Opportunity: Associate Producer

Job Description: Associate Producer – Supersonic Festival 2017

Fee: £3,200 35 days + 5 flexi days freelance contract (40 days max)

  • 2 days per week March – May
  • 3 days per week May – July to include a full working week 12-18 June

Term: 21 Mar – 7 Jul 2017

The Associate Producer will work closely with the Executive producer to support the delivery of key aspects of the festival relating to workshops, talks and the Supersonic Marketplace – a space for independent distributors, record labels, poster artists and others to sell their wares and network with each other. They will also play a role in managing and delivering Supersonic’s Kids Gig – created for children under seven, the aim of our Kids Gigs are to introduce children to experimental music at an early age, nurturing the audiences of the future.

This post is offered as a fixed term freelance contract until July 2017. The fee will be £3,200 inclusive of VAT. The starting date is Tuesday 21 March 2017.

Schedule: 35 days plus 5 flexi-days (40 days max) until 7 July 2017

  • 2 days per week March – May
  • 3 days per week May – July to include a full working week 12 – 18 June


This role will be based at the Capsule office in Birmingham – Unit 316, The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Birmingham, B9 4AA. The role is not suitable for remote working.


To apply for this post please read our Associate Producer Application Pack February 2017 and then send:


Deadline Thursday 9 March, 6pmSend by email with subject header “Associate Producer” to Felicity Alwell, Executive Producer,info@capsule.org.uk


BACKGROUND – www.supersonicfestival.com
Named by Stuart Maconie, BBC 6 Music as ‘the UK’s premier experimental music festival”, listed No.2 in The Times guide to the 50 best events of the summer (2015) and one of the 10 best European festivals by Momondo (2015). Since 2003, it has grown in scale and ambition becoming the UK’s go-to event for experimental, collaborative and otherwise out of the box musical thinking. Combining today’s burgeoning talent with legendary, one-of-a-kind performances, it creates a sense of spectacle that electrifies Birmingham.

The successful candidate will be an organised and proactive individual. They will work closely with the executive producer and the rest of the festival team to ensure the smooth delivery of this flagship festival event. This is an exciting role for an up and coming producer who wants to mark their mark and develop their career in festivals, music and live events.


Supersonic Festival 2017 line up announced

We are very proud to reveal the first line up announcement for Supersonic Festival 2017, taking place in the cultural hub of Digbeth in Birmingham, with a very special opening concert performance on 16 June in the Grade II listed Town Hall, featuring Anna Von Hausswolff performing on the venue’s famous pipe organ. The pipe organ played a huge part on the Swedish singer/musician’s latest album The Miraculous (2015), and in forming the colossal sound that Anna Von Hausswolff has become known for. Expect drama, brooding drones, dreamy soundscapes and sublime storytelling.

On the 16th June, Supersonic Festival continues in the heart of Digbeth, with performances taking place across the weekend, from Arbouretum, Colin Stetson, Jenny Hval, Laura Cannell, Melt Banana, Oxbow, Princess Nokia, Raime, ZU and more to be announced in the coming months. Here’s some more information about the performers in today’s line up announcement…

Supersonic Festival are delighted to invite Arbouretum back following their 2009 performance, this time in support of their new Thrill Jockey album, Song Of The Rose. Arresting, thoughtful and masterful, Arbouretum’s music takes philosophical ideas and transforms them into a sonic experience that is at once contemplative and emotionally affecting.

Colin Stetson‘s astounding physical engagement with his instruments (chiefly bass and alto saxophones) produces emotionally rich and polyphonic compositions that transcend expectations of what solo horn playing can sound like, an experience to behold.

No Jenny Hval performance is ever the same, which is why we can be sure that her follow up performance at Supersonic (having previously perfromed in 2014) will be special. Across six full length albums, Jenny Hval crucially brings to light issues of both male and female gaze, which for years had been swept under the rug and/or denied all together. We look forward immensely to seeing Jenny Hval perform again.

Laura Cannell is an extraordinary musician, performing with a deconstructed bow and the curious sound of double recorder. Exploring the spaces between ancient, improvised, traditional and experimental music, Laura Cannell creates a solitary minimalist chamber music where one player makes all the harmonies.

Melt Banana will bring the fun with their high energy hybrid of experimental noise music, pop, and electronica. For over twenty years, across a vast array of albums, well executed cover songs and an unrelenting tour schedule, the Japanese duo are infectious to experience. This is one heady trip well worth taking.

It has been at least five years since Oxbow performed live in the UK, and with hints of the release of a new album this year, anticipation is intensified further. We look forward to welcoming the ever-evolving group back, and to see what they do next…

We’re so excited to announce Princess Nokia as part of Supersonic Festival 2017 – taking inspiration from 90’s Rave, Drum & Bass, with a nod to the raw New York & U.K. underground, the duo perfectly encapsulate the hedonistic spirit that have made past additions of Supersonic so memorable.

