Is there anyone who doesn’t fancy the idea of a festival with only 600 people? The event in question is Sea Change, the – well let’s call it intimate – event takes place in Totnes, in a selection of quirky and atmospheric town venues.

Sea Change Presents announces the first wave of artists for the much-loved festival, which returns to Totnes on 27, 28 and 29 May 2022 with a three-day, multi-venue event stretching across the south Devon town.

Friday night will be headlined by Porridge Radio, who were due to play at the 2020 event, which was scuppered by the pandemic. Vocalist and songwriter, Dana Margolin, did play a special live set for Sea Change ‘Goes Online’, but the full-band’s live performance will be a euphoric reminder ofwhat we’ve missed.

Also on the lineup: Gwenno returns to Totnes after a dazzling show in support of her acclaimed ‘Le Kov’ album in 2018; Kathryn JosephKaty J Pearson; Michael Price; Rough Trade’s new eight-piece longform space-rockers, caroline; the propulsive London synth/drum duo, Soccer96; Scottish writer, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Andrew Wasylyk; Émilie Tiersen as Quinquis, whose new record, Seim, is steeped in her Breton family history; Yorkshire’s The Lounge Society; and two of Dublin’s finest new exports, MELTS and Silverbacks.

Sea Change continues its tradition of presenting exciting new talent, this year including Sinead O’Brien, Lucy Gooch, Tara Clerkin Trio, Charlotte Spiral, HighSchool, Fran Lobo and DITZ. Also returning to Sea Change are fellow Devon natives, Pale Blue Eyes.

More artists will be announced in February, including film and literature events in partnership with Rough Trade Books, White Rabbit and Faber & Faber.

From 27-29 May 2022, atmospheric buildings across Totnes town will become venues for an event spanning music, art, film and literature, put together by people who spend all day listening to records. Grade I-listed St Mary’s Church, the ethically innovative Bull Inn, the Barrel House Ballroom, 17th-century Birdwood House, exquisitely restored Totnes Cinema and Drift Record Shop among others.

Already announced, as a very special launch night event, on Thursday 26 May, Chilly Gonzales will perform an intimate solo piano recital at Dartington’s Great Hall,.

Both weekend tickets and bundles – to include the Chilly Gonzales show – are on sale now via www.seachangepresents.co.uk

Sea Change founder, Rupert Morrison, says, “Though we say it ourselves, this is a hugely impressive first announcement, and all the more dazzling when you consider that the weekend capacity is just 600 people. We brought people back to Totnes town in August 2021 and it was surreal and hugely exciting. We’ve been working hard for months and, today, being able to start talking about our amazing guests is a pretty euphoric moment. May 2022 is going to feel celebratory, safe and totally invigorating. After so many stops and starts, finally bringing the likes of Katy J Pearson and Porridge Radio to town feels big. The May 2022 roster (with a lot more still to be announced) is one of which we’re extremely proud and we can’t wait for each and every show.”

Sea Change tickets are sold via Citizen Ticket. For every ticket purchased, 5p goes towards planting trees in the UK. This way, hundreds of years after an event has finished, its legacy will still live on, absorbing CO² and helping local wildlife to flourish. https://www.citizenticket.co.uk/trees/

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