About Fort Process

Fort Process is an expansive multi­disciplinary music and arts festival that takes place in the evocative spaces of Newhaven Fort in East Sussex, with an extensive programme featuring site­-specific sound installations, international musicians, talks, films, poetry and workshops.

The Fort Process experience is quite unlike any other: half the festival­-goers are hidden underground, making their way through a warren of tunnels to listen to performances in eerie chambers and bolt holes. Meanwhile, above ground the other half are roaming in and out of gun emplacements, radio shacks and laboratories on the fort’s ramparts.

Newhaven Fort

Built in 1860, Newhaven Fort is an alluring site, rich in human and natural history. After being decommissioned as a military facility the fort has undergone neglect and subsequent restoration, with many of the features of its inner architecture remaining intact, including the rumoured ghost in the Caponier. Built physically into the geology of the South Downs, it gives it a unique perspective of Newhaven town and the hills and sea of the area.

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What people say about Fort Process

Best fucking thing ever. Herculean effort from all involved - top, top work.

Nigel Munroe   

It was an excellent experience - great cross selection of music/installation and a great location. Probably my favourite festival in recent years.

Andie Brown   

That was amazing. I had a brilliant time. Fantastic job, everyone. Really special.

Bela Emerson   

Fort Process was incredible. A brilliant event of sonic wonders in amazing surroundings.

Graham Dowdall   

So much incredible stuff going on yesterday at Fort Process - saw some truly amazing people performing.

Alastaire Allday ‏   

It was a magical day with terrific music, a creative use of all the place's many nooks and crannies, great ale (good price too!), a lovely friendly crowd and stunning sunset from the top of the fort. It felt like a real privilege to be there. I hope when you've got your collective breath back you do another one!

Melita Dennett   

Sublime festival - thanks to all of you for organising Fort Process and working so hard to make it happen - brilliant!

Poulomi Usurp Desai   

A wonderful day at a fantastic site, with loads of great stuff. Cheers all!

Craig Wood   

Congratulations on bringing off such a major event. I had a great time.

John Butcher   

Press Reviews of Fort Process

“Organisers Lost Property excelled themselves at their inaugural festival event, curating a near­impossible convergence of artists and installations in a complex space chosen precisely because of its challenging qualities.” Ben Graham, The Quietus

“…there’s something delightfully relaxing ­ and not a little subversive ­ about strolling around what was once an outpost of stiff discipline, oblivious to stage times or potential clashes, and open to the joy and surprise of accidental discovery.” Daniel Spicer, The Wire

“The place was riddled with nifty installations, every twist and turn revealed more: motorised wire fountains, rusted plate­bouncing batons, numerous lakes of candles, slowly melting ice blocks… things just unfolded, far removed from the choking congestion of other festivals.” Michael Rodham­, Heaps