Supersonic 2024

“The care and community at this independent festival of outer-reaches sounds is evident in every single detail”.

The Guardian ★★★★★

 

Supersonic 2024: Line-up & Useful Information

 

The first line-up announcement is now live! Head to our line up page to read more about the incredible artists performing at this year’s festival. 

Supersonic Festival is returning in 2024 on the weekend of August 30 – September 1 for our 18th edition. It’s now 21 years since the first Supersonic in 2003, and we have another ambitious programme of mind bending music, sense shifting art and life altering experiences lined up for you. Nowhere else will you find a festival experience quite like Supersonic’s.

Our weekend will be another fine array, ideal for an 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

 

Ticket Information

 

Our weekend tickets will go on sale Friday 1st March.

Day tickets will be released at the end of May.

And in the meantime our Solidarity tickets are currently available here – Weekend Ticket – Supersonic Festival 2024 [SOLIDARITY] – Supersonic Festival.

We know that some of our long-standing fans could afford to pay more. Inspired by the global “solidarity ticket” movement. If you are able to invest in Supersonic through a solidarity ticket, you’ll be subsidising a % of free tickets for others, whilst also ensuring the good ship Supersonic keeps sailing for many future festival editions.

Ahead of the festival please find some useful information below.

If you have any specific enquires related to Supersonic 2024 that haven’t been answered below in our FAQs, please email [email protected] and we will get back to you asap.


Box Office

 

FESTIVAL ADDRESS

Box Office XOYO, 29 Lower Trinity St, Deritend, Birmingham B9 4AG

DOOR & CURFEW TIMES

Full timetable will be published closer to the festival. Workshops and other extra-curricular activities may occur outside of these times – more details to follow.

 


GETTING TO THE FESTIVAL

 

Photo by Snaprockpop

 

  • Train  – https://www.thetrainline.com/ – the festival is an 18 minute walk from New Street Station and 14 minutes talk from Moor Street Station

 

 

 

 

ON FOOT

Digbeth is located just a 12 – minute walk from the Bullring. Approx 18 minutes to New Street and 14 minutes to Moor Street Station. Also, about 10 minutes from Birmingham Coach Station. It is possible to get buses from the city centre along Digbeth High Street. Please be aware extensive roadworks are still taking place down Digbeth High Street. For ease of access, we strongly advise our audience walking from the city centre down the high street to remain on the left-hand side as the right-hand side (with the coach station) appears to be least straightforward route. We will monitor this and update as / when.
 

 

BY CAR

There are several car parks within walking distance of the festival site.

  • Trinity Street Car Park, Heath Mill Lane, Birmingham B9 4AL

24 hour parking

  • High Street Digbeth Public Car Park, Oxford Street, B5 6DY

24 hour parking

  • Coventry Street Car Park, Meriden Street, B5 5LY

24 hour parking

  • Digbeth Court Carpark, Digbeth High Street, B12 0LD

24 hour parking

  • North Yard Car Park, Gibb Street, Birmingham B9 4AU

Open 6am – 11pm

 

TAXI OPTIONS

To ensure roads remain as clear as possible during our event, we will proactively encourage audience members without any additional access needs to use an UBER pin away from the venues. We will advertise this on our website / festival brochure and live, during the event, via social media. We will also ensure stewards remain on hand to direct audiences requiring other kinds of taxis to the nearby Coach Station where there is an ample taxi rank. However, it is entirely possible to get taxis to meet you at the entrance of our venues too.
 

 

CYCLE

Currently there is nowhere secure on site, suitable for storage, but there are several options on the nearby Custard Factory estate.


FAQs

Two women facing away from camera reading the Supersonic programme

Photo by Katja Ogrin

Have a read over our FAQs to help you plan for the festival weekend…

If you have any specific enquires to anything related to Supersonic 2024 that hasn’t been answered please email [email protected] and we will get back to you asap.

 

I can’t find my e-ticket?

Once you have purchased, you should have received your e-tickets with an attached QR code via an email from [email protected].

If you cannot find this email, or never received it you can also download your tickets from our website: https://supersonicfestival.com/my-account/fooevents-tickets/

Please have your QR codes ready to scan on entry to the festival to enable us a speedy start!

 

Where can I exchange my eTicket for a wristband?

This year our Box Office / wristband exchange will be at XOYO (formerly The Mill), daily opening times will be announced nearer the time.

 

Will there be a cloak room available?

Yes. Whilst we urge you not to bring excessive luggage / large bags with you on site, we also realise that storage over the weekend is useful and a cloak room will be available at XOYO all weekend. Please note our partner venue O2 Institute have strict policy on the size of bags that may be taken on site: and there will be no available cloakroom at this venue. More information can be found here: FAQs | O2 Institute Birmingham (academymusicgroup.com)

 

Can children come on site?

No. This year, due to a change of venue, no children will be allowed on site and our event will be for those who are aged 18 years+ only. 

 

Will there be a Supersonic Kids Gig this year?

Yes! Supersonic Kids Gigs are perfect events for children and their families. This year’s Kids Gig will take place on Saturday August 31st at Midlands Art Centre with Matana Roberts – more information can be found here

 

Are there any access restrictions at the venues?

