Supersonic 2022 “a utopia made briefly real” ★★★★★ from The Guardian

 

We’re thrilled that our Supersonic Festival 2022 was rated ★★★★★ and named as ‘a utopia’ by The Guardian this summer. We also received a plethora of glowing reviews of our 16th edition, including…

 

“★★★★★ – Supersonic is not just a music festival, but a site for resistance and community, a utopia made briefly real.
READ THE GUARDIAN REVIEW HERE.

 

★★★★★ Audiences were treated to feral drum and bass, doom metal, twisted folk music and some seriously experimental weirdness, amongst much else… a weekend of serious musical strangeness” 
READ THE ART DESK’S REVIEW HERE. 

“This is one of Supersonic’s core strengths: the way it tone-shifts between grinding sonic despair and expressions of positivity rooted in inclusivity and solidarity.”
THE WIRE MAGAZINE

 

“When artists offer humble acknowledgement of how well they’re being treated by the crew and how nice it is to play for such a welcoming audience it just underlines what a special festival this is.”
READ THE ECHOES & DUST REVIEW HERE. 

“A community exists around it, a music crowd seeking discovery rather than some predictable homogenous party… A little gem with a mighty message, Supersonic seeks to make you smile, think and extend – it was a genuine mission accomplished.”
READ BACKSEAT MAFIA’S REVIEW HERE.

When someone mentions Birmingham the first thing that springs to mind isn’t Black Sabbath. Nor is it Aston Villa F.C. Not even Godflesh. It’s Supersonic.”
READ THE SUN13 REVIEW HERE.

 

“In the bathroom after the performance, I can hear two women speak about how they’ve never felt safer at an event. It’s a serious compliment for Supersonic given the state of things.”
READ GODISINTHETV REVIEW HERE.

 

“In the bathroom after the performance, I can hear two women speak about how they’ve never felt safer at an event. It’s a serious compliment for Supersonic given the state of things.”
READ BIRMINGHAM REVIEW FOR FRIDAY SATURDAY + SUNDAY 

 

“One of Supersonic’s true talents is finding heaviness and experimentation in the most unexpected of crevices, but that doesn’t mean the curators shy away from tapping into Birmingham’s storied metal heritage.”
READ ASTRAL NOIZE REVIEW HERE.

  

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Welcome to the team, Emily!

Young woman with black choppy hair, wearing jewellery and red lipstick.

We’re delighted to welcome Emily Doyle our new Festival Assistant to the team for Supersonic 2022!

Emily is an avid gig-goer and multidisciplinary creative who moved to Birmingham for uni and never left. She enjoys doom, noise, and mushroom cultivation!

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Capsule welcomes new board members

 

Capsule is delighted to announce three new members have joined the board. Pictured, from left to right…

 

Pippa Moore, based in Brighton, is the Head of Fundraising at the De La Warr Pavilion (DLWP) in Bexhill, East Sussex. In 2017, Pippa helped to develop and fund the Outlands experimental music touring network. Outlands included nine national partners, including Supersonic, who commissioned and toured six new productions across the UK and the world.

Dr. Lina Khatib is the co-founder of the World Metal Congress and the director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House. Outside of her work in policy and music, she has created visual art, published seven books and is currently developing a theatrical performance. She is also an Associate of the Imperial War Museum Institute.

Benedict Fisheris a communications specialist, Ben has worked in the arts, tourism, property, and utilities sectors. He is currently director of communications at the Solicitors Regulation Authority. A huge fan of Capsule’s work since 2002, he has enjoyed dozens of our events over the last two decades.

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Come and join our team!

Capsule is looking to recruit a part time, freelance Festival Assistant to support this year’s Supersonic.

  • Role: Festival Assistant (Freelance Position)
  • Deadline for application: 5pm, Monday 9 March, 2020
  • Interview date: Monday 16, 2020
  • Start date: Tuesday 6 April, 2020
  • Fee: up to £5400 / 60 days @ £90 per day
  • Duration: April – August 2020
  • Frequency of days: 3 days per week – however this will increase during the week of the festival itself
  • Essential dates: the successful candidate must be available to work Supersonic Festival 17-19 July, as well as days either side of this.

