Bring To Light Festival, Brought To You By The People Behind Supersonic, Is This WeekendIf, like us, you were a bit upset when you found out that arguably the UK’s best, most unique, experimental and innovative festival, Supersonic,  was taking a semi-sabbatical (it’s being moved to an April slot in 2014 so 2013 has been skipped) then the news that Bring To light is kind of replacing it should come as some relief.

Brought to you by the same people behind Supersonic (Capsule), Bring To Light takes place this coming weekend, (25-27 October) at the recently launched architectural wonder that is the new Library of Birmingham. And if it’s even so much as a fraction as good as Supersonic 2012 was it’s going to be a corker.

Capsule are curating a weekend of adventurous music, celebrating the very best in new music and performance. Producing extraordinary events for adventurous audiences, Capsule have a keen eye and ear for the most exciting music and performance around.

Highlights of the weekend from a Louder Than War perspective include, of course, the mighty Evil Blizzard whose new album, The Dangers of Evil Blizzard, came out on our own label recently (buy a copy from our shop here), and who we’ve reviewed a few times live now (e.g. here).

Another name on the bill you’d be fools to miss are the simple breathtaking Shangaan Electro who, since we first reported about them, have been taking the world (and festivals) by storm. I’m still reeling from the experience of seeing them play at The Exchange last night, an amazing night where the band strove for the elusive one-eight-nine bpm (measurable by watching how fast the team of dancers hips move) as Nozinja blasted us with his super fast techno grooves and blast beaten drum fills. The atmosphere in the place was pure joy as everyone in the whole room just danced their respective faces off.

Also on the bill are the amazing clipping. who we’ve mentioned a few times here and who definitely stole the show at Swn Festival last Saturday with their crazy concoction of incredible electronic noise / music concrete with smooth as fuck rap – again, audience participation is recommended (in the form of waving your arms in the air and shouting things like “In yr face!!!” as loud as possible).

Also playing the weekend are those brilliant veterans of the UK experimental underground, Grumbling Fur whose recent album we gave 9 / 10 and the brilliant Deafhaven who our very own John Robb described as “Ostensibly some sort of black metal band or post black metal band or some sort of ambient post shoegaze band or a blackgaze band or whatever- this is the sound of barriers being smashed” in his review of their recent album.

Full details about the weekend, copy and pasted straight from the press release are below:
Friday 25th October
Rainbow WarehouseShangaan Electro
Dinos Chapman
Sleaford Mods
HordesWhat else can you do?
Shangaan Electro dance workshops – FREE.

Saturday 26th October
Library of Birmingham

Josephine Foster
High Wolf
Richard Dawson
Grumbling Fur (replacing Zomes)

What else can you do?
Box of Light – Mirror Mirror Lantern Workshops -create your own lantern slides and experiment with colour projection FREE
Box of Light – Optical Toy Workshops – FREE
Box of Light short films – FREE
Box of Light – Projecteo – Designer Benjamin Redford will be giving a talk about his ingenious miniature slide projector FREE

Big sounds for little people returns – Kids Gigs act as an introduction to experimental music for children and their families. Ideally suited for the under 7s, the Kids Gigs are a fantastic opportunity to show children the beauty of live music.

On Saturday, Richard Dawson, singer and storyteller from Newcastle will be performing for the kids. There are few performers quite like him, from the serial between-song belly laughs he induces to his unique and playful guitar style and raw, soaring voice. This event will take place in the Symphony Hall (next door to the Library) and is also free.

Sunday 27th October
Library of Birmingham

Masaki Batoh
Evil Blizzard
Sarah Angliss
The Delia Darlings
Laurence Hunt

What else can you do?
Box of Light – Mirror Mirror Lantern Workshops – create your own lantern slides and experiment with colour projection FREE


For a full summary of the music, installations, activities and more visit the Capsule website for ticketing info. Also you can find Supersonic festival on Twitter or Facebook.

All words Guy Manchester. More words by Guy can be read here. He tweets as @guid0man & uses Tumblr.

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Guy is a former full time member of the Louder Than War editorial team, who's since moved on to pastures new. Music's been a large part of his life since he first stumbled across Peel on his tranny as a fifteen year old. His whole approach to music was learnt from Peel in fact, which includes having as inclusive a taste in music as possible. Guy devotes most of his time looking for new music & although he's been known to say "the only good music is new music" he pretty much accepts this is bollocks. Favourite band The Minutemen.


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