Brainchild is an ever-growing community of people connected by shared values. Every year through the festival and our other projects, we meet and collaborate with hundreds of people, and these friendships become driving forces for our creative output.

We open up opportunities to get involved all through the year, from performing at the festival to volunteering with us, designing art installations to sharing works in progress at Hatch. Check the list below to see what’s open at the moment.

Nina Mdwaba and Emily Motto finishing an installation on the festival site


The deadline had passed (14 March) – please note we are no longer accepting proposals or submissions to play/perform at Brainchild 2021. Due to our team being very small & under-resourced, we’re sorry to say that we’re not able to reply to every application and state on the application form that if artists have not heard back from us by the 16th April then they should take this to mean that we do not have the right space for their project/idea at this year’s festival. We do receive the best part of 100o applications each year so please do not be discouraged by this – we are really grateful to have heard from you and do make good notes of new discoveries to involve in our other events or our WWFM show.


We’d love to hear from ethical food stalls & catering companies interested in trading at our festival. If you’re keen to explore this with us, please fill out this simple form and it we’ll respond to you to further the conversation ASAP. Please bear in mind we’ve had to delay a few of these conversations starting due to pressure on our team in this unprecedented time.


There are not currently any paid vacancies with us, but there will be soon so stay tuned.


Volunteer tickets (where you work 3x 4h shifts over the weekend and get half your ticket refunded) are on sale with our general release tickets, via our TicketSellers page.

As part of the volunteer team, you will see the festival from the inside. The volunteers at Brainchild are fundamental to its success, helping to make sure things are ticking over and doing a variety of jobs, from bar work to stewarding, ticketing and lots more in between. Every year we’ve met some of the most generous and spirited people on the volunteering team – read on for more info. How it works:

 Over the weekend, you will help out for 12 hours split up into 3 shifts so you still have lots of time to explore the festival and party. Plus, if you volunteer with a friend, just let us know and we’ll do our best to put you on shift together.

 All volunteers will need to be on site from Thursday evening for a briefing and to be given their rotas. You will also need to be on site until your shifts are complete which might be Sunday night or Monday morning.

 After the festival, when you’ve done your shifts, half of your ticket-price will be refunded to you.

There will be other volunteer roles available in the coming months that are more specific (e.g. for the Green Team, who manage recycling). These deposits will be refunded 100% but please bear in mind that these roles are required to work more shifts over the weekend. Details will be published with the roles in April.


We are on a mission to reduce the environmental impact of Brainchild year on year, and this has only been possible with the huge help of our wonderful Green Team volunteers! As a member of the Green Team you will help with the successful delivery of our recycling system and engaging with people on sustainability matters. We can’t dress this up to be an overly glamorous job, but it is essential and we do promise to make it as fun as we possibly can because leaving no trace is important. Read more about the role here & apply by emailing with ‘Green Team’ as the subject line, giving a little information about yourself and why you’d like to be involved. Deadline 12pm 29th June. 


We are looking for enthusiastic folks to join our Artist Liaison team! The work should be a lot of fun whilst providing valuable insight and experience into the festival’s inner workings. Experience in festivals or events would be helpful, but is definitely not essential – our priority is just getting people on board who want to learn, have good energy and are able to think on their feet in a dynamic environment. Read more about the role here & apply by emailing with ‘Artist Liaison’ as the subject line, giving a little information about yourself and why you’d like to be involved.  Deadline 12pm 29th June. 


Being a Volunteer on the build & break crew means you’ll literally be the folks who get hands on in setting up and taking down the festival site. If you love working as part of a team and getting stuck into manual work in the great outdoors, then this one’s for you! We welcome all levels of experience – commitment and enthusiasm are the most important things. If you want to hear more & register your interest, please write to our Site Manager on with a little information about yourself and why you’d like to be involved.  Deadline 12pm 29th June. 

décor team VOLUNTEERS

Calling illustrators, set-designers, textile-workers, painters, carpenters and everything in between! We are looking for passionate folks to join our Décor team, working with us to bring designs for the festival site & venues to life, both at our HQ in South London in July and at the festival itself. For more information head here, and apply by emailing our In-House Design Manager on with a little information about yourself and why you’d like to be involved. Deadline 12pm 21st June. 


Hatch is our cosy, rough-round-the-edges mixed bill night for sharing new ideas and works in progress. We adapted these events to a digital format, hosting short performances of early-stage works in an online broadcast, with the aim of encouraging audience feedback and new creative connections.

Applications are currently closed as we have no events upcoming, but we intend to re-start in early Autumn 2021 – please check back as we regularly call out for new ideas.


For general enquiries please email