Whether you live here, you know us a bit, you shop at Drift, you came last year(s) or if this is your first time experiencing this big old party... this is hopefully all the info you need to have a great time.
Sea Change 2018 is based in both Totnes and Dartington. There are maps and full timetables in this magazine to guide you. The Totnes venues are the Civic Hall, St Mary’s Church, the Barrel House and events also running at Drift and the Totnes Cinema. The Offshore stage is one mile up the road in Dartington on the stunning Dartington Hall Trust estate. Your day and weekend wristbands give you access into all of these spaces. A reminder that “night” wristbands are for Dartington only.
Box Office / Wristband Exchange
We wanted less paper and less faff, so the wristband exchange is again paperless. We will have a digital manifest of all tickets purchased via Drift directly or online through our ticketing partner seetickets.com. Essentially we have your name on a list, but a photo ID will be useful. The wristband exchange is open from 10am on Friday and Saturday morning and is based in the foyer of the Civic Hall venue. This is at the top of the steps at the left hand end of the building. Expect some queuing between 10am and 4pm on the Friday, but we will get you all processed as quickly as possible. The wristband exchange will remain open until 8pm on both days, at which point all wristband exchange moves to the main entrance at the Dartington Offshore site.
The Drift Record Shop will be selling some tickets during their normal opening hours.
Some of the individual gigs will be over-subscribed. We have tried to carefully schedule the events to spread you all out evenly, and with a few rare exceptions, in the last two years we have avoided any major bottlenecks. We have learned from previous years and spent a lot of time trying to make sure you all have the best possible time. Some of these artists are playing more intimate shows then they have in ages or perhaps ever will again, which is part of the attraction, so it can be crowded. If you have come especially to see one artist, then get there early. You will get to see who you want to, just plan ahead.
Moving Between Sites
Totnes and Dartington are just over 1 mile apart. By foot there are two options, either along the cycle path to the Shops at Dartington, or on the footpath of Dartington Lane that takes you through the historical Dartington site and gardens. Both are beautiful, scenic walks (a 45 minute amble) and we do recommend taking the time to experience it as part of your weekend.
Bob The Bus is a series of yellow buses. They will be running free shuttle services between Offshore at Dartington and the top of Totnes High Street, outside Drift. It is a volunteer-run community bus, operating in Totnes and the surrounding rural areas. They are very nice, don’t go giving them any trouble when it’s late and you’re all drunk okay! There will be approximately ten services per hour during busy times, and the schedule on Friday and Saturday is:
9am - 12pm
12pm - 5pm
5pm - 2am
You can also call a taxi (numbers listed later on) and the local operators are primed for you all.
There is car parking in Dartington at the Shops at Dartington, and this is marked on the maps.
Security, Stewards and First Aid
We have an excellent security team in place who are going to ensure that all venues are safe. If they ask to check your bags/pockets then please oblige, as this is something that we have asked of them. We have a zero tolerance to drugs. The stewards know what is going on and are here to help. Anything you need, please let them know. Although there is a map, they can direct you to venues, the train station, taxi ranks, places to eat and drink. Feel free to buy them drinks. There will be first aid teams on all sites, in an emergency please report any incidents to the security staff who will quickly liaise with the medical teams. They will primarily be based outside the Civic Hall in Totnes and at the main entrance of the Offshore site in Dartington.
All venues are open and welcoming to under 18s, when accompanied by an adult. If you have young people with you this weekend, they must be accompanied at all times. A reminder that children under 12 years do not require a wristband. Also, we’re not telling you what to do, but it’s really not okay to take children to gigs with no ear protection… we are not providing ear protection, this is on you.
All of the venues are licensed premises and will be selling alcohol for your enjoyment… yes, even the church. 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.
Offshore in Dartington is strictly no glass on site (think of the cows), and also cannot accept dogs.
Sea Change Glasses
Do you know what really blew our mind… “Every piece of plastic ever made and disposed of in landfill… still exists.” We are trying to do what we can to offset this. All of our bars are using reusable polypropylene pint and wine glasses (printed using eco-friendly ink). The first time you go to the bar you will be charged £1 per glass (non-refundable). You can either reuse this glass when you return to the bar or the staff will gladly swap it for a clean one without charging you. You are most welcome to keep the glass as a keepsake, but please don’t just chuck them, there will be clear recycling points.
We are committed to having the lowest possible impact on the area, the buildings and on the environment. Please work with us to carefully dispose of your litter. There will be waste bins and there will be recycling. Please don’t mix them.
It is worth saying that in the last two years you've all been great, so thanks for your continued diligence.
The train station is a five-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 - 23:30 (Platform 1)
On Twitter, Facebook and Instagram we are called @driftseachange. We encourage you to follow us as we will be posting some announcements during the weekend.
There will be regular appearances and signings at Drift during the weekend. There will be a daily blackboard of news, so keep checking back and check those social networks. Drift are @driftrecordshop. We are thrilled to have three stunning, limited prints for sale at Drift that have been created to celebrate Sea Change 2018. Utterly beautiful new works from Helena Lyons, Rosie Carmichael and Mish Scott.
