18:45 - A.F HARROLD
A.F. Harrold is a performer, poet. As organiser of Poets’ Café for over a decade, host of Bohemian Night for many years and inventor of the Rising Sun’s regular Tribute Nights he is no stranger to the stages or audiences of Reading. Tonight, there will be poems, beards, song(ish) things and possibly dancing all squeezed into a mere half our of standard clock time. It will possibly seem longer to those who witness it.
Pic by Naomi Woddis.
19:30 - DUOTONE
Duotone is the alias of songwriter Barney Morse-Brown, cellist with multi-platinum artist Birdy and BBC Folk Award winners the Imagined Village, Chris Wood, Eliza Carthy and Jackie Oates.
Duotone’s most recent album Let’s Get Low, written at home on his narrowboat, reveals a songwriter who is unafraid to explore real-life experiences that are often hidden from view. His debut album Work Harder & One Day You’ll Find Her (2009) and critically acclaimed second LP Ropes (2011) saw Duotone navigating his way through a personal loss; Let’s Get Low, after two years in the making, presents a new perspective on his experiences and explores the meaning of home and his sense of place.
Duotone is currently working on new work due for release in the spring of 2017.
Inspired by the paintings of artist Victoria Crowe, Duotone will releasing a new single titled 'Martha' in the New Year.
20:15 - MATT STOCKL
Matt sings upbeat songs with downbeat lyrics and a dark sense of humour. Live, he plays folk-leaning acoustic music, stripped back and solo, whilst his demos are fused with synth drones, layered harmonies, homemade percussion and glitch electronics. His songs have received regular play on both BBC Introducing and BBC6 music.
21:15 - TUSKS
One Little Indian signing TUSKS aka Emily Underhill makes her AYL debut.
The ‘False EP’ is the follow up to the self-produced debut EP ‘Ink’ which racked up over 1.3 million plays on Spotify whilst setting the blog-world alight and catching the attention of Radio One’s Annie Mac. As well as supporting Submotion Orchestra on their UK tour, the last year has seen Tusks hone her mesmerising live show supporting the likes of Jarryd James & Dream Koala and playing to a packed stage at The Great Escape in May.
22:15 - MATT MALTESE
Matt Maltese is a 20 year old singer and songwriter. Originally from Reading but now based in South London, he's fully immersed himself in the local emerging music scene, from putting on shows at makeshift venues to recording vocal parts for his debut EP late at night in his bedroom.
Musically, Maltese takes cues from a range of influences, from Leonard Cohen to French musician Francoise Hardy and local icons such as King Krule and Babeheaven. His evocative lyrics are full of rich imagery as he observes London life occurring around him and offer a glimpse into the maturity of his creativity, whilst his dreamy melodies maintain an undeniably accessible appeal.
Felix White (The Maccabees) has produced Matt's recent efforts and we urge you to check out his set.