Mutations Festival: A Q&A with Promoter Alex Murray

We talk to Alex Murray from Mutations Festival - a new alternative multi-venue festival for Brighton taking place on 28 and 29 November. Artist appearing include Lightning Bolt, Metz, Josh T Pearson, John Talabot, Christopher Owens, Chelsea Wolfe, Blanck Mass, and many more. Tickets for Mutations Festival are available with See Tickets now.

Mutations is a brand new festival. How did it come about?

While Mutations is a new annual festival for Brighton it was born out of last year’s DRILL:BRIGHTON Festival. It was a four day multi-venue festival collaboration between Brighton promoters One Inch Badge and the seminal punk band Wire.

With Drill being a touring festival it’s since gone on to have festival editions in London and Chicago. Having been a big success both musically and structurally we decided that the time was right for Brighton to have it’s own static alternative music festival each final weekend of November.

The programming for the festival is diverse. It draws from what we believe are the most pioneering and exciting acts internationally within each genre. Alongside the music there are also pop-up record stores, poster art exhibition and a secret sessions stage. At just 1,000 capacity it is structured around Hove venues on the Saturday and Brighton venues on the Sunday. Mutations is lining up to be a pure music fans dream and new regular fixture on the festival market.

Talk us through some of the acts on the line-up – are there any that you are personally looking forward to seeing or that you’d particularly recommend?

There’s so many I’m not sure where to begin! On a personal level I’m very excited to see Lightning Bolt return to Brighton for the first time in pushing five years, one of my all time favourite acts. I’m really excited to see Chelsea Wolfe, her most recent album is just incredible.

I’m also excited to have John Talabot come to Brighton for the first time ever, having seen him perform at Primavera in the past I know we’re in for a real treat. A perfect closer to the festival itself on the Sunday night.

John Talabot

As a new festival entering an already saturated market how do you see Mutations Festival as standing out?

For me Mutations is the perfect counterpart to our summer festival Together the People. While I’m a big fan of the outdoor festival experience it’s impractical in our climate to have them all year round, which is a shame as come end September I, like everyone else, get the post festival blues.

Being positioned indoor as a multi-venue festival, Mutations has the luxury of carrying on the festival calendar into November. No tents, no watching bands in the rain, no limited beer options, just amazing bands in some of the greatest venues in the country. There’s a reason Foo Fighters have played the 600 capacity Concorde 2 twice since I’ve lived here!

Foo Fighters at Brighton's Concorde 2

The festival itself is programmed in a pyramid shape with more lower capacity venue options at the start of the day with the venue capacities increasing as the stage numbers decrease as the day progresses. At headline point there is only 1 stage operational each day so everyone will get to see the headline acts.

There’s also no dead times of the day. We have music on from 1pm to 10:30pm Saturday and 1pm to 1am Sunday.

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