14:30 - TINY GIANT
London duo Tiny Giant formed by Chloe Alper (ex Pure Reason Revolution) and multi instrumentalist Mat Colis return to Are You Listening? The band describe their sound as 'Dream Pop meets Future Rock' and guided by diverse influences, the result of their collaboration melds bombastic riffs with delicately shaped soundscapes to produce a rich multi-layed sound.
15:30 - LITTLE BROTHER ELI
Little Brother Eli are an enigmatic 5-piece Oxford band who have toured extensively since their conception in 2013. Growling guitars, catchy choruses and raucous rhythms have your two hips moving.
16:30 - LIMPOPO GROOVE
Limpopo Groove is an established, upbeat, afro-fusion group for all ages and walks of life. "Simply the BEST band in Reading", they play infectious, lively music, inspired by founder Tomson Chauke's Zimbabwean homeland. With original songs written in Shona and English, these seven musical members blend jazz with tribal beats and European influences to create catchy rhythms that crowds just can’t help dancing to.
If you enjoy flute, guitar, keyboard, saxophone, congas, bass guitar, mbira, shakers and vocals...and watching parts of a drum kit being simultaneously dismantled and played on the drummer's head...well, this is definitely the band for you!
17:00 - CHRIS BOUND DJ
Chris is a resident DJ at Reading's Skint Mondays and knows a good tune when he hears one. You can expect to hear electronica, nu-disco and anything else he fancies.
Also DJ-ing: 6 - 6:30 pm.
17:30 - SAHARA DAM
A dynamic alt-rock quartet hailing form Reading and London, Sahara Dam deftly combines riff-based indie rock with poppy melodies. The outfit are led by Hannah Ford on vocals along with sister Sarah Ford on Bass, Mark Pendlebury on guitar and Dan Brown on Drums. Having released a smattering of singles in 2016, Sahara Dam are set to release their debut EP this spring.
18:30 - KILL COMMITTEE
Kill Committee are a musical manifesto of hope with a set of three minute post-punk anthems - cut through with stolen hooks from the '60s, the bubbling subversion of early Teardrop explodes and the underdog swagger of a down and out Ian McCulloch demanding to be crowned King.From the garage underground of the sixties, the best bits of post-punk, and the definitive list of the only bands that have ever mattered. Kill Committee.
19:00 - ARTOCKER DJ
Respected online music magazine Artrocker return to Are You Listening? festival to DJ but also curate one of our stages.
Also DJ-ing: 8 - 8:30 pm, 1 am - 2 am.
19:30 - SHAME
South London five piece Shame are punk, but with the patter of The Streets, the spittle of Mark E. Smith, and the underground spirit of the Eddy Current Suppression Ring. Above all, they express the frenzy, rage and exasperation of their youth.
20:30 - KAGOULE
Kagoule are three teenagers from Nottingham. They are one of the best new bands in Britain.
A bold claim, certainly - and music is no competition – but these three friends since childhood are currently crafting some of the most dynamic guitar music out there. Theirs is an output that exists in the type of self-created world that can only be constructed by people who have come of age together. Who have shared their formative, life-changing moments. Who know who they are and where they are going.
Kagoule were soon sharing stages with Johnny Marr, The Wytches, Iceage, METZ, Sebadoh and Drenge, as well as performing at Glastonbury, achieving acclaim in Rolling Stone, NME, Guardian, and airplay from the likes of BBC 6Music and BBC Radio 1.
In 2014 Kagoule signed to legendry extreme metal label Earache, where they are a glorious anomaly on a roster of artists that include sonic pioneers such as Napalm Death, Godflesh, Fudgetunnel and Carcass. “Being the anomaly appealed to us,” says Burns. “They are a label who cares and they’re hardly going to tell us to tone down. Other people were interested, but why sign to someone who is going to chew you up and spit you out after one album? Signing to a major label who would try and change us is everything we hate about music, everything we are against. We’re a young new band – we’re not ready to sign our lives away just to pay mortgages.”
Infused by DIY punk rock spirit, debut album Urth (recorded with producers Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys, M.I.A, The Fall) and Pete Fletcher (Childhood) was released last year to critical acclaim.
21:15 - WHITEHOUSE STUDIO DJ
The respected Whitehouse Studio DJs make their AYL debut. These boys know their records and will have you tapping your feet in no time.
Also DJ-ing: 10:30 - 11:15pm.
22:00 - FEBUEDER
Febueder is an alternative trio from Ascot, England, formed in 2010 by lead vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Kieran Godfrey and percussionist Samuel Keysell. Their name, which began as a made-up appellation (pronounced like Bermuda), has grown to embody something more since their early days of recording in downtime between skateboarding at The Tunnel. It's the palette from which they present their sincere songwriting and progressive approach to rhythm and melody; one that has earned them praise from the likes of NME, The Line of Best Fit, CLASH, and DIY. In 2017, Febueder will return with their third EP, a work which marks a return to the band's foundational elements and a refined perspective on time and experience.
22:00 - FEBUEDER
Febueder, whose name is a made-up appellation (pronounced like Bermuda), was formed in 2010 by lead vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Kieran Godfrey and percussionist Samuel Keysell. Their first two EPs Soap Carv and Lilac Lane earned praise from NME, The Line of Best Fit and Clash and had them earmarked as one the UK's most exciting new acts by DIY Following the departure of their bassist in 2015, Febueder returned to their point of origin, a makeshift recording conservatory in Godfrey's home in Ascot, England. The shift brought with it a renewed focus on the band's foundational elements, and a new bassist, Toby Ingram. The place that nurtured their unique alternative sound once again provided the band with inspiration and time to explore it.
23:15 - FLAMINGODS
With members from London, Bahrain & Dubai the band are once again reunited and will be taking their unique, multi-instrumental live show to UK audiences. Described as “Eastern and African flavours sieved through psychedelic prisms of pulsating neon and flickering campfires, think Goat meets Tinariwen at Hawkwind’s BBQ.
The first single from their new album 'Majesty', ‘Rhama’, was premiered via I-D and immediately picked up by Matt Wilkinson for an exclusive first play on his Beats1 show. It was also picked up by key tastemakers Lauren Laverne, Tom Ravenscroft & John Kennedy.
Flamingods are one of the most unique and powerful live acts out there.
00:00 - JOHN KENNEDY (Radio X)
John Kennedy presents and produces X-Posure four nights a week for Radio X, formerly Xfm. The show's been going since 1999 and has been the first to give airtime to all sorts of bands and artists from Adele to MIA, Mumford & Sons to The xx, Clean Bandit to Razorlight.
He has interviewed everyone from Paul McCartney to Wiley, Femi Kuti to Joanna Newsom, Nick Cave to Iggy Pop. He puts on gigs every month and has been a Mercury Prize judge since 2009. He has been described as the 'doyen of underground alternative music' by the Observer, 'acclaimed, respected, intelligent' by The Independent, and in The Times as having 'long been putting together shows that demolish genre boundaries and confound expectations'. John has, as Q magazine once put it 'like the late John Peel, relentlessly championed new music'.
A little AYL fact for you. This will be John's Fourth appearance at the festival and as always, we are delighted to have him on the bill.