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 -...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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