The main event is our special pop-up Summersisle Restaurant at the Dartington site, but Totnes has a fantastic selection of eating and drinking opportunities to cater for you all. In Totnes on both Friday and Saturday there will be markets during the day time in the market square. We have two fish & chip shops - the Albatross, next door to Drift, and the Silver Grill at the very foot of Fore Street. Opposite Drift is Cafe Mumbai, who are really superb. Elsewhere there is the brilliant Pie Street, Jano the Mediterranean deli outside St Mary’s Church, and Ben’s Tapas opposite the Barrel House. Seeds 2 make fantastic salads and are right next to the market, a few doors down is Rumour the wine bar and the Brioche Cafe across the road make a pretty revitalising breakfast. Willow the vegetarian restaurant is back up the hill towards Drift and right back at the foot of the hill you have the Waterside Bistro, the Curator Cafe & Kitchen, Flour & Rice and Mon Oncle Jean. Plenty of opportunities for coffee up and down the high street, and Delphini's Gelato is very highly recommended.
None of us want to queue at a cookie cutter bar, so we’ve got some new partners involved for 2018 and tried to really put on something a bit special.
Back in June we invited the most excellent Torres Wine down to Drift and we opened a lot of bottles together. We have worked with them to curate a handful of wines that will be stocked at our bars this weekend and also at the Torres Wine Bar (you will not miss it!) alongside our Summersisle Restaurant in Dartington. There will also be a Torres Wine Bus in town, spending time at the Church and in the Rotherfold. We have written a little about the wines to get you in the mood.
Sharps are our neighbours just over the border into Cornwall and are producers of some banging beers. We have been stocking their new Offshore Pilsner at Drift for quite a while now, but we’re looking forward to a full offering this weekend with Offshore, Atlantic Pale Ale, Wolf Rock IPA, Sea Fury Special Ale and the multi-multi-multi-multi award winning Doom Bar Amber Ale at our bars in Totnes and Dartington. Oh, keep your eyes out for a roaming Mitsubishi pick up truck...
The Totnes Brewing Company
The Barrel House Ballroom venue sits neatly on top of the Totnes Brewing Company, craft beer bar and local producer. Your wristband gets you a 10% discount on all cask beer. They have a full weekend of guest DJ spots in their garden to include Heavenly Jukebox, James Endeacott, John Doran and Rough Trade Shops.
New Lion Brewery
The New Lion Brewery is on Station Road. 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 from Saint Leonard's Horses, Hater, Penelope Isles and Red River Dialect. Follow @NewLionBrewery on Twitter for updates. Saturday evening from 6pm they also have Generating Steam Heat DJs.
The Bay Horse Inn Beer and Cider Festival
The Bay Horse are running their much-loved beer and cider festival through the Sea Change weekend, with over 20 guest ales and 15 guest ciders, sourced from across the country.
Beer and Cider token deals on offer. Live music from Council of Giants, Al O'Kane, Junk Volcano, Ensemble Baklava, Hot House Four. Monday night they host an Irish session.
For the second year running, we’re delighted to be working with the Totnes Cinema on a special programme alongside their evening schedules. The daytime offering is free entry to all festival attendees, and they have a well-stocked bar. Make sure to check out this beautifully restored building and find a few moments of calm.
Rotherfold Artisan Market
The Rotherfold Square is just across the road from Drift, and on Saturday will be hosting the RAM (Rotherfold Artisan Market), a day of artisanal homewares, gifts, flowers and delicious consumables from local makers and craftspeople. Our neighbours Me and East and The Kitchen Table have curated it all, and the Torres Wine Bus is the cherry on the cake.
As part of the Sea Change weekend, Soho Radio will be taking leave from the streets of central London, absconding to the welcoming walls of Drift to broadcast special Sea Change editions. James Endeacott & Raf Rundell will be presenting Morning Glory on Thursday and Friday mornings between 10am and 12pm, a heady mix of indie, reggae, hip hop, disco and jazz. They are men of fine musical taste. Coincidentally, they are also fiendishly funny and love to give regular guests a good grilling. On Friday there will also be guest shows from the Heavenly Jukebox and FLOAT label boss, DJ and good friend Sofia Ilyas, amongst others. Drop by and listen live via the website.
How lucky are we to have not one, but two radio stations as part of the Sea Change weekend. Our friends and neighbours Soundart Radio will be broadcasting special festival content all week online and on 102.5fm
Rails & Ales
The multi-award winning South Devon Railway - the longest established steam railway in the south west - will again be running their excellent Rails & Ales festival all across the Sea Change weekend. The SDR is a seven mile former Great Western Railway branch line, built in 1872, which runs along the stunning valley of the River Dart between Buckfastleigh and Totnes. You’ll want to head to Totnes Riverside Station, which is about 500 yards from Totnes main line station. Diesel and steam engines will be departing every 45 minutes or so from 10:45am through until 3pm. Visit their website for the full schedule.
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.