Brighton & Hove has often struggled to get on the music festival map for some reason. Of it’s two largest events, one offers almost exclusively unheard-of bands, while the other is aimed to be a celebration of diversity rather than a rock show. There’s plenty of events willing to come to the city, hoping to capitalise on Brighton’s hip image, but nothing has really struck a chord. Local promoters One Inch Badge are trying a different approach – an all-day festival just outside the city centre, which concentrates on credibility rather than commerciality.

Mutations Festival brings some together some of the scene’s most compelling and imaginative artists on Sat 23 Feb. Lined-up already are White Denim, Goat Girl, Flamingods, Josefin Ohrn & The Liberation, Snapped Ankles, Tvam, Saint Agnes, Ohmme, Advance Base, Orchards, Libralibra, Tamu Massif, Jacko Hooper and Natalie Evans.

As announced by Shaun Keaveny on 6Music last month, the festival‘s venue is Hansen Hall in Portslade. At first glance, BN41 might not seem an apparent rock & roll destination, but it has allowed for an intimate and inspiring venue to witness some cutting-edge sounds. This unique and versatile multi-roomed space will show how Brighton & Hove excels at doing things a little bit less obviously.