#PlasticGrab challenge

We are excited to be collaborating with Lush founder Rowena Bird's #PlasticGrab challenge on Saturday 25th May with a spot of gentle activism.

Sea Change guests and any locals who want to get together to make a stand against litter pollution can join us for a gentle walk from Totnes to Dartington to pick up as much litter as we can.

It's estimated that 250 Billion pieces of rubbish are thrown away each year in the UK! Unfortunately, a huge amount of this waste ends up in our beautiful rivers and on our coastlines, endangering the future of the whole planet. One super easy and effective thing we can all do to take action against litter pollution is simply pick it up!

Where: Meet at Drift Records
When: 10am, Saturday 25th May
Route: Just over 1.5 miles along the cycle path.

Litter pickers and rubbish sacks will be provided by please feel free to bring your own too.

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.

+ www.thewoodland.co
+ www.facebook.com/woodlandpresents
+ www.instagram.com/thewoodlandpresents
+ www.twitter.com/TheWoodsPresent

See you in the woods!

Just announced: Flamingods, The Proper Ornaments and… BAGPUSS!!

We’ve really out done ourselves…

Already booked was a panel talk to celebrate the much revered Bagpuss (featuring Daniel Postage, Stewart Lee, Kyle Lonsdale and original music makers Sandra Kerr and John Faulkner), but we can today announce that the "old, saggy cloth cat, baggy, and a bit loose at the seams" Bagpuss will be joining us in person.


Bagpuss has recently returned from a two year tour with the V&A and will soon take up permanent residence in the Canterbury museum. One of his last scheduled journeys sees the dearly loved pink cat travel to the Dartington Hall Estate some forty-five years after he first made his TV debut.

As part of the celebration, Luke Drozd (of the UK Poster Association) has been commissioned to create a stunning original poster and it will be exclusively available in limited numbers during the weekend.

More on the UKPA to follow.

Luke Drozd’s Bagpuss screenprint.

Luke Drozd’s Bagpuss screenprint.

Alongside the notable feline company, we can also today announced even more musical guests scheduled to appear over the weekend.

International Psych Explorers Flamingods will be joining the Friday night line up on the Truck Stage to celebrate the release of their new 'Levitation' LP on Moshi Moshi. Inspired by disco, funk and psychedelic sounds coming out of the Middle East and South Asia in the 70s, the album channels sun-drenched vibes.

The Proper Ornaments return to Sea Change (following a barn storming hot and sweaty set in 2017) to play the festival closing spot on Sunday with material from their new Six Lenins LP. The principle songwriters James Hoare (Ultimate Painting/Veronica Falls) and Max Claps (TOY) have also appeared in other outfits, this will be their fourth appearance all told... Sea Change MVPs.

The Proper Ornaments

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