So the weather is finally starting to shape up, and what better excuse to leave the house and get to some of the amazing gigs and festivals Reading has to offer this month. We’re truly lucky with the amount of music going on in Reading right now. From the grassroots nights put on by Club Velocity, to the national emerging acts that are hosted by BBC Introducing, to the massive headline acts at venues like Sub89 and a summer music festival, our music scene is buzzing. Never take it for granted!
BBC Introducing: Sam Handy
Purple Turtle, Wednesday 11 July, free entry
Local singer songwriter, Sam Handy, has crafted himself as one of the most exciting artists to come out of Reading in recent years. Blending his expertly crafted songs and melding them with guitar solos and blues riffs, he’s a must see for any fan of classic guitar rock music.
Sub89, Friday 13 July, book tickets
Arcane Roots have been playing since 2006, steadily building a dedicated audience who will shout their praises. With elements of hardcore and math rock bleeding into their alt rock formula, their music never fails to keep you engaged. Their most recent album ‘Melancholia Hymns’ comprises of spine-tingling beauty, technical prowess, and chunky guitar hooks, as the band demonstrates their musical dexterity. Tracks like ‘Matter’ and ‘Landside’ are sure to blow you away.
Purple Turtle, Friday 13 July, free entry
Over the past few years, Guildford punks Blackwaters keep coming up in conversation time and time again. They’re fast becoming know as one of the best live bands to see in the country. Winning fans over with the furious punk-influenced songs, they recently headlined The Boileroom in Guildford to a ram packed room, the audience singing their hearts out to songs like ‘Down’ and ‘Let the Good Times Roll’. If you love loud, fun, abrasive music, then this is the band for you.
Christchurch Meadows, Caversham, Friday 13 – Sunday 15 July, book tickets
The annual Readipop Festival has gone from strength to strength each year, with this year’s event being the best line up to date. There are some huge headliners: Odyssey, 808 State, and Dawn Penn. This is the perfect festival for music lovers, and families alike, with kids under 14 going free. Standout artists on the bill include, Stereo MC’s, Goldie Looking Chain, The Keep Cats, Ben Marwood, Don Letts, and even local legend Reading Elvis! Fun activities, food and drink and a line up to boast about are all features of Readipop, making it an event you do not want to miss. Check out a video of last year’s festival below.
Readipop Studios, Saturday 28 July, book tickets
Arguably one of the best Reading line ups of the month comes from Club Velocity’s night at Readipop Studios. With indie rock band Candid Heist headlining the night, they’re joined by Guildford rock band Cascade, alongside local acts Puma Thurman and Harroland. Harroland have been talked about excessively via word of mouth as one of the best up and coming artists in the area. Not one to miss!
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.