Metronomy

We are so very proud… Friday night’s headliner is one of the UK’s most critically and commercially successful acts, returning to Devon for a huge homecoming show for Sea Change. The Mercury-nominated band are currently celebrating the 10th anniversary of breakthrough LP, Nights Out (a new expanded edition of which is available via Because), and founder Joe Mount has most recently been busy producing Robyn’s Honey album.

A long-time supporter of both Drift and Sea Change, Joe snuck into town to play a surprise DJ set at the inaugural Sea Change weekend, and it has long been one of the festival’s ambitions to invite Metronomy to headline - we’re delighted that this is the year.

+ Friday, Tuck Stage.

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The Comet Is Coming

With a self-proclaimed aim to establish art as the great weapon against powerful vested interests and a global political and industrial class intent on perverting the truth, Mercury Prize-shortlisted future-jazz phenomenon The Comet is Coming are making music for this time of crisis. Their second studio LP - Trust In The Life Force Of The Deep Mystery - was released on the iconic Impulse! Records in March, and all roads lead to Saturday night at Sea Change where pulsating, danceable, groove-centric pieces and quieter, melodic compositions will radicalise even the most resistant of us.

+ Saturday, Truck Stage.

Gazelle Twin


Gazelle Twin is the project of electronic producer, composer, and artist Elizabeth Bernholz. Based in Brighton, she is part of the Anti-Ghost Moon Ray arts collective and her fifth album (Pastoral, the 2018 Quietus Album of the Year) saw her taking inspiration from British folklore while exploring the darkness behind the quaint and idyllic. Never retreating into stale tropes or easy conclusions, the record has been hailed as a touchstone of new ways of looking through art at the land we live in.

+ Friday, Foxhole Gym.

Gazelle Twin
Gruff Rhys

Gruff Rhys

The ever-inventive, total one-off legend that is Gruff Rhys brings his newest record Babelsberg to Totnes, and what a thrill it is to have him. Babelsberg finds Gruff in gloomy mood - casting a critical eye on the current state of political play in the US and UK. While it may be Rhys’s most lyrically despondent record to date, it never fails to deliver on his trademark melodic flair and impeccable ear for harmony and instrumentation.

+ Sunday, Truck Stage.

 

Lubomyr Melnyk

With a lifetime of dedication to his instrument behind him, and a peerless reputation as composer, improviser and pioneer, it’s no exaggeration to say we are thrilled to have Lubomyr Melnyk appearing at the festival. His last album (released on the sterling Erased Tapes label), which somehow brought forth all the majesty and melancholy of the natural world from a pair of hands and a set of piano keys, has helped Melnyk’s work finally to enjoy the critical and popular status it so richly deserves.

A true master of his art, and a genuine original, this will be a very special performance.

+ Sunday, The Great Hall. [Two performances]

Lubomy Melnyk

 

Will Burns and Hannah Peel

We are delighted to welcome artist, producer and award-winning composer Hannah Peel in collaboration with poet Will Burns (a Faber New Poet for 2013–14) to perform in our beautiful 15th-century St Mary’s Church venue. Their collaborative project Chalk Hill Blue was released in March to wide acclaim, and we think St Mary’s church is the perfect setting for this atmospheric, contemplative aural experience. And expect a very special guest turn, a Sea Change exclusive - you’ll want to be one of the ones who was there.

+ Friday, St Mary’s Church (Totnes).

Bill Ryder-Jones

Bill Ryder-Jones comes into town with one of the best albums of last year in his back pocket. Yawn is a record with a profoundly emotional core which Bill and his band expertly translate into a live show of serious heft. Prepare for a woozy, slow-burning storm of guitar textures and the kind of bittersweet poetry Bill’s laconic drawl delivers with such weight and charm. Surely one of the best songwriters currently working, and a treat to have around the place for a day or two.

+ Saturday, Big Top Stage.

Bill Ryder-Jones
Pip Blom

Pip Blom

Having amassed an almost-impossibly large fanbase after uploading her early songs online, Pip Blom decided to recruit a band and hit the road. A wild, joyful live show quickly gained a reputation and pricked the ears of the great and good at the likes of BBC6 Music. A record deal with the legendary Heavenly records followed, and we’re incredibly excited to see what one of the most talked-about artists of recent times delivers down here in Devon.

+ Friday, Big Top Stage.

Stewart Lee and Michael Cumming present ‘King Rocker’

How does a working class autodidact, with no visible means of support, maintain his role as the leader of a cult British underground band into its fifth decade? Comedian and writer Stewart Lee (Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle), director Michael Cumming (Brass Eye, Toast) and James Nicholls (Fire Records, Fire Films) investigate the mysterious existence of Robert Lloyd (The Prefects, The Nightingales, Robert Lloyd and the New Four Seasons), Britain’s ultimate post-punk survivor, in this new documentary.

