It’s cold, and with that comes the gig-goers everlasting dilemma: wrap up warm and sweat your face off during a gig, or go in a t-shirt but freeze your ears off on your way home. Fortunately for us, that’s for you to decide, we’re just here to dish out our favourite gigs coming up in Reading this November. So stick on your woolly hat and gig shoes and get down to one of these killer shows this month, including Mellor, Beat Connection and more.
Wednesday 7 November, South Street Arts Centre, £12.50, book tickets
Indie singer-songwriter Saint Raymond has received huge attention recently due to his brilliantly crafted songs with incredible melodies and infectious choruses. Songs like ‘Echo’ are sure to be highlights of the night at the intimate setting of South Street Arts Centre. Support comes from Casey Lowry.
Wednesday 14 November, Purple Turtle, free
Saharas return to Reading for a headline show at BBC Introducing’s night at Purple Turtle. Armed with atmospheric alternative rock that weaves the line between melancholy and euphoria. Singles such as ‘Sweat’ and ‘Mirrored’ will hypnotise you into adoration. Definitely ones to watch! They’re joined by Londoner’s Faers.
Wednesday 21 November, Purple Turtle, free
If you’re at all familiar with local bands in Reading then you will undoubtedly know who Mellor are. Having played to ecstatic response’s countless times, including at Are You Listening Festival earlier this year, they are by far one of Reading’s favourite bands.
Ferocious riffs and a hard hitting rhythm section soundtrack front-man Gary Kingham’s volatile vocals and relatable lyricism. If you’re looking for an all round exhilarating live show, Mellor are the band for you. Support comes from IOTA. Read our profile of Mellor.
Beat Connection Festival
Saturday 24 November, South Street Arts Centre, £17.50, book tickets
Potentially one of the best music events in Reading this year! Heavy Pop’s Beat Connection all-dayer is set to take place across two stages at South Street Arts Centre, with music all day from a line up to die for.
Headlined by Matt Maltese, (who’s originally from Reading before making the move to London). who’s recently released his incredible debut album ‘Bad Contestant’. His return to the town is sure to be met with a huge response.
Across the line up highlights include the recently announced special co-headliner, BC Camplight, indie pop trio, Peaness, angular alt-rock favourites, Mush, local legends Saltwater Sun, and a ton of other great acts.
Be sure to check out our guide to Beat Connection for more info and the low down on each act!
Friday 30 November, Rising Sun Arts Centre, £5, book tickets
If you’re looking for a more chilled out and intimate show this month then look no further than Reading acoustic duo Tomorrow Bird’s album launch show at Rising Sun Arts Centre. With stunning songs that feature mesmerising melodies, this is sure to be a very special show in the perfect venue. Support comes from Bright Shadows and Seasons in Shorthand, both of which complement the night perfectly.
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.