The 18 best albums of 2018 so far - as recommended by 6 Music

Gwenno's utterly brilliant Le Kov has been included on the '18 best albums of 2018 so far - as recommended by 6 Music'.

You can read all about it here:

The bright psychedelic swells that underpin Le Kov are as vivid as its Cornish lyrics
— BBC 6Music

The Totnes & Dartington Morris Men

A Cotswold Morris side from South Devon... and a right crew of drinkers!

The side was formed in 1968 and since 1973, has been a member of the Morris Ring, the international organisation of male Morris dancers. Whilst practising and contemplating a name for the side, Leonard Elmhirst, a founder of the Dartington Hall Trust, informed the men that he had once danced the Morris. He agreed that the side call themselves "The Dartington Morris Men" and suggested at the same time that the team use the Dartington crest of the white hart on the red rose; the crest of Richard II and John Holland. Their website has a full history here

We are very proud to invite the Totnes and Dartington Morris Men to Sea Change 2018 and they will be popping up in Totnes and Dartington... where cold drinks are sold!

What gets you in where?

We have received a few questions on email about the ticket types and breakdowns (... we do listen) since we put night tickets on sale, so we hope this clears it up.

Weekend Tickets - £69
This one grants you access to ALL venues on both days. This is the Barrel House, Civic Hall, Cinema and St Mary's Church in Totnes and the new Offshore Stage at Dartington.

Day Tickets - £39
Much like the above, this grants you access to all venues, but only on the day you nominate.

Night Tickets - £25
We have made available "Night" tickets, these grant you access ONLY to the new Offshore Stage in Dartington. The venue is open between 5pm and 1am and will feature; The Surfing Magazines, Bo Ningen x Damo Suzuki and Andrew Weatherall on Friday night and Virginia Wing, Hookworms, James Holden and Rival Consoles on Saturday night.

All wristbands will be available to collect from the Totnes and Dartington box offices during the festival and some advanced opportunities at Drift Records in the week leading up to the festival. More info to follow.

As of Friday 13th July, Weekend/Day tickets are at about 80% sold out. Thanks for all getting involved, its really exciting. Day, Weekend and Night all available online or at Drift in Totnes.

Night time tickets on sale now

For the third edition of the Sea Change Festival, a new "Offshore" site has been created in the Dartington grounds. Special night time only tickets are on sale now that give access to the space on either night to see internationally acclaimed bands in a stunning setting. 

Surfing Magazines, a new garage-rock group consisting of two-thirds of The Wave Pictures and one half of Slow Club. The iconic Andrew Weatherall, producer, remixer and often cited as one of the World's finest DJs. A specially commissioned extraordinary live headline collaboration between acclaimed Japanese noise band Bo Ningen and the legendary former CAN vocalist Damo Suzuki.

Manchester-based pop band Virginia Wing whose new 'Ecstatic Arrow' LP was in the Guardian's best 2018 albums so far. A major coup for the festival with five-piece psychedelic rock band Hookworms playing live. Electronic producer James Holden and The Animal Spirits fusing electronics and spiritual jazz and Erased Tapes' hugely talented producer Rival Consoles completing the night that will have full visual support throughout. 

The Offshore site will also host the pop-up Summersisle Restaurant helmed by Riverford Field Kitchen Head Chef Patrick Hanna and a beautifully curated selection of concept bars.

Tickets are on sale now for £25 per person (excluding online booking fee) per night on the SeeTickets and Sea Change websites, also in person at Drift Records in Totnes. The Offshore site is open on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th August 2018 between 5pm and 1am. 

Amy Bere, who leads the arts at Dartington, says: ‘We’re really excited to be able to support this flourishing festival alongside our programme of live arts and the world renowned Dartington International Summer School & Festival. Sea Change’s vision and creative values very much align our own commitment to musical excellence and creative curiosity.’

Bryde in Session at Maida Vale Studios

Phil Taggart was sitting in for Huw Stephens on his BBC Radio One show this week and had Bryde is session performing (and chatting) from the iconic Maida Vale Studios. Sounding superb, really delighted to welcome her to Totnes for Sea Change.

We should also use this opportunity to mention that the iconic studios are at risk. Nigel Godrich, Geoff Barrow, More Call for BBC to Save Maida Vale Studios... read more on Pitchfork.

The rise, fall and return of Shirley Collins, heroine of English folk music

In the beery, beardy world of folk music, Collins – a young, working class woman – had few people on her side. Billy Bragg writes brilliantly in the New Statesman about Shirley Collins and her amazing All in the Downs memoir.

In these pages Shirley Collins completes her comeback, reclaiming her rightful place in the English folk revival from those who placed obstacles in her way.
— Billy Bragg