As festival locations go, central Birmingham isn't exactly the Bahamas, but Supersonic nevertheless genuinely offers a unique festival experience rather than promising a ludicrous pipedream only to inevitably deliver a nightmarish reality. The bill for this year's bash, as ever a celebration of the loud and the leftfield held in and around the Custard Factory in Digbeth, includes Melt-Banana, Zu, Arbouretum, Grey Hairs, Jenny Hval, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, Oxbow and Tomaga. All you need is an open mind and (probably) a pair of earplugs.
In answer to anyone who argues that experimental music is offputtingly difficult or challenging or appeals only to chinstroking musos, Supersonic have also arranged a kids' gig at the Symphony Hall which this year will be hosted by Melt-Banana. Genius, pure and simple.