Supersonic Festival

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Friday 22 October 2010 Sunday 24 October 2010

Custard Factory

Gibb Square
Birmingham B9 4AA
United Kingdom
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Tel: 0121 224 7777
Web: www.custardfactory.com/

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NEW FESTIVAL DATES!
22 – 24 OCTOBER 2010
Digbeth, Birmingham, UK

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SWANS + GODFLESH + HALLOGALLO 2010 (( Michael Rother + Friends present the music of NEU! )) + NAPALM DEATH

HEADLINE SUPERSONIC FESTIVAL 2010

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with…

PEOPLE LIKE US / DEMONS (W/SICK LLAMA) / OvO / PART WILD HORSES MANE ON BOTH SIDES / DOSH / TWEAK BIRD / DRUMCORPS / CAVE / PCM / JAILBREAK FEAT. CHRIS CORSANO + HEATHER LEIGH / MELT BANANA / JAMES BLACKSHAW / LICHENS / BONG / GNOD / VOICE OF THE SEVEN THUNDERS / NECRO DEATHMORT / GNAW / EAGLE TWIN / BLUE SABBATH BLACK FIJI / KING MIDAS SOUND / ZENI GEVA / CLOAKS (exclusive solo DJ set) / FACTORY FLOOR / NISENNENMONDAI / MUGSTAR / DEVILMAN / PETER BRODERICK PIERRE BASTIEN + MALE INSTRUMENTY / FUKPIG / LASH FRENZY vs KK NULL / KHYAM ALLAMI AND MASTER MUSICIANS OF BUKKAKE PRESENT: BOSPHOREAN / MONARCH / DEAD FADER / STINKY WIZZLETEAT

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TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW FROM::

http://www.theticketsellers.co.uk/buy_tickets/events/?id=10011065
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http://www.seetickets.com/supersonic-tickets

Friday Tickets:: £20
Saturday / Sunday Tickets:: £35
Weekend Tickets:: £75

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Moving from its previous July weekend date to October from 2010 onwards, Supersonic will once again take place in and around the Custard Factory in the heart of the Eastside of Birmingham, utilising converted factory warehouses and art galleries and offering up-close, intimate settings to showcase some of the most exciting music out there.

Capsule’s passion for genre bending sound and performances is at the heart of all our events - there are not many places where you can listen to funeral doom, prog, folk, avant jazz and grindcore in one weekend.

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“Supersonic, in our opinion the best festival in the world right now”

- Rock-A-Rolla Magazine

”As British music festivals go, Birmingham’s annual Supersonic event is the best kind of mixed musical bag, a dizzying assortment of avant rock textures and Heavy Metal thunder on a bill which swings from the sublime to the ridiculous without once seeming ostentatiously eclectic.”

- The Wire

“Supersonic’s trump card; is it not only a festival that is wildly diverse in it’s content but it also manages to flow musically from stage to stage, like looking through your best friend’s record collection.”

- Rough Trade Shops

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SWANS

Capsule are over the moon to announce that Michael Gira’s massively influential NYC band SWANS will headline this year’s festival for their first British show since they disbanded in 1997.

The recent reactivation of the band, with the line up of: Michael Gira: guitar, voice, mendicant friar act (original Swans), Norman Westberg: guitar (original Swans), Christoph Hahn: guitar (mid-period Swans and most Angels of Light ), Phil Puleo: drums, percussion, dulcimer etc etc (final Swans tour and most of Angels of Light), Chris Pravdica: bass and gadgets (Flux Information Sciences / Services/ Gunga Din) and Thor Harris: drums, percussion, vibes, dulcimer, curios, keys, etc… (Angels of Light, now also with Shearwater) – promises to be as formidable as the early, brutal and growling noise albums they made their mark with.

Talking about his decision to reactivate the project Michael Gira says:

“There was a point a few years ago during a particular show when I was on tour with Angels Of Light, with Akron/Family serving as the backing band. It was during the song The Provider. Seth’s guitar was sustaining one open chord (very loudly), rising to a peak, then crashing down again in a rhythm that could have been the equivalent of a deep and soulful act of copulation. The whole band swayed with this arc. Really was like riding waves of sound. I thought right then, “You know, Michael, Swans wasn’t so bad after all…” . Ha ha! It brought back – in a flood – memories, or maybe not memories, more a tangible re-emersion in the sensation of Swans music rushing through my body in waves, lifting me up towards what, I can only assume, will be my only experience of heaven.”

Swans

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GODFLESH

Godflesh play their first UK show in over 10 years, featuring band members Justin Broadrick (ex-Napalm Death and Head of David) and Benny Green (ex-Fall of Because).

Godflesh will be bringing their crushing, apocalyptic sound back home to Birmingham in only their second show since they disbanded in 2002.

“We cannot even recall specifically the first Birmingham Godflesh show. Oddly, we think it was supporting Suicide in 1988, just after the release of our first Mini LP on Swordfish, the record label of Birmingham’s best record shop. So it’s only natural that the first Godflesh UK show in its original form in over 10 years, comes home to its birthplace, and for whom better than Supersonic, the organisation responsible for keeping Birmingham on the map with underground music, be it metal or otherwise. It is with great pleasure that Godflesh returns to its roots.”

- Justin Broadrick, Godflesh

Godflesh

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HALLOGALLO 2010

Michael Rothner’s supergroup Hallogallo 2010 brings together band members Michael Rother (NEU!), Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth), Benjamin Curtis (School of Seven Bells), and Aaron Mullan (Tall Firs) to perform the music of NEU! as well as a selection of tracks from Rother’s other projects.

