9-11 July 2021

East Sussex


Welcome to Brainchild Festival, our three day festival celebrating creativity, bold ideas & DIY spirit at a peer-to-peer level.

We connect and stitch together the collectives, communities and creative projects that inspire us into a program of live music, jam sessions, spoken word, DJ sets, talks, workshops, film, theatre and installation art.

The festival is not-for-profit and was started by a group of friends in their first year of university, growing organically every year since. It is now a celebration and gathering of an ever-growing network of creative people, with a capacity of 3000 people. Artists, crew and festival-goers camp together, with no VIP areas on site.

Across the weekend, we create opportunities for valuable conversations, exchanges and collaborations and welcome everybody to get involved. Built up by friends of friends over the years, the atmosphere is warm, open and relaxed. Brainchild is the perfect place to let your guard down, try things out and discover new wonders.

Winners of the AIM Award for Best Independent Festival 2015 & 2016 ?

★★★★ - The Independent


Tickets for Brainchild Festival 2021 are now on sale! Whilst we sadly can’t see into the future, we are working very hard to plan for different scenarios so we can adapt to bring you a safe & beautiful festival this Summer. In the meantime, your ticket money will be held securely with The TicketSellers and if we do end up having to cancel due to Covid-19, you will be offered a refund or the chance to roll your ticket over. So there’s nothing to be lost in booking something irrefutably gorgeous into your diaries.

Please be assured that we will take all reasonable steps to comply with any relevant guidelines intended to reduce the spread of Covid-19, and that people’s safety will be our number one priority. We will make you aware of what measures will be in place at the festival as soon as we possibly can. 

We’d also like to say a huge thank you to everyone who rolled their ticket over to 2021, or who partially donated theirs to help us survive this year or gave to our Crowdfunder. It’s been an incredibly rough ride for us financially and we’ve only survived thanks to the kindness and support of this community. If you are still interested in making a donation, please check out our Donation page.






We are about building a thriving & inclusive community for emerging artists and audiences to take their ideas forward. Across six different performance spaces, we celebrate DIY spirit & bold ideas in theatre, poetry, live music, dance music, talks, workshops, film & visual art.

Over the years, hundreds of amazing artists have come to try stuff out with us in the Brainchild fields, including some now well known trailblazers like Ross From Friends, Alice Phoebe Lou, Kojey Radical, Nubya Garcia, Moses Boyd, PECS Drag Kings & Ezra Collective. Our first lineup release is coming in February 2021.

Applications to performa are OPEN! Check out the application form.




Get In Touch

For job opportunities, volunteering & artist submissions for our events or the festival, please head to our Get Involved page.

If you would like to be included on the Brainchild Media List (to receive our press releases) please contact amelia@brainchildfestival.co.uk

For general enquiries email team@brainchildfestival.co.uk

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