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SuperByte is a weekend chiptune, retro gaming and 8 bit arts festival in Manchester, UK. We need your help with our third instalment!
112 backers pledged £3,475 to help bring this project to life.

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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:

Goto80 // Kodek // Men of Mega // Steve // The VIRUS Empire

Jellica // Theremin Hero // gwEm // Demoscene Time Machine // More artists are being announced all the time. Check out our official website!

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.

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    Our eternal thanks and a free hug at SuperByte 2014 if you can make it.

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    A download code for our exclusive Live at SuperByte 2013 album featuring over 20 professionally mastered live tracks from our first weekend event. You'll also receive an album of rare and exclusive tracks by SuperByte 2012-2014 performers.

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    Early Bird Weekend Tickets – guaranteed lowest price for SuperByte 2014 tickets. We’ll also send you a download code for the Live at SuperByte 2013 album, a download code for a further album of rare & exclusive tracks from SuperByte artists past & present and a set of SuperByte stickers.

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    Live at SuperByte 2013 album download code + SuperByte 2014 album download code + SuperByte sticker set + an exclusive t-shirt designed by pixel art legend KeFF in your size + an exclusive set of 4 glitch art postcards designed by SuperByte veteran hellocatfood. If you can't attend SuperByte 2014 but still want to show your support, this is the option for you!

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    An Early Bird Weekend Ticket + Live at SuperByte 2013 album download code + SuperByte 2014 album download code + SuperByte sticker set + an exclusive t-shirt designed by pixel art legend KeFF in your size + an exclusive set of 4 glitch art postcards designed by SuperByte veteran hellocatfood.

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    Early Bird Weekend Ticket + Live at SuperByte 2013 album download code + SuperByte 2014 album download code + SuperByte sticker set + an exclusive t-shirt + glitch art postcards PLUS free entry to all the 2014 Chipfest shows in Liverpool presented by CalmDownKidder.

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    Early Bird Weekend Ticket + Live at SuperByte 2013 album download code + SuperByte 2014 album download code + SuperByte sticker set + an exclusive t-shirt + glitch art postcards + year’s free entry to Chipfest + plus one of only two large stage banners that we bought for SuperByte 2013. Collectors items!

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