Supersonic Festival 5 star reviews


Dennis Mcnett procession – photo by Snack Rock and Pop Photography

Supersonic Festival 2018 took place on the 22-24 June across Digbeth, Birmingham. With rave reviews in both the press and from audiences alike.

The Arts Desk – 5 star review- https://www.theartsdesk.com/node/81602/view

“Supersonic Festival 2018 – Birmingham waves the flag for New Weird Britain Another vintage year for Digbeth’s annual showcase of the sonically strange…as audience members from around the UK, America, Japan and other far-flung parts of the globe got together to celebrate the weird and the wonderful.”

 

The Guardian – 4 star review- https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/jun/25/supersonic-festival-review-birmingham-shirley-collins

“Supersonic is a festival of cross-genre pollination, but also one that questions what genre is.”

 

The Skinny Magazine – 5 star review- http://www.theskinny.co.uk/music/live-music/reviews/supersonic-2018-the-review

“Supersonic, you knocked it out the park once again. It’s so important to have this annual citybreak of adventurous sounds from yesterday and tomorrow. And we already can’t wait to return in 2019.’

 

Clash Magazine- https://www.clashmusic.com/live/live-report-supersonic-festival-2018

“there’s an undeniable sense that Supersonic is incomparable to any other UK music festival.”

 

The Quietus- http://thequietus.com/articles/24904-supersonic-2018-live-report-gazelle-twin-shirley-collins-modern-ritual-moor-mother

“Supersonic are not so much who I’m writing this piece for as a reason I’m writing it. That is to say: the festival’s approach to choosing lineups is a prototype of how I prefer to envisage music’s underground. A space of interactivity rather than cramped, glowering sects, where sufficient imagination can cook up a conceptual link between any two given acts. In 2018, music fans are way less rigid in their tastes than they used to be. The reasons for this are complex, although not so complex that I can’t say ‘mainly because of the internet’, but on a micro level, many identifiable entities have helped to get listeners to swerve across multiple lanes. Supersonic is, I feel, one of them.”

 

Flush The Fashion- http://www.flushthefashion.com/music/supersonic-festival-22-24-june-2018-birmingham/

“Since its inaugural event in 2003, Supersonic has grown to be one of Europe’s standout alternative festivals. Centred around The Custard Factory and the industrial warehouses of Digbeth in Birmingham, Supersonic has constantly evolved to fulfil its mission statement of providing experimental music for curious audiences….That’s why there is no festival like Supersonic and that’s why it has built a loyal following over the last 15 years – long may it continue.”

 

Fighting Boredom- http://www.fighting-boredom.co.uk/live-review/supersonic-festival-2018-friday-live-review/

“Fighting Boredom’s favourite festival is here again. Set in the Custard Factory in Birmingham, Supersonic festival is where we come to hear old favourites, discover new inspiration and immerse ourselves in the best place ‘for curious audiences’.”

 

Pop Matters- https://www.popmatters.com/supersonic-festival-2018-2586958730.html

“In 2018, Supersonic returned with an impressive line-up, one of the strongest in its history. From extravagant producer Yves Tumor, score master Mark Korven, instrument aficionados Mario Batkovic and Andrea Belfi, to legendary folk singer Shirley Collins, psychedelic gurus Dwarfs of East Agouza, punk legends the Ex, and black metal masters Wolves in the Throne Room, Supersonic extended its grasp.”

 

Echoes and Dust- https://www.echoesanddust.com/2018/07/supersonic-festival/

“Supersonic is an absolute champion among festivals, a unique and precious thing, a banquet for the musically curious.”

 

What’s on Brum- 5 star review – https://whatson.guide/2018/06/28/supersonic-festival-review/

“Supersonic promotes the most challenging and experimental music. Whether it’s brutalising electronica, hard EDM, noise, doom psyche or bombastic black metal, it’s here. If there’s anything more extreme, no doubt it would eventually end up at Supersonic. This is a festival not afraid to take chances.”

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Supersonic produced tour for Outlands

Supersonic Festival produced a UK tour for the Outlands consortium for new music. Bringing together three improvisational luminaries; multi-instrumentalist YoshimiO (Boredoms, OOIOO, SAICOBAB), avant-garde percussionist Susie Ibarra, and artist Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (Lichens) to perform together as Yunohana Variations for the first time in the UK.

YoshimiO is a drummer and member of the revolutionary group Boredoms. She is the leader of the experimental band OOIOO, a member of Free Kitten with Kim Gordon (ex. Sonic Youth), and most recently the vocalist in SAICOBAB.

Susie Ibarra, is one of the most significant percussionists and composers of our time, known for her work as a performer within contemporary, avant-garde, jazz, classical, and world music, and performs in the band Dreamtime Ensemble. Ibarra studied with jazz luminaries Earl Buster Smith (of Sun Ra Arkestra), Vernel Fournier and Milford Graves, and Philippine Kulintang gong-chime music with Danongan Kalanduyan. She has performed with the likes of: John Zorn, Dave Douglas, Yo La Tengo, Ikue Mori and recent works include a sound installation for Ai Weiwei.

Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice is strongly rooted in exploration of moments and the hypnagogic state. Movement and gesture play key factors within this process, and in the performance realm are focused on by voice and modular synthesizer. A fixture of Chicago’s experimental community throughout the 90s and early 2000s, Robert has also performed under the name Lichens, is a member of the legendary band Om, and has an impressive portfolio of collaborations, which extends to the film world with his score for pseudo-documentary A Spell To Ward Off The Darkness, directed by Ben Russell and Ben Rivers (which Robert also appears in).

Fri – Sun 22- 24 June Supersonic Festival Birmingham
Tues 26 June London, Oslo Hackney,
Wed 27 June Bexhill, De la Warr Pavilion
Thu 28 June  Cambridge, Cambridge Junction
Fri 29 June Milton Keynes, MK Gallery
Sat 30 June Bristol, Arnolfini, promoted by Qu Junktions  
Sun 1 July Manchester, Soup Kitchen, promoted by Fat Out
Mon 2 July Bradford, Fuse Art Space
Weds 4 July Plymouth, KARST

 

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OUTLANDS first tour announced – Matana Roberts & Kelly Jayne Jones

An exciting new live collaboration between internationally renowned US composer, Matana Roberts and British sound artist/improviser Kelly Jayne Jones. The first in a series of special commissions produced by OUTLANDS ; a new national experimental music touring network. Supersonic Festival will present the Birmingham performance on Friday 18 May at Centrala – tickets are available HERE

“Projects like these act as the first line of resistance against a potentially myopic, monoculture and should be supported.” Drowned in Sound

A very special series of sonic episodes bringing together US mixed-media composer/ saxophonist Matana Roberts & UK improviser and flautist Kelly Jayne Jones : two artists from disparate backgrounds, finding affinity in practices charged by fiercely personal philosophies on sound and its potential within a patchwork of genre, texture and meaning. Roberts and Jones will weave their own approaches into live collaborative works informed by deeply expressive playing, tactile electro-acoustic interplay and a broader shared politics of resistance/defiance.


Photo by Paula Court

Matana Roberts is an internationally renowned composer, band leader, saxophonist, sound experimentalist and mixed-media practitioner. Roberts works in many contexts and mediums, including improvisation, dance, poetry, and theatre, and has released a diverse body of solo and ensemble work under her own name on Constellation Records and Central Control over the past decade.

Kelly Jayne Jones

Kelly Jayne Jones makes use of varying combinations of prepared recordings, text, rocks, found sounds and flute. Her work beckons a tussle with uncertainty, inviting exposure and vulnerability in performance, chasing experiences that open our chasms within, without restraint. Searching for humble principles of growth; physis; sound, connecting with others in the same space/moment, customary experimental play, with threads and beads of improvisation and interactivity. KJJ has had residencies at Arnolfini in Bristol UK and Kunstalle Bergen, Norway, and has produced commissioned works for Haris Epaminonda at dOCUMENTA13, Tate Modern, ICA London, Schirn Frankfurt, Point Centre Nicosia.

 

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Come and join the Capsule team!

Come and join the Capsule Team, we are recruiting for a new post which has been made possible with funding from the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries Programme.

PLACEMENT DESCRIPTION: Audience Development Assistant
SALARY: 4 days per week, £17,095 pro rata
CONTRACT: 12 months Fixed Term Contract

This post is offered as part of the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries Programme, aimed specifically at recent graduates from low-income backgrounds looking to start a career in the arts.

IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS MUST:

  • Have graduated from a degree (BA or equivalent) within the past two years (i.e. in 2015, 2016 or 2017. No minimum grade required
  • Have received a full maintenance grant during the full period of their course and be able to verify it with the necessary paperwork
  • Be a full-time UK resident.

Please ensure that you meet ALL these criteria before applying for this position.

PLACEMENT OUTLINE
Working as part of our core team the Audience Development Assistant will help to create a buzz and excitement around our key projects Supersonic Festival, Home of Metal and our year round programme. Ensuring Capsule has good visibility both virtually and also physically across the city and the UK. You will play a crucial part in engaging with and developing new audiences for our work.

APPLICATION PACK
Placement Description
● Application Form
● Equal Opportunities Form

The deadline for applications is: 5PM FRIDAY 15 DEC 2017
Please send a covering letter describing why you are interested in the placement (no more than 1 side A4) + Application Form + Equal Opportunities Form to info[at]capsule.org.uk with ‘Audience Dev Assistant’ in the title

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We’re recruiting – come and join our team!


The Oxbow Choir – Supersonic Festival 2017 – photo by Joseph Singh

Executive Producer
Senior management, full time
Birmingham, £26-30k dependent on experience

Deadline for application: 2nd October Interviews: 12 October 2017

Working with the Artistic Director, the Executive Producer is a key role for someone who wants to make their mark by translating the Capsule vision into action, helping to shape our long-term goals, maintain the financial and organisational stability of our work, ensuring the smooth running of our projects

This opportunity comes at an exciting time in the organisation’s growth, when Capsule join Arts Council England’s National Portfolio 18-22 and will include supporting the delivery of the UK’s premier experimental music festival Supersonic and develop a new phase for our groundbreaking heritage project Home of Metal..

