Reading’s Are You Listening Festival takes place on Saturday April 27th 2019. Raising money for the charity MENCAP, this fundraiser is an annual event that we recommend highly. Keith Goldhanger provides ten acts you may like to have a look at.

If spending a whole day in the centre of Reading watching local bands as well as upcoming acts from outside the area playing across the town’s small venues is your thing, then you may like to consider joining us at the end of April for the annual Are You Listening? Festival. Not only that but it’s also for a good cause. Previous years’ events have been hugely successful and we’ve no reason to believe this year will be any different.

We’ve thrown ten bands on this playlist just in case you’re visiting the town and have a few gaps in your own schedule. Feel free to recommend anything else we may need to be aware of. We’ll be there, as always, standing at the bar, standing at the front and dodging the traffic with our schedules flapping in the wind.

The Irish trio have a bunch of songs you’ll struggle not to enjoy, always great and highly recommended if you’re looking for some powerful riffs and bouncing anthems that you’ll just want to listen to again once you witness this band live: a band you need to see now if you haven’t yet done so.

Stats arrived a few years ago now and have recently released their debut album Other People’s Lives. One for fans of LCD Soundsysytem or Talking Heads – a band you’ll find yourselves shuffling your feet too before swinging your arms around with much abandon.

One man band with a big telly and a guitar: Joe Oxley’s debut album Psychic Data is an album that is difficult to put down. Time for another look.

These will entertain and you’ll probably find yourself standing next to the singer who tends to go walk about during the bands show. Raucous, intense and loud.

We expect a cacophony of rhythmic beats and a riot of world music made by blokes with more equipment than the average stage usually allows.

This Brighton band have a debut album out this year on the wonderful Bella Union label. Another must-see band with gorgeous harmonies and sweet guitars that’ll have you swooning with delight.

Last time we saw these, they performed on the dance floor surrounded by electronics and drums and making a racket that had the whole room enthralled. One not to miss.

It’s Catrin Vincent’s voice that has the world staring open mouthed at this London four-piece – Another Sky are one of those bands that seem to playing everywhere in 2019, so seeing them here could be the start of a lovely long-term relationship.

Now two albums old and hailing from East Londons’ Stoke Newington, this is a great opportunity for those who haven’t got around to witnessing Genghar yet.

Loveable foot-tapping monster tunes that you won’t be able to stand still to.

Of course, there’s load more on show other than the ten listed here. Get there early for some dinner time surprises and possible introductions to bands you’ll still be going to see in a few years time.

Tickets available here :
More about Reading MENCAP here.

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).


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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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