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

‘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

Are You Listening? Festival 2018 - First Acts Announced
December 4 2017

Are You Listening? Festival is back to get Reading shaking on Saturday 28th April 2018, after their immensely successful fifth birthday earlier this year.

Since launching in 2013, the one-day Festival has raised more than £40,000 for Reading Mencap, a local charity that supports people with learning disabilities and their families. The critically acclaimed Festival won ‘Event of the Year’ at the inaugural Alt Reading Awards and has been nominated for two ‘Pride of Reading’ Awards and a Reading Cultural Award for ‘Best Festival’ in 2017.

The first acts to be announced for next year’s Festival include Bristol’s noisiest punks Idles, following the year of their lives which has seen them support both The Foo Fighters at the 02 Arena in London and The Maccabees on their farewell tour.


BBC 6 Music’s chief new-music champion Steve Lamacq returns to the festival, along with indie’s fastest rising stars Yonaka ahead of their support tour with The Amazons, and Brighton krautrock mavericks AK/DK following their ‘Album of the Day’ on BBC 6 Music this month.

Also coming in from out of town are Liverpool’s slinkiest haze-pop act Her’s, and the unstoppable Finnish bubblegum-punk racketeers Have You Ever Seen the Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS? who also have the best name in showbiz.


There is also heaps of local talent on the bill including BBC Radio 1Xtra’s favourite rabble-rouser Ash the Author, the white-knuckle electro-blues exploders Vienna Ditto, feisty psych-rockers Vinyl Staircase and local synth-pop heroes Twin Sun. Febueder, Nobodies Birthday, Here are the Young Men and Uncle Peanut and Deerful also feature on the already tantalizing line-up announcement.

In alphabetical order the 1st line up announcement is: AK/DK / Ash the Author / Deerful, Febueder / Have You Ever Seen the Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS? / Here are the Young Men and Uncle Peanut / Her’s / Idles / Nobodies Birthday / Steve Lamacq (BBC6 Music) / Twin Sun / Vienna Ditto / Vinyl Staircase / Yonaka


As with previous years, Are You Listening? Festival are proudly supporting Girls Against in standing up against sexual harassment and intimidation in live music, and the festival is again teaming up new music tastemaker magazine Dork to promote the exposure and development for the acts that play.

Proceeds from the festival go to supporting Reading Mencap, who provide information, support and respite services for children and adults with learning difficulties, disabilities and autistic spectrum disorders, along with their families. Though Reading Mencap are affiliated to Royal Mencap they receive no financial support from them, and so Are You Listening? Festival has become a vital fundraiser for the fantastic and much needed work the charity does in Reading.

The Are You Listening? Festival has always been committed to nurturing the local music scene from the grassroots level, with Festival policy being to ensure at least 70% of the line-up are from Reading and the surrounding Berkshire area. This year will be no different and the festival is excited to support the local scene again. Any acts wanting to play at the festival can apply by emailing

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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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