Readipop Festival, the three-day celebration of music, community and Reading town returns to Christchurch Meadows for the third year in 2018. They’ve just announced their first wave of the line up for the 2018 festival and it promises to be its biggest line up of musicians yet.
What is Readipop Festival?
Readipop Festival is a weekend-long music and creative festival for all ages along the bank of the Thames. 2018 will be the third outing of the festival since it changed its name from the Caversham Festival.
Readipop is a local music and arts charity who work to encourage young people in music and creative activities. They also do a pretty stellar job supporting Reading’s local music scene. Readipop music festival is both a celebration of their work with Reading’s community and a fundraiser – all proceeds from ticket sales go back in to the charity.
When is it?
Friday 13-Sunday 15 July. Times are: Friday 6pm – 11pm, Saturday 1pm-11pm, Sunday 1pm-9pm
Where is it?
Christchurch Meadows, Caversham, Reading, RG4 8BY.
Which bands are playing?
SenserSo far the festival have announced the first line up of 12 acts performing across the weekend.
The big name on the Friday night is seven piece disco band Odyssey, who will take to the stage, fresh from supporting Chic and Sister Sledge.
Headlining Saturday will be 808 State, pioneers of the Manchester acid house scene. And closing out the Sunday night, and the festival, is Grammy-nominated Jamaican reggae legend Dawn Penn. She’s recently performed at Glastonbury and Boomtown and is set to bring a party vibe to the final day of Readipop Festival.
Elsewhere, there’s rock-rap band Senser, Rowetta, who provided vocals for Happy Mondays, and an acoustic set from John Power, bassist from the La’s. Adam Gibbons, who performs as Lack of Afro will also bring his six piece funk soul band to Reading.
Over in the Purple Turtle Tent, Newport comedy hip hoppers Goldie Lookin Chain will be doing their greatest hits.
There’s also DJ sets from Fun Lovin’ Criminals frontman Huey Morgan, who will raid his record collection for a block party set of funk, hip hop, soul and disco, and BBC 6Music’s Don Letts, who’ll bring reggae beats.
The full line up so far is: Odyssey, 808 State, Dawn Penn, Goldie Looking Chain (Legends Set), Huey Morgan’s NYC Block Party, John Power (Cast,The La’s), Rowetta (Happy Mondays), Don Letts (DJ Set), Senser, Lack Of Afro, Dutty Moonshine Quartet, Too Many T’s.
What else is there to do?
Alongside the bands there will be music, dance and art workshops in the Readipop tent. The festival have also partnered with Blue Collar Street Food this year, so there will be lots of good grub, craft beer and real ale to enjoy. Readipop also produce a fun heritage arts trail which you can follow around town to explore Reading (we like that!).
I’m sold, how do I buy a ticket?
Glad to hear it! Earlybird weekend tickets are £25, under 14s with an adult get in free. Day ticket prices will be released closer to the festival. Book your tickets here.
Want more music?
See our guide to Are You Listening? Festival.