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We’re on for the 8-10 July 2022 ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰ here’s some ticket info on Crowd Cover & Pay It Forward

๐Ÿ“ฃ Yes yes! Brainchild Festival will be back next Summer on the ๐Ÿ ๐•ฅ๐•™ – ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜๐•ฅ๐•™ ๐•›๐•ฆ๐•๐•ช ๐ŸŒž ๐ŸŽ‰

We are incredibly happy to be able to say this. After the costs and damages of this year’s apocalyptic weather, there was a time when we honestly werenโ€™t sure if weโ€™d recover. But with a little help from our insurers and a lot of perseverance, we’re just about muddling (excuse the pun) through.

The past few months have been a big period of reflection for us, and there are some things we want to say about next year & the future we dream of. The ticket price for Brainchild have increased toย  up to ยฃ125, ยฃ135 and ยฃ145, and we want to explain why.

We want this festival to remain as small as possible, free from brand advertising and corporate sponsorship, and be a place where you feel truly safe, happy and free to be yourselves – a space for us, by us, with a fundamentally wide & inclusive definition of โ€˜usโ€™. A weekend that nourishes the seeds of community & culture in our lives, for them to grow and flourish for the year afterward; where we can be inspired and explore ideas, music, art & performance together with some of the most talented artists and activists we know

This year it became clear that our shoestring budget doesnโ€™t give us the resilience we need to survive as a festival year to year. Whilst the rainfall was truly freak, and there were many issues with the land itself, there are also many things that we want ensure we have the resources for in future – from an information point, to a welfare officer, to trackway in key areas or simply just the extra crew we need just to look after us all.

Our priority is staying as small as possible whilst also remaining a sanctuary free from brand sponsorship, so without growing our capacity next year, we must increase the ticket price to reflect the true cost of essential infrastructural improvement.

We hope that you share in those priorities, and will get that we’re doing what we must.

Pay It Forward

As we increase prices, we want to do all we can to make sure that young adults who earn less are still able to come. Brainchild has always been relatively cheap, and we believe this has made it accessible to more lower-income young adults and students than the average festival – we want to do all we can to protect this.

Please sign up to the scheme via this formย if you are a young adult aged 18-25 earning less than living wage and you cannot afford the new ticket prices. In the form, you tell us what you can afford to pay toward a ticket and then in the background, we fundraise for the rest. Then once weโ€™ve raised the rest to buy the ticket, itโ€™s yours. We will work down the list in order of when you signed up. Please be aware that sadly this is not a 100% guarantee that you will get a ticket, as it depends on the success of our fundraising, and we expect the demand to be quite high. So if you can afford a ticket, we want to reiterate your best bet for coming to the festival is definitely still buying one (please note there are instalment plans available if you donโ€™t have the cash flow now).

Crowd Cover Pledge

This year, we created a novel, radical & collective solution to the lack of Covid-19 cancellation insurance & made it possible for Brainchild to happen when many festivals had to cancel. Unfortunately since then, the only policy thatโ€™s become available is so useless (and extremely expensive) that our insurers have told us not a single festival has bought it. It would only (partially) protect us from a full lockdown, but not if any other restrictions were introduced that would make it unviable for us to run the festival. What we did with Crowd Cover was far more powerful & effective, and thatโ€™s why itโ€™s still part of the picture, allowing us to actually plan the festival during a pandemic without risking bankruptcy. A Crowd Cover Pledge of ยฃ45 is part of all tickets and will be automatically added to the basket at checkout, it is non-refundable in the event of a cancellation forced by Covid-19.ย 

More info on Crowd Cover & Pay it Forward is up on our FAQs.