October 13 2017 - Total Announcement!!
We can reveal that Are You Listening? Festival 2017 raised over £10,500 for Reading Mencap!
August 7 2017 - AYL? Summer Party 2017
Heavy Pop & Reading Mencap present The AYL? Summer Party 2017
Following the success of this year’s Are You Listening? Festival, we return to the Oakford Social Club to host our Fifth Summer celebration jam-packed with Live Music & DJs!
To date the festival has raised over £40,000 for local Learning Disability charity Reading Mencap, and this Summer Party is no different, as a £5.00 donation to Reading Mencap is suggested for everyone attending.
THE LINE UP
plus AYL? DJs from early 'til late
Where: Oakford Social Club, Reading
£10 Early Bird Tickets for Are You Listening? 2018 are on sale NOW Are You Listening? Festival 2018 - Saturday 28th April 2018
April 17 2017 - AYL? 2017 Art Exhibition
The AYL? Art Exhibition returns for 2017!
Ten talented local artists have each produced us a ONE-OFF Poster for a band playing this year.
Our good friends Jelly are exhibiting these beauties and then we're selling them by blind auction, with all money going to Reading Mencap.
How To Bid:
All you need to do is tell us the artwork number you want to bid on, your bid amount and your name…
e.g. #2. £40. Dave Warrick
Text that to 07495 544 689
Email that to firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are the Artists and their Poster Numbers:
1. Paul Furnell (The Big Moon)
2. Zoe Lakeman (Spring King)
3. Michael Matthews (Flamingods)
4. Daniel Miller (Bad Sounds)
5. Yen Tu (Anna Meredith)
6. Dom Walter (Matt Maltese)
7. Tim Wilson (Ollie Teeba from The Herbaliser)
8. Holly Buckle (Dream Wife)
9. Aiden Barefoot (Valeras)
10. Tolly Robinson (Big Zero)
ALL posters have a £25 reserve price.
The winning bids will be contacted the w/c 1st May 2017
April 11 2017 - AYL Raffle
New for our 5th birthday is the AYL Raffle! We have some amazing, money-can’t-buy prizes, which have been generously donated by some of this year’s bands. Tickets are only £1 each and all proceeds will go to Reading Mencap, so don’t miss this opportunity to get your hands on some exclusive memorabilia.
How to Get Your AYL Raffle Tickets
Tickets are on sale now! If you can't attend AYL this year or want to be sure of getting your raffle tickets in advance, you can pay by cheque or PayPal and we will enter you into the draw.
On the day
Tickets will be on sale at every AYL venue on 22nd April. Look out for the AYL volunteers in green T-shirts who will be selling them (usually where your wristbands are checked).
You can send a cheque made out to Reading Mencap to AYL Raffle, Reading Mencap, 21 Alexandra Road, Reading RG1 5PE with your name, number and email address. We will then email you photos of your tickets. If you want them posted to you, please add 50p.
You can pay by PayPal by sending the money to email@example.com
Please use ‘Goods and Services’. We would be grateful if you could please add the following amounts to cover the costs of the fees PayPal charge us to receive the money:
For amounts up to £5, please add 30p; for £6 to £10, please add 40p; for £11 to £20, please add 50p.
Write ‘AYL Raffle’ in the ‘Notes to Seller’ box along with your phone number and email address. We will then email you photos of your tickets.
The winning tickets will be drawn at the end of the evening on 22nd April and the lucky winners will be notified by phone.
April 5 2017 - FINAL LINE UP ANNOUNCED!
FINAL LINE UP & STAGE TIMES ANNOUNCED for Are You Listening? Festival Sat 22nd April in Reading supporting local learning disability charity Reading Mencap. Joining the already jam-packed bill are Girl Ray fresh from their standout BBC6 Music Festival performance, Radio 1's ultimate playlister Phil Taggart, band of the moment The Amazons are in conversation with Huw Stephens, rising stars Echoic join acclaimed spoken word performer and author A.F Harrold, electro-pop act CROOKED TEETH, Darklands DJ, electronic duo Temples of Youth, punk-synth wizards The Pink Diamond Revue, afrobeat ensemble Limpopo Groove, DJ duo The Push, Clash-endorsed Boys and from DIY’s Class of 2017, Trudy and the Romance!
March 25 2017 - Would You Like To Volunteer at AYL? // Meet-Ups
Are You Listening? was created to raise vital funds for the local learning disability charity, Reading Mencap. A festival like AYL? requires more people than you might imagine, and we are on the lookout for reliable volunteers to help staff the venues on the day.
