Are You Listening? Festival, Reading, UK
Saturday 27th April 2019

2019 Artists

"Bad Sounds are one of the most exciting new groups in the country,a band whose myriad of fresh sounds is matched by a stunning, creative, and highly imaginative live show." - CLASH
"blending the bombastic nature of A Tribe Called Quest’s early material and the wicked storytelling ability of Jamie T." - NME
"Prepare to be bombarded by bliss... Out of this world music" - THE GUARDIAN
"All hail Flamingods and their psychedelic music for the soul" - I-D
"Elegant and artful" - THE LINE OF BEST FIT
"psych-pop with an emphasis on the pop" - THE GUARDIAN

‘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’
Artrocker

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

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

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Down At The Abbey
May 28 2019

The creators of the award-winning Are You Listening? Festival present their brand new music festival in the stunning Reading Abbey Ruins.

Headlining the inaugural festival will be live-wire piano maestro BC Camplight. After releasing his critically acclaimed album Deportation Blues last year, BC and his band have sold out every UK tour day and have supported Suede and White Denim, and been booked for festival performances at All Points East, End of the Road, BBC 6 Music Festival and more.  

The prodigiously talented folk songstress Kathryn Joseph will be main support. Winner of Scottish Album Of The Year award for her debut album, Joseph recently released her second album on Mogwai’s Rock Action Records to critical acclaim, was handpicked to perform at Robert Smith’s Meltdown Festival and The Cure’s British Summer Time show and returns to Reading having sold out her Reading show earlier this year.

Moshi Moshi signed alternative indie stalwarts The Wave Pictures; BBC 6 Music 'Album Of The Year' pick Tom Williams; Reading’s Electro-blues livewires Vienna Ditt have also been announced. They are joined by The August List; Jessica Lee Morgan; Saltwater Sun and Ever Hazel

The award-winning local Siren Craft Brew will be running the main Festival Bar, providing craft beer on site, and there will be various other pop-up bars and food stalls on site to keep everyone smiling on the day.

Reading Abbey Ruins is a venue like no other. King Henry I started the construction of Reading Abbey in 1121 and once built, the great royal abbey was one of the largest monasteries in Europe for some 400 years, housing monks and religious relics including the hand of St James. In 1539, on the orders of King Henry VIII, Reading Abbey was destroyed, the monks were banished, and the Abbot was executed.

In recent years, the Grade 1 Listed ruins sit beside the famous Reading Gaol and have undergone a £3 million renovation, re-opening to the public in June 2018. The independent team behind Down At The Abbey are extremely excited to launch their brand new festival in this truly unique and historical space in the heart of Reading.

DOWN AT THE ABBEY
Saturday 7th September 2019 | Reading Abbey Ruins, Reading | Adult & Child Tickets: www.heavypop.co.uk

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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 nearly £60,000 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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