Kid Carpet

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What if failure was a virtue, to be cherished like success is? If it was, would we all feel better? Epic Fail is a performance lecture about failure, made with and for young people and their families. 

There is a pervading culture of perfectionism amongst our young people which frames failure as something to be avoided at all cost and only increases anxiety in those young people. Epic Fail is a response to this anxiety crisis.

Over the past year Kid Carpet and engineer Rachel Kirkwood have taken up residence at Bristol Primary schools; May Park, Victoria Park and Begbrook. Collaborating with the pupils, making a space to; talk, create, play, test ideas and get things wrong. They built broken bridges, wore fake moustaches and (unfortunately) invented fizzy milk.

We don’t have all the answers so don’t come for them. Come for the best songs, nonsense telly adverts and umbrellas for your shoes. Let’s revel in failure.

Epic Fail is supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious Awards schemeNational Lottery through Arts Council England, Bristol City Council Originators Fund, Off The Record and the Science Communication Unit at the University of the West of England. 


Ed Patrick was a normal young man who lived in Bristol and aspired to be a musician. Until he went to his local car boot sale with a ten pound note and returned with a plastic guitar, a child’s keyboard and a toy tape deck. He put his name into an online anagram generating machine and Kid Carpet was born.

Kid Carpet began making music with old keyboards, toys, computers, a sellotaped up broken electric guitar and a punk rock DIY attitude. Hundreds of gigs got smashed as headline and support to acts like Art Brut, Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, Electric 6, Willy Mason, Arcade Fire, The Trachtenberg Family Slideshow Players and Presidents Of The United States Of America.


Epic Fail is supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious Awards scheme, National Lottery through Arts Council England, Bristol City Council Originators Fund, Off The Record and the Science Communication Unit at the University of the West of England.