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.

Hater at Sea Change

Malmö quartet Hater joined us at Sea Change 2018 playing live at the Civic Hall and also stripping it back at the New Lion Brewery for a session. We even worked with the band to include a Flexidisc in the official program whilst we had them in town. Our go-to man Jay Bing followed Caroline, Måns, Adam and Lukas around town with his Olympus mju-ii to capture their weekend.


Their debut LP ‘Siesta’ was released last week and was rather predictably the Record of the Week at Drift. Whilst stocks last there are signed copies of that Flexidisc at Drift in person and online…

you can see proof of them being signed below.

really some of the most gloriously melancholic pop. It’s a brilliantly balanced LP. It’s optimistic and quietly euphoric, but on the surface at least, everything would seem maudlin. The vocals (especially in unison) are lush, some expert instrumental touches (synths, flashes of sax) and the baselines are utterly brilliant. Love this, will be our Autumn go to jam.
— Drift

Turning Point at Sea Change

Lush joined us in Totnes during Sea Change and recorded some excellent additions to their Turning Point series with Will Burns, Milène Larsson and John Doran all talking about the one decision or conversation that changed their lives forever.

Some thrilling honesty, well worth a listen.

There were a couple of incidents where I nearly died and that was fine because I’d really made my peace with dying. I got to the stage where everything in my life was predicated by drinking and doing drugs and nothing really had any kind of resonance outside of that.
— John Doran

Soho Radio at Sea Change

All of the amazing Soho Radio live from Drift episodes, that were taped during Sea Change, are now available to listen to again.

Guest shows from Emma Warren, Heavenly Jukebox (dream team line up of Katherine Cantwell, Daisy Goodwin and Diva Harris), Sofia Ilyas and masters of ceremony James Endeacott and Raf Rundell. 

Stream each episode below.

James Endeacott and Raf Rundell present Morning Glory live from Drift, with guests Richard King who talks about his utterly glorious 'The August Fawn' edition on Rough Trade Books and by Billy Bragg who was talking 'Roots, Radicals and Rockers' and how Skiffle changed the world.

Featuring music from David Bowie, Angel Rada, Arthur Russell, Ashra, Jess Sah Bi & Peter One and more.

Journalist and editor Emma Warren is joined by Claire and Ru Callender who run The Green Funeral Company, talking about rituals and how death should be met and dealt with (spoiler, it's as diverse as punk, rave and, weirdly, crop circles.) Includes music from Dj Khalab, The Clash, Galaxy 2 Galaxy and Steve Mason.

FLOAT label boss, DJ and good friend of the shop Sofia Ilyas brings an experimental mix, featuring music from Masayoshi Fujita, Guy Andrews, Sasha, Christian Loffler, Kiasmos, Talaboman and more.

Katherine Cantwell, Daisy Goodwin and Diva Harris present a special Heavenly Jukebox takeover with music from Gruff Rhys, Habibi, Sudan Archives and Mavis John.

James Endeacott and Raf Rundell present Mornign Glory, with live Tarot from Mr David Keenan and featuring music from Felt, Lexx, Jackie Mittoo, The Rolling Stones, The Congos and more.

Shout out to Rachel at Soho Radio for being such great company and a tireless pro throughout the weekend. We will also post the full Sea Change Inaugural Cricket match commentary from Roy Wilkinson and Will Burns shortly.

A short thank you.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being part of Sea Change 2018.

We're just at the end of an incredibly intense few weeks work and all trying to take a few moments to take in the past weekend; the bands, the sites, the tastes, the drinks and most of all the friends. 

Once we've all had a few days off from Rupert, we'll no doubt start talking about our highlights, sharing some images and talking about the future.

Until then, thank you again.

The entire Sea Change team.

New Lion Brewery Sessions

Mostly so that we can again claim to have organised a 'piss-up at a brewery', we're delighted to be working with the local New Lion Brewery for a set of live sessions from their tap room. The brewery has hosted live sessions previously during Sea Change from Seamus Fogarty, James Yorkston, Alasdair Roberts, Ultimate Painting, Jim Ghedi, The Proper Ornaments and Ryley Walker.

This year they will be joined by;

5.00pm – Hater
6pm – Penelope Isles

2.00pm – Red River Dialect
3.30pm – Saint Leonard’s Horses


As usual, gigs are free, open to anyone whether they have a Sea Change wristband or not, although if you do have a Sea Change band it will get you a 10% discount at the bar.