Good news for fans of pretty much any decent music: over two enticingly packed days Supersonic Festival will return this month. May 30th – 31st sees the Custard Factory, Birmingham a familiar site to regular Supersonic-ers, dressed up to welcome this edition’s typically diverse set of sound providers to the city.
Heading up the heavier side of things, Swans really don’t need an introduction. Their revamped live sound has bewildered audiences across the globe since their recent splash back into the gig circuit, and this is going to be no less monstrous. Other heaviness will be cropping up in the forms of local doom bringers Opium Lord; ANTA play a darkly colourful swirl of jagged doom prog rock, Evil Blizzard work similar themes towards something altogether more theatrical and unnerving.
The less rock focused portion of the music line up is equally as considered and even more diverse, continuing the festival’s commitment to eclectic programming. Wolf Eyes‘ slightly uncomfortable industrial electronics will sit alongside the even more uncomfortable noise of New York’s Pharmakon like an exploding step-sibling. Agathe Max is set to inject some cinematic atmosphere into the weekend with her shadowy, enchanted violin excursions; Matmos, one time Bjork super collaborators and hallowed experimentalists in their own right, offer their trademark head tapping foot scratching rhythm-scapes.
As always with Supersonic though, no corner is left neglected. In and around the musical happenings you’ll be able to find all manner of extra-curricular activities: films, workshops, presentations and even gigs for kids.
For a preview of sorts you could do a lot worse than listen to this mix put together by Basic House, who will also be playing the festival on Friday 30th May, for Thump which was inspired by past and present artists which have graced the stage at Supersonic.