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Thank You!

Wow! Thank you for making Down At The Abbey 2021 so special. After two long years, it felt so good to be back in the Reading Abbey Ruins last weekend. Thanks so much to all the volunteers, crew, bar staff, Festival team, children's entertainment, boat staff, food...

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Festival Stage Times Announced!

With only a few days to go until we return to the 900-year-old Abbey Ruins, we can now reveal our stage times! You can purchase tickets for both days here. - Friday (10th) Warm-Up Times -  For more info, click here - Second Stage -  The Mark...

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📯 Get your tickets before prices increase! 📯

Today (1st Sept) is your last chance to buy Saturday Adult tickets before they increase from THURSDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER so save yourself the price of a posh sandwich or the price of a pint and get your tickets now! Click here to be part of history. Fri...

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Friday Warm-Up Party Announced!

Headlining the Warm-Up Party is the big seven-piece Soul band The Mark II. Delivering big 60s Soul and Motown classics - they’ll bring the tunes that will get everyone up and dancing. Also bringing well-known classics are The Skandal. A fun, lively and passionate ska covers band...

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Down at the Tap Yard Returns

Saturday 7th August - Down at the Tap Yard @ Siren Craft Brew - A mini-festival to promote Down at the Abbey - Siren Tap Yard, Marino Way, Finchampstead RG40 4RF 1pm - 8pm // Music from 2pm - 6pm *Free Entry 💜 *We encourage you to...

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Festival Update – continuing planning with confidence!

Dear friends, Following on from the government’s extension of the current lockdown restrictions until the 19th July, we thought it was best to reassure our audience that we are confident that Down At The Abbey 2021 will still go ahead as planned. We also want to let...

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Second line-up announced!

Hello We've added Middle Eastern funk-psych band Flamingods, Krautrock-inspired The Utopia Strong who feature Kavus Torabi (Gong), multi-instrumentalist Michael York and 80s Snooker legend Steve Davis(!), 6Music championed post-punk mob Do Nothing, along with the soulful Jen Berkova and ex Morning Runner singer Matthew Greener to our line-up. The newly announced acts will join Snapped Ankles, LoneLady, Sinead O'Brien, Gwenifer Raymond, and many more brilliant...

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First line-up announced!

Hello, We are thrilled to reveal our first line-up featuring some great artists including Snapped Ankles, LoneLady and more! Tickets are on-sale now.

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New limited edition Merch announced

Hello, Down at the Abbey Festival organisers Heavy Pop have released a limited edition batch-run of ethically sourced merch which is available to buy now! By buying, you are DIRECTLY supporting our festival organisers and helping to secure our future. Head over to the merch shop to find out more and...

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Please support the festival organisers Heavy Pop through Covid-19!

Down at the Abbey festival organiser Heavy Pop are independently funded and the impact of the festival not going ahead in 2020 as a result of Covid-19 has been heavy. Local promoter Heavy Pop has lost 100% of its income through the cancellation or postponement of all...

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Down at the Abbey Festival 2020: Postponed

Hello, This is a statement we were hoping we wouldn’t have to make but 2020 is the year that keeps on surprising and sadly for the wrong reasons. Due to the current pandemic and wanting to produce a safe event for everyone involved, we’ve made the decision...

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Take Us Back!

💙 TAKE US BACK 💙 Check out these beautiful photos taken by Emma Jamieson and remember drinking cold Santo in warm September sun ☀️ Can you spot yourself in any of them? 📸 Tickets for Down at the Abbey 2020 are coming VERY soon, so stay tuned 📺

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THANK YOU!

😍 THANK YOU 😍 We've just about recovered from Saturday's shenanigans and we want to say a massive 'THANK YOU' to everyone that made Down at the Abbey 2019 so special 🙏 It went better than we could have imagined and we owe it all to the hard work of everyone involved:...

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Fame

In the words of David Bowie: FAME! We're in the Metro today. Find out what they're so excited about. Get your tickets before they're off sale at heavypop.co.uk 🎟🙌🎟

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I Really Miss Bad Festival Beer

"I really miss bad festival beer" said nobody ever That's why we have Siren Craft Brew providing their delicious, award-winning beer at Down at the Abbey Festival Expect flavours that make you dance including... YU LU With Earl Grey tea and lemon zest in the mix, Yu...

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Be This Happy

BE THIS HAPPY We want to flyer neighbourhoods and get posters in all the shops, cafes and offices in Reading Can you help us? If you can help us for a few hours, you'll get a free Festival Ticket and YOU CAN BE THIS HAPPY 🎟😍💃 Email...

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More Acts Announced

We're pleased to announce the final acts to play Down At The Abbey in September. We've added mesmeric folkie Rozi Plain, UK indie legend Darren Hayman, globetrotting troubadour Rachael Dadd, award-winning local orchestra Aldworth Philharmonic Soloists, and more will be playing in the abbey ruins! 💙 They...

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Reading Abbey’s Relics

FOR RELICS? Reading Abbey was the largest abbey in Western Europe before it was destroyed, and it housed an impressive collection of holy relics... The most famous relic was The Hand of St James, which was brought to the abbey by Empress Matilda ✋ The abbey was...

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Down At The Tap Yard

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Join us this Saturday at the Siren Tap Yard for live music, delicious beer, tasty street food and pick up your ticket to Down At The Abbey Festival  🍻🎺🍔 Down at the Tap Yard | Sat 20th July | Free Entry 💜 Siren Tap Yard, Marino Way,...

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Let’s Talk About Hugh

Let's Talk About Hugh Hugh Cook was the last abbot of Reading Abbey. Born in 1490 in Faringdon, he became Abbot in 1520 and entered The Big Leagues. As abbot, Hugh got his own coat of arms and became pals with Henry VIII They often went hunting...

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