Seachange Festival announces bill for special Totnes event
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  • IMG_0544EXCLUSIVE – BBC Radio 3’s Nick Luscombe to present two exclusive performances by acclaimed pianist Lubomyr Melnyk for Late Junction
  • EXCLUSIVE – The return of The Pop Group
  • Behind the scenes on Chris Morris’s Brass Eye with director Michael Cumming
  • One of the UK’s finest Modernist buildings to re-open for Sea Change
  • Talks and conversations include Ana da Silva of The Raincoats, Salena Godden, Alexander Tucker of Grumbling Fur and many more
  • Line-up includescMetronomy, The Comet is Coming, Gruff Rhys, Stewart Lee, Lubomyr

    Melnyk, Gazelle Twin, Bill Ryder-Jones, and many more

    As this year’s Sea Change Festival approaches, we are delighted to announce the latest set of exclusive events, attractions and happenings that will combine to begin the 2019 festival season. Founded by Totnes’s much-loved Drift Record Shop, Sea Change takes place in Totnes & Dartington


from 24 – 26 May 2019. Among this year’s line-up are headliners Metronomy, Gruff Rhys, The Comet is Coming, Gazelle Twin, comedian Stewart Lee and a live celebration of Bagpuss.
Tickets are on sale now at or via Drift record shop.

The 2019 edition sees the second partnership between the festival and the historic Dartington Hall estate and this year a Modernist masterpiece is to open for the first time in five years to become part of Sea Change. Designed by Swiss-American architect William Lescaze and recently named one of the top 10 buildings in danger of being lost forever, High Cross House on the Dartington estate in Devon will be filled with music, art, conversation and culture.

It is the perfect time to sing the praises of one of the highlights in High Cross House. Nick Luscombe, presenter of BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction, one of the most innovative and absorbing music radio programmes of our times, will introduce two live performances by acclaimed Ukrainian pianistLubomyr Melnyk. The performances will be recorded for broadcast on Late Junction. Nick Luscombe’s appearance at Sea Change follows the outcry that greeted the news that Late Junction would be reduced to one broadcast per week. Over 550 musicians, producers, curators, academics and more, from Brian Eno to Nitin Sawhney, Shirley Collins to Stewart Lee have signed an open letter protesting about the scheduling change. Nick will be in conversation with Luke Turner and John Doran of discerning music site The Quietus.

High Cross House will host talks and conversations throughout the weekend. Guests and hosts will include founder member of The Raincoats, Ana da Silva; composer and musician Hannah Peel; Alexander Tucker of the Grumbling Fur; authors David Keenan, Luke Turner and John Higgs; poetsSalena Godden, Charlotte Newman and Martha Sprackland; journalists Michael Hann and Laura Barton; music from February Montaine, Matthew Shaw, Bobby Barry and more. The sessions will be broadcast by festival partners The Quietus and the Lush Player.

Also in High Cross House, the UK Poster Association will exhibit five new and exclusive screen prints created for Sea Change, including a celebration of Bagpuss!

Hot on the heels of their ‘Art Provocation’ at the request of Banksy for an event at Dismaland, post- punk iconoclasts The Pop Group will present a new collaboration with sound art fetishist Matthew


Shaw. At Sea Change they will requisition High Cross House for ‘Blood Money’, an incendiary site specific ‘live installation’.
Admirers of massively influential post-punk pioneers The Pop Group will be thrilled to lean that Sea Change will present an exclusive event featuring the Group’s Mark Stewart and Gareth Sager, alongside sonic artist Matthew Shaw. Together, the trio will present twisted new versions of songs from The Pop Group’s highly acclaimed debut LP, Y, ranked by Pitchfork as no. 35 best album of the 1970s, named one of the 100 Most Important Records Ever Made by The Wire and adored by the likes of the Minutemen, Primal Scream, Sonic Youth and Nick Cave.

We are delighted to announce a massive treat for comedy fans; director Michael Cumming will present 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 magnificent Brass Eye with Chris Morris. Michael directed both of the pilots and the series and his film, which is designed solely for live screenings, provides a rare glimpse of his extraordinary working practices. Michael will be in conversation following the screening.

Back in Totnes, the beautifully restored Victorian picture palace that is Totnes Cinema will presentSpace Out, an immersive meditation in sound and film on the music and vision of BBC Radiophonic Workshop composer Delia Derbyshire. Space Out features Jon Tye (Lo Recordings/Seahawks) and Benge (Memestudios/Wrangler/Oblong).

Totnes Cinema will also present a screening of John Carpenter’s 1988 sci-fi thriller, They Live and designer and creative director of Rough Trade Books, Craig Oldham will explore his recent book on the film.

While Dartington is the venue for the festival’s Offshore stage, hosting music until late on Friday and Saturday, the buildings of Totnes remain central to Sea Change, presenting extremely special music guests, panel talks, films and events beneath the beautiful gold leaf ceiling of the Barrel House Ballroom, 15th century St Mary’s Church, 1950s Civic Hall and Totnes Cinema. Creative partners include The Quietus, Heavenly Recordings, Bella Union, Erased Tapes, Rough Trade Books, Fire Records, Earth Recordings, Mute and Moshi Moshi.


Dates: Friday 24 – Sunday 26 May 2019.
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