ListeningThe sixth Are You Listening Festival takes place in Reading town centre in April 2018.

This award winning one day event has raised over £45,000 since its inception for Mencap, a charity that supports children and adults with learning disabilities and autism.

Spread over eight venues there’ll be over sixty bands ready to entertain during the day. The 2017 event we covered here and we’ll be there again on Saturday 28th April to report on our findings.

The smart ones amongst you may like to start thinking about a day trip now. Just have a look at this line up and listen to a few potential highlights in store for those of us attending.

Here’s twenty bands we’ll recommend to get you in the mood.


More information on the Are You Listening festival here.

All words by Keith Goldhanger. More writing by Keith on Louder Than War can be found at his author’s archive. You can also find Keith on Facebook and Twitter (@HIDEOUSWHEELINV). You may subscribe to the Goldhanger Shorts Facebook page or browse some of his photos too if you so wish.



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Keith Goldhanger -- Spent the '90s as a frontman with London noise merchants HEADBUTT - spent the '80s in 'Peel favourites' BASTARD KESTREL. Spent a few years mashing up tunes and remixing bands as HIDEOUS WHEEL INVENTION. Is often out and about getting in the way of things and bumping his head on low ceilings - Will give your band the time of day but will dislike any band that balances full pints of alcohol on the top of guitar amps (Not keen on lead singers that wear hats either).


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