Conference, film programme, cultural and family events to celebrate Birmingham and the black country as the home of heavy metal
1 – 4 september 2011 various locations across the Black Country
Launched in June this year, the Home of Metal 2011 summer programme has seen thirteen high-profile heavy metal-inspired exhibitions take place across Birmingham and the Black Country, including shows at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and a solo exhibition from former Turner Prize-nominee Mark Titchner. Now, the summer’s activity culminates in the Home of Metal Weekender, which will take over the region from 1-4 September.
To find out about the full Home Of Metal programme go to www.homeofmetal.com.
Metal on Film
Brace yourself for a juggernaut of Heavy Metal cinema, blazing a trail across the Black Country with an awesome programme of documentaries, rare archive, late-night horror and special guests. The heart of the action will be at the Light House Cinema in Wolverhampton, with a menu of movies which will take you from Midlands foundries to Morroccan rooftops, from spandex nonsense to raw doom.‘Metal on Film’ 1-4 September 2011
Here are some of the highlights, but you can read the full programme at www.homeofmetal.com/events/events-list/metal-on-film.
Between the Hammer and the Anvil – Friday 2nd Sep – 6pm – The New Art Gallery Walsall – FREE
As part of a special knees up, Home of Metal is taking over the gallery with films, live music and a Silent Metal Disco. Flatpack Festival present ‘Patch Jacket’ a collection of film shorts exploring the full spectrum of Heavy Metal devotion and Gentlemans Pistols (feat Bill Steer) will be bringing their no frills, filthy rock n roll.
Sponsored by The Kraken Rum – cocktails will be available.
Black Sabbath AKA I Tre Volti Della Paura – Friday 2nd Sep – 11pm – Light House, Wolverhampton – £5.80/£4.40 concessions
The legend goes that some blokes from a heavy blues band called Earth passed a film poster in Perry Barr, and decided to pinch its title for their new name. Expect women in peril, clunky dubbing, bags of suspense, lush, lurid colours and Boris Karloff threading it all together in style.
In Bed with Chris Needham + Q&A – Saturday 3rd Sep – 6pm – Light House, Wolverhampton – £5.80/£4.40 concessions
A self-portrait of Loughborough teenager, Chris Needham deals with adolescent trials including woman trouble, musical differences and an annoying little brother. Chris is still pledged to Heavy Metal, and will be here to talk about his film afterwards.
Heavy Metal Parking Lot : Silver Jubilee – Saturday 3rd Sep – 8.30pm – Light House, Wolverhampton – FREE
It’s 25 years since Jeff Krulik and John Heyn walked around the Capital Center’s parking lot in Maryland, interviewing boozed up rockers before a Judas Priest gig. The resulting document has become required viewing on tour buses across the globe, and now you can enjoy the clothes, the hair and the language in all their glory. Featuring live music from Stinky Wizzleteat and Selfless, DJs and food.
Sponsored by The Kraken Rum – cocktails will be available.
The Beyond – Saturday 3rd Sep – 11pm – Light House, Wolverhmpton – £5.80/£4.40 concessions
After our Saturday night party, you can check out a late night screening of this video nasty. Napalm Death lynchpin Shane Embury has selected one of his favourite horror movies, where a hotel conceals the gateway to hell. Expect gore, mayhem and face chewing spiders.
Cathy Come Home + Q&A – Sunday 4th Sep – 3.30pm – Light House, Wolverhampton – £4.70/£4.20 concessions
The gripping tale of a family turfed out of their home, Cathy Come Home is best known as a campaigning drama-documentary that helped to change housing policy. It’s also a vivid snapshot of Birmingham in the 60s, filmed on the same Aston streets where Black Sabbath played as kids. Producer (and long-suffering Villa fan) Tony Garnett will be here to talk about the film.
