Capsule & Birmingham Jazz bring you…

14th April 2010
Humcrush + Leverton Fox
@ Hare and Hounds
£8 adv

The combined curatorial powers of Capsule and Birmingham Jazz bring you this exciting show – featuring members of Food and Supersilent, Humcrush are a dizzying force combining jazz, electronica and free sounds.


Supersonic Festival 2010

Folks it’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for…

22 – 24 OCTOBER 2010
Birmingham, UK


Tickets on sale now from:

To launch the 2010 edition of Birmingham’s acclaimed annual Supersonic Festival,  Capsule are over the moon to announce that Michael Gira’s massively influential NYC band SWANS will headline this year’s festival, which takes place from 22 – 24 October 2010. Tickets are now on sale! Their appearance at Supersonic Festival 2010 will be their first British show since they disbanded in 1997.

The recent reactivation of the band – with the line up of: Michael Gira; guitar, voice, mendicant friar act  (original Swans), Norman Westberg: guitar  (original Swans),  Christoph Hahn: guitar  (mid-period Swans and most Angels of Light ), Phil Puleo; drums, percussion, dulcimer etc etc  (final Swans tour and most of Angels of Light), Chris Pravdica: bass and gadgets  (Flux Information Sciences / Services/ Gunga Din) and Thor Harris: drums, percussion, vibes, dulcimer, curios, keys,  etc… (Angels of Light, now also with Shearwater) – promises to be as formidable as the early, brutal and growling noise albums they made their mark with.

This rare and exceptional performance by SWANS mark the start of a series of line up announcements for Supersonic 2010, with many more exciting acts and artists to be revealed in the coming weeks and months.

Moving from its previous July weekend date to October from 2010 onwards, Supersonic will once again take place in and around the Custard Factory in the heart of Eastside of Birmingham, utilising converted factory warehouses and art galleries and offering up-close, intimate settings to showcase some of the most exciting music out there. Capsule’s passion for genre bending sound and performances is at the heart of all their events – there are not many places where you can listen to funeral doom, prog, folk, avant jazz and grindcore in one weekend.

For further info on hotel deals/travel/volunteers check :

This is what Supersonic 09 was all about – we’re pretty sure you’ll enjoy 2010 even more.


Chrome Hoof in Birmingham!

We’ve been desperate to have Chrome Hoof back since their amazing show at Supersonic 2007 and it’s taken a while – last year’s scheduled show was cancelled due to those unforseen circumstances that do crop up now and then. But now they’re coming! Along with their platform heels, glittered freak outs and metallic heavy riffs.

Features CATHEDRAL bassist Leo Smee who has brought together a veritable orchestra of musicians decked out in futuristic monk’s robes kicking it like some unholy hybrid of SUN RA, GOBLIN, PARLIAMENT/FUNKADELIC and BLACK SABBATH, complete with choreographed dancers, actors taking vaudeville interludes, and a twelve foot tall metallic ram dominating the dance floor.

Thursday 20th May 2010
Chrome Hoof + guests @ Hare and Hounds, Kings Heath
8pm doors
– £10 adv

But before that –

Friday 9th April – Eyehategod + Totimoshi + Stinky Wizzleteat @ The Asylum. Tickets £12.50 adv

Wednesday 14th April – Humcrush (feat. members of Supersilent and Food) + Leverton Fox @ Hare and Hounds. Tickets £8

Please spread the word far and wide!


Better late than never

Welcome to the third edition of Capsule’s very own zine where you will find a variety of articles, reviews and rants, doodles, recipes and listings as well as a bit of info on what Capsule are up to. This was meant to come out the weekend of Flatpack festival but unfortunatley there was a problem at the printers, so expect to see the printed version of this beauty in various pubs/ what’s left of our independent record stores and at our gigs. Enjoy!


Tonight – Synth Eastwood: Fast Forward

Flatpack Festival is well under way and a whole host of exciting events are planned for the weekend. We’re particularly excited about:

Friday 26th March / 8pm til late / Rainbow Warehouse, Digbeth

Synth Eastwood: Fast Forward – a night of audio visual revelry

Live sets from:

CLARK (Warp)
performing a one-off set using sounds recorded around Birmingham;
GANGPOL & MIT (Pictoplasma)
Manic French AV duo
Digbeth-born psych six-piece
Plus the Synth Eastwood band, a man in a box responding to your art requests and a lineup of Dublin and Birmingham DJs into the wee hours.

Tickets: £8

Saturday 27th March / 8pm / IKON Eastside

Capsule & Flatpack Festival present a screening of Mogwai film ‘Burning’,  featuring a Q & A with Stuart Braithwaite

Tickets: £6

Saturday 27th March / 10pm til late / VIVID

A Plasticine Party – an Eastside knees up celebrating the beginning of the end of Flatpack. As well as various guest DJs, punk-dub multi-media threesome Jackdaw with Crowbar and Zappa-infused ten-piece outfit Moon Unit will be performing, plus there will be a DJ set from Stuart ‘Mogwai’ Braithwaite. Presented in association with We Are Eastside.

Tickets: £4


We Are Eastside

Capsule have been busy bees just recently and have co-ordinated the WE ARE EASTSIDE initiative, a guide to some of the most exciting creative spaces and projects happening in Eastside (aka Digbeth). As part of the project we have created this beautifully designed brochure (designer James Langdon) as well as a brand new blog to keep people up to date with activity in the area. There will also be a walking tour EAST STRIDE over the weekend of FLATPACK FESTIVAL with local historian Ben Waddington.

This is a really thrilling time for Birmingham as many of the independent creative organisations start working together, we can now really see a cluster of activity. Here’s to the future of collaboration!


East Stride – a tour of Birmingham’s creative playground

As part of Flatpack Festival and the launch of We Are Eastside, local historian Ben Waddington will be conducting walking tours of Eastside. Explore hidden gems, learn more of its industrial heritage and discover the creative explorations in this creative playground.

Saturday 27th March 12pm
Sunday 28th March 12pm
Sunday 28th March 3pm

Meet outside the Old Crown pub.

The tour is FREE, places are limited though so book ahead by emailing with ‘East Stride’ in the title.

We Are Eastside; your guide to the organisations that host and produce bold new work across film, digital media, crafts, music, visual arts, literature and photography all based in Eastside, Birmingham, UK.

We are:


so many shows…

Thanks to all who came to see Mono on Tuesday at The Asylum – an all consuming perfomance brilliantly opened by the high priestess of folk doom Rose Kemp.

Last Saturday saw the stellar line up of Autechre, Russell Haswell & Rob Hall. Autechre played their usual trick of playing in complete darkness, hence the lack of photographic evidence here but it was great to see so many people braving the cold and raving to the early hours.

Before that Atsuhiro Ito created a phenomenal audio visual spectacle in VIVID, and it was particularly great to see such a great turn out for such a niche show – who says Birmingham’s  shit? Great local support came from Nicholas Bullen and Windscale.

Thanks to Mark Hoy for the above photographs
Next Capsule show? Well it’s only Eyehategod isn’t it? Tickets are selling FAST for this so get them while you can from theticketsellers or our friends at Swordfish Records & Polar Bear