Event info

Groundbreaking art and music producers Capsule will celebrate 10 years of presenting innovative and exciting work in Birmingham with a special night of extraordinary live music at Town Hall Birmingham on Wednesday 2 December.

Headlined by folk and electronic crossover heroes Tunng and featuring live performances from dark pysch-folk artist Six Organs of Admittance, Canadian indie-rock band Lightning Dust and electric cellist Bela Emerson, the evening is part of Capsule 10 – a three week long series of events across the city marking a decade of cutting edge sonic/visual work in Birmingham – and part of Town Hall Birmingham?s 175th anniversary celebrations.

Tunng are renowned for merging the antique with the modern through a dub-like musical approach, and draw inspiration from British pop, Icelandic prog rock and choral music as well as English folk, blending unusual instrumental sounds with traditional folk melodies and broken beats and samples. The London based six?piece collective supported The Doves on tour, recently collaborated with Uncut award winners and Touareg bluesmen Tinariwen and performed to a capacity audience at Town Hall show during the English Originals Weekend in 2008.

“Open your tin of cold soup, heat it up with bread from the shops, sit in front of Jeremy Kyle, wonder when the secrets will stop.” Secrets, Tunng

Six Organs of Admittance is influential avant-folk artist and Comets of Fire guitarist Ben Chasny. His eleventh album Luminous Night, released on Chicago indie label Drag City in August 2009 to critical acclaim, is a balanced work of haunting instrumentals and eerily beautiful production. Six Organs of Admittance will be joined by Elisia Ambrogio – guitar and electronics, Alex Neilson – drums and Andrew Mitchell – guitar.

?Hypnotic and other-worldly? Luminous Night review, Drowned in Sound

Lightning Dust, a side project of pysch-rockers Black Mountain members Amber Webber and Joshua Wells, recently released their second album of indie minimalist folk on the Jagjaguwar label.

Bela Emerson is an innovative and prolific performer of electric cello, electronics, tenor viol and musical saw, influenced by riot grrl punk, rock, experimental electronic, techno and Balkan gypsy-folk.

Capsule, aka Lisa Meyer and Jenny Moore, are the exceptional sonic minds behind acclaimed annual Birmingham art and music gathering, Supersonic Festival, now in its seventh year, and present around 25 live events a year featuring some of the most exciting experimental acts from all corners of the globe alongside Birmingham artists. Capsule are also curators of the unique cultural heritage project, Home of Metal, a celebration of the music that was created in the West Midlands, its legacy and influence across the world, and work closely with both the Sonar and SXSW international music festivals.

“Festival Of The Year – Of this welter of well organised, wisely curated festivals (ATP, Faster Than Sound, Sonar, Green Man) perhaps the best organised and most wisely curated was Supersonic.” Plan B Magazine

Speaking ahead of the Capsule 10th Birthday Concert, Lisa Meyer said, ?We?re delighted to have reached our 10th birthday and are even more excited about what the future might hold – Birmingham has never felt so vibrant. We know of no other city which has such a collaborative creative community. It is with great honour that we share our birthday celebrations with Town Hall Birmingham where such greats as Black Sabbath have previously performed”

?We have worked with some of the most exciting artists from across the globe, and continue to build an international reputation that matches our future ambition.”

A limited edition commemorative 7” featuring tracks by Modified Toy Orchestra & Einstellung, accompanied by a catalogue of memories and photos from past events will be available at all Capsule 10 events.


Notes to editor:

Capsule 10th Birthday Concert: Tunng, Six Organs of Admittance, Lightning Dust, Bela Emerson
Town Hall, Birmingham
7.30pm, Wednesday 2nd December

Full Capsule 10 Listings can be found at

Images available on request

Capsule was founded out of a need to bring interesting non-mainstream music and art to Birmingham. In 1999 having an interest in non-mainstream culture and living in Birmingham meant having to make regular visits to London/Nottingham/Leeds etc. as none of these events were being brought to the city we lived in.

Lisa Meyer and Jenny Moore strove to turn this situation around and through making steady progress and building an organisation on a DIY and ethical basis they have succeeded in placing Birmingham firmly on the map for experimental/adventurous non-mainstream sonic/visual work.

Capsule are the brains behind the momentous cultural project Home Of Metal which aims to celebrate the innovators of the genre and those that continued to develop it: Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Judas Priest, Napalm Death and Godflesh. Bringing people together to share their passion for the music by creating a digital archive, heritage tours, exhibitions and ultimately a permanent collection dedicated to telling the story of Metal and its unique birthplace.

Town Hall and Symphony Hall are managed together by Performances Birmingham Limited, a registered charity. Between them, the two halls present an exciting and varied programme of over 600 concerts and events a year, designed to appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds. Over 500,000 people visit Town Hall and Symphony Hall annually, and a thriving education/community department reaches a further 20,000 people of all ages.

Town Hall Birmingham re-opened in October 2007 following a £35m renovation funded by Birmingham City Council (£18.3m), Heritage Lottery Fund (£13.7m), European Regional Development Fund (£3m).

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Issue date Thursday 12 November 2009