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Introducing: Down at The Abbey

Posted on Thursday 1st July 2021 at 11:00

Jimi Arundell

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Jimi Arundell


Get excited for thrilling independent music festival Down at The Abbey which hits Reading on September 11th bringing with it a glittering array of awesome acts and essential names including premier post punks Snapped Ankles as headliner, psychedelic alt rockers Flamingods, electronica superstar Lonelady, mind blowing band The Utopia Strong – plus many more!  

First taking place in 2019 following a ten-year restoration project, Down at The Abbey is brought to you by the award-winning creators of Are You Listening? and has previously played host to such favourites as BC Camplight, Kathryn Joseph and The Wave Pictures.

A key location in English musical history, the festival is held at the Grade 1 listed grounds of the now ruined Reading Abbey, first constructed by Burgundy monks in 1121 before later being banished and the Abbott executed by King Henry VII. The site revealed the monumental discovery of the oldest piece of English music; “Sumer Is Icumen” dated back to 1240.

Offering two stages of music, enjoy drink courtesy of Siren Craft Brew bringing their award-winning selection of beers and ciders, plus pick from a wide array of stalls providing coffee, cocktails, and tasty street food. Plus kids will love the many exciting activities provided just for them!



Snapped Ankles

Leading the charge of the new breed of post punk, London based Snapped Ankles fuse krautrock beats with psyche rhythms and release third album Forest Of Your Problems this month.




Combining Eastern influences with a pop psychedelic sound, cult band Flamingods are famed for their hypnotic shows and thrilling live experience breaking them into the mainstream.




Manchester songwriter Lonelady (AKA Julie Campbell) conjures a sense of magical realism to her music. Signed to iconic label Warp, she has just dropped her innovative third LP Former Things.



The Utopia Strong

Psychedelic trio The Utopia Strong features World Snooker Champion Steve Davis, and bend the minds and senses with their unique juxtaposition of ancient instruments, world folk and cutting-edge electronica sets them worlds apart from all others.



Other crucial live music performers taking part are: Adam & Elvis \\ Bess Atwell \\ Catgod \\ Do Nothing \\ Gwenifier Raymond \\ Jen Berkova \\ Matthew Greener \\ Mush \\ Sinead O’Brien \\ Sophie Jamieson \\ Tomorrow Bird



Tickets are on sale with Gigantic right now and are priced at £37.95 for adults and £16.50 for 11 – 17-year-olds (including booking fees). Free entry for children aged 10 or younger (but must book a ticket in advance). Click the link below to place your order!



📅 September

11/09                   Down at The Abbey – Reading Abbey Ruins, Reading


Down at The Abbey tickets are currently available.



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