Pip Blom announce new album Boat

At the tail end of last year, Heavenly announced the exciting news that Pip Blom had just joined the family. Today they have announced that the album Boat will be released on Friday 31st May… just a week after they join us at Sea Change 2019!

The band have also just released the single Daddy Issues. Recorded with Dave McCracken at Big Jelly studios in Margate with the album then mixed by Dillip Harris in a shipping container on the banks of the Thames in East London. Its result is ten songs that, alluding to the album’s title, ferry you through Pip’s headspace via expertly crafted songs gelled together through their unassuming depth.

Signing to Heavenly was another item crossed off Pip’s to-do list, fulfilment of one of the things she dreamed of since first picking up a guitar and the culmination of a storming 2018 that propelled Pip Blom as one of the year’s most exciting rising guitar bands.

Preorder Boat now at Drift.

Pip Blom

The Comet is Coming - Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery

There are going to be some massive shifts in our own lifetime as life begins to transcend biology… so let’s at least find some essential truths and inner peace so we can make wise decisions.
— Betamax

No sooner had we announced that the Jazz life-force The Comet Is Coming are joining us this year as our Saturday night headliner, the three-piece have announced a new album this Spring on the iconic Impulse! imprint.

Featuring saxophonist King Shabaka (Shabaka Hutchings) keys and synth player Danalogue (Dan Leavers) and drummer Betamax (Max Hallett), the record “aims to answer universal questions with universal truths” shares the label. A 21st century take on spiritual jazz that is part Alice Coltrane, part Bladerunner is the band’s follow up to their Mercury nominated 2015 debut. The album arrives with lead single Summon The Fire, a heads-down electronic groove. (stream)

“King Shabaka's saxophone lines veer from lethal melody through to all out noise, while the tumbling arrangement is hewn from its own solitary realm.” - Clash

Preorder Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery on CD and Vinyl now at Drift.

Sea Change IV: Metronomy, The Comet is Coming, Gazelle Twin, Stewart Lee and Michael Cumming, Will Burns and Hannah Peel, TVAM, Pip Blom, You Tell Me, The Nightingales…

We are thrilled to make our first artist announcement for 2019. Joining us May 24 - 26 will be; Metronomy, The Comet is Coming, Gazelle Twin, Stewart Lee and Michael Cumming, Will Burns and Hannah Peel, TVAM, Pip Blom, You Tell Me and The Nightingales… all of this plus a soggy old cloth cat.

Friday night’s headliner will be one of the UK’s most critically and commercially successful acts, METRONOMY, returning to Devon for a huge homecoming show for Sea Change on the Dartington Hall Estate. The Mercury-nominated band is currently celebrating the 10th anniversary of breakthrough LP, Nights Out (a new expanded edition of which is available via Because) and founder Joe Mount has most recently been busy at work producing Robyn’s Honey album. A long-time supporter of both Drift and Sea Change, Joe snuck into town to play a surprise DJ set at the inaugural. Sea Change weekend and it has long been one of the festival’s biggest ambitions to invite METRONOMY to headline.

Saturday night sees the cosmic psychedelic jazz of THE COMET IS COMING taking to the Sea Change stage. Following a 2018 Mercury nomination with the extraordinary Sons of Kemet, saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings – alongside bandmates Betamax Killer and Danalogue The Conqueror – turns his attentions back to soundtracking the imagined apocalypse with a fusion of jazz, Afrobeat and electronica.

Sea Change is thrilled to join with Fire Records/Fire Films to offer the first look at KING ROCKER, a film investigating the mysterious existence of the front man and lyricist of The Nightingales, Robert Lloyd. Comedian and writer STEWART LEE and director MICHAEL CUMMING (Brass Eye, Toast) bring an exclusive first preview of the documentary to Sea Change, with a full panel talk and pounding live show from THE NIGHTINGALES, Britain’s ultimate post-punk survivors. Robert Lloyd’s The Prefects played with The Clash on the White Riot tour in 1977 and The Nightingales recorded more John Peel sessions than any other band.

