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Supersonic this weekend! But what else is on?

Rathayatra festival

Supersonic is going to be great this year with bands such as Goblin, Rose Kemp, Zu, Caribou, Venetian Snares, Monotonix… (I could go on…) as well as film screenings, demonstrations of weird and wonderful music instruments, art exhibitions and tea and cake.   However, if your purse won’t stretch to the festival this weekend, or you’re just  filling your time before the bands start- don’t despair! There are lots of other great things happening in Birmingham that could provide the perfect distraction:


  • There Are No Others, There Is Only Us at Moor Street Station – Alright, this is part of Supersonic but it is free! The installation consists of a monochrome video projection. The centrepiece of the film is a spectacular aerial dance of half a million birds, which will be projected at the station, where 7000 commuters come and go daily. The piece has been produced by Capsule and Germination in association with Fierce! The installation will be at Moor Street Station from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th July, 10am – 6pm daily. Free Entry.


  • Dr Sketchy’s. Held at the Victoria pub on John Bright Street on Saturday 25th.  Dr Sketchy’s is a decadent burlesque life drawing extravaganza which starts at 3.30pm and finishes about 7pm. This months has an X Files theme. If it’s anything like the Sci Fi themed Candybox night I went to at the Glee Club a while back the costumes will be amazing!  Tickets cost £8 and can be bought in advance here. To have a free peep at what to expect click below…



  • Rathayatra, Hindu Festival of Chariots. Rathayatra is one of the oldest continuously celebrated spiritual festivals in the world and originates from India. The chariots of Krishna, Balarama and Subhandra are splendidly decorated each year and  pulled by crowds through the city streets. People of all nations and faiths are invited to join this ‘festival for the soul’ . The procession will finish with a stage show, festival and delicious vegetarian prasadam feast. Sunday 26th from 12pm-7pm in Victoria Square. For more information click here.


  • totTower of Time, Yukio Fujimoto. The main Ikon Gallery is closed for installation this week (it reopens with a new show, Carmen Herrera, on Wednesday 29th), but it’s offsite project at Perrott’s Folly is open from Thursday to Sunday 1pm-5pm. I think it’s the best installation at Perrott’s Folly yet, and is only fifteen minutes walk from the main site. The Folly is an 18th Century tower which may have  inspired Tolkien‘s Two Towers in Lord of the Rings. Here Japanese sound artist Fujimoto transforms the tower into an amazing installation using 1 111 clocks. As you climb up the spiral staircase the sound and clocks increase. A really engaging, feel good piece.


  • If you just have to go down to Digbeth to hear the faint rumbings of music coming from the Custard Factory, why not visit the galleries in Eastside on Heath Mill Lane and Fazeley Street? Ikon Eastside, Eastside Projects and VIVID are open over the weekend. Ikon Eastside, open from Thursday to Sunday, 1-5pm shows the work of the New Delhi based Raqs Media Collective. Eastside Projects shows the work of Joanne Taham and Tom O’Sullivan and is open Thursday to Sunday 12-5pm. VIVID, is open Thursday to Saturday 12-5pm. Its current exhibition, Participation is focused on the emergence of new film forms, politics and practices in the 1980s. Entrance to all of the galleries is free!

 Hey for Lubberland!

  • There is also a launch event on Friday 24th from 7-9pm at The Bond (located opposite Ikon Eastside on Fazeley Street) for the new Ikon offsite project, Hey for Lubberland! Artists Simon & Tom Bloor have specially adapted a canal boat using geodesic design and dazzle camouflage. After Supersonic weekend, the canal boat will be based in Brindleyplace and transport passengers around the area. Timetables for boat trips can be found on the Ikon website.

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