This role is designed to support the organisation, working across Supersonic Festival and our year-round live events programme. This role is based at the Capsule office in Digbeth, Birmingham.

For Supersonic Festival you will support all aspects of marketing and festival logistics. During the weekend itself this role will lead the festival’s ‘Marketplace’ with market traders, a small stage and workshop areas supported by a team of volunteers and any offsite projects. This role will also be responsible for capturing live audience feedback and contributing to the various social media platforms. To increase your social media traffic here see more boosting tools.

You will also work on all aspects of the year-round, live programme – supporting the promotion, research, marketing, venue and artist liaison.

We are committed to diversity and inclusion, and are keen to attract people of different backgrounds, perspectives and experiences. We actively seek board members to reflect a multitude of experiences and backgrounds. We particularly encourage applications from BAME and LGBTQ+ candidates, people with a disability.

We are a small but ambitious organisation. This role would be ideal for an emerging and / or early-career, freelance arts professional, keen to expand their knowledge and enthusiasm and develop their skills in both the promotion and production of live events within a highly creative and dynamic organisation.

Application process:

To apply for this opportunity please email a completed equal opportunities form, CV, and a letter of application outlining how you feel you would fulfil this role to (maximum of 2 sides of A4) to [email protected] with ‘Festival Assistant’ in the subject line.

The deadline for applications is 5pm Monday 9 March, interviews will be taking place on Monday 16 March. We will notify candidates that we wish to interview by 5pm Wednesday 11 March. If you haven’t heard from us by then please assume your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion. Due to the high volume of applications we cannot provide feedback on unsuccessful applications.

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Join our board

Capsule Board is seeking new members
Deadline: Friday 21 February 2020

“★★★★★ – The UK’s best small festival, Supersonic is world-class.” THE GUARDIAN

At a pivotal point in Capsule’s 20 year-long history of crafting extraordinary projects for curious audiences, we are looking for new Board members to work alongside our small but ambitious team to help deliver our vision.

We are committed to diversity and inclusion, and are keen to attract people of different backgrounds, perspectives and experiences. We actively seek board members to reflect a multitude of experiences and backgrounds. We particularly encourage applications from BAME and LGBTQ+ candidates, people with a disability.

We are particularly interested in attracting applications from the following kinds of people:  

  • Marketing and / or PR expertise – we are looking for support to help significantly increase the awareness and / or raise the profile of our work  
  • Business, commercial strategy and / or entrepreneurial expertise – we would be interested to hear from anyone used to maximizing and generating revenue
  • Someone with a senior role from a art and / or cultural organisation with an insight into opportunities on the horizon and professional networks you are willing to share
  • We are also keen to hear from fans of our work – those who may / may not also have the kinds of professional expertise described above but are passionate and committed to our work and would be able to contribute invaluable insight

For more info and the recruitment pack see HERE

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Capsule welcomes a new Chair

Capsule is delighted to announce that Stuart Rogers, formerly Executive Director Birmingham REP, has joined the organisation as Chair of the board.

Capsule’s new chair – Stuart Rogers

Stuart Rogers was born and educated in Birmingham and has worked in theatre management/production since 1973 when he became Theatre Programmer for the Birmingham Arts Lab. He then moved on to manage the Gulbenkian Studio Theatre and Newcastle Playhouse in Newcastle upon Tyne, followed by periods as Executive Director for Chester Gateway Theatre and Nottingham Playhouse. Following a couple of years in the southern Italian city of Bari working with the international touring theatre company Teatro Kismet, Stuart returned to Birmingham in 2002 to take up the post of Executive Director at Birmingham Repertory Theatre. He left that position in 2019 to concentrate on freelance producing.

Stuart has also undertaken a range of consultancy and training work including work for Arts Council England, The British Council, The Soros Foundation, Amsterdam Summer University, L’Université de Dijon, L’Institut Francais, NOROC, The Arab Arts Association Hackney Empire, M6 Theatre Company, Action Transport Theatre Company, Dance 4, Nuffield Theatre Southampton and The Welsh College of Dance & Drama.

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Capsule shortlisted for a Birmingham Awards

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We’re delighted to have been shortlisted for the Birmingham Awards for Arts & Culture Award of the Year. It’s been quite the year for us at Capsule.

