Down at the Abbey Festival
Down at the Abbey is back on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th September. Super Early Bird tickets on-sale now.
For more information and for the latest announcements, head to the Down At The Abbey Festival website here!
On Saturday, Children 10 years and younger go free!
(all kids must be registered)
– Festival background –
The creators of the award-winning Are You Listening? Festival return with the fourth edition of Down At The Abbey in the stunning setting of Reading’s Abbey Ruins. After the enormous success of the festival’s inaugural in 2019, and the subsequent sequel in 2021 and in 2023.
The Grade 1 listed Reading Abbey Ruins is a venue like no other. King Henry I started the construction of Reading Abbey in 1121 and once built, the great royal abbey was one of the largest monasteries in Europe for some 400 years, housing monks and religious relics including the hand of St James. In 1539, on the orders of King Henry VIII, Reading Abbey was destroyed, the monks were banished, and the Abbot was executed. The oldest piece of English music ‘Sumer Is Icumen’ dating back 1240 was discovered here.
The Abbey Ruins was re-opened after a 10yr restoration closure in 2018. Down at the Abbey was successfully launched in 2019 and featured artists including BC Camplight, Kathryn Joseph and The Wave Pictures. In 2021 the festival also ran a festival ‘Warm Up Party’ in the ruins on the Friday before the Saturday. Some of the artists who played in 2021 includes Snapped Ankles, Lonelady, Sinead O’Brien and The Utopia Strong. In 2023, artists included The Comet Is Coming, Los Bitchos and more.
The festival site backs onto the Kennet & Avon Canal and is a short distance from the Banksy mural located at the neighbouring Reading Goal.