Supersonic Festival announces 2023 line-up

Godflesh and Lankum spearhead the Birmingham festival’s 20th year.

Supersonic Festival has announced the first wave of artists for their 2023 line-up, with what is set to be the Birmingham organisation’s twentieth anniversary celebrations.

The U.K.’s beacon of alternative weekenders will be returning to Digbeth, Birmingham on Friday September 1 through to Sunday September 3. As expected of course, the first line-up announcement includes some of the most crucial voices from the alternative underground landscape.

Headlining the weekend will be none other than Birmingham experimental noise pioneers, Godflesh, who are in the process of readying their much anticipated follow-up to 2017’s Post Self.

Speaking ahead of the announcement, Godflesh’s Justin Broadrick said, “Supersonic is a unifying experience of this culture I exist within, and us as a band; Godflesh, but all in my/ our hometown/ birthplace, Birmingham. Besides that fact, it’s run by a stellar collective and feels warm and homely.”

Shaking Hell: Supersonic Festival 2022

Joining Godflesh as headliners will be Irish folk quartet, Lankum, who are set to release the follow-up to their breakthrough 2019 LP, The Livelong Day, in False Lankum, which is set for release on March 24 via Rough Trade.

Also backing up their performances from the festival’s 2022 edition are Divide and Dissolve and BIG|BRAVE – the latter set for a Supersonic exclusive performance alongside fellow Montreal-based violinist, Jessica Moss (Black Ox Orkestar, Thee Silver Mt Zion).

Rounding out the first wave of announcements includes DIY veterans, Hey Colossus, Liverpool’s Ex-Easter Island Head, Josephine Foster, Ashenspire, Ragana, Taqbir, 75 Dollar Bill, Horse Lords, Avalanche Kaito, Blacks Myths, Un.Procedure, MC Yallah, and Debmaster.

Ahead of the twenty year celebrations, Supersonic Festivals artistic director/co-founder, Lisa Meyer, comments:

 “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 the 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.“

Tickets go on sale today via the Supersonic website.

By Simon Kirk

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