Next week: Supersonic Festival presents Sofa Sonic with talks, performances, poetry reading and more
Throughout the weekend of 17th-19th July, Supersonic Festival is delivering a fun-spirited weekend programme of music, reading, talks, films, workshops, and participatory activities directly to your sofa. Imagine a zine brought to life on screen, featuring some festival favourites; expect surprising guests, exclusive performances, panel talks, DJ sets and more oddities from a plethora of Supersonic artists and its wider community. Audiences can tune into the Supersonic Youtube channel so make sure to subscribe in advance, so you don’t miss a thing. Here are some of the highlights of Sofa Sonic:
IN CONVERSATION: Mike Patton & Andrew Clarke
Both masters of their trade, tune into legendary musician Mike Patton and award-winning chef Andrew Clarke in conversation – a super-special Sofasonic exclusive. The two explore their shared love of food and heavy music as well as discussing the parallels of performing both on stage and in the kitchen.
POETRY READING: Steve Von Till
Following an epic opening of Supersonic Festival 2019 at Birmingham Town Hall, the Neurosis guitarist & vocalist, Steve Von Till, reads poems from his new book Harvestman: 23 Untitled Poems and Collected Lyrics. We are truly honoured to be hosting this premiere reading at Sofasonic Festival. This is Von Till’s first published work of original poetry paired with his solo lyrics of the last 20 years. He may also perform a song or two.
IN CONVERSATION: Einar Selvik & Steve Von Till
Norwegian artist Einar Selvik of Wardruna and Steve Von Till of Neurosis join together in conversation especially for Sofasonic Festival to discuss their deep connection to nature and the ancient past.
PERFORMANCE AND TALK: A.A. Williams
For Sofasonic Festival, A.A. Williams performs a stripped back solo version of ‘Terrible Friends’ from her debut self-titled EP, recorded at home in London during lockdown. First, expect an in-conversation with Supersonic Festival Director, Lisa Meyer and their respective dachshunds, Geezer & Yo-yo.
PANEL DISCUSSION: Looking for Today
A panel exploring how musicians respond to social and political unrest. Perspectives from Paula Rebellato (Rakta) + Mariano de Melo (Deafkids) based in Brazil, Franklin James Fisher (Algiers) + Will Brooks (Dälek) in the US, Khyam Allami in the UK and hosted by Jasmine Ketibuah-Foley
DJ SET: WILL BROOKS (DÄLEK) + the Sofasonic After-party
There would be no better way to wrap up this online affair than with some old-school 90’s hip-hop mixed with some Dälek rarities, remixes, as well as noise, maybe even some New Order/Joy Division to aid our kitchen dancing by long time friend of Supersonic Will Brooks! Following a weekend of class entertainment, join us for the Sofasonic Festival after-party on Zoom where we’ll be busting some moves.
The Newcastle-based maximalists whose heavy riffs, raw power and rancour have blazed a trail across many a Supersonic line-up, will be hosting this classic game as part of our Sofasonic weekend. Join the boys via a live stream on Zoom and play from the comfort of your home. Expect a thundering soundtrack, number-calling chaos and some lip-smackin’ good prizes to be won.
NOT GENERAL KNOWLEDGE PUB QUIZ HOSTED BY JENNIFER LUCY ALLAN
Points do not win prizes but they might get you a little respect in the hardest music pub quiz going, run by Late Junction host and Wire/Quietus writer Jennifer Lucy Allan. Far superior to your family Zoom quiz… Roll up for a game of guess the drone, and test your memory (but not your search engine) at the hardest picture round you ever encountered. Stick around to test your lack of general knowledge in favour of obscure specifics about music. Winning team receives some extra special prizes.
DO.OM YOGA is a very immersive and deeply connecting Yoga practice. Experience this meditation in the comfort of your own home by bringing together music and movement with stillness.
“Change is life and the only constant is change. We’ve learned connection through isolation, dependency and trust in an online world and had much time and space to truly BE with ourselves personally and globally. For this session, we will come together to continue to explore the self, here and now, through the love of music.” – Kamellia Sara
SUPERSONIC KIDS GIG WITH ICHI AND HOSTED BY ANNA PALMER
Supersonic Kids Gigs are designed for families as a way of introducing children to experimental music – BIG sounds for little people. This show will take place as a Live Stream on Zoom, so you can join us for the usual Kids Gig fun from the comfort of your own home.
Following his pop-up performances at Supersonic 2019, expect a set of quirky handmade instrument inventions from this Bristol-based Japanese experimental musician. The session will be hosted by everyone’s favourite alt-rocker and psycho-storyteller, Anna Palmer. Playful, danceable and pure fun.
Whilst most of the programme is free, the participatory events must be pre-booked, these include Bingo x 7 hosted by Pigs x 7, Ichi Kids Gigs (live set for the adults will be streaming on the Supersonic channel), Do.om Yoga, and Jennifer Lucy Allan’s ‘Not General Knowledge’ Quiz and the afterparty. These on a Pay As You Feel basis, so if you’re in a position to, Supersonic ask you to please contribute what you can afford, but equally if you are on a low wage or unemployed we don’t want you to miss out. Your donations will help to secure the future work of Supersonic, enabling the organisers to support artists and their freelance team. In addition 25% of all proceeds will be donated to The Trussell Trust, who support a nationwide network of food banks. The Trussell Trust, are working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.You can see the full line up and schedule, as well as donation info, over at the festival’s website.