Are You Listening? Festival, Reading, UK

2020 Artists

"As brilliant as it is deranged" - LOUDER THAN WAR
"Utterly compelling" - UNCUT
"Dream Wife leaves you revved up and ready to go" - PITCHFORK
"sticking two fingers up at the patriarchy... breaking gender norms and creating a genuine safe space for their fans in the process." - INDEPENDENT
"sly, covetous pop" - THE GUARDIAN
"her new alter ego provides an exceptionally welcome fresh start for the Yorkshire-born songwriter" - DORK
"Warmduscher are a truly great original rock and roll band that make you smile a million times for a million different reasons." - LOUDER THAN WAR
"Seductive, inescapable, overpowering, and you might need to take a shower afterwards." - THE LINE OF BEST FIT

‘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 - Rescheduled for Sat 10th October 2020
March 24 2020


Dear Listeners,

In line with the Government’s response to the ongoing Coronavirus epidemic, rescheduling Are You Listening? Festival for later in the year has now become unavoidable.

The new date for Are You Listening? Festival will be Saturday 10th October 2020, when we hope things will have improved enormously and we can all come together to enjoy live music again.

We’re very pleased that most of our line-up will still be performing on the new date and we will make further announcements on that very soon.

Please note: all tickets remain valid for the new date. If you’re unable to make the new date, you can request a refund for the price of the ticket from the point of purchase. 

We have put Tier 2 tickets back on sale as our way of saying ‘thank you’ for your continued support.  If you have already purchased a Tier 3 ticket, we will give you a complimentary drink voucher at the Festival on 10th October.

Are You Listening? Festival depends on you, our lovely audience, to exist and to keep raising money for Reading Mencap, so please keep buying tickets. Just two weeks ago we were on track for another sell out edition.

Thank you for your continued support in these extraordinary times. Reading Mencap and people with learning disabilities will need your support now more than ever.

Please keep calm, be kind and stay safe!


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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)

Click here to learn more about supporting Reading Mencap
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