We’re delighted to be partnering with the amazing Sineater Festivalin Shropshire to present one of our Supersonic Kids Gigs. Leading the Kids Gig is Woven Skull– think “minimal psychedelic repetitions made inside of haunted woods & burning bogs.” This will take place on the afternoon of Saturday 21st June. This is recommended for children under 10 and their families.
Tickets for the festival can be purchased from HERE
Ever since Schoenberg and Kandinsky became pen pals back in 1907, avant-garde art and experimental music has been attempting to find some common ground. But, it’s not been easy. Here’s Capsule’s contribution towards a solution: Supersonic Kids Gigs ‘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.
Previous Supersonic Kids Gig with artist Sarah Kenchington at Symphony Hall, Birmingham
What a weekend Supersonic Festival 2014 “Ltd Edt” was! At Capsule HQ we are all still buzzing from the incredible reviews, kind feedback, fun photos and wicked, wicked memories (Oh, Sly!). Thank you our loyal & lovely audience for the big part you played in making the weekend such a success!
We have a selection of Supersonic treats from our online shop to help you through the slump. There are T-shirts, live recordings on heavyweight vinyl and all sorts of other bits & bobs. Check out all our goodies HERE.
Especially designed by David Hand for this year’s festival, we have a super limited edition tea towel ‘For Curious Audiences’, pic above. It’s so lovely we’ve had people tell us they can’t bear to actually use them. Instead people are opting to hang them up… whatever makes you happy is fine by us! If you are more of an out and about type, then you may prefer to grab one of our rad tote bags. With an orange this bright you can’t fail to get noticed for all the right reasons!
It’s always a proud moment when we see someone supporting us in a tee or looking sharp carrying one of our tote bags! So thank you in advance for supporting what we do.
We’ve had some great reviews already including The Times naming Supersonic as ‘Excellent’ with 4/5 stars and the Arts Desk giving us 5/5, The Quietuswrote ” Supersonic 2014 was a revitalising and refreshing weekend of challenging – and incredibly good fun – music in excellent company, and a pleasing air freshener against the stench of nostalgia one all too often encounters elsewhere. Here’s to 2015?” Nine Hertzclaimed “there’s nothing like it in the world.”
We will start posting up our Supersonic Collective memory over the next few days, so feel free to send your comments, let us know what your highlights were, blog post links and photos to us. Supersonic photos should be added to our Flickr group (if you could tag them with band name & supersonic 2014)
A massive thank you to all the artists, our incredible team, especially the amazing Supersonic volunteers and of course our audience for making this years Supersonic Festival Ltd Edtn a truly remarkable event. It is always such a pleasure to welcome back old friends and make new ones. Thank you & we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.
We know that people who come to SUPERSONIC are a knowledgeable and opinionated lot so we’d like to ask for your assistance to develop and improve the next festival by answering a few questions about you and your experience. This should take no more than a few minutes of your time, and your feedback is greatly appreciated.
Your answers here will aid us in keeping our work going and in making sure new and interesting artists will keep coming to the festival – so your input really does matter in making SUPERSONIC work.
Lisa Meyer, Capsule/Supersonic director was Stuart Maconie’s guest on the BBC 6 Music’s the Freakier Zone on 7 June.
“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.”
Setting off on a UK tour, Melt Banana have decided to share a new video for ‘Lefty Dog (Run Caper Run)’. Yako explains:
“The song title is ‘Lefty Dog (Run Caper Run)’. It is the second music video from our album ‘Fetch’. It was directed by Iroha who does VJ for our shows in Japan sometimes. Like the first video ‘The Hive’ it is very colourful and we like how it looks very much”
Melt-Banana are a noise rock duo (vocalist Yako & guitarist Agarto) hailing from Tokyo, Japan. The twosome are well known for playing extremely fast grindcore and noise music mixed with experimental, electronica and pop-based song structures.
We’ve traced some rather shaky footage captured by a member of the audience from the last time Capsule put on Melt Banana… all the way back in 2008! Were you there? If so, here’s a chance to reminisce ahead of seeing them play again this May 27th at Rainbow Warehouse. Tickets here.
With just over a week away to this year’s Supersonic Festival , we’re super excited to have our new merch arrive – this is our brand new Supersonic Ltd Edtn tea towel – ‘For Curious Audiences’ designed by the very talented David Hand.
For more of our merch check out our shop
There are a handful of tickets left now via theticketsellers.co.uk or via Milque & Muhle
We’re looking for participants to take part in A Secret Rose for 100 Guitars by Rhys Chatham – information about the piece, and the most recent performance in California last November, is here. Chatham was a pioneer of No Wave music in New York in the mid/late ‘70s, and from the late ‘80s onwards has been making these large-scale ‘guitar orchestra’ pieces. There’s a Pitchfork review of his work here, also listing some of the many guitarists who’ve been performed in his pieces in the past from Thurston Moore to Modern Lovers’ Ernie Brooks.
We’re planning the first UK performance, for Birmingham Town Hall on 7 June. Rehearsals on 5 & 6 June. It will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and we have guitarists coming from across the world, from Baltimore and Buenos Aires to Balsall Heath. Alongside Rhys, the section leaders include Seth Olinsky (Akron/Family), Tobin Summerfield (Never Enough Hope, Crush Kill Destroy etc), and David Daniell (San Agustin, collaborator with Fennesz / Tony Buck etc); and the rhythm section has Laurence Hunt (Pram, Modified Toy Orchestra) and Sebastiano Dessaney.
Participation is voluntary for what amounts to a unique gig. You need to be a competent guitarist with at least a rudimentary comprehension of standard musical notation, and be available for rehearsals on the late afternoon / evening of 5 & 6 June, and for the performance on 7 June. The sign-up page is here: http://birmingham-secret-rose.frontporchproductions.org/
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