Supernormal Festival is a curiosity on the summer music festival merry go round in that it’s genuinely unique &, assuming you’ve never been before, it’s genuinely a place where you’ll have an experience unlike any you’ve had before. The reason for this is largely due to it’s self professed goal of “blurring the boundaries between art and music, performer and audience”. Tickets are still available for this years event & if you’re someone who’s bored with the usual festival shenanigans, or if you just fancy something a tad different, you’re encouraged to give it a go.
For nearly two decades, artists have gathered for the Braziers International Artists Workshops and in 2010 they launched this artist-led event. Debate, international film, performance, art, and music will take place in the grounds of the 17th-century estate, now used as an artists’ retreat.
There is a festival for everyone and Supernormal is a festival like no other, providing a powerful antidote to the current malaise of festivals-as-big-business. Blurring the boundaries between art and music, performer and audience, it champions the iconoclastic and the experimental, allowing risks to be taken and leaps of imagination to occur. Somewhere in spirit between the original Glastonbury Fayre and an eccentric village fete, Supernormal is the alternative’s alternative.
The live music programme ranges from the experimental to the fabulously kitsch and super-loud, and sits alongside impromptu and incidental performances, events and talks which will take place throughout the grounds. This year’s line up includes Clinic, Shit And Shine, Coma Wall, Grey Hairs and Hookworms as well as Agathe Max, Bass Clef & the much talked about rising star from Preston, Evil Blizzard who are in preparation of their debut album for the Louderthanwar recording label. Art workshops and activities such as Crochet A Letter, Fancy Dress Life Drawing will be available all weekend also. Weekend Tickets are available for £75 for adults and £50 for children and is highly recommended.
Supernormal Festival runs from August 9th – 11th 2013. Full information on the Supernormal 2013 line-up can be found at www.supernormalfestival.co.uk . The festival can also be found on Facebook & Twitter as @Supernormalfest.
All words by Philip Allen. You can read more from him in his author archive.