Capsule are recruiting: General Manager






General Manager
Capsule are seeking a highly organised and systematic individual with excellent communication skills and a successful track record in project management to join one of the UK’s most dynamic arts organisations.

Capsule is a Birmingham based arts organisation, we craft extraordinary cultural events for adventurous audiences. Capsule is a cultural alchemist: an innovative arts producer initiating, commissioning and producing multi disciplinary work, which includes festivals, events, artist development and partnerships with a range of organisations. Audiences are at the heart of our thinking. We champion extraordinary artists, working across artforms including digital culture and sound, ensuring many can enjoy them. Our work is of the highest quality, authentic and inclusive, our role as cultural developer – spotting as-yet unmet potential and building on it.

Capsule have a successful history of creating and producing projects including the groundbreaking heritage project Home Of Metal and one of the UK’s leading experimental arts festivals, Supersonic. In addition we deliver high profile work for clients which has included curating the cultural programme for the opening of Europe’s largest public library, exhibitions for the Royal Shakespeare Company and international work for UKTI.

You’ll work with the Director to deliver our flagship project Supersonic Festival, now in its 11th year, and  shape the year round programme.

You’ll have a successful track record in project management and fundraising, with hands-on experience of delivering complex arts events, a proven ability to manage budgets and cashflow, and the ability to lead small teams of staff.

Key areas of responsibility:
–       Running the Capsule office, including:
–       Team management / recruitment
–       Finance management
–      Servicing Board meetings
–       Project management, including:
–       Project logistics
–       Liaising with and managing project stakeholders
–       Report writing and project evaluation
–       Fundraising

Contract: Freelance for 12 months beginning in Oct 2014
Hours: Part time
Salary: £25 – £28k depending on experience
Deadline for applications is 22nd August 5pm.
To apply, please email info[at] to request an application pack, with General Manager in the subject line.

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The Song Remains The Same – When will Birmingham’s Music get its due respect

The Song Remains The Same – When will Birmingham’s Music get its due respect Birmingham
Birmingham City University Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Capsule’s director Lisa Meyer will be a panelist at this event, joining Matt Everitt (BBC 6Music), Vix Vox (Vix and her MsChiefs and ex Fuzzbox) and music writer Pete Paphides (Guardian Music), which will be chaired by Prof. Paul Long (BCU School of Media), discussing Birmingham’s place in popular music, and whether the city and region gets the credit it deserves.

What do you think – When will Birmingham’s music get its due respect? Why is this question necessary? Is it?



Home of Metal – nominated for a heritage award


We are delighted to have reached the finals of The National Lottery Awards for our Home of Metal project.  The Awards are an annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects, and they aim to celebrate and recognise the difference that those projects have made to people, places and communities all across the UK. VOTE HERE

Home of Metal is competing against six other projects for the title of Best Heritage Project. Home of Metal is up against – Cotton Famine Park, Mary Rose Museum, Moments in Time, Museum of Liverpool, The Restoration of Hackney Empire and St George’s Market.

After over 5 years of dreaming, planning, championing and charming, Capsule managed something quite extraordinary in the summer of 2011.  Music fans as well as gifted curators and producers, Capsule threw down the gauntlet to the region.  Where were the shrines to Heavy Metal? Loved the world over, Heavy Metal in its many forms had its roots in Birmingham and the Black Country.  But you wouldn’t know to visit it.  Nary a plaque, tour or tea towel marked one of the region’s most prolific cultural exports.  But Capsule changed all that.

Home of Metal is a celebration of the music that was born in the Black Country and Birmingham, and is a project created and produced by Capsule.

At last fans in Birmingham and the rest of the world had a chance to pay homage to the music and its industrial home.

–  Over 200 000 people attended events and activities as part of Home of Metal
–  The total economic activity for Home of Metal is estimated at £2.69 million
–  The PR value was over £1 million
–  Home of Metal events and activities had visitors from countries such as USA, Australia, The Philippines, South Africa, Canada, Egypt, India, Brazil, France, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Sweden, Iceland and Finland.
–  At least 80 volunteers were engaged in the exhibitions and events of Home of Metal
–  35% of all visitors to the exhibitions were visiting to the museum/gallery for the first time
–  92% of all respondents felt that their overall experience of the exhibition was either ‘very good’ or ‘good’.

Every vote counts, so we really appreciate your support!  We’ll keep you updated on our progress – thank you.


Supported by the legendary the one and only Mr. Tony Iommi


Capsule tees, record, totes & more…


We’ve pulled out just a small selection of items to show you from stockroom. All these bits and bobs are available to buy on our online shop, so have a look for yourself HERE. There’s plenty more where that came from!

Need some new music in your life? Then check out our edition of live recordings taken at previous Supersonic Festivals and issued on high quality heavyweight vinyl. Harvey Milk, Tweak Bird, Iron Lung, Capsule’s 10th Birthday 7″ and other items on CD…. these are VERY reasonably priced right now, so now’s the time to christen your deck with something new!

Thanks for all the support to those of you who’ve already gone shopping with us!



Visit the Capsule Shop



Supersonic Kids Gig at Sineater Festival

We’re delighted to be partnering with the amazing Sineater Festival in 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.

Woven Skull

Previous Supersonic Kids Gig with artist Sarah Kenchington at Symphony Hall, Birmingham


Supersonic Goodies!

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.

For these items and more visit our shop!


Supersonic ‘Collective Memory’

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 Quietus wrote ” 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 Hertz claimed “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.



Supersonic Festival kicks off today

“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.”
The Skinny

Folks it’s time to plan your weekend – our timetable is now up

In addition we would recommend the following
10.30 am – 12 Supersonic Kids Gig at Symphony Hall Foyer with Sarah Kenchington (for unders 10′s and their families)
from 5.30pm Digbeth Dining Club – great selection of street food
Bill Drummond exhibition at Eastside Projects Friday – Saturday, 12–5pm
Descent at Millennium Point
Supersonic Festival – Doors open at 9.00pm – 11.30pm (No Entry after 11.30pm)

Birmingham Loves Photography ‘Collective Memory’ talk at Alfie Birds 1-2pm
Supersonic Festival – Doors open at 4.00pm

2pm Racket at Stryx with Graham Dunning, Sarah Farmer, Manoli Moriaty , Rosanne Robertson , David Birchall , Debbie Sharp

Cash Points
There is only one cash point on site and they charge for withdrawals but there is one located at Digbeth Coach Station

Food & Drink
Gourmet Pizzas in Alfie Birds + Supersonic Tearoom
Supersonic Bar – with Purity Ales + Plantation Rum
Alfie Birds cocktail bar

Gourmet Pizzas in Alfie Birds + Supersonic Tearoom + Mexican Bean + Canoodle (Pan Asian Street food)
Supersonic Bar – with Purity Ales + Plantation Rum
Alfie Birds cocktail bar