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Brainchild Festival 2022


Bentley Wildfowl & Motor Museum, Harveys Lane, Halland, East Sussex, BN8 5AF


08 July 2022 - 11 July 2022

| Doors open: 12:00


This event has now passed and tickets are no longer available.


About Brainchild Festival:

For three days in the woods and fields of East Sussex, we bring together 3,000 people to share their talents and ideas, to dance, discover and make new friends. We celebrate DIY spirit, bravery and originality in the artists, activists and people creating cultural change. We aim to build communities of friends and collaborators who will help each other dream big and make brilliant things happen. Artists who have contributed contributed so far include: STEAM DOWN, Alice Phoebe Lou, Travis Alabanza, Pecs Drag Kings, Jay Jay Revlon, Maxwell Owin, Sherelle, Ezra Collective, Moses Boyd, Nuyba Garcia & dozens more.

Brainchild is sponsor-free, independent & run as a Community Interest Company.


Crowd Cover Pledge

At checkout, a Crowd Cover Pledge of £45 will be automatically added to your basket. This pledge must be purchased with the Admission Fee in order for your festival ticket to be valid.

You will be asked to agree to terms & conditions that state that, in the event of a Covid-19 related cancellation, the £45 Crowd Cover Pledge element of your ticket will be non-refundable.

The pledge is our radical, collective solution to the lack of availability of affordable & effective Covid-19 cancellation insurance, it's a way of protecting ourselves and you, our ticket-holders, so we can ensure our future survival in the worst case scenario of a cancellation. You can read more about it in our FAQs.

Pay in Instalments

Our highest priced tickets, the final release, are available to purchase in 3 instalments over 6 months, so you can secure your spot even if you don't have the cash flow right now.

Instalment #1: £58.99 due immediately (£13.99 Admission Fee inc booking fee + £45 Crowd Cover Pledge)

Instalment #2: £45.00 due on Monday 21 March 2022

Instalment #3: £45.00 due on Monday 23 May 2022

If you purchase your tickets in this way you agree the instalment amounts will be automatically debited from your credit / debit card on the specified dates. TicketSellers will send you a reminder email a week before each payment is due. It is your responsibility to keep your email address up to date on this site.

If a payment cannot be taken for any reason, the instalment plan is void. You will be sent an email and you have fourteen days to pay the full remaining balance on your account. Failing to pay the full balance within 14 days of a missed instalment payment renders your tickets invalid and all payments up to that point will be lost.

Volunteer Tickets

The Volunteer Ticket on this page are for general volunteering roles. You'll work 3 shifts (approx 12hrs) over the weekend, duties could include: working at the bar, selling programmes, checking car park tickets, stewarding and other odd jobs. 

Once you have purchased a Volunteer Ticket, our Staffing Manager will contact you and ask you to complete a form, providing some information about yourself. Please be aware, we ask that all general volunteer to arrive by 8pm on the evening of Thursday 7th July 2022 for a briefing. 

As with all tickets, a Crowd Cover Pledge of £45 will be automatically added to your basket at checkout, this must be purchased alongside the Admission Fee for your ticket to be valid. Once you've fulfilled your volunteer shifts, you'll get half the total cost (Admission Fee + the Crowd Cover Pledge) of your ticket back. Here are the amounts you will be refunded based on each ticket tier:

Volunteer First Release = refund of £62.50

Volunteer Second Release = refund of £67.50

Volunteer Final Release = refund of £72.50

There are other full volunteer roles for which you do not need to purchase a ticket, but you will be asked to put down a deposit that will be refunded in full after you complete your shifts on site. We will be recruiting for these volunteer roles in the spring: Artist Liaison, Green Team, Decor team, Shop team, Welfare Team, Build & Break Crew.

Brainchild Express

All aboard the party bus! We're running a coach service from London to the festival for the first time this year. Your outbound ticket is time specific and coaches will be departing from New Cross, Sainsbury's Car Park on Friday 8th July. All inbound coaches will be departing from the festival site at 10am on Monday 11th July from the coach departure point. If you miss your outbound time slot we cannot guarantee a spot on the next coach.

Minibus Tickets

*these will go on sale in 2022

We run a minibus service between the two nearest stations to our festival site, Uckfield & Lewes. All Friday minibus tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be available on the buses themselves. Trains run on the hour from both stations, journeys from either take under 20 minutes.

All tickets are open returns - your outbound journey is time specific, but you can get on any minibus leaving the festival back to the station you can from. There will be less frequent minibuses operating between both stations & the festival site on both Saturday & Sunday, for which you will be able to purchase tickets on the buses themselves.

Pay It Forward Scheme

Please sign up to via this form if you're 18-25 and 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. 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).