Things to do

The very best events in Reading every month. Your guide to the top gigs, festivals, markets, shops, shows and activities in town.

Year of the Kite

Metropolis with live score from Year Of The Kite

Local and Year of the Kite produce a live soundtrack for the 1927 cult sci-fi film Metropolis. See it live at South Street Arts Centre.

Pip Blom Band

Dutch band Pip Blom interview

Pip Blom on touring the UK, playing in Reading, epic music playlists and the best album of all time.

adam and elvis

Reading band of the month: Adam & Elvis

Matt Dyson shows why you should explore the best of Reading’s local bands. This month it’s six-piece alt-pop band Adam & Elvis and their art rock anthems.

Reading Carnival

The best things to do in Reading in May

Discover the best events, festivals and things to do in Reading in May with our list, including The Reading Carnival, Caversham Art Trail, Reading Children’s Festival, the Purple Turtle Blues Festival and a Eurovision watching party.


Shoals release new single ‘Polar Bears’

To coincide with their appearance at this year’s Are You Listening? Festival, Reading-based band Shoals…

Ten bands to see at Are You Listening Festival 2019

Explore Reading’s editors and writers share the bands they’ll be watching at Are You Listening Festival 2019 – including TVAM, Workin Man Noise Unit, Rozi Plain and Bad Sounds.

The best things to do in Reading in April

Make the most of the spring with our list of the best things to do in Reading in April including steam fairs, Easter Egg hunts, beer festivals, cheese fairs food markets, secret gardens, art fairs and walking tours this month.

Craft Theory beer and music festival guide 2019

The Grumpy Goat’s buzzing beer and music festival Craft Theory returns for the third year with 14 craft breweries including Siren, Wild Elusive Brewing, Little Earth Project and Brew By Numbers.

Reading band of the month: Doops

Reading’s psych rock three-piece band Doops will wrap you up in wide-eyed fuzzy melody and zip you through the languid dark existential angst

Head Drop ‘EP 1’ review

‘EP 1’, the four track first release from Reading band Head Drop, goes right for the jugular with nasty, dirty unforgiving riffs of utter filth.