Supersonic Festival offers a rare treat for an annualized festival; an event which is ever-changing and ever-unpredictable. Its ninth addition saw a further rejig of the festivals layout, adding a second stage accessible via a bridge lit by a menacing green light and further making use of the uncompromising layout of the site, a host to several art installations and a general hub of the second city's creative community.
It is perhaps fitting that Supersonic Festival, one of the few truly great independent alternative festivals in the United Kingdom, is held in the city that gave birth to Black Sabbath (and so heavy metal), but Supersonic is far less closely aligned to the world of metal than those not truly initiated with the late Autumn weekender may believe. Sure, with past performers such as Napalm Death, Godflesh and Aereogramme the festival has seen its fair share or detuned riffs, brain-splitting drum beats and skin-shredding screams, but it is much more than a celebration of a particular genre; more so a hub for challenging, inventive music and art.
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