We are hyped that you are thinking of coming to join us at Sea Change. 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 for the Friday and Saturday of the August Bank Holiday weekend.

This year we have guest curators, talks, DJ spots and showcases from; Heavenly Recordings, The Quietus, Bella Union, Erased Tapes, Fire Records, Earth Recordings and Basin Rock.


The Venues

Sea Change is a town festival, all of 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), The Barrel House Ballroom (one of the region’s best intimate venues, amazing gold leaf ceiling), Unit 23* (the loud, late and wild one) and Birdwood House (another stunning example of Olde Totnes). 

The Civic Hall, St Mary's Church and The Barrel House are all in the same square 100 metres, with Birdwood House adjoining the Civic Hall and market square. Unit 23 is a five minute walk off the High Street onto the industrial estate.
Other Spaces

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 at No. 103.

In July we will release the day splits and venue listings for all artists, but know that you can likely see a little bit of everything.

The Wristbands

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 event this is however very minimal and everybody rotated venue to venue and saw a very full program of music.

Weekend tickets are on sale now, some day tickets will be made available in July.Please note, Children under 12 do not require tickets but do need to be accompanied by an adult at all times. Unit 23 is an 18+ venue.

Getting here

Totnes in 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 traveling south.

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After much popular demand, we're delighted to confirm that we will again be providing a camping option for Sea Change 2017. We have moved just over the road into a simply stunning valley for the 2017 event and as anyone who was with us last year will testify, (all be it across the road!) it is a really stunning location.

The campsite will be open from Thursday to Monday.

Here, we think, is all the info you'll need to know;

1. You will require a camping ticket per tent, charged at £10.

2. Small camper vans are fine, also £10 per vehicle.

3. Now this one is important, absolutely no glass whatsoever to be brought onto the site. This is serious, the cows will come home post Sea Change and we cannot risk these guys any harm. Plastic bottles of booze are fine, we don't mind you getting tipsy, but decant your alcohol into plastic before you get on site. The Security and Stewards have been told to confiscate all glass.

4. Similar to the above, this isn't Reading and Leeds folks, there will be rubbish bags available and we want your help in filling them up responsibly. Seriously, think of the animals.

5. We ask you to please have no open fires.

6. The site will be segregated in half with general camping closer to the entrance and a family area situated further back. Please set yourself up in the most suitable location and think of your neighbours.

7. There are toilets but not showers.

8. There will be a Bob the Bus shuttle service running to and from town. Times and details will be posted at the gate.

9. Getting there. The address and post code are:


There will be signs. 

10. Camping tickets can be purchase via wegottickets.com at the same time as purchasing your weekend tickets. If you have already done so, we have also set up a 'camping ticket only' option on the Drift site here. 

If you have any questions or special requirements, please get in touch.



Find your Fit

Totnes has a vibrant community on the airbnb website. As of the start of 2017 there are over 300 listings in the area ranging from about £35 up to £125. Keep checking back, more are coming to the market every day.

Read Airbnb's "Top 20 Holiday Lettings in Totnes"

Feel free to ask us any specifics about the area, we are locals after all.


As part of the Sea Change festival, we are running a volunteers program for stewarding. Please fill in the form below or email Gale Mitchell directly on seachangestewards@gmail.com

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    * You will be booked to work two shifts over the weekend (Thursday 24th, Friday 25th, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th August 2017) and in return will receive a weekend pass to attend any of the shows on offer.
    * You do not need to be 18, but those under 18 will require a letter of permission.
    Duties will include guiding and providing general information, litter collection and door stewarding.

    Key local INFO

    Below is some information we provided in our 2016 program to guide you around the site. We will add more specific 2017 details as we get closer to August


    The stewards know what is going on and are here to help. Anything you need, please let them know. They can direct you to venues, the train station and taxi ranks, and assist with first aid and hangovers. Alternatively, we have a box office running at Bogan House (No.3 on the map) and you can always stop by Drift Records (No.6 on the map).

    Bob The Bus

    There is a series of yellow buses called Bob. They will be running shuttle runs from the campsite in Dartington to the top of Totnes High Street (by Drift). It is a volunteer- run community bus operating in Totnes and surrounding rural areas. They are very nice.

