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 on the August Bank Holiday weekend.

The below information explains how we ran things in 2017...

 


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) and more to be announced for 2018.

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.
 
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.

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.

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.

Scroll down for accommodation options.

Camping

 
 

We provided a camping option in 2016 and 2017. We can see no reason why we won't do so again in 2018.

Infomration to follow once we get past those dark winter nights.

 
 

Airbnb

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.

Key local INFO

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

Stewards

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.

Wristband Exchange

This is based at the box office.

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.

Queuing

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.

Drugs

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?

Alcohol

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. 

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. 

Camping

There will again be a camp site available.

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

Beaches

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).

Trains

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)

Taxis

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