It's all change for the 5th year of Sea Change Festival, as it moves out of Totnes town to take place solely on the green spaces and William Lescaze’s twin Modernist masterpieces, Foxhole Gymnasium and High Cross House, on the 1200 acre Dartington Hall Estate, South Devon from Friday 22nd until Sunday 24th May 2020.
The first acts are announced today, with Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess, the return of folk institution Shirley Collins, Field Music (pictured above) will give a performance of their World War I concept album 'Making A New World' accompanied by archive film on a wraparound HD video wall, as well as Vanishing Twin, Squid, Working Men's Club, Dry Cleaning, Katy J Pearson, Porridge Radio, and Keel Her. There's much more to be announced.
Sea Change 2020 will feature a new venue programmed by Rough Trade Books, a specially-built radio stage broadcasting live in partnership with SoundArt Radio, a concert series at the seven hundred year-old Great Hall and the return of chef Patrick Hanna’s Summersisle restaurant.
Subtitled ‘Let Us Face The Future’, the festival gives a nod to the discussions that took place at Darlington and led to the writing of the 1945 Labour Party manifesto of the same name, which introduced a programme of reform under Prime Minister Clement Atlee that brought about the NHS and the welfare state.
Sea Change Founder Rupert Morrison said "We could not be prouder about the amount of creative energy that Sea Change brings to the south west, but there is a danger that this further compounds the quietness outside of those weekends and the lack of opportunities for emerging artists. We are passionate about where we live and committed to building a scene that genuinely supports live arts. At Dartington, Sea Change is based on a site that has historically welcomed generations of free thinkers. The estate is intrinsically special, its spirit is under our skin and we want to create something intimate, rare and special that will inspire a community. We’re planning so much more for 2020; there are many announcements to come, confirming guest speakers, distinguished friends, music makers and plenty of new activities and installations designed to harness the spirit of the inspirational estate."
Tickets are on sale, currently priced as follows:-
adult 3-day no camping: £94
young person 3-day no camping: £64
adult 3-day with camping: £124
young person 3-day with camping: £94
camper van: £20
child camping ticket: £5 (free festival entry).
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