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 | www.michaelclement.co.uk

Credit: Michael Clement | www.michaelclement.co.uk

There is always more...

We're delighted to announce another set of attractions gracing the many spaces under our steward at Sea Change 2019.


Liberté, égalité, publicité

Hot on the heels of their ‘ART PROVOCATION’ at the request of Banksy for an event at Dismaland, post-punk iconoclasts The Pop Group present a new collaboration with sound art fetishist Matthew Shaw. At Sea Change they will requisition the iconic Brutalist architecture of Dartington’s High Cross House for ‘BLOOD MONEY’, an incendiary site specific ‘LIVE INSTALLATION’.

The Pop Group’s highly acclaimed debut LP, Y, was ranked by Pitchfork as 35th best album of the 1970s and named one of the 100 Most Important Records Ever Made by The Wire.


The installation is part of our take over at High Cross House, where we're delighted to announce will also see sessions throughout the weekend from Alexander Tucker of Grumbling Fur, author John Higgs in conversation with Rupert Callender, the UK Poster Association exhibiting exclusive new screen prints, John Robb, February Montaine, Night Works, Bobby Barry and Nick Luscombe in conversation with John Doran and Luke Turner of The Quietus about the perils of supporting art on the fringes.


Rough Trade Books return to Totnes with a full program of amazing sessions at the beautiful Barrel House Ballroom. Four of their fine pamphleteers - Charlotte Newman, Martha Sprackland, Ana da Silva and Salena Godden - discuss poetry, prose and all that lies between. Emma Warren will be in conversation with Belinda Zhawi (and guests) about Steam Down, authors David Keenan and Luke Turner both also make welcome returns to talk about their latest works, Late of the Pier, Robert Barry and Hannah Peel will be discussing 'Future technologies' and Craig Oldham will be talking about and screening John Carpenter’s They Live (at the Totnes Cinema).


Also announced at the Totnes Cinema will be Spaced Out, an immersive meditation on the music and vision of Delia Derbyshire. A specially commissioned new sound and vision piece by Jon Tye and Benge, accompanied by synthesised projections by Janine Rook and Bruno Vincent. The session is also a rare chance to see the amazing 'Circle of Light: The Photography of Pamela Bone' documentary, directed by Anthony Roland with soundtrack by Delia Derbyshire and Elsa Stansfield.

Also on screen, director Michael Cumming will be introducing his film Oxide Ghosts: The Brass Eye Tapes. Made from hundreds of hours of unseen material from his personal archive, the film shares insights into the process of making the legendary TV series Brass Eye.