Beat Connection Festival 2018 guide

Tyler Hallows
BC Camplight

Beat Connection is an all-day music festival from local music promoters Heavy Pop taking place across two stages at South Street Arts Centre this November. Heavy Pop have been putting on gigs, including Wolf Alice and The Amazons, in Reading for years, and are the music team behind Are You Listening? Festival, so they know how to put on a good day of music. The one day fest sees exciting UK acts and top Reading bands playing alongside each other for a day of great music, food, and drink.

We help you make the decision to get a ticket with our guide to Beat Connection 2018, including the bands to watch, venue information, tickets and more.

When is it?

Beat Connection is on Saturday 24 November. The music kicks off at 3pm and goes until 11pm.

Where is it?

Spread across the theatre and the studio room at South Street Arts Centre, 21 South St, Reading RG1 4QU.

Which bands are playing?

Matt Maltese
Matt Maltese

BBC 6 Music favourite BC Camplight (main photo) co-headlines. He’s coming off the back of a sold out UK tour for his latest album ‘Deportation Blues’, a chaotic chronicle of his three year battle with drug addiction, mental illness and deportation.

He joins alongside Matt Maltese, whose return to Reading is sure to be hugely received. Originally from Reading, and now a firm fixture in the London scene, Matt’s debut album ‘Bad Contestant’ was released this year. Now backed with a full band, it’s sure to be a very special performance.

Elsewhere on the bill, Leeds alt-rockers and Are You Listening favourites Mush come armed with angular guitar parts and sharp lyricism, they’re sure to draw in a crowd with their set. Brighton four piece Fur have been touring with Matt Maltese ahead of their show at Beat Connection and their fuzzy indie jams are going to win you over.


Also joining the bill are electro-pop duo, Candy Says from Oxford, as well as indie pop trio, Peaness, who are one of the most exciting acts playing the festival, having had support slots with The Cribs where they drew crowds across the country. They’re now stepping foot in Reading where they’ll undoubtedly win over more fans with their mesmerising melodies and gristly guitars.

What about the Reading bands?

Reading favourites Saltwater Sun return to blow away audiences with their catchy tunes, like recent single ‘Hot Mess’. Also look out for Ever Hazel who will stun audiences with her pure talent for songwriting and creating a hypnotic world of her own during her live sets.

They will join sets from KT King, who has been wowing audiences with jazzy songs backed with witty lyricism and unmistakable vocals.

If furious, psychedelic-soaked riffs are your thing, then Head Drop are the band for you, featuring members of Typical Hunks, Cody Noon and Monster Movie.

Eat Daddy Eat
Eat Daddy Eat

Eat Daddy Eat are a new garage rock outfit that will drag you into the darker, noisier corners of rock n roll.

And if that wasn’t enough, Beat Connection also features Boredoms in the Bathroom, who have been blasting audiences with sound for almost 20 years. They are a two-headed instrumental post-rock band with an industrial electronic heart.

Anything else I need to know?

To keep revellers going throughout the day, tasty food will be on sale from two of Reading’s best-loved culinary power-houses. Tutu’s Ethiopian Table will be bringing award-winning east African stews and curries, while We Are Friends will be providing the home-made vegan delights that have been impressing food fans at Milk and The Nag’s Head over the past year.

I’m sold, how do I buy a ticket?

Tickets are currently available at £17.50. The cheaper Tier 1 early bird tickets have already sold out. so don’t miss out before they’re gone! Buy them online.

Find out more info at the Heavy Pop website.

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