Supersonic Festival Embellish Line Up And Present A Selection Of Album News, Video & Audio Giveaways

Supersonic 2012

With less than two weeks to go before Supersonic Festival’s tenth birthday celebrations commence we are pleased to announce some further developments to the line up and also offer some great news/giveaways from some of the featured artists for all to share but first, here is a reminder of the day line ups…

Friday 19th Oct 1.30 -5.30 –  The Art of Listening panel
9pm doors
C_C/ Devilman/ DJ Scotch Bonnet with Koyxen and Sensational/ DJ Die Soon/ Free School/ Hey Colossus/ JK Flesh/ Kakawaka/ Modified Toy Orchestra/ PCM

Saturday 20th doors 4pm
Bohren/ Carlton Melton/ Dooms Day Student/ Drunk In Hell/ Dylan Carlson/ Flower/Corsano Duo/ Hookworms/ Hype Williams/ Jarboe/ Kevin Drumm/ Lau Nau/ Merzbow/ Nicholas Bullen / Rangda / Sir Richard Bishop / Stian Westerhus/ The Bug with Daddy Freddy and Flow Dan / Thomas Ankersmits / Warm Digits / Zeni Geva

Sunday 21st doors 2pm
Body/Head Kim Gordon + Bill Nace/ Cliffard Torus/ Dope Body / Goat / Gnod /Grey Hairs / Islaja / Justice Yeldman / KK Null + Ore / Lash Frenzy / Lichens / MOONN / Mothertrucker / My Disco/Oxbow Orchestra/ Richard Dawson/ Ruins Alone / Six Organs Of Admittance / SoundKitchen/ SWLLS / Tim Hecker/ Tomutonttu / Ufomammut / Zoltan

Supersonic 2012 - Running Order


There is no holding Capsule back as they’ve added even more exciting live acts to the festival line up, keeping it bursting at the seams with a diverse range of new music. Australian sound artist Lucas Abela (the brains behind the Vinyl Rally will be at the festival performing as Justice Yeldham.. Abela creates an other-worldy sound by pressing his face and lips against glass whist employing various vocal techniques ranging from throat singing to raspberries. Trust us, it has to be seen to be believed, so for a taster check out this video from his Supersonic 2008 appearance. Rhythm, drone and psychedelic noise will come in the form of praised Manchester collective Gnod. Finally, Free School will bring the sunny Balearic sounds of summer and the icy kosmische sounds of winter for some disconcerting dance music.

We are over the moon to announce that for the Six Organs Of Admittance Supersonic Festival performance on Sunday 21 October, Ben Chasny will be joined on stage by his former Comets On Fire band mates, Ben Flashman and Utrillo Kushner. This means we can expect to hear songs from the widely acclaimed new album Ascent.

Niko of Oxbow also informed the Capsule team that he will be joining Merzbow on stage as part of a collaboration, unique to this festival. Though we can only begin to imagine what this will entail, we are thrilled that this year’s performers are pulling out the stops to make this tenth anniversary year, as memorable as ever before.

In the Supersonic Festival marketplace, as well as being home to many record stalls, we can today reveal that Savage Pencil will be doing a Q+A and signing for the brand new book Trip or Squeek. The book will be published by Strange Attractor, Mark Pilkington has this to say about it: “The book is presented in landscape format, Andy Capp style, with a single strip – and where relevant, accompanying notes – on each spread. It will have a hand-drawn foreword by New York artist Gary Panter. This is very exciting for me – I still whip out my DVDs of Pee Wee’s Playhouse, on which Gary was set designer…On a personal level, Edwin’s art and writing have been a continuous part of my cultural life since the late 1980s, when I was reading Sounds and buying Shock Records 7″s featuring his cover art, and his Angel Dust biker music compilation on Blast First.“.

An additional panel has been added on the festival’s opening day, Friday 19 October in association with New Music Plus – making the case for cross artform collaboration. Supersonic Festival have joined forces with New Music Plus to put together a panel featuring: Jo Beggs, Head of Development for the Manchester Partnership Museums, Will Dutta, Chimera Productions, Andrew Ellis of Samizdat and coordinator of Rhys Chatham 100 guitars at Liverpool Biennial and finally Lisa Meyer, Co-director of Capsule/Supersonic Festival and chaired by Julia Payne. As the people behind some of the most exciting music-led inter-disciplinary work in the country, our panellists will talk about why this work is important to them, and about how they make it work – artistically and financially.


For Supersonic Festival’s tenth anniversary, Capsule are pleased to share exclusive news and audio/visual giveaways for you to spread the good word about some of the featured performers and the current activity surrounding them.

To start us off, Hookworms are very busy indeed, not only are they gearing up to release ‘Live Volume 2’ a limited CD/DVD due out on Cardinal Fuzz that is being made especially for Supersonic and their short tour the week after. Their debut LP ‘Pearl Mystic’ is due out on Gringo Records later this year too, so we can expect to hear some new sounds from Hookworms.

On 15 October, Carlton Melton will be releasing their new album Photos Of Photos on Agitated records and from it, you can sample a new tune

Clifford Torus have a new tape album out on Drid Machine and have shared a couple of new tracks from it on their website

Thomas Ankersmit has supplied a previously unreleased sound for you to enjoy, head on over to Soundcloud to check it out:

My Disco have supplied two videos for the taking: and Frenzy have also supplied two videos including one from a previous Supersonic performance with KK Null: and

From Fonal Records, Islaja will be premiering songs from an upcoming new album at Supersonic Festival. If you would like explore around the music of Tomutonttu and relating musicians, we have been given a digital EP that was released by a group Kemialliset Ystävät called “Kadonnutta Kaupunkia Etsimässä”. Check it out here:

Supersonic takes place between 19th-21st October 2012 at The Custard Factory, Birmingham, weekend tickets are available from and full listings and latest news can be found on the festivals website at

Source: Rarely Unable