Sussex Has Loads Of Amazing Festivals. Here's 9 Of Our Favourites

It’s time to dust down the waterproofs and dig out the baby wipes; festival season is upon us. Sussex has an array of weird, wired and wonderful events which we’ve rounded up the best of. See you in the toilet queue…


Friday 13 - Sunday 15 July

Brainchild has quietly made a name for itself as a haven of music, arts and ideas in the Sussex countryside. With a DIY spirit and focus on collaboration across artistic forms, it ticks a lot of PLATF9RM boxes. If festivals are more about inspiration than hedonism (with maybe just a soupçon of the latter) Brainchild will be your jam.


Friday 24 - Sunday 26 August

If, for you, celestial joy resides on the snakebite-streaked floor of the indie disco, then Victorious will deliver you to festival nirvana. From heavyweights like Paul Weller and The Libertines to Gomez, The Cribs and ‘him with the hips’ Friendly Fires, it’s domestic indie bliss.

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Byline Festival
Saturday 24 - Monday 27 August

Say the words ‘journalist’ and ‘festival’ and one tends to think of hungover freeloaders, hanging around in the press section and trying to blag beers from the PR team. (Or maybe that’s just us…)

Byline Festival differs in that it’s run by The Frontline Club – the Paddington based club for independent journalists – and has curated a programme of thought-provoking musicians, talks and workshops. Headliners are punk activists Pussy Riot, but that’s really just the tip of the fatberg with sessions on Cambridge Analytica and a lecture from John Cleese. There’s plenty of time for partying too, with DJs spinning until the early hours.


Bimble Bandana
Friday 27 - Sunday 29 July

A friend once described Bimble to us like this: “It’s a lot of happy families, and people in their 40s trying to behave like they’re 21 then regretting it the next morning.” Sounds like Brighton in a nutshell. We’re in.


Tribal Earth Summer Gathering
Thursday 16 - Sunday 19 August

Tribal Earth has a rich 20 year history. Expect alternative activities like pranayama and laughter yoga, plus music workshops for international instruments including the kora (African harp) or bodrhan (Irish drum). Chuck in drum circles, sound baths, natural saunas and vegetarian food and you’ve got a family friendly festival experience that’s the very antithesis of Reading and Leeds. Amen to that!


Rye Jazz Festival
Friday 24 - Monday 27 August

Rye Jazz festival collects some of the greatest international names for a jazz explosion in Sussex’s most Dickensian outpost. Zara McFarlane recently won Jazz FM vocalist of the year whilst Lucky Peterson is a legend of the blues axe and Hammond B3 organ. Brought the sun with you? Get out to Camber for half an afternoon and trail across those boundless white sands.


Magical Festival
Friday 17 - Monday 20 August

Props to Magical who raised over £30,000 for their 2018 event through an Indiegogo campaign. This 1,000 person super boutique festival styles itself as ‘the playground of possibilities’ and with its theme of ‘You are AMAZING!’ is on a mission to pump up your soul glow.


Love Supreme
Friday 29 June - Sunday 1 July

From crowd-pleasing headliners like Earth, Wind & Fire to new soul upstarts like Tom Misch to quietly legendary British saxophonists (Denys Baptiste), Love Supreme has one of the most diverse line-ups on the festival calendar. It’s very shall-we-say Brighton, but that’s okay, and you can get there in a horse-drawn carriage for the big Instagram Story win.


Into The Wild
Friday 24 - Monday 27 August

Into The Wild describes itself as a ‘vibrant creative village of life’ and, with over 100 workshops, is a dream for curious kids and inquisitive big kids. From falconry to hip-hop Shakespeare workshops, to slack-lining or shamanism, it’s a wonderland of knowledge and unorthodox skills. It’s also drink and drug free, so if you want to get into it rather than out it, jump on that Big Lemon bus to East Grinstead.