Pip Flatpack recommends


We’ve asked a number of Supersonic regulars to tell us what they are most looking forward to at this years festival, Pip Mcknight is the co-director of the wonderful Flatpack Festival, this is what she recommends…

I’d never heard of Nisennenmondai before Supersonic 2009 and happened upon them by accident- a commotion of drums, guitars, small arms and black fringe.  Can’t wait to see them again.

People Like Us
Been a fan of People Like Us since hearing ‘In the Pantomine’ as a snot-nosed teenager and still try to catch her WFMU show ‘Do or DIY whenever  I can (find the archives here http://wfmu.org/playlists/PL).
We had the pleasure of sharing a bill with Vicki at Press Play festival last month where she performed Genre Collage.  It’s a gentle, dark trip.

Pierre Bastien + Male Instrumenty
Meccano? Small Trumpets?  Not sure what to say about this other than I’m excited and intrigued.

Factory Floor
It’s been said before but I’m going purely on second hand experience.  I was on responsible adult duty, minding the sleeping kids at Green Man Festival when my fellow travellers returned from Factory Floor on the Far Out stage. They were giddy, wild eyed and their hair was all kind of messed up, like they’d been having a very good time.

77 Boa Drums
+ Subllime Frequencies, Palace of the Wind
Well god knows after an afternoon of noisy stuff, all we really need to wind down is some ritual beats.  And if it’s spiral shaped then all the better.  Om shanti shanti shanti.


Tony Sylvester recommends…


We’ve asked a number of Supersonic regulars to tell us what they’re most looking forward to seeing this year, Tony Sylvester recommends…

I’m ecstatic to see the Salt Lake City duo finally making their UK debut. Having trawled over to the continent at the beginning of the year to witness them live, I can safely say disappointment is not an option. I’ve been a fan of Gentry Densley’s guitar playing since the early 90s with the unconquerable Iceburn, and here the stripped back, loose approach really fires up his downtuned ferocity. And I could watch Tyler drum all night.

What would Supersonic be without an appearance from Daniel O’Sullivan? Along with O’Malley, he’s probably graced its stages more times than anyone else, except PCM of course! This year we find his newest, and my favourite of all the groups he’s been involved with – Mothlite. Shot through with a classic British literate pop sensibility, Mothlite updates the template while glimpsing back at the likes of the 4AD roster, New Order, Talk Talk and David Sylvian. The latest recordings are staggering and I can’t want to hear them full spectrum, as it were.

Previous Supersonic highlights for me (at least that haven’t involved me disrobing and getting wet) have always included the wild card inclusions of the unexpected reformations – Harmonia and Goblin being the two obvious candidates. The prospect of hearing songs that I’ve lived inside and around for half my life is making me giddy with anticipation. Bring on the Motorik!

A rare opportunity to see Andy Capper’s life threatening journey into the dark heart of West Africa.. Never fails to blow me away that the fellow actually put himself through this to bring back this film as tender as it is savage. Killer soundtrack to boot.

What can I say? Cheeky I know! But I’m carting up the gems from my soul and R&B 45s so we can all hear them over the PA and dance into the wee hours.. See you all there, people!


Mark Titchner recommends


In the lead up to Supersonic (just over 3 weeks away) we have asked regular visitors to tell us what they’re most looking forward to seeing this year. Contemporary artist Mark Titchner who contributed to our Home Of Metal symposium back in 2007 and will be exhibiting as part of our celebrations next summer at New Art Gallery Walsall, had this to say:

“As ever at Supersonic 2010 there is more to see and do than there is time but I’m particularly looking forward to Khyam Allami and Master Musicians of Bukkake, Lichens and Zeni Geva and then there is also the small matter of….Swans! Godflesh! Napalm Death!  On consecutive nights!  Yes this is really happening.  Yes I’m excited.

There have been numerous highlights for me at Supersonic over the years, Harvey Milk, Corrupted, Dalek, Om, Earthless….but my fondest (?) memory is of the Oxbow Duos performance with Justin Broadrick, Stephen O’Malley and Dave Cochrane in 2007.  A show that was so intense that I had a panic attack afterwards! ”