Down At The Abbey

Posted 28th May 2019

The creators of the award-winning Are You Listening? Festival present their brand new music festival in the stunning Reading Abbey Ruins.

Headlining the inaugural festival will be live-wire piano maestro BC Camplight. After releasing his critically acclaimed album Deportation Blues last year, BC and his band have sold out every UK tour day and have supported Suede and White Denim, and been booked for festival performances at All Points East, End of the Road, BBC 6 Music Festival and more.  

The prodigiously talented folk songstress Kathryn Joseph will be main support. Winner of Scottish Album Of The Year award for her debut album, Joseph recently released her second album on Mogwai’s Rock Action Records to critical acclaim, was handpicked to perform at Robert Smith’s Meltdown Festival and The Cure’s British Summer Time show and returns to Reading having sold out her Reading show earlier this year.

Moshi Moshi signed alternative indie stalwarts The Wave Pictures; BBC 6 Music 'Album Of The Year' pick Tom Williams; Reading’s Electro-blues livewires Vienna Ditt have also been announced. They are joined by The August List; Jessica Lee Morgan; Saltwater Sun and Ever Hazel

The award-winning local Siren Craft Brew will be running the main Festival Bar, providing craft beer on site, and there will be various other pop-up bars and food stalls on site to keep everyone smiling on the day.

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 sit beside the famous Reading Gaol and 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.

Saturday 7th September 2019 | Reading Abbey Ruins, Reading | Adult & Child Tickets:


Posted 1st May 2019


After a much needed rest, we're slowly getting our head around just how good Saturday was ⚡️

Thank you to every one of you that performed, volunteered, supported Reading Mencap and danced the night day away with us on Saturday! 


We're pleased to announce AYL? Festival 2020 will be on SATURDAY 25TH APRIL 2020 

Limited £15 Adult Pre-sale Tickets to AYL? 2020 are on sale NOW. Get yours before they're all gone!


Thanks again to everyone involved and see you at Down at the Abbey in September


Posted 30th Apr 2019


We want to hear your feedback about the Festival so we can make next year even better

Please complete our 5 minute survey and could win a pair of tickets & drink vouchers for AYL? 2020 


The AYL? Poster Exhibition

Posted 26th Apr 2019

The AYL? Poster Exhibition returns for its fourth year, having produced numerous masterpieces and raised hundreds of pounds extra for Reading Mencap.

Each year we ask 10 talented local artists to create a unique poster for an act playing the Festival. We then display the beauties during the Festival, before we blind auction them with all the money raised going to Reading Mencap.

The Posters are on display in the flesh at St Laurence Church on Saturday, but you can see them below too...

Want to bid for a poster?

To bid, send us the poster number, your bid amount and your full name.
You can do this in person at St Laurence, by texting 07969 570 779, or by emailing
Example Bid: Poster 9. £105.00. Leonard Kravitz.

The Posters & the Artists

1. Our Girl – Jumana Hokan

2. TVAM – Aiden Barefoot

3. Big Lad – Michael Matthews

4. Workin’ Man Noise Unit – Paul Furnell

5. Rozi Plain – Dan Miller

6. Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra – Yen Tu

7. Madonnatron – Zoe Lakeman

8. The Keep Cats – Rachel Mayes

9. Krafty Kuts – Zoe Darnell

10. Genghar – Dom Walter

The Small Print
Each poster has a reserve price of £25. You can bid on any and all of the posters.
Winners will be contacted the week commencing Monday 6th May
If you win and cannot collect your poster from central Reading, you agree to pay the £10 postage & packaging for the Poster to be sent to you. 
AYL? Festival bear no responsibility for any damage caused to the Poster while in transit.

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