Dan Hett

A bit of a last minute announcement, but we’re stoked to welcome the awesome Dan Hett to the SuperByte lineup on pre-party visuals!

Hailing from the rainy streets of Manchester, Dan is a creative coder, visual artist, and all-round programming heretic who specialises in firing brightly-coloured flashing pixels directly into your retinas.

Mounting a one-man crusade against boring programming neckbeards (they’re just no fun), Dan causes colourful noisy trouble with his code at every opportunity: making videogames at extremely speeds, live-coding reactive visuals at raves, and generally destroying and rebuilding software until it does something interesting.

At the SuperByte pre-party Dan will be live-coding projected visuals completely from scratch, creating evolving visualisations powered by beats, bass and algorithms.


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8 Bit Lounge at SuperByte 2014

8 Bit Lounge will be in attendance at SuperByte 2014!

Alongside visual performances from resident visual artist Chromatouch, 8 Bit Lounge will be hosting a retro gaming space at the festival and provide DJs and tunes during the festival. If you’re in the Midlands we highly recommend that you check out their events at The Hare & Hounds in Birmingham – full details are here.

Knitting at SuperByte

As something a little bit different for SuperByte, we’re doing some knitting, 8 bit style.

Artist Sam Meech will be developing knitted 8 bit artworks using the ultimate in retro gear – the 1970s punchcard knitting machine. Get hands on with the design and making process, designing a punchcard and add to the ultimate gaming-inspired fairisle.

This is a drop in workshop – come by for 5 minutes or hang out all day. You can find out more information here, and of course, come along on the Saturday of SuperByte and have a go yourself!

SB2014 Open Stage Line Up Confirmed

We had a lot more applications than we expected and slots were initially full in just 6 minutes (!), but after a bit of juggling, we can now confirm that the following artists were successful in getting a slot at the SuperByte 2014 Open Stage.

The artists who got through are:

P.U.T. 90MPH D.C., Infotoxin, Luke Thompson, JoeBleeps, I Am Legendary Robot, Frau Holle aka firestARTer, bryface, J3wel, xyce, Seasons, Meth Pop, bubu, Otto Robotto, Auracle and Blenky.

Apologies to you guys who didn’t get slots. We had double the number of applications to places and there just weren’t enough to go around. Huge thanks to the artists who’d already performed in 2013 and gave up their slots so others could play – you guys rock. Full details of our Open Stage event are here. If you didn’t get through and are planning on attending anyway, let us know as we’ll be maintaining a reserves list in case any of the confirmed artists can’t make it. Our pre-party is going to be another great night – we can’t wait.

91 days to go.

Open Stage Sign Ups Are Live!

Sign ups for the SuperByte 2014 Open Stage are now live! We’ll have 15 slots available this year and we’ve made a few minor tweaks to the format that will (hopefully) make it even more awesome. More details are on this page.

Check out this pic of Men of Mega slaying the Open Stage in 2013, then get yourself signed up by filling in this form here.

Edit: The Open Stage is now full (in record time too). Wow. If you applied and made it, we’ll be in touch!