We are hyped that you are thinking of coming to join us at Sea Change. The 2018 edition (No.3) will run on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th August. We've put together some information about how it all works and a little bit of info about us. We are the people who run The Drift Record Shop. Sea Change is our annual end-of-Summer party where we invite down our most favourite music makers, artists, writers and friends and take over the town on the August Bank Holiday weekend.
Below is some information taken from how we ran the show in 2016 and 2017, plus some early indications of the changes we're making to keep putting on the best show we can.
Sea Change is a town based festival. The venues are indoors, on and around the Totnes High Street. We use the Civic Hall (a 1950's community space), St Mary's Church (a stunning 15th century building) and The Barrel House Ballroom (one of the region’s best intimate venues with an amazing gold leaf ceiling). The Civic Hall, St Mary's Church and The Barrel House are all within the same square 100 metres.
The biggest development for 2018 is the introduction of a new venue to be on the historically pioneering Dartington Hall estate. It opens up options to have bigger bands, bigger crowds and a later party. Totnes will again have a full schedule of events with international guests and curators. Dartington is where we can ALL congregate at once, drink some drinks and share in a euphoric live music experience.
Our neighbours are one mile up the road. The camp site will again be based on the stunning Dartington estate and the whole site will again by fully serviced by our shuttle buses.
The New Lion Brewery (hosting sessions) is just off the High Street, The Bay Horse (hosting a Beer & Cider festival) is right at the top of it and Drift Records is very much the crown jewel on it at No. 103.
Your weekend wristband gains you access into all of the shows and talks. The capacities vary from the ample to the intimate, so there will be queuing and there will be 'one in, one out' on some of the shows. Based on the 2016/2017 events this is however very minimal and everybody rotated venue to venue and saw a very full program of music.
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. If you are flying, Bristol airport is the closest main airport and is 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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Sea Change is a very family friendly festival and weekend. Young people under 12 years old DO NOT require a ticket, but must be accompanied at all times by an adult. Anyone aged 12 or older requires a full weekend / day ticket, there is not a teenager/student rate. None of the venues for 2018 have an age curfew and we simply ask you to respect your fellow attendees and judge wether your young people can handle the environment you are placing them in.
Lets all have a great time.