📣 Yes yes! Brainchild Festival will be back next Summer on the 𝟠𝕥𝕙 – 𝟙𝟘𝕥𝕙 𝕛𝕦𝕝𝕪 🌞 🎉
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 weren’t sure if we’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 to up to £125, £135 and £145, 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 ‘us’. 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 doesn’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 form 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 we’ve raised the rest to buy the ticket, it’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 don’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 that’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 that’s why it’s still part of the picture, allowing us to actually plan the festival during a pandemic without risking bankruptcy. A Crowd Cover Pledge of £45 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.
More info on Crowd Cover & Pay it Forward is up on our FAQs.