Supersonic Presents…

Hey Colossus | Youth Man | Yama Warashi | MATTERS

+ Ideas of Noise sets + DJs

Christmas come early you say?! We couldn’t resist having one last HOO HA before the year is out.  A COLOSSAL end of year bash with some incredible noise makers.

Hey Colossus

Forging a completely idiosyncratic combination of power, control, tenderness, miscontrol and more power, these six-piece band active since 2003 acutely channel the best of your record collections and spit them back out into some quite astonishing shows and releases.

Hey Colossus have undergone a spectacular metamorphosis in the last three years – the 2015 Rocket Recordings double-drop of ‘In Black And Gold’ and ‘Radio Static High’ displayed not only a band with a work rate to put almost all their contemporaries to shame, but one arriving at an atmospheric and rewarding sound with as much flair for the beguiling as the barbaric.

Changes may have been afoot in the Hey Colossus camp, yet their latest transmission ‘The Guillotine’ (2017) marks another peak for an innovative force in the realm of heavy amplification. We can’t wait to see what’s next…

“Chinks of pop light shine through, but this is still raw, uncompromising stuff. ” – The Guardian

“Standard-bearers for post-millennial British music which is au fait with punk and hardcore while not being punk or hardcore”. – The Quietus

“Are Hey Colossus! the best live guitar band in Britain right now? You’d be brave to argue otherwise. Don’t miss them next time.” – Echoes and Dust

Youth Man

Destructive Brummie sex punk.

Youth Man is the band you will wish you saw in years to come. Their live show is a shrieking, thrilling wrecking-ball of human bodies, flailing limbs and chaos. Brace yourself for an intense live performance matched by comic genius onstage banter.

“Their brand of punk leans heavily towards the weirdos (not the Weirdos) of early California hardcore, in which bands like Fear weren’t too afraid (or too unskilled) to throw in an odd time signature.”– Rolling Stone Magazine

Yama Warashi

Yama Warashi is the project of Yoshino Shigihara, a Japanese musician and visual artist whose past projects include erstwhile cult favourites Zun Zun Egui (Bella Union). Inspired by Japanese folk dance, free jazz and tribal African music, and heavily saturated in psychedelia, Yama Warashi’s songs are lyrically outlandish and charming, melodically addictive and mythical; the band name translates from Shigihara’s native tongue as “small childlike mountain spirit”.

“This is dream pop from another realm entirely” – The Skinny

“Liltingly folky and malevolently unhinged” – Loud and Quiet


Matters are guitar+synth+drums instrumental trio from Birmingham UK – the push and pull of the three personalities that make up Matters can be heard, taking the music into new and often strange directions. Matters utilise their instruments to create expansive music, blending krautrock, psychedelic, post-rock and techno into a rich and powerful sound.

‘This is something quite epic… Another winner from Static Caravan Records‘ – Steve Lamacq – BBC 6 Music

+ Ideas of Noise improv sets downstairs

Those who attended Supersonic 2018 may well have caught some of the incredible musical offerings curated by Ideas of Noise Fest. Produced by Andrew Woodhead and Sarah Farmer Ideas of Noise is an exciting new festival of experimental sound which happened in August this year, with a focus on connecting experimental audiences and performers of different genres across the West Midlands and creating opportunities for emerging and established local artists. Presenting SPACETIMEBAND (Sarah Farmer / Andrew Woodhead / Richard Scott / Aaron Diaz / Joe Wright); laser interferometry, ripples in spacetime, black holes colliding, signal in noise; SPACETIMEBAND explores General Relativity and other cosmological curiosities through sound.