Essential music and culture website, THE QUIETUS, returns as a key creative partner to proudly present a late-night set from GAZELLE TWIN. Latest LP, Pastoral, was The Quietus’s 2018 album of the year (with the hypnotic and terrifying ‘Hobby Horse’ also ranking high in the 50 tracks of the year) and it noted, “On her latest extraordinary album, Elizabeth Bernholz serves the full English with extra discomfort, grotesquery and barely contained horror.” The is just the start of The Quietus’s plans, which will, of course, include DJ’ing another set of full-on bangers.

Another 2018 project born from obsession and joyous admiration was Earth Recordings’s BAGPUSS soundtrack reissue, declared by Drift as soundtrack release of the year. At last year’s festival, the soundtrack specialists handed Drift a mysterious test pressing and now, less than a year on, Bagpuss will be holding court at Sea Change 2019. Series creators, aficionados and fans will explore the adored ’70s animated classic and, as part of an exclusive, fully-immersive experience, musicians SANDRA KERR and JOHN FAULKNER – whose beautiful pastoral folk music helped to make the series so special – will perform the beautiful songs live.

Elsewhere, artist, producer and award-winning composer HANNAH PEEL collaborates with poet WILL BURNS to perform in the beautiful 15th-century St Mary’s Church venue. And another celebrated collaboration see’s Field Music’s PETER BREWIS and Admiral Fallow’s SARAH HAYES becoming YOU TELL ME, whose debut album was released this month to much critical praise.

The deft curation of Drift will see two of its favourite bands joining the line-up. Dutch 4-piece PIP BLOM made many new fans on a triumphant supporting slot for The Breeders last year, while big and beaty TVAM released debut LP Psychic Data to great acclaim towards the end of last year.

With more to be announced in February, you can buy day and weekend tickets online now.

Earlybirds have flown, tickets doing brisk business, hopes are high.

Welcome to 2019, we trust you all had a good break and are all cautiously dreaming of those longer nights on the other side of the Spring.

The 2019 earlybird tickets sold out in fine fashion, thanks so much for the support. Weekend and Day tickets are online now, also Young Person tickets (all new for 2019) and the Deposit ticket scheme is also live.

We have been working hard through the end of 2018 and we’re delighted to be able to announce our first wave of 2019 artists a little later this month. Keep an eye on all the Sea Change socials.

Sea Change Returns to Totnes and Dartington on an all new weekend.

We're delighted to finally announce that Sea Change will return in 2019, running on an all new weekend with more days and more spaces. Following three years of making the August Bank Holiday come to life in Totnes, we have made the decision to bring the whole event forward in the calendar. The festival season in 2019 starts with Sea Change on Friday 24th, Saturday 25th and now Sunday 26th May. Still based in Totnes and Dartington, still based on a Bank Holiday but now earlier in the year and with extra programming and some very exciting new spaces.

This summer, saw Sea Change grow in size and extend from its heartland Totnes venues into the neighbouring 14th century Dartington Hall estate. Magical night-time sets by the likes of Hookworms, Andrew Weatherall and an extraordinary collaboration between Can’s Damo Suzuki and Bo Ningen brought a new dimension and a new set of highlights to the festival. We can't wait to tell you more, but it feels like we've only just scratched the surface of what is available to us... new spaces, new faces.

+ Limited Earlybird tickets will go on sale later this month, we will be sure to shout all about it.

Below is a little reminder of how it all went down back in August.


It is worth us noting that we know loads of you have either booked or planned or reserved accommodation speculatively for 2019 in August. We're really sorry we couldn't announce the dates any sooner, we know that you can understand it's a complicated process and sorry to have caused you inconvenience. We feel such amazing support, we love that you're all as excited as us about it... honestly, it's amazing.