Heavy Pop presents:
DOWN AT THE ABBEY - ADULT (TIER 3)
BC Camplight + Kathryn Joseph + The Wave Pictures + Tom Williams + Rozi Plain + Darren Hayman + Rachael Dadd + Bryde + Saltwater Sun + Vienna Ditto + The August List + Damien A Passmore + Aldworth Philharmonic Soloists + Pete Hefferan + The Amazing Tiger Band + Jessica Lee Morgan + Ever Hazel + The Keep Cats
Entry Requirements: All Ages (Subject to licensing)
HEAVY POP presents...
DOWN AT THE ABBEY FESTIVAL
The team behind the award-winning Are You Listening? Festival present their brand new music festival in the stunning Reading Abbey Ruins.
The final acts announced to perform in the beautiful medieval ruins are Rozi Plain; Darren Hayman; Rachael Dadd; Bryde, Aldworth Philharmonic Soloists; Pete Hefferan and more!
They join festival headliner BC Camplight; Kathryn Joseph; The Wave Pictures; Tom Williams; Vienna Ditto; and more performing on two festival stages across the historic site.
The award-winning Siren Craft Brew are running our Festival Bar and there will be Pop-up Bars and tasty Street Food stalls across the site to keep everyone smiling.
SEE BELOW FOR THE FULL LINE-UP, ACCESS INFO, TRAVEL INFO & A BRIEF HISTORY OF READING ABBEY RUINS
"As brilliant as it is deranged" Louder Than War Magazine
"Her music is as powerful as it is introverted, as insistent as it is subtle" Uncut Magazine
THE WAVE PICTURES
"Dreamlike, bluesy and unique" The Guardian
"Surging, vintage pop-rock" The Guardian
"Rozi Plain’s music invites an immediate calm. Her songs, a combination of minimalist blues and free-floating jazz, are lucent and inquisitive." Pitchfork
"Intimate, honest and different to the more obvious charms of English indie pop" The Quietus
"Will have you drifting off in a peaceful meditative state with her strong and soothing voice invoking child-like experiences of beautiful lullabies." The Line of Best Fit
"Always otherworldly and ethereal" Dork
"Creating guitar-pop that’s equal parts fierce to breezy, Saltwater Sun are a breath of fresh air" London In Stereo
"Portishead doing a Tarantino soundtrack" Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1
THE AUGUST LIST
“…Full of grit and soul, fire and fog.” Nightshift
DAMIEN A PASSMORE & DR J
THE AMAZING TIGER BAND
JESSICA LEE MORGAN
THE KEEP CATS (Acoustic)
Down At The Abbey aims to be as inclusive as possible with disabled viewing areas, specialist toilets and free Personal Assistant Tickets. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any Access-related questions or to arrange your Personal Assistant Ticket.
Reading Abbey Ruins is two minutes walk from Reading Train Station and all the town centre bus stops.
Coming by Train? Plan your journey here: https://www.gwr.com/plan-journey/stations-and-routes/trains-to-reading
Want to Drive? Reading has three Park & Ride options: http://www.reading-buses.co.uk/park-and-ride/
A BRIEF HISTORY OF READING ABBEY RUINS
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, housing monks and religious relics for some 400 years. In 1539, on the orders of King Henry VIII, Reading Abbey was destroyed, the monks were banished, and the Abbot was executed.
In recent years, the Grade 1 Listed ruins have undergone a £3 million renovation, re-opening to the public in June 2018. Heavy Pop are extremely excited to launch their brand new music event in the truly unique and historical space in the heart of Reading. Will you join us Down at the Abbey?
Please note: This is an outdoor event. Event subject to license. Line-up subject to change. All Children must be accompanied by an Adult. Proof of age ID may be required. Free entry to companions/ carers of disabled patrons.
