Join the Capsule Team


We’re recruiting a Programme Assistant.
For an application pack please email with ‘Programme Assistant’ in the title. The deadline for application is the 5th Dec.

Programme Assistant

Capsule are looking to recruit a creative, enthusiastic individual with proven copywriting skills, a good understanding of the arts and outstanding administrative ability particularly to join one of the UK’s most dynamic arts organisations.

The Programme Assistant will focus on the marketing and promotion and provide administrative support to the company’s General Manager and Project Manager in the delivery of the company’s year round programme of live events.   For the company’s flagship event Supersonic you will undertake the role of Artists’ Liaison, overseeing all the logistical needs of the festival’s performers.   This role comes under the direction of the General Manager and will be based predominantly at the company’s office in Birmingham.


Salary:            £18,000 – 21,000 pro rata
Employer:            Capsule
Location of post:    Custard Factory Birmingham
Responsible to:    General Manager
Responsible for:    Marketing and promotion, administration, event logistics, artists’ liaison

You will work for 109 days over a 9-month period between 12th Jan –  30th Sep 2015.

It is anticipated you will work 2-3 days per week to be agreed with candidate, however will need to be able to work a full week during the festival period.

Key areas of responsibility:
Marketing and Promotion:
–    Planning of a marketing campaign for each event
–    Writing copy and preparation of marketing materials
–    Overseeing promotion through press and social media

Administration and event management:
–    Supporting General Manager and Project Manager in event management
–    Administration of event logistics

Artists’ liaison:
–    Liaison between artists management and festival
–    Co-ordinating all logistics for the artists’ participation in the Supersonic Festival

Funding and stakeholders:
–    Research for funding bids
–    Support of General Manager for preparation and submission of funding bids.

Person Specification:
Essential Skills:
•    Experience of copy writing and promotion of arts.
•    Experience and enthusiasm for a range of arts practice
•    Experience of working on arts events or festivals.
•    Good understanding of social media and current trends, links to networks and forums
•    Systematic with experience of maintaining administrative systems
•    Able to prioritise and work under pressure
•    Good communication skills and able to work well in a team
•    Ability to work well with external stakeholders, including artists and venues.
•    Be computer and web-literate
•    Ability to research and collate information
•    Ability to work both on own initiative and under direction of others.

Personal Profile:
• Good sense of humour
• Friendly
• Motivated/enthusiastic
• Assertive/confident
• Flexible

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.


Two acts added to our Xmas Cocktail


Supersonic Festival and Milque & Muhle partner to bring you an explosive Xmas cocktail of aural delights and high-spirited performances across 2 rooms on Saturday 13 Dec at the Hare & Hounds. We’ve just added two new acts to this already amazing line up in the form of Glatze and Hordes they join Palehorse/Sly and the Family Drone/Lowest Form/ Ravioli Me Away/Paddy Steer/ Table Scraps/ Rainbow Grave.

Tickets are available from HERE


Matt Watkins of Mothwasp


Matt Watkins works in photography, light projection, motion graphics and animation. With Lucy McLauchlan he formed the Beat13 collective in his hometown of Birmingham to encourage the collaboration of artists and musicians and also worked extensively with Jamie Hewlett on his platinum-selling animated-band Gorillaz for 10 years.


In recent years he has been directing live performance visuals for stage projects such as Joy Division Reworked (with The Heritage Orchestra & Scanner) but with Mothwasp adopts a lo-tech philosophy utilising old projectors, modified instruments, homemade effects pedals and hand crafted visuals.

See Mothwasp perform as part of our Supersonic Festival presents series – with Ben Frost at Eastside Projects on Wed 12 Nov
Tickets from theticketsellers and Milque & Muhle


Get to know Ben Frost


After completing his tour of the U.S., Mexico, Canada and Italy, Frost will be joined by Greg Fox (ex Liturgy) for a special performance at Birmingham’s Eastside Projects on 12 November and will include a  live AV set from Mothwasp.

