14:00 - TWIN SUN
Formed in November 2015, production/DJ duo Twin Sun hail from Reading, UK. Initially producing edits for themselves and friends gaining plays from Rob Da Bank, Horse Meat Disco & Greg Wilson, they DJed at various festivals including Bugged Out Weekender and at Glastonbury Festival, joining popular club night Fleetmac Wood to play their Fleetwood Mac edits.
Twin Sun have now developed into a full live act including Jen Stearnes from fellow AYL act Saltwater Sun on vocals. The group have supported Maribou State & Bondax and performed at Glastonbury Festival.
The band have been played out by Huw Stephens on Radio 1, John Kennedy (Radio X), Amazing Radio and our very own BBC Introducing Berkshire.
Currently writing and recording their debut album, Twin Sun make their return to Are You Listening? Festival.
15:00 - MELLOR
Meet Mellor; Gary Kingham, Sam Igoe, Kris Bell, and Josh Woodward.The indie 4-piece labelled by Alt Reading as "one of the most exciting acts to come out of Reading", they bring a live show packed with high energy, raucous vocals, big guitar riffs, and pounding drums. The bands hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed, with ongoing support from Spotify, Apple Music, and This Feeling tipping Mellor to be 'Big in 2018'.
16:15 - SALTWATER SUN
We welcome the return of five-piece Saltwater Sun who recently released their EP “FLAWED”. The band are now regulars on the pages of DIY, The Line Of Best Fit and Indie Shuffle, Saltwater Sun have been championed heavily at both BBC Introducing and were recently named Radio X’s Shock Of The New. Saltwater Sun have also made appearances at Festivals The Great Escape and Field Day.
17:15 - VALERAS
Reading's Valeras are turning heads all over the UK and Europe with the band already touring with The Wombats, The Amazons, Demob Happy, Spring King and Yonaka this year plus also appearing at The Great Escape and Live At Leeds.
The band have been championed by Spotify: Hot New Bands (UK), The Indie List (UK), BBC Radio 1 (Huw Stephens), Radio X (John Kennedy) and more.
18:15 - HER'S
As outsiders from sleepy coastal towns several countries apart, Stephen Fitzpatrick from Barrow in Furness and Norwegian AudunLaading met for the first time in Liverpool as students. The pair bonded over a love of peculiar, sardonic humour and wide-eyed observations. Dream-pop outfit Her’s is the natural extension to the solitary decoding of the cultures they grew up in. Together they create 80s indie influenced songs with nods to Orange Juice and the capriciousness of Ariel Pink-ish pop.
19:45 - THE LOVELY EGGS
The Lovely Eggs are an underground surreal-psych punk rock duo from northern England. They have a fierce ethos that music should have no rules.
For Holly and David being in a band is a way of life. True to this, they live the way they play. Fiercely, constantly in search of the good times.
With 8/10 thumbs up from the NME and much support from BBC 6 Music and Radio One the band continues to sell out gigs across the UK without the help of management, booking agent or record label support.
With SEVEN BBC 6 music sessions under their belt, as well as sessions for Radio One and XFM, The Lovely Eggs have enjoyed huge support from BBC 6 Music. Marc Riley declared their last THREE singles “ I Shouldn’t Have Said That”, “Drug Braggin” and ”Goofing Around (in Lancashire)" his official top tracks of 2015, 2016 and 2017 with the band also attracting airplay from DJs Huw Stephens, Steve Lamacq, Lauren Laverne, Chris Hawkins, Gideon Coe, Shaun Keavney, Radcliffe and Maconie and Jarvis Cocker.
Their songs have been produced by Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals), remixed by Tjinder Singh (Cornershop) and sampled by Zane Lowe for Scroobius Pip. With releases in the UK, Europe, USA and Japan, The Lovely Eggs have played hundreds of gigs around the UK, USA and Europe.
With observational and often surreal lyrics about life The Lovely Eggs have a powerful stripped down sound: one vintage guitar amp, one Big Muff distortion pedal, a guitar and a drum kit.
They have produced five albums. The latest "This Is Eggland” was produced and mixed by Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, Mogwai, MGMT, Tame Impala) at his studio in upstate New York. It was released in February 2018 to critical acclaim.
With 5 and 4 star reviews in the national press (including The Independent, Record Collector, Louder Than War, Shindig and Morning Star, the album went straight to Number 9 in the Independent album charts. Uncut Magazine described it as “Exhilarating and trashy”, The Guardian as “marvellous”, “yes that good!” from The Quietus and “unrelenting” from Pitchfork.
Their recent single “Wiggy Giggy” saw them added to the BBC 6 Music Playlist and the track received massive support from DJs across the board at BBC 6 Music with “This is Eggland” being declared Album of The Day.
In February the pair headed out on a 10-date SOLD OUT tour of the UK with poet and comedian Phill Jupitus, producing their very own tour zine (to accompany the new album) and playing rammed chaotic shows to an army of growing fans.
The Lovely Eggs are one of the most exciting, innovative and genuine bands on the British Underground Music Scene. Egg-mania is here! Welcome to their world. This is Eggland!
21:00 - IDLES
Bristol’s finest post-punk polemics IDLES have been promising to do great things for some time now, and with their debut album “Brutalism” they absolutely fulfil that promise and a furious promise at that.
Politically charged, refreshingly confrontational and infectiously volatile, IDLES are a band like no other. Bringing the unsettling reality of the world we live in into their frantic assault on the senses, they are a band that until now could only be truly understood by witnessing in a live environment - but with “Brutalism” it surely feels like they have captured the intensity of that live sound. Bottled up here are the abrasive, memorable lyrics of Joseph Talbot delivered with all of the spite and wry humour he put across on the stage.
The November 2016 release of single “Well Done” saw the band rise to no.1 on Spotify’s Viral Charts & paired with intensive radio support from Huw Stephens, Annie Mac, Steve Lamacq and regular Radio 6 play has brought them to the forefront of ones to watch. NME, CRACK, DIY and more have tipped them over the course of the year and that momentum continued with the release of their acclaimed album "Brutalism".
The band have won legions of fans including in the shape of the Foo Fighters and The Maccabees who have they have supported at the 02 and Alexandra Palace respectively.