Shop Spring Clean



Peruse our selection of beautifully designed merchandise in the Capsule Shop, which includes tea towels, prints, totes, t shirts and more, and celebrates projects such as the amazing Home of Metal and, of course, Supersonic Festival.

We’ve given the shop a good tidy up this week – we must be feeling inspired by the whiff of spring in the air. We’re also running a sale on our vinyl collection. You can currently pick up limited edition heavy weight vinyl recordings of live performances by Tweak Bird, Iron Lung and Harvey Milk’s first ever UK performance at Supersonic 2008 for a sale price of £6.

Why not treat yourself? Currently not available in a shopping centre near you!


Supersonic Tix on sale



“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.”

Since 2003, we have brought you Supersonic Festival, an internationally-renowned experimental music and arts festival with genre-bending sound and performance at its heart.

Over the years, Supersonic Festival is privileged to have garnered an incredibly loyal audience and is widely regarded as one of the best experimental arts festivals in the UK, last year selling out in record time.

Whether you’ve been to every Supersonic that ever was or this year you’ll be dipping your toes into our welcoming waters for the first time, we are sure you’ll love our unmissable line-up. Get your tickets at one of the Eventbrite alternatives, or our website today!

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Kicking off proceedings on Thursday 11th June will be an opening concert at the legendary Birmingham Town Hall, an impressive Grade 1 listed building which has seen past performances by the likes of Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. Supersonic are delighted to host the Will Gregory Moog Ensemble.  As one half of the electronic music sensation Goldfrapp, Will Gregory is passionate about creating new sounds and reinventing old ones. Here a stellar line-up stretches the possibilities of the Moog synthesiser through newly composed music, transcriptions of classical works, and their own versions of music from popular culture and film.  Marvel at 10 musicians on stage, including Portishead’s Adrian Utley and composer Graham Fitkin, performing works by Bach, John Carpenter, Burt Bacharach and Oliver Messiaen on a fascinating array of vintage instruments.  Moreover, a new piece by Will Gregory features a clocking device specially built for the ensemble that enables all 10 synths to be synced, producing music previously impossible to perform live.


Following on, Post punk provocateurs The Pop Group will be bringing their pioneering throb to Supersonic. Drawing on an eclectic range of influences from free jazz, conscious funk, heavyweight dub to avant-garde experimentalism, alongside contemporaries like Public Image Limited, This Heat and Throbbing Gristle, they were at the forefront of a musical period marked out by its ground-breaking innovation. With a legion of admirers, they have inspired many from Nick Cave to Fugazi. As dissonant as they are danceable,  they recently announced the release of their first album in 35 years, Citizen Zombie, as well as single ‘Mad Truth’, proving as relevant now as they ever were.


Six Organs Of Admittance (Ben Chasny) will be performing, dissecting and demonstrating The Hexadic System – the name of his soon-to-be released album for Drag City, and a malleable, open-ended system of musical composition that Chasny developed for song-crafting, taking in aspects of language, graphics and chance. Decipher the workings for yourself at a limited workshop Chasny will be hosting.

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Also announced to play across the weekend are Liima, a new collaborative quartet formed of Danish indie-pop trio Efterklang and Finland’s finest improvisational percussionist Tatu Rönkkö. Liima is the Finnish word for ‘glue’, and this is an apt metaphor for the band’s combination of processed vocals, guitar, looped percussion and complex interweaving synthesised sounds, which create a free and emotionally raw live experience.

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The esteemed Thrill Jockey record label has two artists present for the festival – Portland’s psych rock explorers Eternal Tapestry will be making the journey across the Atlantic to fry some synapses in support of their new album Wild Strawberries, whilst post-everything black metal lone wolves Liturgy will showcase their detailed dissections of cross-fertilising hardstyle beats and occult-orientated rap present on their soon-to-be-released LP, The Ark Work.

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Glasgow’s Happy Meals, life-partners since high school finding expression in cosmic pop form, will be bringing their sophisticated Franco-Scottish hedonism to the festival.


While super-kinetic London future jazz outfit Tomaga, the anonymous sundrenched sounds of Slow Magic, and Swedish maxi-experimentalist duo Wildbirds & Peacedrums shall all also be in attendance.

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Flamingods, Bahrain-born, Brixton-based troupe take African rhythms, repetitive grooves and a pleasure-seeking sensibility to form a riot of sound and fury that’s both sonically adventurous and feverishly compelling. Bringing a welcome and vibrant splash of day-glo to the main festival programme, they will also lead the Supersonic Kids Gig – Big Sounds For Little People, a special show for the under 7’s.


On Sunday 14th June, Richard Dawson curates an afternoon of performance, named after his infamous podcast Delight Is Right. The programme will play host to a number of very rare live UK performances by artists handpicked by Dawson, those whom he holds dear and sites as an influence on his own songwriting.   The skewed troubadour shall also be performing on this day. His shambolically virtuosic guitar playing is at once charming and abrasive,  stumbling from music-hall tune-smithery to spidery swatches of noise-colour, swathed in amp static and teetering on the edge of feedback. His songs are both chucklesome and tragic, rooted in a febrile imagination.