We are so thrilled to host a panel talk with the project’s creators at Sea Change, including an exclusive first look at a section of the film and a very special live show from The Nightingales.

+ ‘King Rocker’ - Saturday, Big Top Stage
+ The Nightingales (Live) - Saturday, Truck stage.


 
 
Flamingods
 

Flamingods

Inspired largely by the disco, funk and psychedelic sounds coming out of the Middle East and South Asia in the 70s, international psych explorers Flamingods return with a new album Levitation on Moshi Moshi Records this May. The album channels these influences through a vision soaked in mysticism, positivity and sun-drenched imagery.

+ Friday, Truck Stage.

 

TVAM

Wigan native Joe Ogden is TVAM, whose debut LP Psychic Data (released on his own imprint of the same name) was self-produced and home-recorded before being handed over to Dean Honer (of Moonlandingz, The Eccentronic Research Council and International Teachers Of Pop) for mixing. It’s genuinely hard to imagine something as deep, ambitious and full of texture being cooked up in a bedroom. Huge moments of synth-pop colliding with crunching kosmische and sections of gloriously dystopian futuristic soundtracks.

+ Saturday, Truck Stage.

TVAM
Du Blonde

Du Blonde

Beth Jeans Houghton’s Du Blonde has always felt like the grizzled, lost, exposed poetry that’s perfect for our times. Charting a life of grubby and hard-won epiphanies, tough, broken love and a visceral honesty, this is music as confession, as unflinching memoir, as staring yourself down in the dirty mirror. And yet there’s too much intelligence, too much heart and too many tunes involved for this music to fall into mere navel-gazing. A must-see performer at the top of her artistic game.

+ Friday, Truck Stage. 

Maps

Songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist, remixer - James Kenneth Chapman’s Maps project almost created the blueprint for the kind of restless, intelligent and multi-talented musicianship that has made modern music such a rich and imaginative field. With a new album due this month and sure to be as beautiful, powerful and ambitious as any of his work to date, Maps has always had a live show worthy of the singular music - we can’t wait to see what’s on the cards this time.

+ Friday, Big Top Stage.

Maps

Ana Da Silva

Ana Da Silva
 

The legendary Raincoat, artist, author and musician is bringing her unique artistic vision down to the festival for a truly one-off performance. Running the gamut of Raincoats and solo material, including selections from her latest collaborative album Islands, Da Silva’s music is full of joy, anger, love - all expressed in lyrics of rare intelligence and subtle poetry.

+ Live: Saturday, St Mary’s Church (Totnes)
+ In Conversation: Saturday, Barrel House Ballroom (Totnes)

 

Rozi Plain

With an improbably long and storied musical career already for one so young, Rozi Plain has put out records with Lost Maps, toured the world as a member of This is the Kit, and collaborated with a veritable who’s who of the experimental side of the folk community. But this fourth album presents a creative high water-mark - a set of songs so strong that they can withstand a high-class cast of contributors and still retain and indelible sense of themselves and of Plain herself. Beguiling, delicate, beautifully crafted music that will make for a wonderful show.

+ Saturday, St Mary’s Church (Totnes)

Rozi Plain
Black Midi

Black Midi

Emerging from a South London music scene that feels as exciting as anything for a long time, Black Midi are the ones-to-watch’s ones-to-watch. Having earned their live stripes at legendary Brixton venue The Windmill, as well as knocking out a debut single with Speedy Wunderground before signing with Rough Trade, this show will be one of the festival’s genuine ‘I was there’ moments - a hugely exciting band to have visit us down at Sea Change.

+ Saturday, Big Top Stage.

W.H. Lung

Manchester trio W.H. Lung’s recent debut introduced a group whose sense of dynamics, melody and texture seem to have arrived fully-formed. With a pulsing and insistent rhythmic motor, washes of synths and a palpable sense of tension augmented by wails of guitars this is consummately crafted, very modern psychedelic music. The start of a stellar career, without a doubt, and the calling card for a summer of live shows as compelling as we are all sure to see in Totnes this spring.

+ Saturday, Big Top Stage.

W.H. Lung

 

You Tell Me

You Tell Me

You Tell Me is Field Music’s Peter Brewis and Admiral Fallow member Sarah Hayes. As one half of Field Music, Peter Brewis has been honing the craft of pop songwriting for almost fifteen years, whilst Sarah Hayes has explored contemporary folk in her solo work, and the world of indie-pop via her band Admiral Fallow. This project is a remarkable musical statement, with two first-time collaborators able to channel so much of themselves into and create something coherent, poised, and future-facing, without ever relying on the easy-access tropes of an indie-folk past.

