Heavy Pop, Reading Mencap and Friends present

Are you Listening? Festival

Venue: Macdevitts South Street (Directions)

Sat 22 Apr, 19:00

Door time: tbc

Advisory age: 14+



Are You Listening? Festival returns for its fifth edition, following the overwhelming success of the first four years’ events, which has seen around 5,000 festival-goers raise over £34,000 for local learning disability charity Reading Mencap.

The festival now announces its second wave of acts featuring one of the hottest new UK bands, Spring King. The Manchester act has won fans on both sides of the Atlantic with their intense, eye catching live shows and superb debut album ‘Tell Me If You Like To’. Championed by BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music they were also the first ever band to be played on Apple’s Beats 1 show by Zane Lowe. With big support shows coming up including at the O2 Arena with Kaiser Chiefs,  and not to mention their electrifying performance on Jools Holland’s TV show, this has all helped cement their position as rising stars.

Joining Spring King are Amazing Radio’s Charlie Ashcroft, who has been championing new acts for many years now on his Audition show and alongside a DJ set he will be hoping to find his new favourite band at the festival. Tom Williams will be delighting his Reading fanbase with a full band show and will be announcing some very big news soon. Electronic indie outfit Clock Opera make a long awaited live return, and are back with their stunning 2nd album on !K7 in February.  Bath’s Bad Sounds bring with them their addictive indie pop and Reading’s own rapper, soul singer and spoken word poet Sami Switch will be making an appearance.

Also announced are Adam & Elvis, Borjad Luis, Cody Noon, Draw the Shades, Duotone, Eastgreen, Febueder, Jersey Bones, Kill Committee, Little Brother Eli, Matt Stockl, Matt  Tanner, Pelada Wild, Sahara Dam, The Keep Cats and Twin Sun.

These acts join previously announced acts: Radio 1 DJ and new music champion Huw Stephens, The Big Moon, Radio X DJ John Kennedy, Middle-Eastern influenced psych band Flamingods, Ollie Teeba from The Herbaliser, Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys, M.I.A) produced rock act Kagoule, hotly tipped Rough Trade signed Shame and Reading acts Matt Maltese (recently seen supporting Tom Odell) and Area 52 who played Reading Festival over the summer plus Animal House, Big Zero, Quiet Quiet Band, Saltwater Sun, Tiny Giant and Tusks.

We are also proud to announce that Are You Listening? Festival 2017 will be raising awareness of Girls Against (One of NME’s People of the Year 2016 Award Winners), a group that’s standing up against sexual harassment and assault for all genders within live music.

Proceeds from the festival support Reading Mencap, a small local charity that provides information, support and respite services for children and adults with learning difficulties, disabilities and autistic spectrum disorders, along with their families. They are affiliated to the UK’s leading learning disability charity, Royal Mencap, but receive no financial support from them.


The festival also focuses on supporting the local music scene from the grass roots level, with it being festival policy to ensure at least 70% of the artist bookings are from Reading and the Berkshire area. Each year, around 70 volunteers provide crucial support to the festival, and the organizers would love to hear from anyone interested in getting involved this year, with great benefits on offer including a free festival ticket, T-shirt, a meal and drinks! Please email communityfundraiser@readingmencap.org.uk  if you would like to support the festival this year.


VENUES: Milk (18+), Oakford Social Club (18+), Public (18+), Purple Turtle (18+) Rising Sun Arts Centre (14+), St Laurence Church (14+), South Street Arts Centre (14+), Sub89 (14+)

Local bands can apply to play by emailing dave@heavypop.co.uk

For more information: www.areyoulistening.org.uk or www.readingmencap.org.uk



Facebook Event

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Ticket information

£22 Adult early ticket, £15.50 14-17yrs early ticket

Are You Listening? Festival Highlights

Are You Listening? Festival Highlights