Sea Change fes­ti­val takes over the town of Totnes in south Devon over the August Bank Hol­i­day Week­end. The event finds its way into mul­ti­ple his­toric venues in the town.

Found­ed and curat­ed by Totnes’s own Drift Records, Sea Change presents spe­cial guests beneath the beau­ti­ful gold leaf ceil­ing of the Bar­rel House Ball­room, St. Mary’s Church, 1950s Civic Hall, restored Vic­to­ri­an Totnes Cin­e­ma, and two micro-brew­eries – New Lion and the Totnes Brew­ing Co. Stages will be curat­ed by the likes of Bel­la Union, Erased Tapes, The Qui­etus, Fire Records, Earth Record­ings and Moshi Moshi.

Totnes - sea change
Pho­to: Jay Bing

This year, will see the fes­ti­val expand­ing into the his­toric 14th-cen­tu­ry estate of Dart­ing­ton. It will host the festival’s new Off­shore main stage, host­ing music each evening until late. Here’s some info about the Dart­ing­ton events:

  • New Off­shore stage fea­tures Hook­worms, Bo Nin­gen & Damo Suzu­ki, Andrew Weather­all, Vir­ginia Wing, James Hold­en and the Ani­mal Spir­its, Surf­ing Mag­a­zines and Rival Consoles
  • • £25 night-time tickets 
  • Line-ups com­piled by Bel­la Union, Erased Tapes, The Qui­etus, Fire Records, Earth Record­ings and Moshi Moshi

Dart­ing­ton also fea­tures the Sum­mer­sisle restau­rant, run by Patrick Han­na, Head Chef of River­ford’s esteemed Field Kitchen, along­side col­league Lizzie Wed­der­burn. Sea Change 2018 also sees the debut of the new Off­shore Pil­sner from neigh­bour­ing Sharp’s Brew­ery. A drink they’ve been brew­ing and per­fect­ing since 2011, Off­shore is a pale straw beer with a herbal lemon aro­ma. This inti­mate and very mod­ern new fes­ti­val need­ed some­thing dif­fer­ent and Off­shore fit­ted the bill perfectly.


  • Surf­ing Mag­a­zines, a new garage-rock group con­sist­ing of two thirds of The Wave Pic­tures and one half of Slow Club. Andrew Weather­all, pro­duc­er, remix­er and often cit­ed as one of the World’s finest DJs. A spe­cial­ly com­mis­sioned extra­or­di­nary live head­line col­lab­o­ra­tion between acclaimed Japan­ese noise band Bo Nin­gen and the leg­endary for­mer CAN vocal­ist Damo Suzu­ki.

  • Man­ches­ter-based pop band Vir­ginia Wing whose new ‘Ecsta­t­ic Arrow’ LP was in the Guardian’s best 2018 albums so far. A major coup for the fes­ti­val, with five-piece psy­che­del­ic rock band Hook­worms play­ing live. Elec­tron­ic pro­duc­er James Hold­en and The Ani­mal Spir­its fus­ing elec­tron­ics and spir­i­tu­al jazz and Erased Tapes’ huge­ly tal­ent­ed pro­duc­er Rival Con­soles com­plet­ing the night with full visu­al sup­port throughout.


Dates: Fri­day 24 and Sat­ur­day 25 August 2018.

Infor­ma­tion and tick­ets: & @driftseachange 

Trav­el: Totnes is on the main rail­way line from Lon­don Padding­ton and from Bris­tol Tem­ple Meads. The sta­tion is a five minute walk from the High Street. Bris­tol air­port is the clos­est main air­port, just over 90 miles away. If you are dri­ving Totnes is on the A38. This is off the M5 trav­el­ling south.

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