Are You Listening? Festival, Reading, UK
Saturday 28th April 2018

2018 Artists

"the critics' favourite indie duo" - The Guardian
"fidgety pop that generates a smile" - The Independent
"IDLES are hard to capture, because they're not Fat White Family, they're not Sleaford Mods, they are very much their own incarnation of uncompromising rhythmical punk rock." - Steve Lamacq, BBC 6Music
"A Bristol quintet who sound absolutely furious and thrilling; an inchoate cry of rage, with guitars that could raze the city" - The Guardian
"big basslines, big drum breaks and big lashings of funk" - Resident Advisor

‘Are You Listening? is not only easily one of the best value festivals in the UK - it's simply one of the best festivals in the UK’
Faded Glamour

‘Hear the very finest in emerging music while raising money for [Learning Disability] charities? We don’t mind if we do!’
No.1 in Metro Weekend

‘...a must-attend for all discerning festival goers’

‘It truly felt like the whole town was buzzing!’
Alt Reading

‘The fundraising festival with it’s finger firmly on the pulse’
Reading Chronicle

Latest News

January 18 2018

joining the already bustling bill for the one-day festival are Sunderland’s angular indie-pop kings Field Music. Field Music were favourites of the late, great Prince, have previously been nominated for a Mercury Prize and will be performing with the Open Here Orchestra at The Barbican in May. They also have a new album out in February.

Breakbeat pioneers Plump DJs bring their internationally renowned four-deck DJ set to the Festival, and are sure to bring the party having held a ten-year residency at legendary London nightclub Fabric, as well as having collaborated with Mark Ronson, Gary Newman and Fatboy Slim in the past.

Geordie krautdance duo Warm Digits have been announced too, following their hugely successful album Wireless World that featured Field Music and Saint Etienne on vocal duties. Latvia’s debonair pop maestros Carnival Youth return to Reading again, having supported Red Hot Chili Peppers this Summer. BBC Radio 1’s number one party starter Phil Taggart joins the ranks of those DJing at this year’s AYL? having caused a stir last year.

Other acts joining the jam-packed bill include Leed’s art rockers Mush; Reading’s own potent power-pop-ers Saltwater Sun; Brisbane-via-Brighton party starters Animal House; and Oxford’s finest country boot-stompers The August List amongst others.

The acts announced today slot in alongside quite a few big names, including Bristol’s loudest punks Idles; indie rising stars Yonaka; legendary new music champion DJ Steve Lamacq (BBC 6 Music); drum-synth mavericks AK/DK; Reading Hip Hop stalwart Ash The Author and lots more. With many more still be announced across the Festival’s 8 stages, Are You Listening? Festival is sure to be the biggest day out in April for any real music lover.

Here’s the line-up so far, in alphabetical order.

The Ady Baker Sound / AK/DK / Animal House / Ash the Author / The August List The Autumn Saints / Carnival Youth / Deerful / Drug Store Romeos / Eat Daddy Eat / Ever Hazel / Febueder / Field Music / Have You Ever Seen the Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS? / Here are the Young Men and Uncle Peanut / Her’s / Idles / Mush / Nobodies Birthday / Phil Taggart (BBC Radio 1) / Plump DJs / Saltwater Sun / Steve Lamacq (BBC 6 Music) / Tiger Mendoza / Tiny Giant / Twin Sun / Vienna Ditto / Vinyl Staircase / Warm Digits and Yonaka.

£20 early advance tickets on sale now: 

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Supporting Reading Mencap

Are You Listening? are proud that Reading Mencap has been our official charity partner since the first AYL music festival in 2013. In that time, we have raised over £40,000 for this vital local charity. Thank you from AYL, Reading Mencap and everyone that supports us for all your help.

“We love what Reading Mencap does and stands for. Music knows no prejudice, no barriers and brings everyone together, whatever their background. And Reading Mencap does the same – ensuring we are all, irrespective of any learning disability, able to live full and active lives in our community. It deserves all our support. Please give whatever you can.” (Shane Daunt and Dave Maul, AYL Festival organisers)

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