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.

The Venues

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. We will provide a full break down of the schedule in the Spring.


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. 

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 on it at No. 103.

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 2016/2017 events this is however very minimal and everybody rotated venue to venue and saw a very full program of music.

Getting here

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.

Scroll down for accommodation options.


We will again be working with Dartington to provide a really stunning camping experience. The campsite will be a development on the (idyllic!) site we have used in the first two editions. 

The estate will be hosting specially curated bars and a food court that is being brought to life as we speak by some truly thrilling new collaborators.

All campsite bookings will be made direct via Dartington and will be on sale in the Spring. There is going to be plenty of room!


'Totnes, on the River Dart'. Joseph Mallord William Turner, c.1824.

'Totnes, on the River Dart'. Joseph Mallord William Turner, c.1824.

Visit Totnes

Totnes and the surrounding area boasts all types of accommodation options for all sorts of budgets and configurations. Handily, there is a very slick Visit Totnes website with listings for Hotels, B&B, Wild Camping, Pubs, Guest Houses and even longer lets... all kinda sounds like the same thing?


Doesn't include everywhere and all private listings, but a great resource and plenty of local info and listings too.



Totnes has a vibrant community on the airbnb website. As of the start of 2018 there are over 100 listings in the area ranging from about £35 up to £125.

Keep checking back, more options are coming to the market every day.

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

Key local Info

Below is some information we provided in our 2016 and 2017 programs to guide you around Totnes.


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.

* We will be accepting applications to work as a steward at the event in the Spring.

Wristband Exchange

There will be two wristband exchange points, based in Totnes at the Civic Hall and in Dartington. More details will be advanced ahead of the weekend.

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

We have made efforts to ensure that all of our venues are welcoming to people of all ages. 

* Please note, there is a small possibility of late night curfew for under 18s. We do not anticipate this to happen, but we are being up front about this from the off.


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, plan ahead.

* We have spent a lot of time assessing the first two events and created the new Dartington venue to ensure that everyone gets into the big party...


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 pretty stunning food court at Dartington. 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.

* More options will be available, investigate the High Street.

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. 


The camp site is based in and opperated by Dartington. More info in the Spring.

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 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 and on The Plains. 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