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Supersonic Festival is approaching, the event runs from the 16-18 June. Named by Stuart Maconie, BBC 6 Music as “the UK’s premier experimental music festival”, named as one of the Guardian’s top experimental music festivals this year, 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, a world premiere of Zonal (Kevin Martin and Justin Broadrick’s latest collaboration), an exclusive performance of Oxbow performing with a choir, members recruited locally, exciting stage performances from Princess Nokia and Jenny Hval (who recently won the Nordic Music Prize), a sold-out Supersonic Kid’s gig with Melt Banana, Richard Dawson‘s first full band performance in celebration of his critically lauded album Peasant which was album of the week at the Guardian who call it “an album that’s out there on its own”. 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 are also hosting a special commission with Nic Bullen, who will feature on a panel discussions analysing the impact of DIY culture on social change today, to commemorate 30 years of the hugely influential album, Scum by Napalm Death.
New additions to the line up and extra curricular activities throughout the weekend include; the debut performance by Birmingham based power trio, HAQ123 who are Zac (9) on drums, Millie (8) on vocals and Dave (old enough to know better) on bass – brought up on the sounds of Sabbath and super-charged on Hairbo (especially Dave!), plus, an exhibition of Lucy McLachlan‘s monochromatic artwork investigating the cities more “unapparent” areas, called Birmingham By Pass. Supersonic would not be complete without a film programme, and this year the festival are proud to play host to a screening of The Melvins documentary, “The Colossus Of Destiny” including a Q+A with the director, Bob Hannam. To top it all off, there’s Black Sabbath Karaoke