8-10 July 2022


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 2500 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 & Travel

Tickets for Brainchild Festival 2022 are now LIVE and available here.

We are honestly so excited about making this a reality and being back together for some new shenanigans 🧡

🦩 Some things to mention🦩

● Crowd Cover is still a part of the picture for 2022, and we explain more about this in our FAQs and our recent blog post

● We’ve introduced a new Pay It Forward scheme, where we’re fundraising to make tickets available for 18-25 year olds who earn living wage or less, so that the festival remains open to them. Sign up or read more about it here 🦩


Our lineup for 2022 is currently cooking, so watch this space! We’ll make our first announcement in early Spring. 

Hundreds of brilliant artists, collectives & activists have taken part in Brainchild so far, including some now well-known trailblazers like Ross From Friends, Alice Phoebe Lou, Kojey Radical, Nubya Garcia, Moses Boyd, PECS Drag Kings & Ezra Collective. 

Please stay tuned & subscribe to our mailing list for updates.

Meanwhile, if you’re a musician, DJ, theatre-maker, comedian, poet, activist, workshop leader or you’ve just got a big (or little) IDEA you’d like to bring to Brainchild 2022, please apply via our submissions form – deadline 14th February.



Get In Touch

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

If you’re a catering company or food stall and are interested in trading at Brainchild Festival please fill out this initial form.

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



We’ve opened up a Community Feedback survey for the Black people & People of Colour in our community to tell us about their experiences of Brainchild. It’s totally anonymous and we welcome responses any time through the year. We really appreciate the feedback, and the findings so far have gone directly to inform the changes we’re enacting within our organisation. So if you have something you’d like to tell us about – good or bad – please tell us. We promise it will be read, digested & acted on. Head here to see the Community Feedback survey.