London based duo Raime, offer an urgent and focussed futurism, in the shape of fiercely uptempo, minimal, meticulously crafted electro-acoustic rhythm tracks. The DNA of dub-techno, garage/grime and post-hardcore rock music spliced into sleek and predatory new forms.

Ambition, aspiration and deep soulful explorations are crucial for Zu, who have been broadly questioning and evolving their musical identity for almost two decades, developing their musical vocabulary with every release and collaboration, never allowing their personal and creative freedom to be suffocated by imposed structures and labels. On the cusp of releasing their brand new album on House Of Mythology (31st March, 2017), their Supersonic performance promises to be something entirely new from the trio.

Nowhere else will you find a festival experience quite like Supersonic’s – since 2003, we have been hosting superior weekends for the adventurous listener, taking care to present only the most artistically relevant and irreverent acts from the UK and across the globe, while simultaneously making sure to fill every moment with the opportunities to let loose and party, or sit down at engaging talks, discussions and workshops, or take in exclusive screenings and exhibitions.

Stay tuned for the preceeding line up announcements in the coming months.
Weekend Tickets can be purchased from HERE


Supersonic stage at Fat Out Fest


We are delighted to have been asked to host a Supersonic Festival stage at this years Fat Out Fest, based at the Islington Mill in Salford on the 16 April. Fat Out Fest is Salford’s foremost experimental festival.

We are presenting a new commission – The Seer, created by artist and film maker Conny Prantera which will see her collaborate with a host of other artists including Anastasia Freygang, Eliza Bennett, Agathe Max, Lani Rocillo, Rebecca Horrox and Burl to produce an immersive performance.

In addition there will be performances by

Agathe Max


The new project of Agathe Max mixes electroacoustic composition and live performance with amplified violin through an electronic set up. Between soundscapes and live interaction with sound, the engaging work with delicate repeating strings links all kinds of emotional paramounts, avoiding any boundaries between musical genres.

Rainbow Grave_2_Credit- Katja Ogrin Photography


Rainbow Grave’s bleak mantras channel the blank despair of negative punk through layers of distorted psychedelic damage. Freeform pedal abuse and robotic vocals coagulate around cyclic bass and drum rhythms in repetitive and minimal structures. Disappointment guaranteed.



Trans Am are Phil Manley, Nathan Means, and Sebastian Thomson. In 2014 they released their 10th studio album on Thrill Jockey titled Volume X. The band’s remarkable ability to express, and even embody, unknown capacities, adopting bold stylistic and aesthetic shifts as a defining tenet of their quarter-century long career. Trans Am refuse to rely on their legacy as innovators, opting instead to continue to break down established modes of songwriting, even if they established those modes themselves. From kosmische rock to futuristic speed metal to robo-balladry to variants on classic rock that are so warped as to be rendered completely unrecognizable.



After their premiere performance at Supersonic Festival 2015 we’re super excited to have them be part of this amazing festival. It’s a collaboration that simply cannot be understated. Dylan Carlson and Kevin Martin are both long established figures presiding over the radical fringes of heavy music, holding the attention of curious minds and audiences for over twenty years worldwide. Carlson, the mainstay of Seattle’s Earth, has created a volume of daring work that originates in distorted drone and expands over cinematic Americana, folkloric balladry and proto-rock, whilst Martin (as The Bug, Techno Animal, Ice, King Midas Sound) gained notoriety producing hulking hybrids of dancehall, dub and techno that are unparalleled in tactility and dark aggression.

The festival takes place 14/15/16 April 2017 – Tickets: www.fatout.co.uk


Happy New Year


We can’t wait for 2017 as we’ve loads of great projects coming your way and some brand new folks joining the Capsule team.Thanks to all those who bought early bird tickets for Supersonic Festival, the line up will be revealed at the end of Jan with weekend tickets going on sale.
We are very grateful to our loyal audience, our partners and funders for your ongoing support. Wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year – from all of us at Capsule HQ


Supersonic Festival 2017 – early bird tickets sold out


Early bird tickets for Supersonic Festival 2017 went on sale this week and sold out within 48 hours. We’re really thankful to all those folks that purchased tickets before the line up was announced and trust in our programming.

An announcement for the first wave of artists will come out in January, followed by Weekend tickets going on sale on the 30th Jan.

For now you can watch a few of the highlights from the 2015 edition of the festival.


Home of Metal awarded Ambition For Excellence funding

Photo of Black Sabbath fans at Download Festival 2016 – Katja Ogrin

Arts Council England is investing £450,000 in Capsule’s international plans to celebrate the musical influence and fandom of the Birmingham-born band, Black Sabbath.

Capsule will receive £450,000 from the Arts Council’s Ambition for Excellence programme to take its Home of Metal programme global.

