The First Wave Defines the Beach

Alternative rock band Alpha Tide have a simple mission: be the first wave. Every morning as the tide goes out, the landscape of the shoreline is changed and that’s where this band comes in.

Alpha Tide are guitarists Mark Durber & Tom Hayes, drummer Joel Heathcote and bassist Mattie James.

This incredible band performed at our Battle of the Bands back in Jan, there were so great on the night we offered them a gig straight away!

Come and see what all the fuss is about!

John Gandys, Exeter
John Gandy's 2019

They’re an energetic rock band from South Devon mixing influences from somewhere in between U2, Coldplay, the Beatles, Muse, Jeff Buckley and the Foo Fighters.


The band has been going since 2014. The first gig being a church fete in Bovey Tracey which shortly progressed to local open mic nights, charity fundraisers and local festivals.

Lead singer Tom spent around 15 years as a youth minister in two Newton Abbot Churches where he mentored young people. Being a musician he taught and nurtured several youth bands. This is where he met Mark around ten years ago and as a teenager he encouraged to play guitar (sickeningly he is now so much better at guitar than Tom). Mark’s now in his early twenties and has been playing alongside Tom for the best part of that time forming a tight unit.

Consistently tight and [they] do a fantastic array of covers and originals.

Great band 👌

Sam, Facebook Reviewer

Brothers Mattie and Joel both joined in 2018. The lads bring their vast musical skill to the band with backgrounds in jazz and world music to form a tight and powerful rhythm section (they happen to be related to other former members of Tom’s former youth group.)

Late 2018 finally saw the release of three singles culminating in early December with their debut album ‘Time & Tide‘.