This weekend sees the return of Down at the Abbey Festival. Starting in 2019 this year is the third edition of this boutique festival which provides two stages of thrilling live music (with no clashes to boot!), free kid’s activities (Saturday only), award-winning Siren Craft beer, cider, plus delicious gourmet Street food. All set in the spectacular, 900-year-old Reading Abbey Ruins.
Headliners this year are The Comet is Coming (Friday) and BC Camplight (Saturday) with a support cast including a range of fantastically interesting and creative artists from US indie hero Jefffrey Lewis & The Voltage to Kraut rock infused Pale Blue Eyes to previous Strong Island Recording alumni Los Bitchos – a band that are building a phenomenal live reputation after a stunning set at this year’s Glastonbury.
Friday is over 18s only and kicks off at 6pm whilst Saturday is family friendly with children under 10’s going free and 11-17 year olds half price. With no clashes between the two stages, free kids activities on the Saturday, a range of eateries available from local indiependents and Siren Craft Brewery pouring the pints the event promises to be something special.
The location is only 5 minutes away from the train station and whilst enjoying the music and activities on offer there’s also a chance to take in the 900 years of history surrounding you plus, just around the corner is one of Banksy’s most famous recent pieces on the wall of Reading Gaol.
Remaining tickets are available here: www.downattheabbey.co.uk