You can find out more info about what's involved here.
We are also holding two volunteer meet-ups at Reading's best rum and cocktail bar Milk on Mon 3rd April and Tues 11th April at 7:45 pm.
Please feel free to just pop down and meet the team on the night or you can contact Shelley on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0118 966 2518 in advance.
March 9 2017 - Third Line Up Announcement!
The festival now announces its third wave of acts featuring award winning Scottish composer, producer and performer Anna Meredith. Anna has been described as ‘one of the most inventive minds in British music’ (Pitchfork).
Her debut album Varmints was released in March last year on Moshi Moshi to huge critical acclaim from The Guardian, Loud & Quiet & DIY. The album also won Scottish Album of the Year, and saw Anna perform with her band at festivals such as Glastonbury, Latitude and Field Day. Anna will also be playing the BBC6 Music Festival in Glasgow at the end of March. We are thrilled to have such an extraordinary talent on the Are You Listening Festival bill!
Also announced are London/ Icelandic edgy pop band Dream Wife, who have been dubbed ‘the most exciting new band in the UK’. The band has won countless fans and are heavily tipped to breakthrough this year by the music press. The trio are due to perform at the revered American showcase festival SXSW in March.
Other acts include respected blogger Breaking More Waves performing a rare DJ set plus Andre Fu DJ, spoken word artist Becci Fearnley, Cat Brooks, Chris Bound DJ, DJ Binge, Dolly & the Clothespegs, local hip-hop artist Figures of Speech, Here Are The Young Men & Uncle Peanut, Iamhungry, Austrian electronic act Leyya, Mellor, Metallica endorsed Mini Band, Nemmy, No Feathers, Pete Hefferan (ex Pete & the Pirates), Rum & Donuts DJ, Small Town Blues, The Midnight Rambler and Tracks & Grooves DJ plus more still be to announced.
These acts join previously announced acts: Huw Stephens (Radio 1), Spring King, The Big Moon, John Kennedy (Radio X), Tom Williams, Bad Sounds, Flamingods, Charlie Ashcroft (Amazing Radio), Clock Opera, Ollie Teeba from The Herbaliser, Kagoule, Shame Matt Maltese, Sami Switch, Valeras (formerly Area 52), Animal House, Big Zero, Quiet Quiet Band, Saltwater Sun, Tiny Giant, Tusks, Adam & Elvis, Borjad Luis, Cody Noon, Draw the Shades, Duotone, Eastgreen, Febueder, Jersey Bones, Kill Committee, Little Brother Eli, Matt Stockl, Matt Tanner, Pelada Wild, Sahara Dam, The Keep Cats and Twin Sun.
Are You Listening? Festival 2017 will be raising awareness of Girls Against (One of NME’s People of the Year 2016 Award Winners), a group that’s standing up against sexual harassment and assault for all genders within live music.
January 25 2017 - SECOND AYL LINE-UP ANNOUNCED!
Are You Listening? Festival returns for its fifth edition on Saturday 22nd April 2017, following the overwhelming success of the first four years’ events, which has seen around 5,000 festival-goers raise over £34,000 for local learning disability charity Reading Mencap.
The festival now announces it’s second wave of acts featuring one of the hottest new UK bands, Spring King. The Manchester act has won fans on both sides of the Atlantic with their intense, eye catching live shows and superb debut album ‘Tell Me If You Like To’. Championed by BBC Radio 1 and BBC6 Music they were also the first ever band to be played on Apple’s Beats 1 show by Zane Lowe. With big support shows coming up including at the O2 Arena with Kaiser Chiefs, and not to mention their electrifying performance on Jools Holland’s TV show, this has all helped cement their position as rising stars.
Joining Spring King is Amazing Radio’s Charlie Ashcroft, who has been championing new acts for many years now on his Audition show and alongside a DJ set he will be hoping to find his new favourite band at the festival. Tom Williams will be delighting his Reading fanbase with a full band show and will be announcing some very big news soon. Electronic indie outfit Clock Opera make a long awaited live return, and are back with their stunning 2nd album on !K7 in February. Bath’s Bad Sounds bring with them their addictive indie pop and Reading’s own rapper, soul singer and spoken word poet Sami Switch will be making an appearance.
