As we get ever closer to Supersonic Festival, we have some more exciting announcements to make, including more music, more films, we unveil the first art installation and another key workshop.
Supersonic favourite DJ Scotch Egg will be returning to the festival with his gabba/glitch/gameboy core. Scotch Egg will also be performing with his acclaimed band Drum Eyes, memories of their amazing performance at Supersonic 2009 meant Capsule had to invite them back. Keeping up the drum theme, DrumCunt will join the bill with their noisy grime/dub infused electronica. UK electronica outfit Modulate will be bringing an audio visual set whilst Jefre Cantu-Ledesma (Tarentel, Grouper and more) will perform his own brand of shoegaze. We’re also very pleased to announce that Spanish doom band Orthodox will be joining the bill, merging their love for Sabbath with jazz and folk influences to create an intriguing sound.
Each year the Capsule ladies do like things to get a bit filthy at Supersonic hence why they have invited Klaus Kinski whose abrasive sounds won’t let you stand still, also Birmingham’s Backwards, whose double bass attack is punctuated with free sax improv and Selfless, an insane politically/socially charged hardcore punk/crust/grind band, lying somewhere between Black Flag/Heresy and Discharge, featuring members of Fukpig and Mistress (also from Brum)
. Another one to add to this agenda is Drunk in Hell, with heavy guitars, crashing cymbals and guttural vocals, all in all they are pretty horrible, and that’s a good thing. Particularly exciting is the addition of a very special performance brought to you by Ore, who merge classical, doom and experimental sounds through the medium of contrabass and depth of brass, proving that Supersonic champions local talent.
Of course, Capsule are all about audience participation and have scheduled some phenomenal workshops which allow attendees to not only create something from scratch but then use it as part of a bigger performance. Imperfect Cinema invite you to take part in a Super-8 workshop and document your time at the festival, recordings will then be included in a performance/screening encompassing film, field recordings and an opportunity to share your personal festival experience. Additionally, more details have also been announced for the Dirty Electronics workshop ‘Mute Synth‘ – The Mute Synth is a noise based device that utilises feedback and explores the relationship between artwork and circuit board. Participants will begin on the workbench, devising the instrument, and move to the stage to explore the instrument and perform through it. Spaces for both workshops are limited, book your place by contacting email@example.com.
Supersonic have had exhibitions in sheds before, but never sheds that have been converted into orthodox style churches. Look out for Herman Inclusus and his beautiful illustrations.
Two essential new music documentaries will get exclusive screenings at the festival this year, Still Before is a tour diary of avant rockers Oxbow, exploring the WHYS of art creation, the touring life and 20 years in, the motivations for continuing the same. Blood, Sweat + Vinyl: DIY in the 21st Century focuses on Hydrahead, Neurot, and Constellation and shows historic documentation of these fiercely independent labels and the bands they support, not only that but it deals with the important relationship of artwork and music as well as inspiring audiences with direct interviews about how these labels continue to maintain their independence. This particular film brings me so much personal pride, I am very excited that Supersonic are able to share it with you.
You can read more info on these announcements and the rest of the line up HERE.
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/ TURBONEGRO/ WHITE HILLS / WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM / ZOMBI / ZU93
Still more to be announced, including day tickets and volunteer opportunities.
Tickets for the festival are only £75 for three days of music, film, art and cake and are available from: www.supersonicfestival.com.