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Judas Priest

Judas Priest

Black Country metal

A range of speakers from the music industry converge in Walsall for a celebration of the West Midlands' heavy metal heritage.

Robert Plant

Robert Plant

The event is called Metal and recognises the profound legacy of heavy metal music in the local area.

Metal is part of Birmingham's Supersonic festival at the The Custard Factory and takes place on Friday 13th July 2007 at the New Art Gallery in Walsall.

Speakers include:

Jim Simpson

Known as Big Bear, Simpson ran the progressive club Henry’s Bluehouse where the likes of Robert Plant, Jon Bonham, Judas Priest and other then unknowns frequented to catch a glimpse of some of the American blues artists Simpson booked.

Jim Simpson

Jim Simpson

Big Bear managed Black Sabbath for their first three albums and launched Birmingham's first jazz festival in 1984 – an event that continues to this day.

Edwin Pouncey

Freelance writer and drawer, Pouncey has worked for NME, Kerrang, Loaded, Top, Men's World, Frieze, Juxtapoz, Mojo, Bizarre and the Wire.

Mark Titchner

2006 Turner prize nominee, artist Titchner sites the music of Napalm Death as a direct influence on his work. Talking about the appeal of ‘abrasive music’, Titchner explores the its relationship with his art.

Jon Bonham

Jon Bonham

Nicholas Bullen

Over 25 years as a musician, Bullen has performed extensively across the globe. A specialist in sound art, he maintains a number of ongoing musical projects such as electronic group Black Galaxy and the Monium label.

Bullen's sound art work includes design for artists radio, writing on the voice in music and lecturing at art galleries.

Tony Sylvester

Currently employed by Souther Records as label manager and head of press, Sylvester co-owns the record label Aurora Borealis.

Mark Titchner

Mark Titchner


Metal takes place at the Walsall New Art Gallery on Friday 13th July 2007 5.00pm – 9.00pm with registration at 4.45pm.

Tickets cost £5 or limited places are available free to Supersonic ticket holders that must be booked via e-mail by 6th July.

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last updated: 27/06/07

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