Kathryn Joseph released her debut album “bones you have thrown me and blood I’ve spilled” in January 2015; what started as an album “kickstarted” by dedicated fans has quietly and organically become a much loved, critically acclaimed album of 2015 – and in June – became the winner of Scottish Album of the Year (the longlist included Young Fathers, Belle & Sebastian, Mogwai and Paulo Nutini)
Prior to her debut release – Kathryn Joseph was regarded one of Scotland's best-kept secrets; prodigiously talented and criminally underrated her voice possesses the other-worldly quality comparable to Ms Newsom and Björk; but she is by no means of an ilk. Better compared with Anthony Heggarty; she is an artist in every way; unique and soulful, and at the core a beautiful unnerving truth.
Kathryn Joseph’s debut album "bones you have thrown me and blood I’ve spilled" paints a delicate moving, at time visceral but always intricately beautiful description of her life until now. Lyrically compelling and sonically stunning, her album evokes a stark, cinematic journey. Written in a period during which life took Kathryn between northern bothies, east coast beaches, the forth bridges and ultimately the east end of Glasgow where she recorded the album.
It was captured predominantly live in just a week by Scottish music industry veteran Marcus Mackay at the diving bell lounge (Frightened Rabbit, Snow Patrol, Trembling Bells, Alasdair Roberts, Sparrow and the Workshop).
Kathryn's on record, and sometime-live collaboration with Marcus offers an unmissable, heart heavy and gut wrenching but understated performance. Those lucky enough to catch her at one of her rare performances are sure to be captivated, moved and perhaps a little disturbed.
Kathryn Joseph's first limited edition pressings onto white vinyl (250 copies) and handcut CDs sold out quickly. It has since been re-mastered and been made available for wider distribution. Kathryn’s first single release the bird \ the worm is now available as download and aa side on 7” (limited to 250 copies). Accompanying the already heard title track “The Bird” is the previously unheard “The Worm” a song that was recorded with the rest of the album but never made it on -and since the re-master and playing live with Marcus on percussion, it made sense as a single in its own right. On release, it made Drowned in Sounds single of the week.
For Kathryn’s official video for The Bird – she and SCOTTISH BALLET Creative have collaborated with Eve Mcchonachie as director, and Sophie Laplane as choreographer/dancer to create a beautiful, moving and picturesque video set on a West coast beach at sunset.
*Radio sessions have included * "BBC Live at the Quay" with DJ Roddy Hart Marc Riley at 6 Music Shawn Keavney 6 Music at Edinburgh Festival BBC Introducing with Vic Galloway, Radio Scotland The Janice Forsyth Show Loose Ends with Clive Anderson
The Bird has been playlisted on Radio Scotland daytime and Amazing Radio. Kathryn has had 6 Music champions include Lauren Laverne (headphone moment, and 6 music recommends), Tom Robinson, Tom Ravenscroft, Marc Riley, Gideon Coe and Shaun Keaveney. She was breakout track of the week for Jon Kennedy as well as Scotland’s Jim Gellatly.
The Wave Pictures
Bryde is Pembrokeshire-born, London-based Sarah Howells and an electric guitar, singing fierce and fragile songs about entangling and unravelling. Earning comparisons to Sharon Van Etten, PJ Harvey and Jeff Buckley, her powerful vocals, sharp, evocative lyricism and searing guitar tones have won plaudits from the likes of NYLON, The 405 and The Line Of Best Fit.
"Wait" and "Help Yourself" from her debut EP were lauded by blogs and supported by Huw Stephens at Radio 1, BBC Introducing in Wales and London, Tom Robinson and Chris Hawkins at Radio 6, Goldierocks on Selector Radio and Maz Tappuni at Radio X.
Summer 2016 saw Bryde perform at a number of UK festivals, including Green Man, Dot to Dot and How The Light Gets In, as well as embark on a whistle-stop tour of the US, taking in New York, Nashville and LA.
Whilst in LA she recorded a song for EP2 with Rufus Wainwright's producer Chris Sorem. She then completed the EP recording three songs with Bill Ryder-Jones at Parr Street Studios in Liverpool. Its two singles, 'Honey', and Wouldn't That Make You Feel Good? have already seen radio support from BBC 6music, BBC Radio 2, BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio, on top of several key Spotify playlists.
