Down At The Abbey 2023
8 Sep 2023-9 Sep 2023
We are back!
Down at the Abbey Early Bird Tickets are now on sale here for Friday 8th and Saturday 9th September.
PERFORMING ON FRIDAY 8 SEPTEMBER:
Friday Headliners: The Comet Is Coming
The Comet Is Coming are an acclaimed London-based cosmic trio that incorporates elements of jazz, electronica, funk, and psychedelic rock, with a love of all things outer space, science fiction, and B-movies. The band are previous Mercury Prize nominees and The Guardian have described them as "true heirs" to cosmic jazz pioneers Sun Ra.
The band is led by saxophonist, Shabaka Hutchings who has established himself as a central figure in the London jazz scene and has previously performed in bands including Melt Yourself Down and Sons of Kemet; and now The Comet Is Coming with keyboardist Dan Leavers, and drummer Max Hallett.
The Comet Is Coming have garnered critical acclaim over their three albums (including Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam last year) and a reputation as a formidable live force! The trio have a huge 2023 ahead with performances including the world famous Coachella Festival in the Colorado Desert in April and Primavera Sound in Barcelona in June.
PERFORMING ON SATURDAY 9 SEPTEMBER:
Saturday Headliner: BC Camplight
BC Camplight returns to Down at the Abbey to headline our Saturday evening and will be performing material off his new album, The Last Rotation Of Earth.
The last album Shortly After Takeoff received the best reviews of his life and was called “A masterpiece” by The Guardian in their 5-star review.
Backed by his thrilling live band, BC has performed at many major festivals including All Points East, Glastonbury, BBC 6Music, and End of the Road, and plays his biggest headline shows to date, at London Shepherd’s Bush Empire and Manchester’s Albert Hall later this year.
The energetic, London-based pan-continental, mostly-instrumental four piece Los Bitchos were undoubtedly one of the breakthrough bands of 2022, and they ended the year the only way they know how by celebrating!
Having played their retro-futuristic blend of Peruvian chicha, Argentine cumbia, Turkish psych and surf guitars at over 100 shows across 20 countries since their debut album was released on City Slang in February of 2022, the band has released two new festive tracks, Los Chrismos and Tipp Tapp to mark the end of an incredible year.
Los Bitchos just played a run of select tour dates supporting Franz Ferdinand, along with numerous festival dates, and a coveted spot sharing the stage with Pavement plus supporting King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard this March.
+ more to be announced over our two days.
About Down At The Abbey
Down at the Abbey is an independent music festival in the Reading Abbey Ruins.
In 2019, the award-winning team behind Are You Listening? Festival launched a music festival in the stunning Reading Abbey Ruins: Down at the Abbey.
The festival returns for its third edition on Friday 8th and 9th September 2023.
Two stages of thrilling live music to bring this magical setting to life. Siren Craft Brew provide their award-winning craft beers and ciders, and we always have the finest selection of gourmet street food, coffee, cocktails and more to delight your senses.
Come and witness history.
For more information head to the Down At The Abbey Festival website
This event has already taken place.
Down at the Abbey 2023
Reading Abbey Ruins
- Friday 8th and Saturday 9th September 2023 -
Witness history in a truly stunning setting
Two stages of thrilling live music (no clashes), free kids activities (Saturday only), award winning Siren Craft beer and cider, and delicious gourmet Street Food, all in the spectacular, 900 year old Reading Abbey Ruins.
- Line-Up -
THE COMET IS COMING / W. H. Lung / AK/DK / Hatty Taylor / Maria Uzor / Nuha Ruby Ra.
Saturday (All Ages - kids 10 and under go free):
BC CAMPLIGHT / Los Bitchos / Band of Hope / Ben Marwood / Cornelia Murr / HolySMS / Jeffrey Lewis & The Voltage / Kah'Nya / Madalitso Band / Pale Blue Eyes, Sweet Baboo, The August List and Ziyad Al-Samman
Info / Tickets on-sale now! Under 10's go free! (all kids must be registered)
For tickets and festival info: www.downattheabbey.co.uk
Reading Abbey Ruins, Abbey Street, Reading, RG1 3BA