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Supersonic Festival Announces 20th Anniversary Edition
Luke Turner , February 28th, 2023 13:00

Godflesh, Lankum and Shovel Dance Collective are among those playing the Birmingham event this September

Supersonic festival has shared the lineup for its 20th anniversary edition, taking place later this year.

The Birmingham event is set to host the likes of Godflesh, Lankum (pictured above) and Shovel Dance Collective this September as the festival continues to evolve. Also on the bill are Hey Colossus, Horse Lords, 75 Dollar Bill, Ashenspire, Avalanche Kaito, Blacks' Myths, Divide And Dissolve, Ex-Easter Island Head, Josephine Foster, MC Yallah & Debmaster, Ragana, Taqbir, Un.Procedur and a special collaboration between BIG|BRAVE and Jessica Moss. More acts will be added to the lineup in the coming months.

Reflecting on the festival's 20th anniversary, Lisa Meyer of Capsule, the promoter behind the event, said in a statement: "In 2003 we naively created our first edition of Supersonic Festival, a one-day event that reflected our own curiosity as music fans. This lineup included LCD Soundsystem, Coil and The Bug with Warrior Queen, set in the warehouse spaces of post-industrial Birmingham.

"The last 20 years have been a right old rollercoaster but we've held on with determination. The weight of the pandemic, the political situation locally, nationally and globally, and another financial crisis could have done us in for good. Instead we've channelled that heavy energy into the festival and look forward to celebrating 20 years, gathering as a global community for one weekend, and joyfully embracing adventurous music."

Supersonic has warped and inspired tQ's imagination ever since we first launched 15 years ago. Some of our greatest musical memories have come at the festival, from having our faces ripped off by Mick Harris' Scorn to the avalanches of dust falling from the ceiling at the intense behest of Swans, and early encounters with Gnod, Sly & The Family Drone and Guttersnipe. It was the event at which Shirley Collins blew away a room that had no idea what to expect in 2018, while Gazelle Twin also brought to life her Pastoral album that same year. The festival has welcomed artists as wildly diverse as Thorr's Hammer, Matmos, Circle, Nisennenmindai, Corrupted, Lichens and Deaf Kids, and who could forget Bill Drummond making our John Doran swap clothes with him in an art gallery? Supersonic is a significant part of tQ's DNA.

Supersonic will take place from September 1 to 3, 2023. Find more information here.