The Birmingham festival returns with a typically eclectic line-up.
Birmingham’s Supersonic is always one of the UK’s most adventurously programmed festivals, and this year’s event, taking place from June 11-14, looks to be no different.
Headlining the festival’s opening night is Goldfrapp member Will Gregory and his Moog Ensemble, which will be using the iconic synthesizer to play music from artists as diverse as Bach, John Carpenter, Burt Bacharach and Oliver Messiaen. As well as Gregory, the 10-man ensemble will include Portishead’s Adrian Utley and composer Graham Fitkin.
Also appearing are post-punk innovators The Pop Group, supporting their first album in 35 years (streamable here at FACT), and psychedelic folk artist Six Organs Of Admittance, who will also be hosting workshops on the method he developed to create his new album The Hexadic System. These will be joined by Llima, a collaborative quartet formed of Danish trio Efterklang and Finnish improvisational percussionist Tatu Rönkkö, and two artists from the Thrill Jockey roster, Portland psych-rockers Eternal Tapestry and black metal act Liturgy.
Cosmic pop act Happy Meals, improvisational duo Tomaga, Slow Magic and Wildbirds & Peacedrums also appear, while Geordie songwriter Richard Dawson curates an afternoon of performance based on his Delight Is Right podcast, featuring rare live UK performances by artists handpicked by Dawson.
This the year the festival will be “re-imagining its format,” and moving from its regular home of The Custard Factory to The Crossing in Digbeth, a new venue with “state-of-the-art sound, lighting and AV gear specifically designed for live amplified music.” The second stage will be located at Boxxed, a post industrial warehouse space just a minute away.
Full details and tickets can be found at the Supersonic website. More acts are scheduled to be added in coming months.