About Sea Change


Sea Change is a young festival of music, art, culture, food and drink in Devon. It was founded by Totnes’ award-winning Drift Record Shop, who lovingly curate the event with their favourite thinkers, speakers and players.

Sea Change takes place in a series of iconic buildings on the historic Dartington Hall Estate, including a grade II listed modernist Lescaze masterpiece, an unoccupied 1950’s gymnasium, the 15th century Great Hall and a bucolic set of fields.

The festival provides rare and unique showcases and collaborations for intimate audiences. Sea Change is about music, art and conversation from every part of the spectrum.

Always intimate, always different, always special, always rare.


Sea Change IV

Our biggest year yet with more bands, more speakers, more buildings and more hours than before.

Friday 24th, Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May 2019.
Metronomy, The Comet is Coming, Gruff Rhys, Lubomyr Melnyk, Gazelle Twin, Bill Ryder-Jones, Maps, Black Midi, W. H. Lung, Du Blonde, Szun Waves, Rozi Plain, Laurence Pike, Anne Müller, Stewart Lee and Michael Cumming present ‘King Rocker’, Will Burns and Hannah Peel, Virginia Astley, TVAM, Black Country New Road, Pip Blom, Death & Vanilla, You Tell Me, Deep Learning, The Nightingales, Doomsquad, Sandra Kerr and John Faulkner perform the music of Bagpuss, Pale Blue Eyes, Hearing Aid Beige, Michael Clark, Lecu, and Dawn Chorus Ignites.

We also welcome appearances from Alexander Tucker, Mark Stewart and Gareth Sager of The Pop Group, Adrian Sherwood, Emma Warren, Peggy Seeger, Sam Potter, Babak Ganjei, February Montaine, Night Works, Bobby Barry, Nick Luscombe, Craig Oldham, Charlotte Newman, Martha Sprackland, Ana da Silva and Salena Godden.

Sea Change III

Sea Change came to town for the third time with the biggest edition yet, including for the first time a trip up the road to Dartington where we opened the new Offshore stage.

The weekend started in fine fashion with the first annual Sea Change Invitational with a team of guest artists, musicians and authors battling out an incredible 136 run draw with Totnes and Dartington Cricket Club. Other new friends included live broadcasts on Soho Radio, the iconic Mute Records, Rough Trade Books and of course Dartington.

Totnes went through a sea change into something rich and, in the best possible way, strange. Unique, friendly and inspiring, Sea Change was truly special and “full of noises, sounds and sweet airs, that give delight”
— Record Collector

Friday 24th and Saturday 25th August 2018

Hookworms, Gwenno, Shirley Collins, Damo Suzuki x Bo Ningen, Immix Ensemble present: Kosmologie Ancienne by Jane Weaver & Sam Wiehl, Josh T. Pearson, Cosey Fanni Tutti, James Holden & The Animal Spirits, Lost Horizons, Chris Carter, The Weather Station, Rival Consoles, Andrew Weatherall, Billy Bragg, Daniel Blumberg, Saint Leonard's Horses, Ex-Easter Island Head, Snapped Ankles, Rob Young, Andy Votel, Daniel Thorne, The Surfing Magazines, Lost Under Heaven, Hater, Hatis Noit, Raf Rundell, Virginia Wing, Dialect, Sweet Baboo, Red River Dialect, Charles Watson, Penelope Isles, James Heather, Boy Azooga, Apostille, Hilang Child, Bryde, Group Listening, Emma Warren, Laura Snapes, The Quietus, Ways With Weirds, Will Burns and Rough Trade Books presents; David Keenan, Sophy Hollington, Richard King, Babak Ganjei and James Endeacott.

A divine weekend by the River Dart... St Mary’s Church is still one of the most divine venues for live music in the country.
— Clash
The excellent Devon fest boasts a carefully curated blend of stimulating talks and slightly under-the-radar bands
— The Guardian

Behind the event: Why we did it.


Sea Change II

What didn't kill us made us stronger. In 2017 we did it all over again with both The Quietus and Heavenly Recordings miraculously agreeing to come back and they were joined by new friends Bella Union, Erased Tapes (both celebrating big birthdays), Fire Records, Earth Recordings and Basin' Rock. Another sell out in Totnes and the introduction of our pop up Summerisle Restaurant with Patrick Hanna. We also introduced our restored Totnes Cinema to the weekend and our good friend Gold Panda came and played a special launch night.

Community power, female anger and proggy dance music: there is a lot to learn and a lot to love at Sea Change Festival in Totnes.
— The Quietus

"Let’s hope it returns again next year, and firmly establishes itself as the best indoor summer festival on the calendar" - eFestivals

August 25th & 26th, 2017.

Temples, Gold Panda, Jane Weaver, Jambinai, Blanck Mass, Aldous Harding, Daniel Brandt, Ryley Walker, Julie Byrne, Nadia Reid, The Proper Ornaments, Amber Arcades, Chris Forsyth and The Solar Motel Band, Hey Colossus, LOWLY, Masayoshi Fujita, Michael Chapman, Pixx, Seamus Fogarty, Gulp, H.Hawkline, Modern Studies, Death and Vanilla, Girl Ray, Grumbling Fur, Holly Macve, Douglas Dare, The Hundredth Anniversary, ILL, Will Stratton, Jim Ghedi, Mai Mai Mai, The Orielles, Trembling Bells, Rats on Rafts, Sex Swing, Wovoka Gentle, Seahawks, Tasseomancy, Tinnedfruit, VENN, Teleplasmiste, Tourists, W. H. Lung, 'Avocet Revisited', Simon Raymonde, Will Burns & Adam Chetwood, Laura Barton, Luke Turner, Laura Snapes, Toby Morgan, Robert Raths.

Sea Change I

One hot, sleep deprived night back in 2015, we (the guys at the Drift Record Shop) decided that we'd had enough of feeling like the train station past the end of the line... we wanted to see music, art and magic in our town. So we put on our own festival.

As we kept saying... we built it, and you came.

We took over a criminally under used Civic Hall, a half refurbished industrial unit, a 15th century church and a stunning ballroom... we invited friends and they all came, including a guest DJ spot from Joe Mount of Metronomy and 'Modern Ovens', the UKs premier Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers covers band featuring BSP and members of Brakes and The Pure Conjecture.

It was magic.


Sea Change. August 26th & 27th, 2016.

British Sea Power, TOY, Bo Ningen, Richard Dawson, THROWS, Yorkston Thorne Khan, BC Camplight, Rival Consoles, Ultimate Painting, The Parrots, Matthew and Me, Alasdair Roberts, Luke Abbott, The Wave Pictures, Joan Shelley, Nathan Salsburg, Howes, Szun Waves, Rose Elinor Dougall, Guy Andrews, Teeth Of The Sea, The Drink, Red River Dialect, Holly Macve, The Pure Conjecture, BarCreeps, Bizarre Rituals, Thirty Pounds of Bone, The Membranes, Sound of Yell, Death Shanties, Sylvia Patterson, Richard King, James Endeacott, Simon Goddard, Jude Rogers.