Brainchild Festival 2017: The Preview

Brainchild, the award winning multi-arts festival, is returning to East Sussex for its 5th chapter this year. Having been described by The Guardian as “something between Glastonbury and a back garden at a house party”, Brainchild 2017 will no doubt once again be the host of a plethora of unmissable acts and atmospheres.

Amongst the artists announced for this year’s weekend is Andrew Ashong, an inspirational British-Ghanaian soul singer-songwriter, DJ and producer from South London who will headline Saturday night. Joining him on the line-up are artists such as Dego (2000Black) who’ll be playing a two-hour set at The Shack, and Alice Phoebe Lou, an independent artist from Cape Town via Berlin – whose folk-jazz-blues style has granted her a global following.

Taking place on the 7th – 9th July, the independent festival will once again showcase a wonderfully diverse range of visual arts, live music, DJ sets, film, theatre, spoken word, dance and talks. Organised by a collective of young creatives from the UK and beyond, Brainchild is incredibly still running sponsor-free and entirely powered by volunteers.

Staying true to its political agenda, Brainchild will this year host a talk exploring our roles in the refugee crisis, a dance theatre testimonial of hope and healing following sexual assault, and Joanna Nastari performing Fuck You Pay Me – a closer look at London’s strip club culture and the things we do for money.

Unmissable dance acts include dance Scottish illustrator and DJ Eclair Fifi (of NTS & LuckyMe Records) as well as a live set from South London house producer Ross From Friends. The Steez Café will once again celebrate some of the most exciting jazz musicians emerging from south east London, including Emma-Jean Thackray, the multi-award winning composer, producer and trumpeter.

Brainchild is located in the fields, woods and miniature railway of Bentley Wildfowl & Motor Museum in East Sussex.  Tier 3 weekend camping tickets are available for £75.


Check out the full line-up so far:

Adam Kammerling / Alice Phoebe Lou / anu (rhythm section international) / Ben Frehr

& Liam Cutler / Ben Hauke B2B Dan Fritz / Ben Hayes / Beyond Clueless / Boko! Boko! /

Bridget Minamore / Brother Portrait / Caleb Femi / Cecilia Knapp / Cesca / Charlie

Towler / Compton White / Cosmo Pyke / Cykada / D’Vo & BusyFingers / Debtford / Dego

(2000Black) / Dylema Collective / Eclair Fifi / Elisa & Srigala / Ellen Muriel’s ‘You, Me

& The Distance Between Us’ / El Peche (Sondido Trópico) / Elsa Hewitt / Emanative /

Emma-Jean Thackray / Equal Echo / Eye Want Change / Footshooter (live) / gal-dem /

Gardenn DJs / Haseeb Ibqual / Horsey / Hudnall / Imogen Butler-Cole’s ‘Foreign Body’ /

Ishmael Ensemble / Jess Murrain / Joana Nastari’s ‘Fuck You Pay Me’ / Joshua Mooney

/ Jossy Mitsu / Kojey Radical / Kokoroko / Laura Misch / Little Grape Jelly / Luo / Lvna /

Madi / Malika / Massiah Abraham / Maxwell Owin / Monilaro / Pecs: The Drag King

Collective / Pedaler / Penya / Pie Eye Collective / Positive/Negatives / Project Karnak /

Project Play / Rachel Nwokoro / Random Acts, First Acts / Ross From Friends (live) /

Sam Ward’s ‘5 Encounters on a Site Called Craigslist’ / Sawa Manga / Scarlett

O’Malley / SE Dub Collective / Shivum Sharma / Siren DJs / Skinny Pelembe / Slam the

Poet / Squid / Huw Bennett presents: Susso / Tenderstem / The Harry & Chris Quiz /

Thidius / Touching Bass / Vels Trio / Where Pathways Meet / Wovoka Gentle

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