The Arts Council’s investment will support Capsule to create a three-year international programme inspired by the story of how four working-class lads from Birmingham changed the face of music.

The funding will help bring together Black Sabbath fans with artists, academic institutions and cultural venues around the world to explore the cultural legacy of the band and the musical genre it created.

The Home of Metal programme will officially launch in February 2017 in Birmingham on the final UK date of Black Sabbath’s last world tour.

Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England said: “Our Ambition for Excellence fund helps arts and cultural organisations produce excellent work with an international dimension – which is exactly what Capsule are setting out to do with Home of Metal. Over the last few years, Capsule has created events and exhibitions that celebrate music from Birmingham and the Black Country. Now it will be brilliant to see our funding supporting them to reach out to international audiences, exploring and sharing how the cultural heritage of the West Midlands has shaped musical tastes around the world.”

Lisa Meyer, Artistic Director, Capsule said: “This support from Arts Council England will enable Capsule to develop the next ambitious phase of Home of Metal and take the project to a global audience, we will be celebrating what is at the heart of the genre, the fans and putting them centre stage.”

Tony Iommi, Guitarist of Black Sabbath said: “An artist or band’s success can be measured by their relationship with the fans and the success of the ‘Home of Metal’ exhibition brought home just how dedicated and loyal ours are. It’s always humbling to realise how you’ve touched people’s lives with your music, a project where fans are actively involved would be great.”

Through the creation of a new digital archive, commissioned artworks and a touring exhibition, Home of Metal will reach out to the band’s fans in Birmingham and beyond, including those in Brazil, Chile, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and the USA.

Using social media to curate and share stories, memorabilia and photographs, Home of Metal will shed light on the global impact of Black Sabbath’s music and fandom through the creation of contemporary, digital archive and international touring exhibition.

The programme will end with festival season in Birmingham and the Black Country featuring new artworks, events and exhibitions.

The season will include an extended version of the international touring exhibition at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery designed by Morag Myerscough. At The New Art Gallery Walsall, Home of Metal will work with curators to showcase fan’s own collections, building on the legacy of the People’s Show in 1990.

At Centrala, artists  will create works in response to the creative ways fans have found to share music whilst living under repressive regimes, from X-Ray generated records to pirate radio.

Keep up to date www.homeofmetal.com



Supersonic Playlist for The Guardian

“Fundamentally, this is a city of gangs and individuals working in comparative isolation, which encourages driven oddballs and out-there ideas. Look at the annual Supersonic festival or Brum bands from Black Sabbath to Dexys Midnight Runners.”

Capsule’s Artistic Director, Lisa Meyer did an interview for The Guardian to share some of the cities cultural treasures and created a mix of tracks to represent Birmingham’s music scene.

You can read the article HERE


Job Opportunity – Programme Assistant

Boredoms photo by Katja Ogrin

Job Description: Programme Assistant
Fee £10,720 3 days per week + 5 flexi days freelance contract (equivalent to 18k pro rata)
Term 9th Jan 2017 – Dec 2017

Capsule crafts extraordinary cultural projects for adventurous audiences to challenge expectations and make connections. Audiences are at the heart of our thinking. We champion extraordinary artists, working across digital culture, sound and performance, 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.

Since 1999, Capsule have been a leading cultural producer, initiating and delivering multi-disciplinary projects that engage audiences locally and globally. Supersonic Festival is our core project; now in its 13th year it attracts audiences, performers and industry interest from across the globe. Named by Stuart Maconie, BBC 6 Music as ‘the UK’s premier experimental music festival” and named number two in The Times guide to the fifty best events of the summer (2015). The ground-breaking heritage project Home of Metal saw audiences of 200,000 and was shortlisted for a National Lottery Heritage Award. From hand crafted wooden structures designed by the award winning Studio Myerscough which acted as a billboard for the opening of the largest library in Europe to an immersive installation with remote control cars with styli attached, which raced across a track constructed from 1000’s of disused vinyl records nestled under a giant viaduct, to a stupendous procession of unexplored rhythms, unsung songs, unexplainable creatures and un-mythical beings set on a village green in Stoke on Trent.

Capsule seeks a motivated and enthusiastic Programme Assistant to support the delivery of our year-round programme.

The Programme Assistant will focus on marketing and promotion of Capsule’s programme and provide administrative support to the company’s Artistic Director and Executive Producer. For the company’s flagship festival, Supersonic 2017, s/he will undertake the role of Artists’ Liaison, overseeing all the logistical needs of the festival’s artists. The successful candidate will be an organised and proactive individual with an excellent understanding of social media and marketing and good administrative and copywriting skills. A good knowledge of experimental music and arts is also required as the Programme Assistant will contribute to programming.

For an application pack please email info@capsule.org.uk with ‘Programme Assistant’ in the subject. Deadline Tuesday 6 December, 6pm