Whilst our site is largely accessible, there are some areas of XOYO that are currently only accessible via steps. We will be updating our Access Statement regularly. In the meantime for specific access enquiries about XOYO please contact: [email protected] and for general enquiries about access to the festival as a whole please contact [email protected]

 

Do you provide PA / Companion tickets?

Yes we do. Complimentary Companion Tickets to accompany anyone wishing to attend one of our events are available. To obtain one, once you have purchased your ticket(s) please write to [email protected] with ‘Companion Ticket Required – Supersonic Festival’ in the subject line, and include your name, the name and email address of the companion (if possible), and the purchased ticket reference number. We will then get back to you with your additional Companion ticket.

 

Can I bring my own alcohol?

No. Only alcohol purchased on site may be consumed on site. Random bag searches will be in operation throughout the entire weekend and bringing alcohol on to our site will not be permitted.

 

What is Challenge 25?

Our bars will stock a fine selection of vegan-friendly ales, wine, spirts and soft drinks. In addition we have a very well stocked tea room that sells hot drinks, cakes and cocktails. We are required to operate Challenge 25, and anyone we think looks younger than 25 years will be asked to provide photographic ID. If you think you look younger than 25 years old please make sure you have sufficient ID with you.

 

Do you serve food on site?

Yes! There will be a fantastic variety of traders selling food, plus a tea room on site. We will ensure there are vegetarian and vegan options. A full roster will be announced nearer the time.

 

Can I apply to Volunteer?

Volunteer Applications for Supersonic 2024 have now closed! If you would like to ask us any questions, or are still keen to help out at the festival, please write to [email protected] as we may need some additional help closer to the time. 

 

Do you accept cash payments on site?

We will continue to accept cash on site at our Box Office and bars, however 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 open until midnight daily.

Birmingham Coach Station which is open 24hrs.

 

Can I smoke on site?

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

 

Is there nearby parking?

The majority of Digbeth street parking is now for permit holders only. There are a few nearby car park options – but not all have available / obvious disabled spaces:

  • Trinity Street Car Park, Heath Mill Lane, Birmingham B9 4AL

24 hour parking                                                                                                         

  • High Street Digbeth Public Car Park, Oxford Street, B5 6DY

24 hour parking

  • Coventry Street Car Park, Meriden Street, B5 5LY

24 hour parking

  • Digbeth Court Carpark, Digbeth High Street, B12 0LD

24 hour parking

  • North Yard Car Park, Gibb Street, Birmingham B9 4AU

Open 6am – 11pm

 


Timetable

Photo by Snaprockpop

The timetable for this year’s festival will be released closer to the time.


Accomodation

 

We have the following recommended accommodation options for you, please direct any enquiries about this directly to the accommodation providers themselves…

 

HOTEL PARTNER: BOUTIQUE SERVICED APARTMENTS – Staying Cool, Rotunda

0.8 miles from the festival

Rotunda, 150 New St, Birmingham, B2 4PA. Tel 0121 285 1250

Staying Cool, Rotunda

  • Staying Cool is a design-led boutique serviced apartment operator in Birmingham. It opened atop the Rotunda (a Grade II listed building) in Birmingham in 2008. The 35 apartments are stylishly designed and range from studios to 2-bed penthouses. The collections larger apartments represent the only 5* (Visit England assessed) accommodation in the city a decade after opening. The business has a strong ethical streak with a focus on working with other local independent companies.
  • Each apartment has a fully equipped kitchen, dining area and lounge area as well as the bedroom which is separated from the living areas by a low divider. The bathroom has a rainfall shower. Fluffy towels and bathrobes come as standard. You’ll find complimentary oranges for the juicer and Fairtrade teas as well as locally sourced coffee.
  • This option is an 18-minute walk or 9 minute taxi ride from the festival. It’s an accessible space with free fast Wi-Fi and a complimentary granola breakfast to enjoy in your own apartment.
  • You can access a special 10% discount for festival bookings. Secure your stay today, book direct via Stayingcool.com with promocode Supersonic2024, contact [email protected] or call the Staying Cool team on +44 (0)121 285 1250

 

SUPER CLOSE & FRIENDLY. IDEAL IF YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN – Birmingham Backpackers

0.4 miles from the festival

61-65 Coventry Street, B5 5NJ. Tel 0121 643 0033

Birmingham Backpackers

  • An 8 min walk from our festival hub and 10 mins from New Street / Moor Street Station, this is a great place to book if you’re on a budget and / or travelling alone.
  • A 10% discount for all festival attendees is available on their website using the promo code ‘supersonic2024’. The promotion is applicable to all available room types between Wed 28 Aug – Tues 3 Sep and have a fully refundable 24 hours cancellation policy.

 

A CLOSE & COMFORTABLE STAY. IDEAL IF YOU’RE IN A GROUP – Aparthotel Adagio

0.3 miles from the festival

131 Digbeth, Birmingham B5 6DR. Tel 0121 399 0500

Aparthotel Adagio, Birmingham City Centre

  • A 10 min walk from our festival hub and 10 min walk from New Street / 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 (quoting ‘CAPSULE’ in the subject line), [email protected] OR by calling the Hotel on 0121 399 0500.

