle through their top vinyl collection all homed in one of Birmingham’s most beautiful buildings. Take a short walk down Corporation Street and you’ll find an abundance of city centre haunts. There is Medicine Bakery and their stunning array of tasty treats (you have to try their Cronuts!), Faculty with their top-notch coffee and Cherry Reds, who have a sizeable, scrumptious menu alongside many a beer to try.

Closer to our Supersonic home in Digbeth, we suggest grabbing a bite with the Original Patty Men – burgers galore! But for the veggies among you, we highly recommend The Warehouse Café, it’s a long-standing favourite for our green friends. No better place to wash it all down, than with a pint at DigBrewa brewery hidden amongst the Digbeth warehouses.



A list of venues, art galleries and festivals to connect with year round…

Home of Metal, Black Sabbath Exhibition June 26 – Sept 29 2019 at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.


Birmingham has so much to offer, so we recommend starting with the Birmingham Art Map; designed for you to discover the great art, ideas and culture being made in the city (its listings often include lots of free events to go along to!) If you want to delve deep into some of Birmingham’s rich musical heritage, head along to the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery for the Black Sabbath, Home of Metal Exhibition happening between June 26 – Sept 29 2019. Need to kick up your feet? Head over to UK’s oldest working cinema, The Electric, to watch anything from old classics and foreign film to the big blockbusters.

Fancy something a bit off the beaten track? Check out BOM, a centre for art, technology and science dedicated to creative innovation with purpose. Located in central Birmingham, less than one minute’s walk from New Street Station, this gallery is free to enter and presents cutting edge digital artworks and exhibitions that spark debate about technology and scientific progress.



Stay up to date with what’s going on across Birmingham…

Bab Mag


Our friends at Counteract are first to tell you about the city’s happenings, packed with reviews and recommendations. If you spot one, pick up a copy of Bab Mag – produced by local Birmingham creatives, this magazine champions local talent and documents subcultures. For full listings of independents truly worth celebrating in Birmingham check out Independent Birmingham.