“I´m thrilled to return to Supersonic this year with my new live project Hallogallo 2010. We will present some favourite music by NEU!, Harmonia and from my solo albums. I look forward to Supersonic this year because two great musicians and friends are joining me in Hallogallo 2010: Steve Shelley (drummer of Sonic Youth) and Aaron Mullan (guitar player of Tall Firs). Expect some fast-forward movement!”

- Michael Rother, Hallogallo 2010 / NEU!

Neu!

Harmonia

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NAPALM DEATH

Capsule are excited to confirm that unquestionably the most influential band in extreme music’s ferocious history NAPALM DEATH will be performing in their hometown, making their first ever Supersonic Festival appearance.

Acclaimed as the creators of Grindcore, Napalm Death will be pushing the envelope of metal to new extremes in what is guaranteed to be an unforgettable performance.

“We are very much looking forward to playing Supersonic this year. It’s always great to play a hometown gig, and with this festival being so diverse musically it’s going to be even more fun for us as we rarely get the chance to play such events - and on the same stage as SWANS, well what can I say?”

- Shane Embury, Napalm Death

Napalm Death

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  • brya1290

    New banner up on the website with dates for 2011. It's 21-23 Oct...

    5 May 2011 Reply
  • ciderscrounger

    I thought Eagle Twin were a bit pedestrian. I was really looking forward to seeing them. Gum Takes Tooth & Fukpig were brilliant on Friday night - Jailbreak, Zeni Geva, Melt Banana, Nissennenmondai, KK Null vs Lash Frenzy were brilliant - all made up for the E.T. let down and the unfortunate timing of Zeni Geva playing at the same time (give or take) as Hallogallo. My finances took a hammering @ the record stalls - no complaints from me there!

    7 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Phage

    does anyone know what song Lichens played? it was awesome (never listened to him before then)

    27 Oct 2010 Reply
  • b_international

    Great stuff this year, my highlights being Chrome Hoof, Melt Banana, OvO, Gum Takes Tooth, Ruins, Nisennenmondai and Pierre Bastian/Male Instrumenty. Roll on 2011!

    26 Oct 2010 Reply
  • obscenelygreen

    Those are exactly the kind I meant. I was expecting it to be packed to the rafters with drainpipes and massive, ironic glasses. Hardly any of that nonsense in the grand scheme of things. I mean, it could have been like this: http://offsetfestival.co.uk/pictures

    26 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Bigfoots_Dick

    @ obscenelygreen - Hardly any dickheads? Plenty of this kind: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVmmYMwFj1I

    25 Oct 2010 Reply
  • obscenelygreen

    What a great festival. Very friendly, hardly any dickheads (a bit of a relief to be honest), good sound and great bands. Zeni Geva win best in show from me but Swans were pretty damn spectacular too. Can't imagine missing next year.

    25 Oct 2010 Reply
  • chaileywatts

    Ah, this was incredible. Already looking forward to next year. Great (if cold!) venue, laid back and not full of pretentious dickheads. Liked the spin off arts stuff with the local galleries too! Godflesh, Swans, Demons King Midas Sound, Cloaks, Gnaw, too many to mention! Napalm Death was great but FAR too quiet! Supersonic bar and Ubu ale were great but Old Library not the best place for it! ; ) If you liked Supersonic and live London way you may well enjoy this too (sorry!): http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=158890387473480&ref=ts

    25 Oct 2010 Reply
  • screamingabdabs

    I went just for Friday night, it was awesome! I wish I could have gone to all the days, but funds meant no. Next year I plan to go to all three.

    23 Oct 2010 Reply
  • punkr

    Photos of the first night: http://erikluyten.nl

    23 Oct 2010 Reply
  • b_international

    Great first night, with Gum Takes Tooth being my highlight, closely followed by Drumcorps. Does anyone know what film the visuals for Napalm Death's 'It's A M.A.N.S. World' were taken from? Looked like some crazy 70's/80's geisha horror or something, which I think I need to track down!

    23 Oct 2010 Reply
  • OwainTreharne

    Anyone who watches Hallogallo is in for a treat. Just got back from seeing them in London, it was amazing!

    22 Oct 2010 Reply
  • vapidleopard

    Dj Scotch Egg is in Devilman, who play at 11:20 on friday.

    21 Oct 2010 Reply
  • burkey_boy

    what happened to DJ Scotch Egg?

    21 Oct 2010 Reply
  • vapidleopard

    There's some pretty nasty clashes for me. Zeni Geva/Hallogallo has got me in a real quandary.

    19 Oct 2010 Reply
  • TheKEZ

    Nice, not as many clashes as I thought there'd be, Zeni Geva clashing with the Hallogallo set is pretty brutal though

    19 Oct 2010 Reply
  • b_international

    I also hope that the rain knocks off over the weekend. The Custard Factory is horrible when it's wet.

    19 Oct 2010 Reply
  • b_international

    Not happy that they've put loads of bands I want to see in the old library - I played a gig there myself a couple of years ago and the acoustics of the room were awful. Hope that they've taken measures to improve the sound in there. A shame that it seems the Medicine Bar (or whatever it had been changed to) is no longer in use :(

    19 Oct 2010 Reply
  • obscenelygreen

    Lots and lots of clashes for me. Sunday's so packed with good stuff that I don't think I'll see a single full set whereas I'm disinterested enough in the Friday that I might not bother turning up at all.

    19 Oct 2010 Reply
  • obscenelygreen

    They're up now. I have no idea why festivals ever present stagetimes like this though: http://www.supersonicfestival.com/timetable/ Surely it's obvious to any idiot that showing stages side by side so you can actually see clashes is infinitely more useful.

    19 Oct 2010 Reply
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