+ Sunday, Truck Stage.

Szun Waves

Saxophonist Jack Wyllie, synth experimentalist Luke Abbott, and drummer Laurence Pike’s Szun Waves are at the forefront of one of the most dynamic, exciting musical moments of recent years, in the meeting of London’s vibrant jazz and experimental music scenes. Improvisation, electronics, live instrumentation, the breaking down and re-inventing of traditions - it’s all going on in Szun Waves’s astonishing music.

+ Friday, Big Top Stage.

 
Szun Waves
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Virginia Astley

We’re very, very excited to be welcoming one of the most enigmatic, original artists of her generation to perform this year at Sea Change. Virginia Astley has a career that spans genre, place, time and form in a way that perhaps nobody else can lay claim to. She will perform from her latest work, English River, a book of poems that chart a journey along the Thames as well as through the heart, accompanied by her daughter Florence on harp. Expect a beautiful, haunting show that will pull you along like the river itself.

+ Friday, St Mary’s Church (Totnes)

 

Bagpuss

As part of Sea Change 2019, we are thrilled to welcome Bagpuss to town. Aficionados, creators and super fans all contribute to a panel talk about the series, one of the most enduring animations ever created.

In conversation are super-fan Stewart Lee, Earth Recording’s Kyle Lonsdale (who oversaw the recent reissue of the soundtrack), and we are also so very proud to welcome the original music creators Sandra Kerr and John Faulkner to perform the magical songs of Bagpuss live. Co-creator Oliver Postgate’s son Daniel Postgate joins the panel, personally escorting… an old, saggy cloth cat, baggy, a bit loose at the seams. He will even pose for the odd photo.

+ Sunday, Big Top Stage.

Bagpuss

The Nightingales

Birmingham’s original punk group The Prefects were part of The Clash’s White Riot tour, recorded a couple of Peel sessions, released a single on Rough Trade and then, years after splitting up, had a retrospective CD released by NY label Acute Records to all round glowing reviews – from Rolling Stone to webzines. After The Prefects’ demise in 1979, The Nightingales formed in their wake, led once again by the inimitable Robert Lloyd. The band is the focus of the amazing new King Rocker film and we could not be more excited to invite them onto the Sea Change stage.

+ Saturday, Truck Stage
+ ‘King Rocker’ - Saturday, Big Top Stage.

Their performances will serve to confirm their excellence when we are far enough distanced from the 1980’s to look at the period rationally and other, infinitely better known, bands stand revealed as charlatans
— John Peel
 
The Nightingales

Black Country New Road

One of the most exciting new bands around (they were picked up for a Speedy Wunderground single earlier this year), Black Country New Road’s whip-smart post-punk is a springboard for a band absolutely full of ideas - expect swirls of distortion, violins and brass collapsing in on one another to create a powerful, free-form noise, offset by lyrics of uncanny intelligence and dark humour.

+ Saturday, Truck Stage.

Black Country, New Road
Death and Vanilla

Death & Vanilla

With a 2015 album named after the Maurice Sendak book Where the Wild Things Are, Death & Vanilla deal in some of the same juxtapositions - of the strange nestling up to the deeply beautiful. Textures culled from vibraphones, harpsichords and analogue synths conjure a kind of whimsy that retains the earthiness of the group’s baroque melodic sense. Their latest album is released this month and we think these delicate arrangements and whispered, woody pop songs will find a perfect setting at this year’s festival.

+ Friday, Big Top Stage.

 

Doomsquad

Doomsquad aren’t messing about on their forthcoming new record. Dripping with grooves, and referencing elements from dance cultures as disparate as acid house and West African disco, this will be a show to propel all and sundry onto the floor. Re-imagining dance as a radical act, an act of defiance, of affirmation of spirit, of the power of the human body, of transcendence. We dare you not to throw yourself into the mix.

+ Friday, Truck Stage.

Doomsquad
Laurence Pike

Laurence Pike

For the best part of two decades Laurence Pike has operated at the cutting edge of the electronic and jazz music worlds, releasing albums to critical acclaim and touring the world with his bands PVT (formerly Pivot), Triosk and Szun Waves. Combining electronic manipulation and percussive poly-rhythms, his new LP Holy Spring positively fizzes with ideas. It will be a hypnotic Saturday night.

+ Saturday, Big Top Stage

 

Deep Learning

Deep Learning

The new solo project of former PVT member Richard Pike, Deep Learning’s beatless, moving electronic washes and essays in melodic control make for a profound listening experience. There’s melancholy here for sure, but something like hope too in the expertly handled light and shade of Pike’s ambient textures. Beguiling, intelligent stuff.

