Festival 2019

12-14 July

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 throughout the year 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 just under 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. We hope that you will find something you love this year.

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

★★★★ - The Independent

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Each festival, over 300 leading & emerging artists contribute their work and ideas, be they art installations, led discussions or DJ sets. So far, we’ve been lucky enough to work with artists including Sons of Kemet, Shanti Celeste, PECS, Kojey Radical, Nubya Garcia, Dego (2000Black), Ross From Friends, Caleb Femi, Ezra Collective, Loyle Carner, Moses Boyd Exodus, Alice Phoebe Lou and hundreds of other brilliant people.

Our first lineup release for 2019 will be in late February. Applications for Brainchild 2019 are open! So if you would like to apply to perform or exhibit an installation at Brainchild Festival 2019, please check out the forms below.

Proposing an Art Installation  
If you want to propose an art installation, please read and complete our application form by midnight on the 17th February 2019. Click here to see the form.

Proposing play/perform as a band, DJ, speaker, workshop leader, theatre company, poet, filmmaker or performance artist (or anything in between!) 
If you’d like to bring your creative project to the festival then please read and complete this form by midnight on the 15th March 2019. Click here to see the form.




Get In Touch

Performer/Artist applications
Find out more here

Commission to design The Shack DJ Stage
Find out more here

Festival Inquiries: 

To volunteer on the festival green team email ollie or hannah

To be on the build and break team email bria

For general on-site volunteering email tomo

For food trading inquiries email jasper

For press email lucy

For arts programming including theatre, comedy, cabaret, poetry, workshop, talks or anything in between email india

For any other enquiries email team


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