The 2nd wave of acts have been announced for Sea Change Festival that takes place around the picturesque town of Totnes in South Devon, on August Bank Holiday weekend from Friday 26th until Sunday 28th August 2016.
Newly confirmed are Trembling Bells will create ‘Avocet Revisited’ a mixed-media celebration of Bert Jansch’s 1979 ornithological-themed album ‘Avocet’, Jane Weaver, Blanck Mass, Daniel Brandt, Amber Arcades, New Zealand folk artist Aldous Harding, Lowly, H.Hawkline, Venn, The Proper Ornaments, Virginia Wing, Death And Vanilla, Girl Ray, Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band, ILL, Mai Mai Mai, WH Lung.
They join the likes of Ryley Walker, Julie Byrne, Nadia Reid, Hey Colossus, Masayoshi Fujita, Michael Chapman and Grumbling Fur, as Sea Change spreads music, film, talks, food and inspiration throughout the town over August Bank Holiday weekend.
Music venues include the beautiful Barrel House Ballroom overlooking the High Street and Totnes Castle; the self-proclaimed ‘home of live music in South Devon’, Unit 23; the 1960s Civic Hall; the 17th-century Birdwood House (home of the Babbage family before the birth of computer pioneer Charles); and perhaps most impressively, the 15th-century St Mary’s Church.
The restored Totnes Cinema will screen exclusive films and programmes selected by guest curators; DJs will find a spectacular home in the walled garden in the shadow of Totnes Castle; thinkers and talkers will think and talk in all sorts of places; and line-ups, venues and stages will be curated by the top-notch likes of Heavenly Records, Bella Union, The Quietus, Erased Tapes, Earth Recordings and Basin Rock.
Community craft brewery, New Lion (trading in Totnes for nearly 200 years) will brew special Sea Change beers and the much-more-recently-established, family-run Totnes Brewing Co. will cask its own Sea Change ale; chef Patrick Hanna of London’s Rochelle Canteen, Duck Soup and most recently L’Entrepot, will create a special Drift pop-up fast food joint; and importantly, Totnes’s cafes, restaurants, bars and independent shops will join the party - street markets will fill the market square, the family-friendly Bay Horse Inn will host a good ale festival and, next door to Drift, the Riverford Farm Shop will unveil the new Ben’s Wine & Tapas bar.
Sea Change Director, Rupert Morrison, said, “It’s fair to say that, while the festival covers a lot of areas, it is organised by a record shop so you can expect a huge amount of wonderful music. This year’s line-up has surpassed even our most outlandish hopes. We’re genuinely proud to be bringing the likes of Jane Weaver, Ryley Walker, Blanck Mass, Amber Arcades, Julie Byrne, Aldous Harding and Nadia Reid to Totnes. Last year, Sea Change categorically took over the town. The combination of artists, historic venues and the shared sheer enthusiasm of Totnes creates a beautiful atmosphere. Last year’s event brought an estimated £700,000 to Totnes; the town’s cafes, restaurants, bars and independent shops
recorded their highest grossing weekends ever. We're just throwing a really good party but we do love where we live, so if we are able to benefit the town, that's something we care about.”
Weekend tickets are available priced at £55. Children under 12 do not require a ticket but will need to be accompanied by an adult in all venues.
Sea Change is a town festival based in buildings and streets with plenty of local accommodation and campsites in the area.
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