For further info and for an application pack please email info@capsule.org.uk with ‘Exec Producer’ in the title.

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OUTLANDS, A NEW NATIONAL EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC NETWORK

The Seer – Supersonic Festival 2017 photo by Eduardo Pinto

OUTLANDS is an innovative new national experimental music network bringing together a mix of visual arts and music organisations, independent venues and creative producers all located outside London.  At a point where the experimental music scene is seen as risky for promoters, venues and audiences, this Arts Council Strategic Touring Award will support the network to inject quality, diversity and accessibility into new, engaging and ambitious music productions throughout the UK over a touring period of two years from 2018.

OUTLANDS will commission and tour three productions a year alongside a participation programme adapted specifically to audiences local to each venue. Born of out of a desire to pool resources to ensure the survival of ambitious, diverse, high-quality music, the aim is to offer new experiences to audiences outside the capital, to work within a strong national network and to boost the viability of ambitious, cross-disciplinary artforms across the whole country.

The OUTLANDS network is :
De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea                dlwp.com
Qu Junktions/Al Cameron, Bristol                  qujunktions.com
Capsule/Supersonic Festival, Birmingham   supersonicfestival.com
Fat Out, Salford                                                    fatout.co.uk
Fuse Art Space, Bradford                                   wearefuse.co
MK Gallery, Milton Keynes                               mkgallery.org
Cambridge Junction, Cambridge                     junction.co.uk
Peninsula Arts/KARST, Plymouth      plymouth.ac.uk/your-university/peninsula-arts  karst.org.uk

Hedley Swain, Area Director, South East, Arts Council England, said “It is really important that more people, in more places around England have the opportunity to experience great art and culture. OUTLANDS is a great project that will do just that for experimental music whilst also establishing a stronger touring infrastructure for the genre outside of London, and so we’re delighted to be able to support the De La Warr Pavilion and its partners through our National Lottery funded Strategic Touring Programme.”

Stewart Drew, Director and CEO, De La Warr Pavilion (lead organisation) said “We are delighted that Arts Council England have supported OUTLANDS, a pioneering network of national partners that will support the commissioning of experimental music, whilst engaging and growing audiences for this innovative work. Over the last decade, we have changed our auditorium programme from loss-making traditional seaside entertainment into a thriving contemporary offer with a strong music programme. OUTLANDS allows us to take this a stage further by taking the lead in creating new partnerships that will allow us to take more artistic risks and to reflect the diversity of the communities at home across the UK.”

Lisa Meyer, Artistic Director of Capsule says “Capsule are delighted to be part of the Outlands consortium, to have the opportunity to work alongside some of the most innovative creative producers and venues in the country. The funding from Arts Council England will allow us to develop extraordinary new work, to take creative risks which will both help to support artists and develop new audiences.”

 

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Capsule join Arts Council England NPO

Capsule are overjoyed to announce that we have been successful with our application to become part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio. This will see 4 years of funding, helping to secure an ambitious future programme which will enable us to work with and support extraordinary artists to make extraordinary projects happen and to further develop our audiences. It also secures jobs for our team and helps us to continue to nurture both the UK and local arts eco-system.

Receiving this funding has only been made possible because of the support of our loyal and growing audience, your support through buying tickets and attending events. Capsule operate a mixed business model which is made up of earned income through ticket sales, merch and bar sales as well as key commissions, matched by a year round fund raising strategy which helps us secure funding from Arts Council England, British Council, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and PRS Foundation.

On behalf of the Board and team, we are absolutely delighted to be acknowledged by Arts Council England for our significant contribution to experimental arts. Led by our outstanding Director Lisa Meyer, we can continue to encourage growth and excellence in artistic practice building on the enormous success of the recently acclaimed Supersonic Festival.” Deborah Kermode, Capsule Board member

We’d also like to congratulate our fellow Birmingham arts organisations who have been successful applicants Centrala, Flatpack Projects, Vivid Projects, Grand Union, BOM, Beatfreaks, Birmingham LGBT and Friction Arts – joining the portfolio will build on our vibrant arts ecology. 

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Supersonic Kids Gig

Saturday 17 June
2.00pm – 3.30pm
Symphony Hall . Birmingham
Tickets £5 per child (must accompanied by an adult and limited to 1 adult per child due to capacity –under 4’s free)

Supersonic
Kids Gig, ‘Big Sounds for Little People’. If you couldn’t guess from the snappy title, it’s a gig, for kids and their families, which aims to introduce children to experimental music at an early age. Kids Gigs provide a fantastic opportunity to show children the beauty of live music. The Supersonic Kids’ Gig will be led by Melt Banana, a Japanese band who form a riot of sound and fury that’s both sonically adventurous and feverishly compelling, in Birmingham’s Symphony Hall.

Recommended for children under 10
www.melt-banana.net/

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