June brings a great variety of acts to Reading, from folk rock, to punk, to indie and beyond. This month is truly a testament to Reading becoming one of the most exciting places to see live music in the country. With the weather getting sunnier, it’s the perfect time to get out to some great gigs across Reading including Sean McGowan, Public Image Ltd, Roves and more.
Rising Sun Arts Centre, Saturday 9 June, book tickets
Having recently played on the main stage at Frank Turner’s Lost Evenings festival last month, Sean McGowan’s talent is finally getting the recognition it deserves. With inspiration from The Clash and Billy Bragg in his politically-charged music, Sean’s return to Reading is surely to be a special one. Support comes from Anna’s Anchor and Pin Up’s frontman Mark Taylor.
Purple Turtle, Wednesday 20 June, free entry
The last time Sports Team played in Reading two years ago they hadn’t released any music, but still managed to put on a memorable show that’s much talked about today. Spitting water, climbing up the walls of Oakford Social Club and even running up to scream lyrics at a couple having a meal, it was an exhilarating, much needed shake up to indie rock in Reading. This time they play at Purple Turtle with their acclaimed EP ‘Winter Nets’. With support coming from No Feathers, this is not one to miss – plus it’s free!
Public Image Ltd
Sub89, Tuesday 26 June, book tickets
What can be said about P.I.L. that hasn’t already been said? Beginning in 1978, John Lydon set out to push the boundaries of music, incorporating noise rock, dance, dub, reggae, electronic and new wave influences into the ever-changing music that P.I.L. exhibit. With a live show that is constantly engaging fans of Lydon’s band are sure to be thrilled to see their return to such an intimate venue. Extremely limited tickets are still available.
Sub89, Wednesday 27 June, book tickets
Australian trio The DMA’s have been making waves across the globe over the past year, with their Brit-pop influenced alt-rock songs. Their meteoric rise is sure to only continue and this show at Sub89 is sure to be one of the smallest shows they play before inevitably blowing up. Expect to see songs from their debut album ‘For Now’ getting the crowd going.
Rising Sun Arts Centre, Friday 29 June, book tickets
Quickly becoming local favourites, Roves are set to headline Club Velocity’s night at the Rising Sun Arts Centre. With influences including Bon Iver and Ben Howard, their relaxed style of indie rock has an underlying intensity to it, with songs like ‘Always’ sure to blow you away. Support comes from Dear Life, and Frames.
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.