SUPERSONIC FESTIVAL 22ND-24TH JUNE * RETURNING TO THE CUSTARD FACTORY
DAY TICKETS GO ON SALE & DAY LINE-UPS ARE ANNOUNCED
PLUS MORE ARTISTS ANNOUNCED INCLUDING GNOD, NIK VOID, TOMAGA’S LIVE SOUNDTRACK TO KENNETH ANGER’S ‘LUCIFER RISING’, UKAEA AND THE DEBUT UK PERFORMANCE FROM FILM COMPOSER MARK KORVEN
The UK’s premier experimental music and arts event Supersonic Festival 2018 is pleased to announce that part of the weekends events will take place in the festival’s spiritual home of the Custard Factory, in the cultural hub of Digbeth in Birmingham.
The Supersonic Festival 2018 line up this year includes artist DENNIS MCNETT‘s first major project in the UK as artist-in-residence at the festival. In collaboration with a number of the musicians and audience members at the festival, Dennis McNett will create a large-scale procession, where the art will become performance as the event unfolds. Supersonic shall play host to the first UK premier of a brand new GAZELLE TWIN album, and welcomes the debut UK performance Toronto based film composer MARK KORVEN (The Witch) on a new instrument creating horrifying sounds called The Apprehension Engine. ROBERT AIKI AUBREY LOWE will be guest curator, and shall perform YUNOHANA VARIATIONS (along with SUSIE IBARRA and YOSHIMIO of Boredoms/OOIOO) for the first time in the UK. MOOR MOTHER and NIK VOID (FACTORY FLOOR) will not only perform at Supersonic this year, but will also be the artists-in-residence in the MOOG SOUNDLAB. Supersonic are delighted to welcome veteran musicians SHIRLEY COLLINS and THE EX to perform, the latter will also be leading the SUPERSONIC KID’S GIG this year.
Supersonic Festival have partnered up with The Quietus (who are celebrating their tenth year) to select a new wave of underground musicians, sound artists, producers and bands to perform, who create immersive worlds for their audiences to participate in. These include; UKAEA, the bizarre electro k-pop fromTRIKILATOPS, MESANGE – the collaboration between violinist Agathe Max (Kuro) and guitarist Luke Mawdsley (Mugstar/Cavalier Song) and MODERN RITUAL, featuring solo sets from acclaimed musicians Charles Hayward (This Heat), Laura Cannell and Hoofus (André Bosman), new sound performance/talks from writers/researchers Jennifer Lucy Allan and Luke Turner, and a new collaboration between all of the artists.
Other new additions to the line up include the crushing, cataclysmic new protest music from GNOD, the sonic and stylistic savant ANGEL-HO, CATTLE, OLANZA, YOUTH MAN who create a thrilling wrecking-ball of a live show, subversive composer JENNIFER WALSHE, and TOMAGA who shall perform a live soundtrack to Kenneth Anger’s occult classic film ‘Lucifer Rising’ from his Magick Lantern Cycle. We also welcome the sizzling, stifling and ever so slightly ear-scraping YERBA MANSA, a must for any lover of untamed guitars, THE DWARFS OF EAST AGOUZA, featuring Maurice Louca (Alif, Bikya), Sam Shalabi (Land of Kush, Shalabi Effect) and Alan Bishop (Sun City Girls, The Invisible Hands, Alvarius). And last but by no means least, CONNECTED DEVICES, the working title of a modular mechanical musical instrument that artists Sam Underwood and Graham Dunning are designing and building. Somewhere between a giant music box and an obsolete knitting machine, it will play rhythm and drone as a two-player semi-autonomous instrument. We are delighted to announce that it will be unveiled in a debut performance at Supersonic Festival.
DAY LINE UPS
Croww / Goat (Jp) / Housewives / Moor Mother (also artist in residence in the MOOG Soundlab) / The Ex / Wetware
+ Ideas of Noise stage featuring a feast of experimental sounds from the Midlands and beyond
Gazelle Twin UK premier of new material
Angel-Ho / Andrea Belfi / Cattle / Connected Devices – Sam Underwood + Graham Dunning / Deaf Kids / Faka / Jennifer Walshe / Joasihno / Mario Batkovic / Nik Void (also artist in residence in the MOOG Soundlab) / Terminal Cheesecake / The Dwarfs of East Agouza / Vanishing Twin / Yerba Mansa / Youth Man / Yves Tumor
Yunohana Variations – YoshimiO (Boredoms, OOIOO) + Susie Ibarra + Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (Lichens)
Daniel Higgs / Gnod / Group A / Mark Korven – composer of The Witch / Mésange / Modern Ritual – Laura Cannell + Charles Hayward / Olanza
Tomaga live soundtrack to Kenneth Angers ‘Lucifer Rising’ / Trikilatops / Wolves In The Throne Rooms / UKAEA
Dennis McNett procession
+ talks/workshops/installations + much more throughout the weekend
“Supersonic reasserts itself as the best European festival for new music” – THE QUIETUS
“Whilst Supersonic deals superbly in experimental music, it also doesn’t take itself too seriously and alongside the mind-altering music, record fairs and pop-up stalls, activities such as black-metal life drawing or Black Sabbath karaoke are offered, as well as events and gigs for children. This thoughtfulness leads it to be a deeply experimental weekend but also a genuinely accessible one too. During a period in which many line-ups of alternative festivals are becoming increasingly uniform, Supersonic brightly stands out as a true alternative to the alternative” – INDEPENDENT 4*