 

A GREAT MID-RANGE OPTION IN THE CITY CENTRE – IBIS New Street

0.5 miles from the festival

Arcadian Centre, 21 Ladywell Walk, Birmingham B5 4ST. Tel 0121 619 9000

IBIS Birmingham Centre New Street

  • IBIS New Street is a 17-minute walk from the festival or just a 7-minute drive. They offer free Wi-fi, a healthy hot buffet breakfast and on-site private parking. This economy hotel is located a short distance from Birmingham New Street and in the heart of Birmingham’s Chinatown – neighbour to bars, clubs, and restaurants.

 

AFFORDABLE STAY IN THE CITY CENTRE – IBIS Budget

0.7 miles from the festival

1 Great Colmore Street, B15 2AP. Tel 0121 622 7575

IBIS Budget Birmingham

  • This city centre hotel is a 23 minute walk / 8 minute taxi ride from our festival hub and a short hop from New Street Station. Promising comfort and convenience in abundance, this hotel is close to city attractions, shopping, and transport links. There is free fibre Wi-Fi, on-site drinks, take away continental breakfast and a 24hr Reception. Limited parking is available on site, otherwise there is an NCP 4 minutes’ walk away.
  • We have a special fixed, limited rate for Supersonic Festival attendees of £204 for the three nights. To book email: [email protected] and quote #483766


Volunteers

 

Photo by Ewan Williamson

Volunteer Applications for Supersonic 2024 have now closed!
If you would like to ask us any questions, or are still keen to help out at the festival, please write to [email protected] as we may need some additional help closer to the time.

 

Supersonic has secured its experimental reputation with consistently innovative and explosive concoctions of visual installations, films, exhibitions and music. Guaranteed to open 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 our festival runs but not only that, you’ll be contributing to something truly Superspecial whilst making friends along the way!

The festival is small enough for every volunteer to give real input and value in the following areas:

  • Artist Liaison
  • Box Office
  • Hospitality
  • Site Set up
  • Merch
  • Promotion

You must be able to volunteer for all three days of the festival and will work up to 16 hours (spread over the weekend).

Volunteers must be over 18 years old.

Application deadline: Monday 24th June.

Reference: Once the deadline has passed, we will source references for all first-time volunteers before we can confirm your place.

Deposit: All volunteers are required to submit a £50 deposit by August 1st (unless you are unable to do so and have contacted us beforehand). This will be returned in FULL the week after the festival. We’ll be in touch about this in July.

Rota: You will be emailed your shifts two weeks before the festival.

If you have any questions then please email [email protected]

 


Code of Conduct

 

 

We want you to enjoy your experience of being part of our Supersonic family. Please read about the ways in which we will work to ensure our events are safe and inclusive spaces for all. By choosing to engage with our work, whether digitally or at a live event, you agree to act by this code of conduct:

 

Respect Each Other / Mind Your Language

Be kind, polite and respectful to others. We will challenge you if you use abusive, racist, sexist, misogynist, ableist, classist, sizeist, ageist, homophobic or transphobic language.

This an anti-racist space. Discrimination on the basis of race, gender, sexuality, religion, class, age, dis/ability or language is wrong and we will not be tolerated.

Personal Boundaries – Don’t assume

Unless invited, don’t invade other people’s personal or emotional space. Don’t assume that others have the same physical and emotional boundaries as you.

Be Active

This is a space of exchange. Become part of the space, start a dialogue, respond, contribute and help shape it.

Be Kind

Look after one another. We’re all in this space together. Be considerate and treat one another with kindness and respect.

Consent

Always seek consent and if someone says ‘no’, or asks you to stop something, then stop.

Pronouns

Respect the use of pronouns and avoid making assumptions. Ask people how they want to be addressed.

Ask Permission to Photograph

Ask if people are ok with being photographed in advance. We photograph and film during our events for our archive and we will let you know when this is happening so that you can opt out.

* with thanks to Wysing Arts Centre for creating a great code of conduct that we learnt from.


Festival Accessibility

Our work is dominated by the desire to explore and champion the outer edges of new and experimental cultural practice, particularly experimental music. This desire however has been equalled by our aspiration to bring such work to as diverse and large an audience as it merits. Rather than simply pursue experimentation as an esoteric adventure, we see this work as something that can surprise, delight and touch people.

Whilst our site is largely accessible, there are some areas of XOYO that are currently only accessible via steps. We will be updating our Access Statement regularly. In the meantime for specific access enquiries about XOYO please contact: [email protected] and for general enquiries about access to the festival as a whole please contact [email protected]

 

WEBSITE ACCESSIBILITY

Capsule is committed to ensuring digital accessibility. We are continually improving the user experience for everyone applying relevant accessibility standards. For more detailed information download our policy which we will review periodically.

Website Accessibility Statement

 


Press Accreditation

Thank you for your interest in covering Supersonic Festival 2024.

Please note that there are a limited number of press / media tickets. If you wish to submit a proposal for accreditation, then please contact [email protected] with the subject ‘Supersonic Festival 2024 – Press Accreditation request’.


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