Playlist: Brainchild Festival (East Sussex; Friday 12th to Sunday 14th July 2019)

Young and exciting musicians, theatre groups and artists combine in East Sussex to celebrate difference and DIY culture at Brainchild Festival.

Set in the Bentley Wildfowl & Motor Museum in East Sussex, Brainchild is a festival that is building quite a reputation. A festival that takes itself far beyond music, with an excellent schedule of talks, workshops and theatre, it really is a multidisciplinary festival. At its heart is DIY culture, and that can be felt conceptually through the whole festival. From the passion for the musicians and artists they work with, to the delivery of the festival, it is fun and thought-provoking in equal measure.

Forward thinking in its line-up, Brainchild took on Steam Down last year, before they were playing all over Europe. A risk to take them outside of their home at the time, Buster Mantis, Steam Down’s show, became almost legendary when they just carried on playing outside the tent. They are back this year as one of the headline acts, along with other established South London acts, Maisha and Dylemma.

You can find all the above in the playlist accompanying this article; the playlist is an attempt to capture some of the varied and exciting musicians playing at Brainchild. There’s not a lot they all hold in common; there is no clear genre or theme, except that they are young. And that is what Brainchild is all about; it’s young, looking for new talent and willing to take a risk. Whether by giving the stage to new works such as the Eriksson Tudie Project or Calm Roots, a two-hour meditative session with Alex Rita and Clara Sinephero, or holding workshops on activism and protest, they look for new ways to share the great and the good of young UK talent.

Brainchild encompasses all art forms and celebrates the different and exciting, from the ambient of Leafcutter John, to the upbeat Berlin funk of Yong Yussef. Check out the playlist to hear the wild and wonderful world of Brainchild.

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