Next weekend, Birmingham, erstwhile home to Black Sabbath and Sir Simon Rattle, will be home again to the Supersonic Festival, returning for another year.
Now enjoying its ninth year of existence, Supersonic presents a meeting of the musical counterculture: doom metal, dark dubstep, out-there electronica, and the interstitial residue lying between these and other generic categories.
This onus on the pathbreaking and the unforseen means that it always makes for an exciting festival, one where foreknowledge of the different artists performing is not at all requisite. The best musical moments are as likely to be provided by acts you've never before heard of as by names that meet your recognition.
The big names this year (or at least big in the underground, if that makes sense) are American proto-electronica group Silver Apples, doom metal band Wolves in the Throne Room, pioneering drone musician Tony Conrad, theatrical Norwegian punk band Turbonegro, dark ambient duo Scorn, with numerous other acts making up the three-day bill.
We’ll be there, and will have a report on the festival next week.
By Liam Cagney
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