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Independent Artists Get Ready For Smart Multimedia Festival

Article written by Kev W - May 11, 2015

Beginning in 2012, The Brainchild Festival has sought to bring togeter an eclectic mix of independent musicians, DJs, theatre, spoken word and more. This year's festival will take place from July 10th to 12th, in Lewes near Brighton. Full details can be found below, and a complete line-up poster is located here.


Multi-media event features Matthew Halsall, Shabaka Hutchings, The Cinematic Orchestra’s Stuart McCallum and many more

Brainchild is an intimate, independent festival focused on bringing together artists and audiences from all disciplines to collaborate, experiment and perform over three days.

Since its humble beginnings in 2012 when it emerged in conjunction with the like-minded creative community Steez, the festival has set the stage for some of the most talented young creative minds in the UK, including King Krule as a headliner. This year is shaping up to be the most exciting yet, with a line-up that includes Matthew Halsall, Shabaka Hutchings and The Cinematic Orchestra’s Stuart McCallum.

This year the festival has found a new home in the fields and woods of Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum in Lewes, North West of Brighton.

Brainchild has become the festival where the normal barriers between artists and audiences dissolve. With a full program of live and electronic music, DJ sets, spoken word, theatre, talks, workshops, visual arts and films, there are also opportunities for audiences to jam with performers in a space curated in collaboration with South East London’s acclaimed STEEZ community.

The line-up so far includes: members of The Cinematic Orchestra performing as part of Stuart McCallum & Rioghnach Connolly; producer and DJ Catching Flies who has toured with Bonobo; PRS Steve Reid InNOVAtion Award winners Moses Boyd and Hector Plimmer; poet and World Slam champion Harry Baker; and rising hip-hop talent Loyle Carner.

Other inspirational contributors are the Bristol Skipchen: The Real Junk Food Project, who will be providing food and discussion; ICA Bloomberg Contemporary Emily Motto, designing environmental art; critically acclaimed trumpeter and Gondwana Records label boss Matthew Halsall and recent British addition to the Sun Ra Arkestra Shabaka Hutchings with his band The Comet Is Coming. We are excited to be finalising masterclasses and workshops led by many of these artists and more.

Other music includes: Shivum Sharma, Alex Burey, Port Isla, Wayward, Tom Misch (DJ set), Elder Island, Sumochief, Pix, Chelou, Wooden Arms, La Petite Mort, Mokadem, James Massiah, The Busy Twist, Nérija, Jerkcurb, Nomad Soul, Hester, HYLA, Babeheaven, Puma Rosa, Poppy Ajudha, Ben Hauke, Myriad Forest, Oscar Laurence, Pedaler, Jacob Allen, Ben Hayes, Capua Collective, Haraket and all the way from New Orleans, Tank and the Bangas.

In addition, there’ll be showcases from Leeds based record label Wisdom Teeth (hosted by producers K-Lone and FACTA), London based Bade Records (James Sison B2B Edward Antonio, Talk&Smoke) and takeovers from Deep Sounds, Sista Sista and Twinkat Soul (feat. Jackal Wyfreid, Maxwell Owin and MC Pinty).

Spoken word poetry and theatre highlights include: Joshua Idehen, Jemima Foxtrot, Bridget Minamore, The New Funk Poets (James Massiah, Belinda Zhawi, Brother Portrait, Andrea Phillips), Tommy Sissons, Paul Cree, Rosie Knight, Slam The Poet, Jack Rooke’s show ‘Good Grief’, Cecilia Knapp’s show ‘Finding Home’, Troupe’s ‘Dead Moon’, ‘PECS’: an all female drag collective, Maria Ferguson’s ‘Fat Girls Don’t Dance’, Theatre with Legs’: ‘Maybe I Should Freeze My Eggs’, Tight Theatre’s ‘PUSSY’, Big Spoon Theatre’s ‘Jane Doe’ and innovative puppetry company Mirth & Misery’s ‘Death Puppet Klezma Jam’.

Brainchild will also be introducing workshops, panel debates, films and theatre that explore the themes of ‘BODY’, ‘SPACE’, ‘POWER’ and ‘CHANGE’, with award winning directors coming to discuss their work and panellists from Rethinking Economics, The Sex Worker Open University and many more.

With a capacity of just 1000 people, the festival is truly a place to forge friendships and get creatively inspired.

Earlybird tickets sold out in just three days, and we are now on our final release with full weekend camping tickets available for £65 from this page.


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