South Street & doubledotdash!? present

The Ex plus support from Sun Skeletons

Venue: South Street (Directions)

Tue 12 Apr, 20:00

Door time: 20:00

Advisory age: 14+



The adventurous and inspiring Dutch quartet have defied categorization ever since they started playing in 1979. Born out of the punk explosion the band have still managed to retain both curiosity and passion for their music.

They continue to explore musical & geographical boundaries right up to the present day, collaborating with Kamagurka, Tom Cora, Sonic Youth, Han Bennink, Jan Mulder, Shellac & Wolter Wierbos amongst many others. In 2002 The Ex set up a musical exchange with Ethiopia, which led to hundreds of concerts with the legendary saxophonist Getatchew Mekuria. More recently their 2011 tour with the specially assembled Brass Unbound bigband (featuring Ken Vandermark and Mats Gustafasen) which brought their music to a whole new generation of fans.
After 33 years, more than 25 albums and around 1800 performances, the band continues to work with a completely DIY ethic, independent of record companies, managers or roadies.

Ticket information

£10 advance; £14 on the door

THE EX - "That's not a virus" - Festival Hors Pistes 2015

THE EX - "That's not a virus" - Festival Hors Pistes 2015


  • Once seen, a live performance by...The Ex is never forgotten. Imagine two men in short pants and army boots, guitars slung impossibly low, careering round the stage like demented dodgem cars, backed by a veritable arsenal of precision-honed polyrhythms

    The Wire
  • An Ex show is a shared experience, they take the audience on a musical adventure to places no one has been before. They are the most interesting musical unit in the world today...Go and see the Ex and you will hear rhythms you have never heard uplifting, joyful celebration.

    The Quietus

Venue info

South Street

21 South Street, Reading, RG1 4QU

View on a map

Contact: 0118 937 3456 (administration) or 0118 960 6060 (Box Office)

Box office is open at South Street Arts Centre on performance days one hour before the show (subject to availability)

Phone lines open Mon-Fri 10am-5pm