Next weekend (19-21 October) Digbeth will once again vibrate with strange, wonderful sounds as the Custard Factory hosts Supersonic, one of the UK’s most distinctive, experimental and multi-disciplinary arts festivals. Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, the festival has grown from a one day event into an internationally renowned weekend of music, art and more… And with BCC’s Arts and Culture Summit happening at the same time, what perfect timing to showcase the diverse happenings of Birmingham. Supersonic incidentally brings more that £1.8 million to the local economy [based on figures from 2009], consistently sells out a number of hotels over the weekend and brings in people from all over the world. I have always enjoyed seeing people walking around town with their Supersonic wristband during the weekend.
Before the festival however, Supersonic need your help: they want to give your unwanted, unloved and downright embarrassing vinyl records a second life in order to feature in the UK premiere of Australian artist Lucas Abela’s Vinyl Rally. I would describe the piece, but it has just got to be seen:
Supersonic are holding a vinyl amnesty this weekend to collect records for Vinyl Rally. Records can be donated tomorrow, Saturday 13 October at Birmingham Zine Festival’s Independent Publishing Fair at Sidewalk Bar and Restaurant on Hurst Street from 12-6pm. Alternatively, you can arrange a drop off by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
As well as Vinyl Rally and amazing music there will be workshops, discussions, a film programme and a series of gigs especially to introduce children to experimental music and have a good boogie.