+ Friday, Big Top Stage.

Rough Trade Books presents:

Future technologies with Late of the Pier, Robert Barry & Hannah Peel.

Hear composer and musician Hannah Peel, Late of the Pier musicians Sam Eastgate and Sam Potter and author Robert Barry discuss the potential future of music-making technologies, as well as the fascinating stories of how technology has impacted the making of music in our past and through to the present.

+ Friday, The Barrel House (Totnes)

Peggy Seeger

Peggy Seeger in conversation with Laura Barton

Journalist, broadcaster and author Laura Barton will be in conversation with the iconic Peggy Seeger, discussing her extraordinary life and career. Covering over sixty years as her time as a folk icon and activist, and looking at the political power of song.

+ Friday, The Barrel House (Totnes)

David Keenan will be joined by fellow author Luke Turner to discuss each other’s latest works. Keenan’s For The Good Times has been widely hailed as one of the most exciting novels of the last few years, while Turner’s Out of the Woods suggests a radical new reading of the landscape and the writing that attends to it. Two fascinating minds on show.

+ Saturday, The Barrel House (Totnes)

 David Keenan and Luke Turner in conversation

Emma Warren and poet Belinda Zhawi discuss a new work that explores the evolution and social impact of musical sub-cultures through the story of Steam Down, South London’s new jazz collective and community. Join them for an hour that promises insights on the historical and contemporary power of music, diaspora and a boundless imagination in the act of making art.

+ Saturday, The Barrel House (Totnes)

Rough Trade Books presents:

Steam Down with Emma Warren and Belinda Zhawi.

Rough Trade Books presents:

A screening of John Carpenter’s They Live & talk by Craig Oldham

Craig Oldham presents his thoughts on the cult Carpenter movie They Live, examining the ideas behind his recent book on the film, which explores its continued political relevance as well as its artistic merits with a slew of brilliant contributors. To be followed by a screening of the film, which, as you will see, remains as vital as ever.

+ Saturday, Totnes Cinema.

Rough Trade Books presents:

Charlotte Newman, Martha Sprackland, Ana da Silva and Salena Godden.

 

Rough Trade Books
 

Poetry, prose and all that lies between is to be had in this hour of literary goodness from four Rough Trade Books pamphleteers. The nature of love, compulsion, radical politics, the body and its griefs are all explored in the recent work of these four original and brilliant artists.

+ Saturday, The Barrel House (Totnes).

The Pop Group

The Pop Group

 Liberté, égalité, publicité! Hot on the heels of their art provocation at the request of Banksy for an event at Dismaland, post-punk iconoclasts The Pop Group present a new collaboration with sound art fetishist Matthew Shaw. At Sea Change they will requisition the iconic Brutalist architecture of Dartington’s High Cross House for ‘BLOOD MONEY’, an incendiary site-specific live installation. The Pop Group’s highly acclaimed debut LP, Y, was ranked by Pitchfork as 35th best album of the 1970s and named one of the 100 Most Important Records Ever Made by The Wire.

+ Saturday, High Cross House.

Space Out: An immersive meditation on the music and vision of Delia Derbyshire.

Another chance to space out in the company of Jon Tye and friends in the beautiful ambience of Totnes Cinema, a restored Victorian picture palace par excellence. Escape the frenetic intensity of the outside world and take time to explore a world of Spaciousness. A one-hour specially commissioned sound and vision piece by Jon Tye (Lo Recordings/Seahawks) and Benge (Memestudios/Wrangler/Oblong), featuring the music and words of Delia Derbyshire and created using the EMS Synthi along with tape loops and modular electronics, and featuring the piece Celestial Cantible (licensed courtesy of EMI). This will be accompanied by synthesised projections by Janine Rook and Bruno Vincent. This is followed by a screening of Circle of Light: The Photography of Pamela Bone (1972) - A rare chance to see this amazing 32-minute film. Directed by Anthony Roland with soundtrack by Delia Derbyshire and Elsa Stansfield.

+ Friday, Totnes Cinema

Space Out
Anne Müller
 

Anne Müller

Born and raised in Berlin, Anne Müller is an acclaimed composer-cellist focused on novel approaches to classical instrumentation. A profound believer in the power of artistic collaboration, Anne has worked with a wide variety of artists, including Nils Frahm, Ben Lukas Boysen and Agnes Obel.

+ Sunday, The Great Hall.