Ever looking forward, Supersonic is re-imagining its format this year.  The 2015 edition will be relocating to ‘The Crossing’ in Digbeth which is a brand new venue and one of Birmingham’s hidden venue gems with state of the art sound, lighting and a/v gear specifically designed for live amplified music. The second stage is located a minutes walk away in Boxxed, a post industrial warehouse space where the festival has taken place in previous years. These spaces will play host to live performances, a market place, talks, workshops and the famous Supersonic Tea Room full of epicurean delights.

You can expect PLENTY more from the festival in the way of dance and debate, participation and observation, as well as more acts to be announced in the coming months, so do keep tuned lest you miss out on what marvels are in store.

Early-bird tickets are available now from
A Kickstarter campaign has been launched to offer unqiue treats to those who wish to purchase these advance tickets.


Youth Man Announced to Support Sleaford Mods this Friday

It feels as if we’ve been waiting an age for this, but the day is nearly upon us for ‘Supersonic Presents Sleaford Mods’.

Sleaford Mods are performing at The Hare and Hound this Friday 13th February. Coincidentally, it’s also the day that we’ll be announcing our first names from the line up for this year’s Supersonic Festival, so we’ll definitely be in a party mood.

Alongside support from Rainbow Grave, we’re pleased to announce that Youth Man are also joining the line up. See below for the band’s biography:

Kaila Whyte plays guitar and sings. Adam Haitof plays bass guitar. Marcus Perks plays drums. Collectively, Youth Man storm through a venue like a bull in a china shop, levelling everything in sight. Youth Man are all about unbridled X-Ray Spex-tinged passion and the high velocity punk energy of legendary Welsh trio Mclusky, mixed with an artistic edge that leans towards The Dead Kennedys’ trippier moments – throwing caution to the wind and smashing your guitar into a thousand sweat-soaked pieces.

Youth Man

To reiterate earlier posts, this event is completely sold out.


Supersonic 2015 dates announced


We’re delighted to be able to announce the dates for Supersonic Festival 2015 11-14 June.
Early-bird tickets will go on sale at 9am on Friday 13th Feb via a Kickstarter campaign – when we reveal the first tranche of confirmed artists.
For now here is a little reminder of last years festival which sold out in record time.


Sleaford Mods’ Sold Out Show


We’re excited to welcome back Sleaford Mods to a sold out show at Hare & Hounds on Friday February 20th. Sleaford Mods are experiencing something of a meteoric rise, having just been announced for Primavera Festival and last year gaining accolades everywhere, including from Mark Fisher and Stewart Lee (not to mention some ‘beef’ with Noel Gallagher, perhaps a compliment in itself depending on your point of view).

Here is some footage from the duo’s blistering live performance at Supersonic Festival Limited Edition last year:


Support for Sleaford Mods this February comes from Rainbow Grave. From the ashes of Backwards, Rainbow Grave play Primitive sludge punk…Ugly guitars: distortion, echo, feedback…Low rent caveman hate music

Drums: James Commander
Bass: Nathan Warner
Guitar: John Doom
Guitar + Vocals: Nicholas Bullen (ex Napalm Death and Scorn)
Check out Rainbow Grave’s music below:

Last but not least, watch this space for an announcement about Supersonic Festival 2015, which will be coming soon.


A Big Welcome to Harriet

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Capsule welcomes Harriet Coleman to the team. Having spent several years as a violinist, keyboard player, singer and arranger in indie pop band, Los Campesinos!, Harriet graduated in English Literature at Cardiff University in 2012. In the same year, she completed a production internship at Supersonic Festival. Since then, she has worked for Literature Wales, Hay Festival, Globe at Hay and Cardiff’s From Now On Festival.

Joining Capsule as Programme Assistant, Harriet will support us in the delivery of the 2015 programme. She will focus on marketing and promotion, as well as providing administrative support to the team and taking on the role of artist liaison at Supersonic Festival.

Harriet divides her time between Birmingham and the borders of Mid-Wales, where she helps her partner with his residential recording studio and plays music, chiefly in a band called Them Squirrels. She is also proud co owner of black and tan terrier, Bobby. There’s definitely a bit of sausage dog in his genes too, so he very much approves of her role at Capsule.


Ben Frost show photos

Here are a few photos from the incredible show by Ben Frost and Greg Fox and Eastside Projects, Mothwasp performed a beautiful AV set using lofi layerings of transparencies which filled the gallery.
There is a nice review of the show here by Hickeysonic


Xmas Cocktail photos

What party would be complete without men in pants, ladies with wigs and creatures from outer space – we had a blast witnessing a host of amazing performances and hope you did too! Huge thanks to the Milque and Muhle team and of course you guys for your continued support of Capsule and Supersonic Fest, here’s to an even better 2015.

photos by Katja Ogrin