The weather may be awful, but that’s no excuse not to get out to these incredible gigs to watch in Reading in April. With Japanese cult rock band Shonen Knife, up-and-coming indie stars Swimming Tapes, and, of course, one of the best events of the Reading music calendar, Are You Listening Festival, there’s an impressive range of gigs and shows on offer this month.
Purple Turtle, Saturday 14 April, free entry
Swimming Tapes are a five piece band from London making dreamy reverb drenched indie rock. With songs like ‘Alison’ and ‘Cameos’ that are perfect for laying back in the sun, they are sure to pull in a crowd to Purple Turtle. Having recently signed to Sub-Pop, this is sure to a special show, before they inevitably start playing bigger venues. They are joined by Reading locals Adam & Elvis.
Sub89, Tuesday 17 April, book tickets
Formed in Japan in 1981, Shonen Knife have achieved a cult like status with dedicated fans across the world. Fusing a punk attitude with the pop sensibilities of ’60s girl groups, they have won over the hearts of fans of all kinds. Songs like ‘Its a New Find’ and ‘Top of the World’ are sure to be stand outs from this very special show. Support comes from rising local stars The Keep Cats.
BBC Introducing: Veridian
Purple Turtle, Wednesday 18 April, free entry
Veridian are a hard rock band from Reading, know for their engaging live shows. They’ll take to the Turtle stage to showcase songs such as ‘Ink’, and ‘Sleep a Little Better’. They have been building a strong fanbase, and if you like what you hear in the video below, then this is not a gig to miss! Support comes from Origami Heart.
Purple Turtle, Thursday 19 April, Free Entry
It’s three nights in a row for gigs this week. The third, is Thyla, who have a unique take on indie rock that is truly captivating. Their single ‘Pristine Dream’ showcases this perfectly, warbling guitars, an melodic rhythm section, and a powerful vocal performance. With echoes of Cocteau Twins in their music, this is one band that are keeping everyone on their toes. Harroland and Leader will join the band as supports.
Are You Listening Festival
Multiple venues, Saturday 28 April, book tickets
Arguably the best music festival in Reading, Are You Listening sees the best acts from the local area join with equally great acts from across the country, all in aid of Reading Mencap. Look out for experimental indie legends Field Music, the brilliant lyricism of Ash the Author, the post punk world of Idles (main image), and the acoustic musings of Ben Marwood. There truly is something for everyone. Taking place at multiple venues across Reading, it is always a day to remember. Read our full guide to Are You Listening Festival.
I love to write about the bands I'm listening to, and the gigs that I'm attending in Reading. I'm a proud champion of the local Reading music scene, and am always looking for new acts to see live. Aside from writing about local music, I am also the co-founder of Reading based record label, Porterbrook Records.