Supernormal Festival – Preview of innovative and experimental three-day art & music extravaganza

Supernormal Festival prides itself on being a bit different, on being a step away from the “festivals as big business” ethos that most of the summers’ jamborees may not confess to adhering too, but actually do. To quote the Guardian, Supernormal Festival is “an alt-music, art-infused breath of fresh air”. Full details about this years edition below. 

Over the few years it’s been running Supernormal has built up a reputation as being a festival like no other, one that “blurs the boundaries between art and music, performer and audience”. It champions the iconoclastic and the experimental and allows risks to be taken in the comfort of an atmosphere that has a friendly, community feel. This years edition takes place over the second weekend of August and you could do much worse than book yourselves a berth at it.

With weekend tickets, including camping, being only £80 Supernormal is also a very affordable festival. Full information on the Supernormal 2014 line-up can be found on their website at, but we’ll fill you in on what we feel are some of the most unmissable acts – many of whom you’ll have seen on these pages before – below.

Firstly though, what do Supernormal say about Supernormal?

“Supernormal is a three day, experimental arts and music festival at Braziers Park in Oxfordshire, presenting an innovative weekend of art-focused practice in unfamiliar settings where both impromptu and timetabled events can surprise and delight. A collaborative event embracing art and music outside of the mainstream, SUPERNORMAL remain determinedly small and intimate (capacity: 1,000) and has been born from a place that values the currency of ideas and imagination rather than commercialism and profit.”

“Supernormal is organised on a collective basis by artists and musicians who share the aims and ethos of this truly alternative festival, and could not take place without their passion and generosity.”

“Supernormal is committed to to presenting exciting contemporary art. More than 30 individual artists and projects have been invited to create work during the festival, most of it constructed on site and with direct audience involvement. This year BIAW artists have also been invited to return to Braziers and re-engage with the site.”

Highlights from this years festival include:

Highlights from the music & arts programme announced thus far include:

  • Brightonian bearers of beguiling, dark and atmospheric torch song Esben & The Witch.
  • The return of Camberwell noise-rock elementalists Part Chimp.
  • Pitch-perfect channeller of traditional American folk and bluegrass Frank Fairfield.
  • Alasdair Roberts, Scottish folk poet and song scholar.
  • Teeth Of The Sea, London’s most intrepid and adventurous psychedelic troupe.
  • Thought Forms, Westcountry masters of blissed-out noisepop and feverish six-string abstraction.
  • Joanna Gruesome, from Cardiff, and walking a razor’s edge between sugar sweet pop suss and caffeine-fuelled psychosis.
  • Performance work by Manchester free music duo Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides.
  • The Norse noiserock goliaths known as Arabrot.
  • Salford satyrs and outlaw visionaries Gnod.
  • Captivating Brightonian folk-noirist Mary Hampton.
  • Coruscating power electronics and rock reinventionism from seminal noise protagonists Ramleh.
  • Hacker Farm and their hand-built shapes in resourceful rural-electronic punk.
  • Compelling subterranean communalists Sly And The Family Drone.
  • Boundary-pushing oddball pop raucousness from Fish Police.

Other bands at the festival who’ve previously received a Louder Than War endorsement by a review (and who you should definitely try to catch if you’re going) include Mob Rules, Bronnt Industries Kapital, The Cosmic Dead, ANTA, CindytalkHenry Blacker, Bass Clef and The Jelas.

All the above and a strong line-up of cross-disciplinary art across the site – full programme of which here.

For more details and to buy tickets check out these links:



Twitter: @Supernormalfest.


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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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