 

Pale Blue Eyes

Under the name Matthew and Me, Matthew and Lucy Board had taken their band as far as they could. Rather than diving into existential crisis, they simply took a breather, listened to a world of new music and came back more determined, more streamlined and more intent on having fun than ever before. They are making the music that they love listening to and we are feeling it.

They were kind enough to let Sea Change premier their new music, with the track ‘Exits’ soundtracking much of our 2019 promo.

+ Sunday, Big Top Stage.

Pale Blue Eyes

 

The Proper Ornaments

The Proper Ornaments return to Sea Change (following a barn-storming hot and sweaty set in 2017) to play the festival closing spot on Sunday with material from their new Six Lenins LP. The principal songwriters James Hoare and Max Claps have also appeared on Sea Change stages as part of Ultimate Painting and TOY, so this will be their fourth appearance all told... Sea Change MVPs!

+ Sunday, Big Top Stage.

The Proper Ornaments
Dawn Chorus Ignites

Dawn Chorus Ignites 

Focused around the song-writing of Ben Philcox and Mat Cook, Dawn Chorus Ignites create instrumental epics. From the intimate and fragile to the ferocious and thrilling, the post-rockers paint soundscapes that are full of swirling cinematics.

+ Saturday, Truck Stage.

 Hearing Aid Beige

The gloriously ungoogleable Hearing Aid Beige are one of our favourites on the local scene. Melancholic pop songs with a distinctly Harry Nilsson tone to the production. Wonky guitar hooks and swooning layers of fragile vocals.

+ Friday, Truck Stage.

Hearing Aid Beige
Michael Clark

Michael Clark

Having honed his craft on the Falmouth arts scene, London-based emerging talent Michael Clark is a singer-songwriter whose folk output is a masterclass in the power of simplicity. The son of the late Gavin Clark – a cult musician known for his work with Sunhouse, Clayhill, and Unkle as well as Shane Meadows soundtracks – Michael grew up in a household full of instruments and inspirations which set the tone for his musical path. His Something To Be Won EP from January hints at quite what a talent he is.

+ Friday, Big Top Stage.

Lecu

Taking inspiration from the traditional roots of ambient music, improvisation and modern technology, Lecu's signature use of abstract vocals and looping textures creates an introspective listening environment. Beautifully organic 'music to think to'.

+ Saturday, Big Top Stage.

Lecu

Roy Wilkinson's Pop & Nature Quiz

Our friend and neighbour Roy initially made a name for himself writing for Sounds and Select, and is the author of the acclaimed rock/forestry memoir Do it For Your Mum. He managed cult UK band British Sea Power until 2005. Roy will be presenting his much loved music-and-nature quiz, posing questions from moths to goths and punks to skunks.

+ Saturday, The Barrel House (Totnes).

 

Stewart Lee interviews director Michael Cumming.

Michael Cumming will be introducing and screening his film Oxide Ghosts: The Brass Eye Tapes and taking questions from Stewart Lee. Made from hundreds of hours of unseen material from his personal archive, the film shares insights into the process of making the legendary TV series Brass Eye. Michael directed both of the pilots and the series and, over a two-year period, witnessed the highs and lows of Brass Eye from a very personal perspective.

The session will be at the Barn Cinema on the Dartington Estate and is an 18+ only event.

+ Sunday, Barn Cinema (Dartington)

 

High Cross House

 We’re thrilled that the 2019 festival includes - for the first time - panel talks and exclusive live sessions at Dartington’s truly iconic High Cross House. The building is a modernist masterpiece, one of the many unique and breathtaking spaces on the estate and one that we have long had our eyes on. Designed by Swiss-American architect William Lescaze, it is considered to be one of the finest examples of a Modernist home in the UK. Sea Change 2019 is a fantastic opportunity to see inside the space with inspiring conversations and music.

Across the weekend there will be sessions from Alexander Tucker of Grumbling Fur; Bobby Barry; Gabriel Stebbing’s new Night Works project; the mysterious February Montaine; Steve (Chandrasonic) Savale of Asian Dub Foundation talks music and activism; journalists Laura Barton and Michael Hann discuss Bruce Springsteen; author John Higgs in conversation with Rupert Callender; poet Salena Godden in conversation with Claire Callender; Mark Stewart and Gareth Sager of The Pop Group discuss their work with John Robb; Nick Luscombe talks to Luke Turner and John Doran of The Quietus about the perils of supporting art on the fringes; and there will be full exhibitions (and gift shops) from The UK Poster Association, with exclusive Sea Change posters and a chance to see Babak Ganjei’s Film Ideas series. All this and more, plus our deluxe Salcombe Gin terrace bar.

+ Read more about High Cross House
+ The Guardian discuss High Cross House.

High Cross House