This is Spinal Tap – Sunday 4th Sep – 8.30pm – Light House, Wolverhampton – £4.70/£4.20 concessions
What better way to round off the weekender than with the mother of all metal films? A spoof documentary (or, if you will, rockumentary) which set out to satirise the worst excesses of hair metal and pomp rock, This Is Spinal Tap ended up becoming a touchstone and perhaps even an inspiration for many of the bands it took the mickey out of.
Full film schedule is available at www.homeofmetal.com/events/events-list/metal-on-film.
An overall ‘Metal on Film’ pass is available for £25 and can be booked online at www.light-house.co.uk.
Home of Metal: Heavy Metal and Place Conference
Key figures in Heavy Metal academia will explore, debate and celebrate the significant themes and origins of the music in ‘Home of Metal: Heavy Metal and Place’. The event is a celebration of the music, its origins, legacy and influence around the world.
There will be two panels open to the public – Tickets: £5 – www.theticketsellers.com:
An Insight into Music Journalism Friday 2nd | 2.00-3.00pm | University of Wolverhampton
Budding writers will find invaluable insights into the world of music journalism. The panel will explore ways in which journalism has been informed by the ongoing evolution of Heavy Metal as well as the move from print to the use of digital media. The panel will be made up of key figures in music journalism, including Alex Milas, the editor of Metal Hammer. Other panelists include Malcolm Dome, co-founder of online radio station TotalRock, John Doran, the editor of music website The Quietus and former Plan B editor Frances Morgan who has contributed to a variety of publications from Terrorizer to the New Statesman.
In Conversation with Nicholas Bullen, Mark Titchner and Damien Deroubaix Saturday 3rd | 4.30-5.30pm | Light House
The panel of artists will discuss their recent collaborations, and the influence of music upon their work.
On Tour: The Home of Metal Roadshow:
Join the roadshow as it takes a Heavy Metal trip through the Black Country. Come onboard and watch archival and Heavy Metal related short films in the Vintage Mobile Cinema, a 22-seat picturehouse-on- wheels that has been restored to its former glory. Make your own Home of Metal musical instrument with Juneau Projects. Use cardboard, add some simple electronics to trigger sound samples, then take to the stage and play. FREE
Thursday | 3pm – 8pm | Queen Square, Wolverhampton (Vintage Mobile Cinema only)
Friday | 10am – 4pm | Dudley Museum & Art Gallery
Saturday | 11am – 4pm | The New Art Gallery Walsall
Sunday | 11am – 4pm | Haden Hill House
Home Of Metal:40 years of Heavy Metal and its unique birthplace
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
is only on until 24th Sept
Family (up to 2 adults & 3 children): £14.00
Income support/unwaged: £3.00
To find out about the full Home Of Metal programme go to www.homeofmetal.com
In case you missed the exciting festival news last week, we’ll gently remind you that the mighty Turbonegro have been confirmed to play Supersonic 2011. This will be a UK exclusive for the deathpunk kings who have been blazing a trail since they formed in Norway in 1989.
They join the current line up of: ALVA NOTO / a.P.A.t.T. /AGATHE MAX /ANTILLES /ASTRO /BARDO POND / BARN OWL / BYETONE/ CIRCLE/ CLOAKS /CUT HANDS /ELECTRIC WIZARD / ENVY / ETERNAL TAPESTRY/ FIRE!/ KOGUMAZA/ LUCKY DRAGONS/ MONARCH/ NATHAN BELL/ PART CHIMP/ PHARAOH OVERLORD/ PEKKO KAPPI/ SCORN/ SECRET CHIEFS / SILVER APPLES / SKULL DEFEKTS / SLABDRAGGER/ TEETH OF THE SEA / THE BERG SANS NIPPLE/ TONY CONRAD/ WHITE HILLS / WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM / ZOMBI / ZU93
Tons more festival news to come, look out for more line up announcements, workshop and exhibition info, film news and opportunities to volunteer. Don’t forget, Supersonic is a relatively intimate festival so snap your tickets up now!
Tickets for the festival are only £75 for three days of music, film, art and cake and are available from www.supersonicfestival.com