Down at the Abbey

Down At The Abbey is a brand new music festival in the stunning Reading Abbey Ruins.

When: Sat 7th September 2019
Where: Reading Abbey Ruins, Reading
From: Heavy Pop Promotions, the team behind the award-winning Are You Listening? Festival

We here at Siren Craft Brew are delighted to be working with the Heavy Pop Promotions team to be providing the bars for the festival. 


From the creators of the award-winning Are You Listening? Festival, promoters Heavy Pop are thrilled to announce their brand new festival event Down at the Abbey taking place on Saturday 7th September in the stunning Reading Abbey Ruins.  

The first line up announcement includes:

BC Camplight
The Wave Pictures
Tom Williams
Saltwater Sun 
& Ever Hazel.

Second line up announcement: 

Kathryn Joseph
Vienna Ditto
The August List
Jessica Lee Morgan

Event Details:

2 stages of live music
Siren Craft Brew bar and pop-up bars and food stalls

This is an outdoor event.  Event subject to license.  Line-up subject to change.  Proof of age ID may be required.

Ticket information
£29.50 Adult Advance (tier 2), including £2 ticket fee
£17 Child Advance (Ages 11-17)
Child (Ages 10 & Under) – Free (Registration Required)
*All Children must be accompanied by an Adult*


More Information:


The award-winning team behind Are You Listening? Festival has announced more great acts performing in the stunning Reading Abbey Ruins this September.

Leading the second announcement is the prodigiously talented folk songstress Kathryn Joseph. Winner of Scottish Album Of The Year award for her debut album, Joseph has drawn comparisons to Joanna Newsome and Björk with her otherworldly music. Having recently released her second album on Mogwai’s Rock Action Records to critical acclaim, Joseph was handpicked to perform at Robert Smith’s Meltdown Festival and The Cure’s British Summer Time show and returns to Reading having sold out her Reading show earlier this year.

Reading’s Electro-blues livewires Vienna Ditto are also getting back together for Down At The Abbey. Stalwarts of the UK DIY music scene for more than 10 years and much loved by Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, Vienna Ditto decided to take a break in 2018. Now having fully re-charged, the ramshackle noise ‘n’ soul two-piece return for their exclusive come back show in the historical abbey ruins.

Oxford’s country blues powerhouse The August List will perform too. The husband and wife duo’s raw and moody Americana has drawn comparisons to The White Stripes and is guaranteed to get boots stomping in September. Local folkie Jessica Lee Morgan has also been added to the bill. The daughter of super-producer Toni Visconti and folk legend Mary Hopkin, Morgan toured as a part of the David Bowie tribute Holy Holy, as well as making her own beautiful folk.

Already announced to play the historic medieval ruins are live-wire piano maestro and festival headliner BC Camplight; Moshi Moshi Records signed indie stalwarts The Wave Pictures; previous 6 Music ‘Album Of The Year’ rocker Tom Williams; local party starters Saltwater Sun and piano pop-ers Ever Hazel. More acts are still to be announced across the two festival stages.

The award-winning Siren Craft Brew will be running the main Festival Bar, and there will be a number of pop-up bars and mouth-watering food stalls to please festival goers on the day.

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.

In recent years, the Grade 1 Listed ruins sit beside the famous Reading Gaol and have undergone a £3 million renovation, re-opening to the public in June 2018. The independent team behind Down At The Abbey are extremely excited to launch their brand new festival in this truly unique and historical space in the heart of Reading.