Summer’s over, which sadly also means so is festival season. But fear not, as Reading has a bucket load of great gigs on this month – almost too many to mention. So we’ve painstakingly whittled the list down to five of our favourites artists you should be seeing live, on your doorstep! Check out our picks of the best gigs to see in Reading in September 2018.
BBC Introducing: Only Sun / Hooli
Purple Turtle, 12th September, free entry
If you’re looking to see the new bands who are causing people to turn their heads, then the BBC Introducing nights at Purple Turtle are essential. This month sees Only Sun and Hooli playing on 12th September. High Wycombe’s Only Sun headline the event with their brand of indie rock that has drawn comparisons to The Maccabees and Two Door Cinema Club.
Adam & Elvis
Oakford Social Club, 14th September, free entry
Adam & Elvis have built up a loyal fan base in Reading over their career and for good reason! Having released their debut album ‘Through Snow Small Talk’ last year, they’re now gearing up for their follow up ‘Pub Grub’, set to be released this November. With music harking back to post-punk, rock & roll and sounds of the ’60s and ’70s, yet remaining firmly in the present, it’s understandable how they’ve managed to build their fan base. Support comes from local singer songwriter, Jacob Holroyd, playing a special show backed by members of Valeras, and Persian Hugs.
Rising Sun Arts Centre, 15th September, £8, book tickets
Put simply, Ben Marwood is a Reading legend. He brings his brand of troubadour folk back to the Rising Sun Arts Centre, this time in support of Leckhampton Sue Ryder Care Home. The night is hosted by the equally legendary Club Velocity, whose relationship with Ben goes way back – so the night is sure to be a special one. Expect tracks spanning Ben’s flawless career, with songs like ‘Singalong’ sure to do justice to its name. Support comes from the incredible The August List and Harroland.
Purple Turtle, 20th September, free entry
Saltwater Sun’s return to the live music scene this year has been met with huge enthusiasm, and rightfully so. Easily one of the most exciting bands from the local scene, they’ve been playing their latest songs to fans across the country, including a set at the legendary Reading & Leeds festivals. They return for a hometown show at the Purple Turtle as part of their UK tour, with latest singles ‘Hot Mess’ and ‘The Wire’. This is looking to be a packed one, so get down early!
Are You Listening? Festival Party
Oakford Social Club, 22nd September, £5 Suggested donation to Reading Mencap
The team behind the best festival of the year hosts an end of summer party this month, bringing along a huge variety of great acts, including some who’ve played the April festival in the past. Expect to see brilliant sets from local’s Nobodies Birthday and Goldn, as well as bands like Thyla and Catgod, amongst plenty more brilliant acts playing. And it’s all in support of Reading Mencap. This is 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.