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
"One of the country's most beloved underground bands" - NME
"You won't hear another band like this anywhere between now and the the end of the millennium. The Lovely Eggs are just brilliant!”" - Huw Stephens, Radio 1
"big basslines, big drum breaks and big lashings of funk" - Resident Advisor
"Laced with deadly charm, it wraps itself around your ear-lobes and refuses to let go" - Clash Magazine

‘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

Full festival line-up announced
March 15 2018

A new addition to the festivals headliners are England's hardest working gonzo rockers The Lovely Eggs. The band bring their humour-soaked psychdelic punk to town following the massive success of their latest BBC 6 Music Album of the Day ‘This Is Eggland’ which was produced by Flaming Lips and Tame Impala producer Dave Fridmann.

Americana-drenched indie supergroup The Surfing Magazines are our last addition as a Festival headliner. Built from two-thirds of The Wave Pictures and one-half of Slow Club, the surf-pop group's debut album came out last year on the legendary Moshi Moshi imprint (former home of Florence & the Machine, Bloc Party and Hot Chip) and has been heavily championed by Marc Riley, Lauren Laverne, The Line Of Best Fit and Drowned In Sound.

Also joining the bill are Gareth Malone’s ‘The Choir – Gareth’s Best in Britain’ finalists The Bulmershe Ensemble; four times UK Beatboxing Champion Grace Savage; prog-pop alchemist and long-time Field Music collaborator Slug; the 'doyen of underground alternative music' who broke Adele, M.I.A. and The XX, DJ John Kennedy (Radio X); local troubadour and Frank Turner running buddy, Ben Marwood; and Reading's rising stars Valeras fresh from supporting Fickle Friends and The Amazons on the road.

Here's the full line-up in alphabetical order (new additions in red)

Adam & Elvis / The Ady Baker Sound / AK/DK / The Amazing Tiger Band / Animal House / Ash the Author / The August List / The Autumn Saints / Ben MarwoodBreezewax / The Bulmershe EnsembleCalÿpso / Carnival Youth / Cecil / Colours & Fires / Deerful/ Doops / Drug Store Romeos / Eat Daddy Eat / Ever Hazel / Febueder / Field Music / Gilbert DJ / Grace Savage / Grafted / Head Drop / Have You Ever Seen the Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS? / Here are the Young Men and Uncle Peanut / Her’s / Idles / J DoggJohn Kennedy (Radio X) / Kid Kin / L. / The Last Dinosaur / The Longcut / The Lovely Eggs / Lucky Punks / Marisa and the Moths / Mellor / Mush / Mutant VinylNightjjar / Nobodies Birthday / Phil Taggart (BBC Radio 1) / Plump DJs / The Push DJ / Ray Wills / Rum & Donuts DJ / Saltwater Sun / Self Help / She Makes War / Shoals / Slug / Steve Lamacq (BBC 6 Music) / The Surfing Magazines / Tiger Mendoza / Tilly Valentine / Tiny Giant / Tracks and Grooves DJ / Twin Sun / Valeras / Vienna Ditto / Vinyl Staircase / Warm Digits.

January 18 2018
Total Announcement!!
October 13 2017

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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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