20:00 - PETE HEFFERAN

A rare chance to see Pete Hefferan formerly of Pete and the Pirates and The Unholy, showcasing his solo songs.The lineup is shrouded in secrecy as usual. (Not finalised) But expect some big (not very big) names.

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21:00 - QUIET QUIET BAND

Singing songs of love, death and Tony Robinson, Quiet Quiet Band are the rotting fruits in nu-folk’s verdant pastures. Extrovert practitioners of hillbilly hoedowns, sociopathic shanties and warped waltzes, QQB’s sometimes macabre, sometimes poignant ditties are further animated by a vociferous lyrical delivery, as they channel themes of love, desire, violence and death into wild, witty and wonderfully melodic tunes. “Our songs often evoke fictional characters who are reflecting on their own flaws, regrets, losses and mistakes,” says lead vocalist Tom Purcell. Also comprising Paul Smith (guitar/vocals), Scott Painter (bass), Jon Hare-Winton (drums) and Devon Gillespie (viola), QQB are renowned for their blistering live sets, the ferocity of which was first captured on 2015’s long-player ‘Low Noon’ to all-round praise. Now, a new EP, recorded by Sam Wheat at RekRoom Studios, seems to represent a subtle shift with a more composed, controlled collection. But you don’t need to scratch the surface too hard to know that Quiet Quiet Band still have that wicked glint in their eyes and a shindig in their souls.  

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22:00 - TOM WILLIAMS

Tom Williams has received praise online from the likes of Q Magazine, The Line of Best Fit, Clash and picked up plays across the board on BBC 6 Music by Lauren Laverne, Huey Morgan, Tom Robinson, John Kennedy & Steve Lamacq.

Tom Williams, formerly helmsman of Tom Williams & The Boat, returns to perform in Reading. Tom's latest single 'Everyone Needs a Home'. The track, which received its first play from Steve Lamacq on 6Music is the first to be revealed from William upcoming fifth album, due for release later this year on Caroline International.

The single, with its intense, soaring strings and Williams unmistakeable vocal is an exciting taste of what is to come from the new album. Demonstrative of a new, more refined approach to songwriting and with the influences of 70s American rock echoing throughout, the track was written in December 2016 and is an angry and impassioned response to the global refugee crisis and the rise of the right wing in the UK.

Tom has also performed at a number of high-profile festivals including Glastonbury, Latitude and Secret Garden Party.

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