"Bryde's first offering is a tender, wiry piece of tearjerk folk-pop. The swirling, swollen textures and rippling electric guitars bear resemblance to Daughter or HAWK" - The Line Of Best Fit
"..atmosphere builds, and twinkling teardrops of light appear – an electronic sound that somehow feels totally organic. If this is Bryde’s early work, there’s plenty to look forward to". - The Most Radicalist
"We’ve witnessed the emergence of some great singer-songwriters over the year, but the best may have been indeed saved for last with the arrival of Brixton native Bryde. Her debut single, “Wait”, is – in a word – remarkable. " The Revue.ca
"Surely you’ve left some room on your year-end, best-of lists, because “Wait”, the electrifying new single from Brixton-based singer and songwriter Bryde, will require a spot in its upper reaches. “ - The Autumn Roses
Emerging West London based five-piece Saltwater Sun recently released their debut EP 'Wild' through London-based independent label Hand In Hive.
Earlier this year the band released their debut single Habit On My Mind, which was met with widespread acclaim across tastemaker blogs and press, including being heralded by NME as, “the soundtrack to summer evenings” and also sitting firmly in Hype Machine’s Top 10. This was followed by Making Eyes, produced by Gengahr album collaborator James Bragg, which “melted together sugary pop gorgeousness with grunge-flecked licks” (The Line Of Best Fit) and has already had support from BBC London and featured by Radio X as their Shock Of The New.
Produced by Saltwater Sun and Gengahr album collaborator James Bragg, Making Eyes and Habit On My Mind form two-thirds of their forthcoming debut EP Wild, which will drop this November alongside the title track.
Saltwater Sun are: Jennifer (vocals), Dan (guitar), Ben (drums), Rob (bass) and Joel (guitar)
“Portishead doing a Tarantino soundtrack” Huw Stephens, Radio 1
Released in June last year, Vienna Ditto's debut album Circle received airplay on BBC Radio 1, Amazing Radio and BBC6 Music- earning a coveted spot on Tom Robinson's BBC Introducing Mixtape. Nightshift called it “One of the best Oxford albums of recent times” and Frank Skinner said it was “Smashing”, which is nice. Their next 7-track EP Ticks is due for release late April.
“Sexy pop noir” The Daily Sport
Hatty and Nigel first met when he taught her guitar at the age of 11, and although they lost touch in the intervening years the duo were reunited following a chance encounter in the street 8 years later. Originally intended as a bit of fun singing old gospel songs over wobbly synths, Vienna Ditto were prematurely catapulted into the limelight when their first song Long Way Down somehow ended up being played on Huw Stephens’ Radio One show, leading to an appearance on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury Festival. The band have since been given a Maida Vale session for BBC6, received glowing reviews in Q Magazine and Artrocker and appeared on Channel 4’s Hollyoaks Music Show.
2016 saw the band touring the album around the UK and Northern Europe, bolstered- if not financially, then surely in spirit- by the use of their music in several advertising campaigns (most notably for Saks Fifth Avenue and The Polish National Health Fund) and the film Sacred Heart by award-winning Australian director Kosta Nikas.
“With Smoky-voiced femme fatale Hatty Taylor on vocals, London-based three piece Vienna Ditto mix wild-eyed rockabilly riffs with sparse, atmospheric electronica.” Q Magazine
Damien A Passmore
Aldworth Philharmonic Soloists
The Amazing Tiger Band
Jessica Lee Morgan
The Keep Cats
Current Eagle Radio Battle of the Bands winners and slackers, The Keep Cats, are brothers Eden and Jonah and their mates Fin and Louus Stix. Hailing from Brighton, Reading and Guildford, The Keep Cats are a little bit lo-fi, sort of punky, very groovy, substantially indie and 100% pure energy. HTTPS://www.facebook.com/thekeepcats1969/