    Under 18s

    Most venues are open and welcoming to under 18s. Unit23 however will be an OVER 18 only venue after 8pm on both Friday and Saturday night. This is not something we have decided, thems is just the rules. If you have young people with you this weekend, they must be accompanied at all times.


    Some of the individual gigs will be over-subscribed. We have tried to carefully schedule the events to spread you all out evenly, but let’s face it, some of these artists are playing more intimate shows then they have in ages so it will be crowded. The security and stewards know the building capacities and will not breach this for all of our safety, but they are going to work with you to operate one in and one out so that we can get as many of you into different shows as we can. If you have come especially to see one act, then get there early... this isn’t flippin Glastonbury, you will get to see who you want to, just plan ahead.


    We have a zero policy to drugs in any of our venues. If the security ask to search you, please know this is at our request and if you do not have drugs on your person, surely there is no harm in a quick frisk?


    All of the venues are licensed premises and will be selling alcohol for your enjoyment. Please do not try to bring your own alcohol into any of the venues...
    the security will take it away and give it to us. 

    Social Media

    On Twitter and Instagram we are called @driftseachange. Our Facebook page is the same address; www.facebook.com/driftseachange. We encourage you to follow us as we will be posting some announcements during the weekend.

    Food Court

    There will be a food court. Outside of this, there are plenty of places to eat on the High Street. There are three Indian restaurants, two chip shops, a take away pizza place, a pie shop, a vegetarian restaurant, a tapas restaurant, two wine bars, a mobile pizza van, an Italian restaurant... we’re probably missing more. Investigate the High Street.

    New Lion Brewery

    Anyone wearing a Sea Change wristband is welcome to a 10% discount at the New Lion bar. Further to this, they will be hosting some very special and intimate live sessions at the brewery, be sure to follow @NewLionBrewery on Twitter for those announcements. Last year they created a very special British Sea Power IPA... what do they have planned in 2017?

    The Bay Horse Inn Beer and Cider Festival

    The Bay Horse (No.8 on the map) are running their much-loved beer and cider festival through the Sea Change weekend with over twenty guest ales and fifteen guest ciders, all sourced from across the lands. 


    There will again be a camp site available in the neighbouring Dartington Estate. Tickets will go on sale in the Spring but there is NO RISK of missing out, so if you want to camp, you will be able to.

    The Totnes Brewing Company

    The Barrel House Ballroom sits neatly on top of the The Totnes Brewing Company, craft beer bar and local producer. They have also created a special Sea Change beer that will be available on tap all weekend.

    Record Signings

    There will be regular appearances and signings at Drift during the weekend. There will be a daily blackboard so keep checking back, oh, and check those social networks yeah, Drift are @driftrecordshop


    Torbay is about 6 miles away. So that is Paignton, Goodrington, Broadsands and Torquay beach front. You can get buses to and from. If you want to go further afield, there are some beautiful (more rustic) beaches... search for Thurlestone Sands (14 miles) , Blackpool Sands (8 miles), Slapton Sands (11 miles), Bantham (16 miles) and Bigbury on Sea (18 miles).


    The train station is a ten minute walk from the centre of town and is indicated (with a best route) on the map.

    The last trains on Friday night are: Exeter - 00:22 (Platform 2) Plymouth - 23:43 (Platform 1)

    The last trains on Saturday night are: Exeter - 21:44 (Platform 2) Plymouth - 23:16 (Platform 1)


    They all know that you are coming and are pumped to help. There will be taxi ranks at the train station, on The Plains and outside Unit 23 on Friday and Saturday (late). Alternatively, phone them:

    Badger Cabs - 01803 840400
    South West Taxis - 07803 126396
    South Hams Cabs - 07772 744598
    Annas Taxis - 07815 883805
    And Some Cabs - 01803 840009
    Totnes Taxis - 01803 868686
    Castle Cabs of Totnes - 01803 868686 Knight Cabs - 070 9330 3142
    Bumble Cabs - 01803 865588