Also announced are Adam & Elvis, Borjad Luis, Cody Noon, Draw the Shades, Duotone, Eastgreen, Febueder, Jersey Bones, Kill Committee, Little Brother Eli, Matt Stockl, Matt Tanner, Pelada Wild, Sahara Dam, The Keep Cats and Twin Sun.
These acts join previously announced acts: Radio 1 DJ and new music champion Huw Stephens, The Big Moon, Radio X DJ John Kennedy, Middle-Eastern influenced psych band Flamingods, Ollie Teeba from The Herbaliser, Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys, M.I.A) produced rock act Kagoule, hotly tipped Rough Trade signed Shame and Reading acts Matt Maltese (recently seen supporting Tom Odell) and Area 52 who played Reading Festival over the summer plus Animal House, Big Zero, Quiet Quiet Band, Saltwater Sun, Tiny Giant and Tusks.
We are also proud to announce that Are You Listening? Festival 2017 will be raising awareness of Girls Against (One of NME’s People of the Year 2016 Award Winners), a group that’s standing up against sexual harassment and assault for all genders within live music.
Proceeds from the festival support Reading Mencap, a small local charity that provides information, support and respite services for children and adults with learning difficulties, disabilities and autistic spectrum disorders, along with their families. They are affiliated to the UK’s leading learning disability charity, Royal Mencap, but receive no financial support from them.
The festival also focuses on supporting the local music scene from the grass roots level, with it being festival policy to ensure at least 70% of the artist bookings are from Reading and the Berkshire area. Each year, around 70 volunteers provide crucial support to the festival, and the organizers would love to hear from anyone interested in getting involved this year, with great benefits on offer including a free festival ticket, T-shirt, a meal and drinks! Please email email@example.com if you would like to support the festival this year.
August 24 2016 - AYL? raises a record £10,355 for Reading Mencap
Black & White Music and Reading Mencap are delighted to announce that Are You Listening Festival? 2016 and associated events raised a record £10,355 for local learning disability charity Reading Mencap.
Around 1,800 people attended this year’s music festival in April, making it the most successful yet. Several Reading town centre venues hosted performances from the likes of Steve Lamacq (BBC6 Music), Boxed In, NZCA Lines, John Kennedy (Radio X), The Amazons, Big Zero and Black Honey.
Co-organizer Dave Maul said “We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone involved in its success, including the audience who attended, volunteers, bands, venues, local media, and our charity partner Reading Mencap. It was our most successful festival to date by some way, and audience feedback from our post-event survey was exceptionally positive.”
Reading Mencap Fundraising Manager Marie-Claire Dillon said, “The amount raised from the festival this year is simply incredible. This will provide our charity with vital funds, as our services for people with learning disabilities and their families are in demand more now than ever. We can’t thank Black & White Music enough for making this possible and putting on such a great event.”
Are You Listening? Festival is scheduled to return for its 5 th Birthday on Saturday 22nd April 2017 and we hope to make it better than ever!
Limited £10 pre-sale tickets are available now from http://bit.ly/2bzb1aF
AYL 2017 will also see the introduction of an Under-18 wristband, which will be available for purchase in the coming months.
“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
“Are You Listening? is a must-attend for all discerning festival goers!” - Artrocker
“It truly felt like the whole town was buzzing!” - Alt Reading
June 30 2016 - AYL Weekender - Sat 23 & Sun 24 July @ the Oakford, Reading
It will be three months since Are You Listening? Festival tookover Reading with the biggest AYL yet and we plan to throw a summer party to celebrate.
We also will be able to announce our festival total too.
Entry: Free*, 18+. 4 pm onwards.
* A £5 donation is kindly encouraged - all cash goes to Reading Mencap.
A host of live music/ djs over the weekend + the return of AYL ale!! :)
SAT 23RD JULY
GIRL FRIEND (electro pop)
“Girl Friend seem to have arrived with their sound complex, exact, intoxicating.” Clash
Headliners on Saturday are Manchester's Girl Friend who are inspired by the classic and refined electronic pop. The band are playing a number of high profile events including Secret Garden Party and supporting Take That at Hyde Park.
+ Honey Lung (alt rock), Khamsina (folk), Little Cub (indie), Ocean Ruins (folk rock), Workin' Man Noise Unit (alt noise makers) + DJs Artrocker + AYL.
SUN 24TH JULY
CAIROBI (pysch pop)
"Walls of grunge-gaze fuzz meet polyrhythms and tropical pop” The Line Of Best Fit
Cairobi produce psych-pop which sound reflects their various backgrounds from Italy and Mexico via France, and has received support from the likes of 6Music and Huw Stephens at Radio 1. They were described by Clash as "Wistful psychedelia akin to Animal Collective.”
