Gigs, concerts and live music in Reading. Local bands, touring acts, music festivals and who’s playing at Reading’s top music venues, such as the Purple Turtle, Sub89 and the Rising Sun Arts Centre.

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.


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.

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.

Readipop Festival 2019 guide

Readipop Festival returns to Christchurch Meadows for its fourth year in 2019 with its strongest and most diverse music line up yet – The Brand New Heavies, Sleeper, The Orb, CassetteBoy and Audiobullys.

Best gigs in Reading in January 2019

Start your year off well with our pick of the five best gigs happening in Reading in January 2019 including The Keep Cats, Cancer Bats, Citrus and Soup for Readipop’s launch party.

Top gigs to see in Reading in December

Discover the best gigs to watch in December in Reading, including Who Killed Nancy Johnson?, John Otway, Bad Manners and Roves.