Featured track Venter (AURORA, 2014) judders into life as a tightly woven, hypnotic industrial rhythm against the omnipresent hum of atmospheric guitar throb. Soon, these elements coalesce to form a huge, expansive ‘mechanical system’.

Aside from Frost’s two most recent solo albums – 2011’s Sólaris and this year’s AURORA, the interstitial performer has collaborated, amongst others, with Wayne McGregor and companies in the sphere of contemporary dance; with the directors of Australian drama films Sleeping Beauty and In Her Skin, and – most notably – with Brian Eno as part of the Rolex and Protégé Arts Initiative.

‘Ben Frost’s interests are vast, and that includes the way he approaches his music. For all this, his music is equally fascinating when you strip away the context and simply let the sounds he’s making overtake you.’ – Pitchfork

Tickets for the performance can be purchased either from theticketsellers or from Milque & Muhle

(This post was written by Poppy Twist who is currently on placement at Capsule HQ)


Ben Frost listening

Supersonic and Milque & Muhle’s Xmas cocktail


Supersonic Festival and Milque & Muhle partner to bring you an explosive Xmas cocktail of aural delights and high-spirited performances across 2 rooms on Sat 13 Dec at the Hare & Hounds in Birmingham, advanced tickets from and directly from Milque & Muhle at the Custard Factory.



Bludgeoning sludge rock from South London , now signed to Candlelight. expect heavy grooves, pounding drums and dual vocals.

Sly and the Family Drone
A primal orchestra of drum rhythms, radiophonic oscillator noise and electronically-abstracted vocals.

Lowest Form
Swirly nasty hardcore from one of britain’s finest ensembles, full length now out on iron lung records.


Ravioli Me Away
Ravioli Me Away are a dangerously ambitious and delusional all girl jazzy post punk, hip funk outfit from london.

Paddy Steer
Sounds like a Swiss cuckoo clock made of egg boxes and horsehair, glued together by an African Moog player in a Vietnamese iron monger’s shop.

Table Scraps
Local Garage Rock. Duo with guitar and stand up drumming with male/female vocals.

Rainbow Grave
Debut show formed from the ashes of Backwards (R.I.P) :’( – think Hate Sludge akin to  Stickmen with Rayguns/ Kilslug.

Advanced tickets from and directly from Milque & Muhle at the Custard Factory.

Poster designed by the very talented Elle Donlon


Get involved with Capsule – Poppy Twist


We’re always on the look out for proactive and passionate folks to join us as a volunteer at Capsule, to help us deliver key events including Supersonic Festival and our year round programme.
If you’re interested please get in touch with and we’ll put you on our database.

This month we have Poppy Twist doing a placement with us at Capsule HQ. Currently doing a Fine Art degree at Birmingham City University. Her practice utilises video installation to explore the links between identity and ambition in the regional music scene. Outside of education, she produces publications for a local media company and also drums and sings for DIY punk noise band Table Scraps.

Poppy is working with us to help produce and market the Ben Frost show which is taking place on 12 Nov at Eastside Projects.
Join our mailing list to find out about future internship opportunities which will be available early next year.


Sounding Out

Sounding Out: Make it Happen is a symposium on the theme of fundraising.
Capsule’s Creative Director, Lisa Meyer will be joining a panel hosted by Sound and Music on Sat 8th Nov at the Custard Factory.

Ranging from practical tips for the writing of successful funding applications, to hearing from artists, producers and programmers about the changing landscape of arts funding and their own stories and thoughts about what works and what doesn’t.

Panel discussions will take place on the following themes:

  • DIY approaches to fundraising/financing work (speakers include: Lisa MeyerCapsule; Andy Abbott – musician/artist/writer, and Sam Underwood – sound artist and musicial instrument maker)
  • Trust and Foundations (speakers include: Sarah GeeIndigo Ltd and Adam Cooper – Head of Development at Sound and Music)

Chaired by Rich Whitelaw, Director of Programmes at Sound and Music

Tickets are available here
More info about the event see here