SUPERSONIC FESTIVAL NEWS – DAY TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE AND DAY LINE-UPS ANNOUNCED;
INCLUDING FINAL ARTISTS, EXCLUSIVE COMMISSIONS, THE SUPERSONIC KIDS GIG & EXTRA CURRICULAR HAPPENINGS
Supersonic Festival runs from the 16-18 June, 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). At the heart of the festival is a passion for genre bending sound and performance, with an international travelling audience and a commitment to emerging dynamic talent. Supersonic Festival’s diverse programme combines today’s most exciting talent with legendary, one-of-a-kind acts. The line up includes an opening concert with Anna Von Hausswolff performing on the pipe organ at the infamous Birmingham Town Hall, Richard Dawson’s first full band performance in celebration of his recently announced album Peasant, a world premiere of Zonal (Kevin Martin and Justin Broadrick’s latest collaboration), another exclusive performance of Oxbow performing with a choir, members recruited locally. Plus, Nawa Recordings label showcase, presenting four of their artists, curated by label owner and multi-instrumentalist Khyam Allami. All of the handpicked artists hone in on their own musical influences–spanning rock, psychedelia, gritty percussion, avant-garde, jazz, electronica – all are united by their exploration of genre-defying, improvisation-based craftwork that hail from the Arab world.
Supersonic Festival announce the day line-ups, as the day-tickets go on sale today, and reveal more of what this year has to offer… They are thrilled to announce another exclusive commission for Supersonic 2017, a special performance by Nicholas Bullen, originator of Napalm Death, with ‘Universal Detention Centre’ tying into the 30 year anniversary of Grindcore masterpiece, Scum. This groundbreaking album by Napalm Death, paved the way for a new sub-genre which was unlike anything previously heard before incomprehensible screams and growled vocals were laid atop distorted, downtuned guitars in a race to the finish line against a newly formed style of percussive aggression – the blastbeat, whilst preaching a message of personal responsibility. Napalm’s 1987 debut album Scum was immediately picked up by legendary DJ John Peel, championing not only the band but also the sub-genre as a whole. This new piece fuses electronic noise and exploratory vocalisations, created from samples of the first side of Scum album and a cassette of the first ever Napalm Death rehearsal! Expect abrasive walls of harsh electronic sound, savage frequency attacks, agitated dynamic shifts, brutal rhythmic pulses and vocal ejaculations. In addition to this Superspecial Napalm Death anniversary we bring you sets from artists who continue to take elements of the genre in new directions: Melt Banana, Art of Burning Water, and PCM. There will also be a special talk to analyse and discuss the impact of DIY culture on social change today 30 years on. More details on this to be revealed soon.
In recognition of the fact that children can enjoy experimental music as much as the adults who attend Supersonic, not to mention being a fantastic opportunity to show all the family the beauty of live music, the festival each year hosts a Supersonic kids gig labelled “big sounds for little people”. In previous years this has included performances from Richard Dawson, Flamingods, and this year shall be hosted by Japanese band Melt Banana, who form a riot of sound and fury that’s both sonically adventurous and feverishly compelling. The Supersonic kids gig shall take place on Saturday 17th June at Symphony Hall from 2-3:30pm, recommended for children under 10.
Adding to the variety of the Supersonic 2017 line up, there shall be a plethora of AV performances including multi-media commission by artist Conny Prantera in collaboration with a host of female artists and musicians, The Seer, which explores the supernatural and visions of the future, through multiple projections and costumes, with live music composition. Lone Taxidermist’s Trifle is a journey into the murky, intertwined depths of sexual food fetishes, Amsr and foley artistry. Mothwasp experiment with brute force of drums and guitar, film soundtrack techniques and audio-responsive video experiments. London based punk purveyors of Pagan Funk, Snapped Ankles bring their Wild Man attire to Supersonic, while power trio Ghold, will plough into some of the most ponderous dirges you’ll hear this side of Corrupted. Audiences can also expect a party where electronic music is generated from live algorithms hailed as an Algorave.
Of course, no Supersonic line up would be complete without extra curricular activities and workshops to keep curious minds (and bodies) entertained throughout the weekend, and so this year, Yoga In Black are holding two sessions of their unique take on yoga over the Festival weekend, in collaboration with electric cellist Rotten Bliss.
DAY TICKETS ON SALE
SUPERSONIC FESTIVAL 2017
16- 18 JUNE BIRMINGHAM UK
Anna Von Hausswolff / Algorave / Anonymous Bash / Art of Burning Water / Charles Hayward Zigzag+Swirl / Melt Banana / Mothwasp / Nicholas Bullen / PCM / Xylouris White
Arbouretum / Big Joanie / Colin Stetson / Electronica Wizard / Ex Easter Island Head / Grey Hairs / Haress / Jenny Hval / Jessica Moss / Kuro / Laniakea / Laura Cannell / Pigs x 7 / Raime / Richard Dawson / The Seer / Zonal Feat. Justin Broadrick + Kevin Martin / Zu
Casual Nun / Dorcha / Flowers Must Die / Ghold / Kamilya Jubran Wasl Trio / Khyam Allami / Lone Taxidermist / Mohammad / Nadah El Shazly / Oxbow Choir / Princess Nokia / Snapped Ankles / The Space Lady / Tomaga + Pierre Bastien / Two or The Dragon
+ workshops/talks/films and cake
For curious audiences