Achieving a 5 star review and being named the UK’s best small festival by The Guardian for Supersonic Festival for our 15th edition.

 

Finally cements the Midlands’ reputation as the home of a global musical phenomenon”  The Observer

As well as successfully conceiving and delivering our mammoth Home of Metal season this summer, which included our blockbuster exhibition ‘Black Sabbath 50 Years‘ which has attracted visitors from all over the world as well as create a strong sense of civic pride for the people of Birmingham. We achieved some pretty impressive press coverage which included: Channel 4 news, ITV news, BBC news, The Guardian, The Observer, The Times, I newspaper, Time Out, NME, Liverpool Echo as well as numerous European publications.

Dedicated fans and curious cultural audiences have travelled from countries as diverse and far as flung as Finland, Uruguay, France, Netherlands, Mexico, Czech Republic, New Zealand, Sweden, Norway, Australia, Russia, Japan, Spain, Myanmar, USA, Malta, Greece and more, truly illustrating just how global the heavy metal phenomenon and influence is.

Visitor map for Home of Metal ‘Black Sabbath 50 Years’

In addition as part of the season we partnered with Eastside Projects to present a new exhibition by Monster Chetwynd, at New Art Gallery Walsall we invited Alan Kane to present 4 Bed Detached Home of Metal, which included works by Jeremy Deller, Una Hamilton Helle, Des Hughes, Jim Lambie, Sarah Lucas, Jessica Mallock, Mike Nelson, Simon Periton, Mark Titchner, Cathy Ward, Charlie Woolley and, of course, Alan Kane. And invited fans to display their metal collections within the gallery.


Ben Venom

At mac we presented the first UK solo show by US artist Ben Venom, All This Mayhem, as well as showing a selection of metal fan portraits in their Battle Jackets, with an exhibition titled Hand of Doom. We partnered with Centrala to create an exhibition which explored the Polish music scene under state control through archival material including letters, cassette tapes and zines, collected by Polish fans.

Our Home of Metal Volunteers

All made possible by an incredible group of volunteers that have worked with us and very generous funders and sponsors Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund, Laney Amplification, Colmore Business District, BIMM. 

In Kind support came from Crystal Head Vodka, Hobgoblin, Music For Nations – Sony, Gibson Guitars, Eagle Rock Entertainment, BMG, Action Graphics, Dunlop

We’re up against all the big guys, so it would be quite something to be recognised for the work we’ve done to put Birmingham on the map culturally.

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Supersonic Festival 2019 – named the UK’s best small festival by The Guardian

Supersonic Festival 2019 celebrated our 15th edition, with a sell out event and incredible press reviews which included a 5 star review by The Guardian, naming us the UK’s best small festival.

“By embracing the heaviness in Birmingham’s heritage, and adding a strong dose of eccentricity, Supersonic is world-class.” Read the full article HERE


Neurosis at Birmingham Town Hall photo by Joseph Singh

Here is a taster of some of the other amazing press coverage we received

The Quietus wrote “Supersonic Festival celebrates weirdness. It encourages unbridled creativity. It expands the imagination. It promotes the free and limitless pursuit of expression in order to expand the body, the mind, and the human spirit. It forges unlikely connections between ostensibly different areas, ideas, people and disciplines.”
Read the full article HERE

“Supersonic Festival has grown into one of the world’s most important events for new music. Cherry-picking the finest experimental music from all over the globe, its line-up grows increasingly diverse with each passing year. Now in its 15th year, Supersonic has become known as an event that consistently represents some of the globe’s best and most innovative music.”Louder
Read the full article HERE

“Supersonic has built its deserved reputation for excellence via the steady guiding hand and considerable curatorial nous of Capsule, the team behind it. This year they are in overdrive in celebration of Birmingham as the Home of Metal.” Echoes and Dust
Read the full article HERE

“The chance to see Godflesh and Neurosis play Birmingham’s Town Hall was a rare – possibly a once-in-a-lifetime – treat….This year we get a black sistah punk, a trigger synth party noise machine, Portuguese purveyors of ‘skull cave echo’, supernatural soundscapes and meditative poetry.” Express & Star
Read the full article HERE

 

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