SuperByte launched in 2012 as a one day chiptune & retro gaming event in Manchester. In 2013 the event expanded to 3 days and included an open stage & pre-party event, plus two solid evenings of live chiptune, visual arts and 8 bit/low-tech inspired music from an array of international artists; from the UK, Europe, America and Australia.
SuperByte will return to present its third instalment on Friday 12th & Saturday 13th of September 2014.
As well as presenting live music and visual art from some of the world’s best and most promising artists, SuperByte hosts a varied programme of other activities including workshops, retro gaming expos and free-play areas, a market space, open stage, art exhibitions and galleries and much more.
We’re working to create more than just a music festival - we’re working to bring together and help facilitate a grass roots community of like minded people within the UK and beyond; and to provide a platform for networking, and the sharing of ideas and skills. As well as catering to the existing community, we’re always striving to raise awareness of chip, low-tech and DIY music, art and culture to ever-wider audiences.
We’ll be moving to The Zoo in Manchester for SuperByte 2014 after the unfortunately closure of the venue we used for 2013's event. We've already confirmed and announced some amazing artists including:
We funded all of 2012’s and most of 2013’s editions from ticket and merch sales, making up any shortfalls ourselves to put together the best event we could while ensuring that ticket prices were kept reasonable and that artists and contributors were well compensated and looked after. The key to SuperByte becoming a sustainable, annual event for the long term is for it to cover its costs and ideally leave a small surplus for future events, which provides us with the opportunity to continue to grow, refine and expand on the festival.
We’re also looking to raise funds for technical equipment to help us adapt to our new venue, recording and broadcasting gear (we’d love to bring our online streaming in-house and provide multi-angle recordings of live performances) and money to enable us to bring artists from far and wide to perform at SuperByte in 2014.
Pledging to our Kickstarter effectively means you're buying an early bird ticket to the festival (see the FAQ if you'd like more than one ticket), and other rewards include exclusive t-shirts by KeFF, exclusive glitch art postcards by hellocatfood (below), two exclusive albums and more.
Our Kickstarter rewards mean that you’re effectively buying early bird tickets and merchandise in advance while helping give us much needed capital for booking artist travel, venues and promotional materials.
Risks and challenges
Running any event is not without its risks in terms of logistics, artist cancellations and other issues. However, we've a track record of two successful events and a firm belief that SuperByte can become a successful, sustainable annual event.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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