Top gigs in Reading in May

Spring is here! Kind of? Although the weather isn’t the most consistent at the moment, the wealth of live music to see in Reading still is! The success of Are You Listening Festival last month saw gig-goers from all over the country coming down to see what Reading has to offer, and it isn’t slowing down anytime soon. So keep enjoying live music in town with our pick of the top gigs to see in Reading in May.

Haley Heynderickx

Rising Sun Arts Centre, Sunday 6 May, book tickets

Portland based singer-songwriter Haley Heynderickx released her debut album this year to ecstatic response. With beautiful melodies, imagery-filled lyrics, and engaging instrumentation, her music will weave its way into your heart. Taking place at the intimate Rising Sun Arts Centre, this is sure to be a special show that’s not to be missed.

Read our interview with Haley Heynderickx.

The Velvet Hands

Purple Turtle, Friday 11 May, free entry

Headlining Purple Turtle are London-based garage rock band, The Velvet Hands. Playing a week after releasing their debut album, this gig is sure to see the likes of ‘I Don’t Mind’, and ‘Gimme Some Time’ getting the crowd moving. These guys are on the rise, and to see them at Purple Turtle is sure to be a killer gig. Support comes from the riotous Minor Mountains, who are sure to tear the roof down with their energetic live show.

Pink Diamond Revue

Rising Sun Arts Centre, Saturday 19 May, book tickets

No strangers to playing in Reading, The Pink Diamond Revue have gained a loyal following for their undeniably unique live show. Featuring electronic production backed with an array of instruments, vocal samples, and anything else you can think of. If you’ve not seen them before, you are sure to be in for a treat. Support comes from punk rockers Head Drop and local rising stars, The Keep Cats.


Witchdokters / The Electric Shakes / Rage D.C.

Facebar, Saturday 19 May, book tickets

If you’re looking for a night of ‘wild garage punk, fuzzed up blues & dirty rock ‘n’ roll’ then this Runnin’ Blue’s night at Facebar is the one for you. Triple headed by Witchdokters, The Electric Shakes, and local legends, Rage D.C, expect blistering guitars, furious drums, driving bass, and a night to remember from all three bands. Not one to miss!


Sub89, Tuesday 22 May, book tickets

One of the leading indie rock bands of the past few years has been Peace, arriving on the scene with bags full of summery songs like ‘Bloodshake’ and following them up with pure rock meltdowns like ‘I’m a Girl’. This month they’re playing Sub89 in support of their third album, ‘Kindness Is the New Rock and Roll’, this show is sure to be absolute chaos. If your looking for a band to dance away the soles of your shoes, Peace are for you.

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