Stewart Lee... in various capacities

“I’m doing a little set of new material. Thats badly worked out stuff that I read off crumpled bits of paper…”

You heard the man! Stewart Lee is coming to Sea Change and you should to.


During the Sea Change weekend, Stewart will be presenting a conversation about the documentary - King Rocker - that he is making with director Michael Cumming and producer James Nicholls. The film focuses on seminal post-punks The Nightingales, who will be joining us to play live! Stewart will also be interviewing musicians Sandra Kerr and John Faulkner as part of our Bagpuss show (including Bagpuss himself!). In a very special session, Stewart will be posing questions to Michael Cumming about his Oxide Ghosts film. The very personal tribute to Brass Eye - the series that Michael directed between 1995-1997 - will have a very rare screening.

We can also today confirm that we’re delighted that Stewart will be performing an intimate set of new work-in-progress stand up material at Dartington's Barn Cinema on Sunday morning (11am - 12pm). The set will be a fund raiser to support the production of the King Rocker feature and we’ll be selling tickets on the main festival site box office during Saturday afternoon at £10 per person. The capacity will be just over 100 people and the demand will be high, so keep an eye on our social channels for updates.


Babak Ganjei - Film Ideas Exhibit

Babak Ganjei

We’re delighted to announce that Babak Ganjei returns to Sea Change to exhibit his original ‘Film Ideas’ series as part of our take over at High Cross House.


After getting a retweet from American comedian Rob Delaney regarding his own fart joke (something Rob Delaney may well not remember) Babak Ganjei woke up to find a number of film producers from Los Angeles following him. Sensing an opportunity somewhere, anywhere, over the next five years Babak used Twitter to pitch film ideas, sadly to no avail. While ill and housebound Babak started to write them down in analogue form and discovered an audience waiting for his films.

In Film Ideas, artist Babak Ganjei presents his hallucinatory set of film pitches as both a comic lampoon of Hollywood tropes and a classic example of outsider-self-expression. Extremely funny and shot through with Ganjei’s singular world-view. Film Ideas brilliantly exposes our thin, absurd media culture.

The Glade - Extraordinary Woodland Fun

We have some really extraordinary neighbours in Dartington and The Glade are getting right into the Sea Change spirit with some woodland attractions on Saturday and Sunday.

The Woodland Presents is a not-for-profit social enterprise based in the North Woods on the Dartington Estate, Totnes. They’re here to help people embrace a modern day woodland culture, and one way they do this is by generating extraordinary activities that happen in the woods.

At the off-grid woodland venue ‘The Glade’ they facilitate innovative events, it’s a place to play, learn, relax and reconnect. To support Sea Change, this year they’re going to show us exactly what kind of spectacular things can happen in the woods and it’s FREE ENTRY.

So what’s happening at The Glade? You’re really going to want to go and have a visit for yourself, but they have made some really lush sounding plans, including…

Sat 25th & Sun 26th May 2019
10am - 5pm

+ The Woodland Bar serving you a multitude of drinks
+ Live DJ Sessions spinning an eclectic mix of tunes
+ The Glade Stage hosting some ‘unwritten’ live music
+ The Wild Fig Cafe offering breakfast, lunch and food all day
+ Chai and Coffee Stall making proper decent coffee
+ The Nest Events presenting a mix of unusual and therapeutic workshops

You can chill and unwind in Hammocks or play Games all in the wonderful woods.

+ The Glade is in the North Woods (behind Schumacher College, it’s just to the left of Dartington main entrance) and it’s a 15 minute walk from the Sea Change campsite.


See you in the woods!

We hate waste… it’s a load of rubbish

At Sea Change 2019, as a commitment to the beautiful spaces we use and love so much, we are aiming to have the least impact on the environment and to go waste free… It’s just that we don’t fully know how.

So, we have been working hard to pull together a team of people to support us, and our aim – come Sunday night at Sea Change – is to have some neat and orderly recycling, the starts of some excellent biofuel and not much else.

Sea Change will commit zero to landfill in 2019.

Sea Change camp and festival site, April 2019.

Sea Change camp and festival site, April 2019.

Every single piece of plastic ever made still exists...
— Greenpeace

First of all, we have placed a ban on all single use plastic. Following on from the huge success in 2018, we will be running a reusable scheme on all bars with custom Sea Change polypropylene glasses (screen-printed using eco-friendly ink). On your first visit to the bar you pay £1 for your (pint/half-pint) glass. When you return it, you can either re-use it, or the staff will gladly give you a clean one. You can keep your last container (or as many as you like) as a memento, and we’re working on an ambitious plan to have them collected, processed and turned into something new!

We will be combatting plastic bottles by working to stock One Water's One Less Bottle, the planet-friendly still water in a carton. Not only are they fully-recyclable (they’re made from sustainable paperboard from FSC approved forests), they are reusable and we will have a free top up water station. Every carton of One funds sustainable clean water projects across the world.

We have tried to look at everything from the top to the bottom to identify any opportunity improve sustainability. This years wristbands are made from rPET (that is recycled Polyethylene terephthalate, a polyester made from recycled plastic bottled amongst other things) and all online tickets remain paperless.


Devon Contract Waste have invested millions of pounds into recycling technology regionally, and have been excellent allies in helping us adopt a sustainable approach to our waste management.

All of our food vendors will be working with us and only using compostable plates and cutlery. All food waste will be composted with local farms (including our hosts at Dartington and Langage Farm) and via DCW to produce both energy and high quality compost.

Across the weekend, we will be taking advice, assistance and engaging in conversations with Earth.Food.Love (our neighbours on Totnes high street and the UK’s first ‘zero waste’ store), Lush Cosmetics, Surfers Against Sewage, Devon Contract Waste and Dartington Hall Estate who all hold sustainability as one of their core principles.

Plastic litter is everywhere - 1 in 6 fish in UK waters have ingested plastic
— Surfers Against Sewage

Our goal is to have one neat pick up from our local recycling specialists and to look back at a clean, green field. It’s a big ask, but we just know that everyone is going to get behind us on this.

David Cavanagh on Bill Ryder-Jones

"My Brain Knows What To Do When It Gets Too Stressed Or Unhappy; It Turns Off."

An utterly brilliant Bill Ryder-Jones profile is up on the Q website. It is the last peice David Cavanagh wrote for the magazine and is suitably brilliant.

The magazine explain;
Q writer David Cavanagh died on December 27, 2018. He wrote for Q prolifically during in the 1990s and returned to the magazine in 2018. He was the greatest music writer of his era, universally admired by his peers and readers alike. This profile of former Coral guitarist Bill Ryder-Jones appeared in November, 2018, in Q393. It was to be his last piece for Q.

Read in full here.

Credit: Michael Clement |

Credit: Michael Clement |