Reading and Leeds Festival warm-up gigs set for St Albans pub

PUBLISHED: 13:56 04 August 2013 | UPDATED: 13:56 04 August 2013

The Horn in St Albans pre-Reading and Leeds Festival gigs

The Horn in St Albans pre-Reading and Leeds Festival gigs


A SERIES of Reading and Leeds Festival warm-up gigs have been lined-up by a St Albans music venue this month.

Merchandise will be appearing at The Horn pub in St AlbansMerchandise will be appearing at The Horn pub in St Albans

The Horn is hosting a Reading & Leeds Warm-up Show week to celebrate the first anniversary of the pub’s refurbishment.

Over the course of four nights, Merchandise, Blitz Kids, Feed The Rhino, Sonic Boom Six and Rat Attack will all play the Victoria Street establishment ahead of their Reading and Leeds 2013 appearances.

Reading and Leeds Festival takes place over the weekend of August 23-25 and the warm-up shows at The Horn kick-off on Monday, August 19 with highly-rated Florida band Merchandise.

Having supported Mayday Parade in May, Blitz Kids will play the St Albans venue on Tuesday, August 20, with a double header from Feed The Rhino and Sonic Boom Six on Wednesday, August 21.

Rat Attack will take the stage on Thursday, August 22.

This will be a great opportunity to see these acts at The Horn, especially for those that haven’t got tickets for the nearly sold-out Reading 2013 Festival.

It’s a big turnaround for The Horn, which was winner of UK Live Music Pub of the Year in 2008 and 2009.

This time last year The Horn was about to close its doors for three weeks while the bar and garden areas were refurbished.

New owner James said: “The Horn is thriving with great food being served every day and the bar and gardens are busy all week and we have some amazing shows lined up. Not only the great local bands and your favourite tribute and covers bands but also regular shows with established touring bands.”

As well as a new management, The Horn also has a new promotions team.

Tickets for Merchandise, plus support from Leeds-based five-piece Eagulls, cost £8 in advance and £10 on the door.

The Horn, in association with Juicebox, presents Blitz Kids the following night and tickets are £5 in advance and £7 on the door.

BandApp presents the Feed The Rhino and Sonic Boom Six showcase on August 21, and the bands will choose their favourite groups, following a Facebook competition, to support them.

Tickets are £8 in advance and £10 on the door.

Anyone with the BandApplive app will also receive a free drink voucher and automatically be entered into a prize draw. To download the app to your phone, go to

Describing their sound as “party punk”, Exeter’s Rat Attack are one of the country’s hottest new punk bands and tickets to see them cost £6 in advance and £8 on the night.

Of the gig, a Horn spokeswoman said: “Tickets may be available on the door but we strongly advise you purchase them in advance to avoid disappointment.”

Tickets for all concerts are available from and

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