Well 2018 blew past fast! It may have been a whirlwind of a year, but at least it’s been sound tracked by some incredible music and a ton of fantastic gigs across Reading. So for the last time this year celebrate it in style by supporting your local promoters, bands, and creatives and get out to these killer gigs in Reading this December
AYL Fest’s Christmas Bash
Friday 7 December, Rising Sun Arts Centre, £5 cash donation on the door.
Are You Listening Fest bring a stellar line up to the Rising Sun Arts for their Xmas bash. Featuring AYL veterans, Animal House, Kill Committee, and Self Help. This event is all in aid of Reading Mencap, and it’s only a fiver, what’s not to love?
Want more AYL? See our guide to their 2019 Are You Listening Festival.
Sunday 9 December, Sub89, £18, book now
Now a staple of the yearly calendar, cult ska band Bad Manners are set for a sweaty night at Sub89 this month. Expect to dance your socks of to ‘Special Brew’, and ‘Lip Up Fatty’, an absolute must see gig for December!
John Otway Christmas Knees Up
Thursday 20 December, Sub89, £13.50, book now
John Otway returns to Reading for his famous Christmas show, now in it’s fourth year. Presented by Club Velocity, expect a set of rock infected tunes, hilarious stage banter, and a night of merriment. Support comes from the mammoth local twelve piece The Rumpo Kids.
Wicked Boy Presents: Who Killed Nancy Johnson?
Friday 21 December, The Facebar, £6 on the door.
If you’re looking for something a bit more in your face this Christmas then look no further than Wicked Boy’s night at Facebar, headlined by punk band, Who Killed Nancy Johnson? A line up perfect for rock, punk and hardcore fans, with support coming from Snöwhite, Broken Device and One Last Day.
BBC Introducing’s Crimbo Party: Roves / Doops
Thursday 27 December, Purple Turtle, free entry
It’s all Christmas parties this month and BBC Introducing’s party at Purple Turtle features two of the most exciting local bands around at the moment. Headlined by Roves, whose music features atmospheric, emotional songs, is perfect for the winter season. Support comes from the angular psych-leaning rock of Doops, who’re winning over new fans with their unpredictable, mesmerising music.
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.