Keane stars come Back to Battle for unique gig at Battle Abbey


Tim Rice-Oxley and Tom Chaplin of international hit band Keane are set to return home to Battle for a one-off acoustic gig in the grounds of historic Battle Abbey on Saturday August 8th 2015.

It is the first time award-winning songwriter Tim Rice-Oxley and singer Tom Chaplin have performed together for two years, in a show aimed at raising funds for Battle Festival of which Rice-Oxley is a patron. The performance, Back to Battle, is already hotly anticipated by fans from all around the world who are planning to gather in the area for a weekend of celebration.


Rice-Oxley is keen that the concert is a more intimate affair than the usual big venue gig: “Obviously the key thing is to raise money for Battle Festival but Tom and I really enjoy performing in a smaller venue where there’s a closer connection between us and the audience. The Abbey is such an atmospheric place; this is going to be a unique event. It should really help raise the profile of the Festival which only started last year.”

Jo Stewart, Property Manager of 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield said: “Both the Abbey and Keane are an intrinsic part of the town’s identity, albeit nearly 950 years apart! It’s great to see initiatives like the Battle Festival which shine a spotlight on the area and we’re very happy to support this special concert.”

Read the Terms and Conditions for the Back To Battle Concert here


We are delighted to confirm our Patrons are:
  • Sir Andrew Davis and
  • Tim Rice-Oxley
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2015 Festival

We're finalising our 2015 programme at the moment but you can sneak a peek here to see current plans.
More information is being added all the time so be sure to check back regularly.  We're also currently planning Battle Festival 2016!
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