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An Independent Music Festival in the Reading Abbey Ruins

Postponed - new date: Saturday 11th September 2021


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 to postpone this year’s festival to Saturday 11th September 2021.  

After years of work and overcoming a number of challenges, we were delighted and very proud to successfully launch the inaugural Down at the Abbey last year in the stunning and historical setting of Reading Abbey Ruins, and receive such positive audience feedback.

We are an independent festival and with that brings many positives including creative freedom, but also in this difficult time, unique challenges. Due to this, we kindly ask for your continued support and if you can, to keep hold of your existing ticket, where it will automatically be rolled over for the 2021 event. Ticket prices will increase for next year, so retained tickets will be the cheapest ticket available.

We are very much aware that times are tough for everyone and if you are not in a position to keep hold of your ticket, we understand, and you are entitled to receive a face value refund.

Our ticket partner Gigantic will be in touch and will handle and process any refunds on our behalf. For anyone, wishing to still attend next year no further action is required.

We look forward to a time when it will be safe for us all to be able to come together again; and we hope to see you in the ruins next September.

Keep well, stay safe and look out for each other.



Highlights of Down At The Abbey 2019

Down at the Abbey Festival returns for its second year!

Following the success of the first year, we are excited to be returning to the historic and beautiful Reading Abbey Ruins. 

We will have two stages of stunning live music, delicious street food and award-winning craft beer and cider from Siren Craft Brew.


Last year's line-up included BC Camplight, Kathryn Joseph, The Wave Pictures, Tom Williams Music, Rozi Plain, Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra Soloists and many more brilliant artists...


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 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.

Please note: This is an outdoor event. Event subject to license. Line-up subject to change. All under 18's require an adult guardian. Proof of age ID may be required. Free Personal Assistants available.


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