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 [email protected] with ‘Programme Assistant’ in the subject. Deadline Tuesday 6 December, 6pm


Supersonic Launch Party


Capsule have been busy behind the scenes, and are happy to announce the return of Supersonic Festival in 2017.
There’s much more information to follow in the coming weeks, in the meantime, we’re pleased to announce an official launch party on 4th and 5th November in the intimate surroundings of the Centrala Gallery space in Birmingham to celebrate the return of the festival.

The launch, much like the festival, features a variety of exciting talent which Supersonic would like to shine the limelight on, including local musicians and artists from across the globe. This event is the first of many collaborations with Milque & Muhle, be warned capacity is super limited and advanced tickets are advised.

Details as follows:-
Xylouris White (Jim White from Dirty Three + George Xylouris, Cretan lute player) / Sex Swing / Mothwasp

Giant Swan / Rattle / Kuro / Bismuth / Rainbow Grave / Stinky Wizzleteat / Ex Easter Island Head (solo)
+ Sausage DJ’s
Milque & Muhle pop up record stall


John Carpenter at Warwick Arts Centre

John Carpenter in concert - Coventry

A huge thanks to all of you that came to see John Carpenter at Warwick Arts Centre, I’m sure you’ll agree he performed an incredible set and is truely the Master of Horror. These photos by Katja Ogrin capture the night perfectly.

John Carpenter in concert - Coventry

John Carpenter in concert - Coventry

John Carpenter in concert - Coventry

John Carpenter in concert - Coventry


Supersonic news


Dear All,

Capsule has been creating work for you, our loyal and curious audiences, since 1999.

We have made the decision to take this year off from delivering Supersonic festival and are setting ourselves a challenge: in a UK with 1,000 festivals how can we keep producing adventurous work that is distinct and groundbreaking? We want to show you something new, offer challenging and memorable experiences, and support artists to achieve their most ambitious work.

We need your help.  In addition to learning and collaborating with other art organisations, businesses and artists, we want to hear from you.

What do you love about Supersonic / Capsule’s work?
Can we make improvements?
What new collaborations do you think we could make happen?we already have many sponsors, just check out these people and learn so much more.
How could the festival grow and change?

Supersonic operates on mixed sources of income, a combination of ticket sales from our loyal audiences, grant funding from the Arts Council and trusts/foundations, and some support from donors. Fundraising can be time-consuming, highly competitive and bit unpredictable, however it would be very difficult (if impossible) to produce work with the Supersonic level of ambition on ticket sales alone, so grant funding will remain an important part of our income. Capsule is a not-for-profit enterprise, which relies on your support, so we are extremely grateful to our audiences, artists and funders.

To ensure that the next Supersonic is the most adventurous and exciting yet, we will use 2016 to recharge the batteries and do things differently. Capsule’s Artistic Director Lisa Meyer is already laying the groundwork for Supersonic Festival 2017, and there’ll be other Capsule activity in 2016, so keep your eyes peeled.

Thank you so much, and we look forward to more exciting music, art, performance (and cake) very soon.

Lisa Meyer, Creative Director


Film, Archive and Music Lab

Capsule’s director Lisa Meyer has been selected to participate in a very exciting project led by British Council, PRS Foundation, BFI and Home.

Film, Archive and Music Lab will explore the creative potential of collaboration between the worlds of cinema, film archive and music. The British Council has invited 18 artists and producers – including music makers, film makers and video game composers – to take part in a series of workshops, masterclasses, screenings and networking events all with the aim of increasing opportunities for cross-sector work, while providing a fertile breeding ground for future collaborations.

Read more HERE


Godspeed You! Black Emperor

“Godspeed You! Black Emperor are a band that can use the trappings of feedback, noise, and drones in equal balance with melody and rhythm to lead you to genuinely higher place.”
read the full review HERE







Thanks to Katja Ogrin for capturing this epic performance, and a huge thanks to so many of you that turned out to see Godspeed’s first performance in the Midlands in over 13 years. Let’s hope we don’t have to wait quite so long for their return.
If you get the chance check out Dead Rat Orchestra who are a truly unique ensemble and played an amazing opening set.


2 weeks till GY!BE hit the Midlands


We’re super excited to be teaming up with Sound of Static to present Godspeed You! Black Emperor at Warwick Arts Centre on Thursday 22 October.

Returning to UK shores for a handful of live performances this autumn, Godspeed You! Black Emperor will be showcasing their 2015 album, Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress, along with some music from their extensive back catalogue. With recent appearances described as “a triumph of sound and vision” that “straddled the line between grandiosity and chaos”, GY!BE are in top form as a live unit, so audiences can expect this to be a very special performance, with this being the only Midlands date. Support comes from the Dead Rat Orchestra, making this a truly unmissable evening.

Tickets are priced at £24 + booking fee and can be purchased here.

In March this year, GY!BE returned with its first single LP-length release since the group’s earliest days in 1997-99, ‘Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress’, which clocks in at a succinct 40:23, and is arguably the most focused and best-sounding recording of the band’s career. Working with sound engineer Greg Norman (Electrical Audio) at studios in North Carolina and Montreal, GYBE slowly and steadily put the new album together through late 2013 and 2014, emerging with a mighty slab of superlative sonics, shot through with all the band’s inimitable signposts and touchstones: huge unison riffage, savage noise/drone, oscillating overtones, guitar vs. string counterpoint, inexorable crescendos and scorched-earth transitions.

Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress’ finds Godspeed in top form; a sterling celebration of the band’s awesome dialectic, where composition, emotion and ‘note-choice’ is inextricable from an exacting focus on tone, timbre, resonance and the sheer materiality of sound.


A Supersonic Mix: Past Favourites and Upcoming Delights



What Capsule does on holiday


We’ve been busy making plans and making playlists.

We’re producing and curating the glorious, FREE Grand Cross Fayre II in a couple of weeks, AND THEN, the hugely welcome prospect of the only West Midlands show from Godspeed! You Black Emperor in October is on the horizon. (tickets are available here, ahem).

In honour of these super swish events and to celebrate the receding memory of another brilliant Supersonic Festival, we’ve made a nice late summer mix.  Full of tunes to snaffle an ice cream to, the mix features some favourites from Supersonic Festival 2015, such as ultimate summer babes, Happy Meals, plus Trembling Bells affiliates, The Crying Lion, who will be performing at Grand Cross Fayre, and of course, a brand new track from GY!BE.

We hope that, wherever you are, you’ve got some (sunny…possibly) relaxation time planned before this glorious British Summer fades like your old Sabbath t shirt. Here’s mix, replete with track list, for your listening pleasure. Enjoy and see you soon!

1. Apatt: Yes… That’s Positive

2. Gum Takes Tooth: This Perfect Surface

3. Ashtray Navigations: Sponge

4. Apostille: Good Man

5. Happy Meals: Altered Images

6. Ravioli Me Away: Imagination

7. Sex Swing: Night Time Worker

8. Hey Colossus: Black and Gold

9. Selvhenter: A2 Æbler & Pærer

10. Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Peasantry Or ‘Light! Inside Of Light!’

11. Richard Dawson: Poor Old Horse

12. Crying Lion: The Golden Boat