+ Chartreuse (indie pop), Cody Noon (Instrumental atmospheric), Quiet Victories (post rock), stupidchief (alt indie rock), ThreeLetterAgency (soulful pop) + DJs Solid Gold Death Star + guests
May 24 2016 - AUDIENCE FEEDBACK REQUEST & PRIZE DRAW!
To those who attended this year as an audience member we would hugely appreciate a few minutes of your time for feedback on AYL 2016.Your feedback will help us to continually improve the festival experience for everyone. In addition there will be a prize draw on Thurs 9th June at 1pm where a randomly selected survey response will win a pair of tickets for AYL 2017 and £30 in bar vouchers for the day (for those under 18 in mid April 2017 these can only be used for soft drinks, ID will be required). Thanks all!
Click here to begin the survey.
May 7 2016 - AYL Art Exhibition Extended until Tues 24th May
For Are You Listening? Festival 2016, we asked 12 talented local artists to produce 12 one-off AYL band posters (1 per artist), which are being exhibited and sold via a blind auction at South Street Arts Centre (MacDevitts corridor) with all money going to Reading Mencap. We know not everyone had a chance to view these pieces on the day so the auction will now end on Tues 24 May.
To get your own unique piece of festival memorabilia, simply complete the slip on the front desk in the venue or email your bid to: firstname.lastname@example.org subject ‘AYL Art.’ Please include – band, bid amount, your name and phone number.
Our artists –
Paul Furnell (Black Honey), Jack Hepplewhite (Mickey & the Milkshake), Zoe Lakeman (Big Deal), Richard Lucas (The Wave Pictures), Michael Matthews (Inheaven), Daniel Miller (Palace), Laura Nicholson (Boxed In), Helen Ridley (Bear & the Woods), Ralph Solly (DJ Format), Yen Tu (Misty Miller), Dom Walter (The Amazons) and Tim Wilson (The St. Pierre Snake Invasion).
May 5 2016 - A rave festival review by Faded Glamour!!
"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." Read the full review here
May 5 2016 - AYL Post-festival party - Fri 27 May @ Readipop, Reading
We've now recovered from AYL and we've decided to host a post-festival party (all being well we might be able to announce what we've raised by then).
We've invited four acts from this year's festival to play, so why not join the organisers for a beer.
MICKEY & THE MILKSHAKE
+ AYL DJs.
Entry: 18+, £4 adv/ £6 on the door - in aid of Reading Mencap Events
March 25 2016 - FINAL LINE UP ANNOUNCED!
FINAL LINE UP ANNOUNCED! Are You Listening? Festival, Reading, Sat 23rd April (in aid of Reading Mencap).
We're thrilled to announce that NZCA LINES are joining the festival line up! Recently performing live in session for Lauren Laverne, their new album 'Infinite Summer' is out now, and it's a cracker! They join previously announced headliners Boxed In, Palace, The Wave Pictures, Steve Lamacq, DJ Format and John Kennedy. 70+ acts! £15 adv tickets here (On the day £20): http://goo.gl/xa03LH
March 8 2016 - Third Line Up Announcement
New names announced today joining the already impressive Are You Listening? Festival line up include electronic band Boxed In fronted by Berkshire raised Oli Bayston and Moshi Moshi label mates The Wave Pictures. Also announced is the return of Radio X and Mercury Prize Award judge John Kennedy; now a regular at the festival (his third successive year). London indie band Big Deal, Bristol based multi-instrumentalist, filmmaker and digital polymath Laura Kidd aka She Makes War, and local Reading artists including La Trappistine, Moonbow and Solid Gold Death Star.
These acts join the previously announced BBC6 Music DJ Steve Lamacq, Fiction Records (The Maccabees, Tame Impala) signings Palace, and UK Hip Hop legend DJ Format. As well as Misty Miller, Black Honey, Inheaven, Artrocker DJs, Bear & The Woods, Bloodflower, Cubed DJs, Hart, The Amazons, Ben Marwood, Lovestarrs, AK/DK, Little Mammoths, The St. Pierre Snake Invasion and a raft of local talent.
February 10 2016 - SECOND WAVE OF ACTS & VENUES ANNOUNCED!
New names joining the festival line up, announced today:
AK/DK, Attila the Pun, Ben Marwood, Big Zero, Black Honey, Crooked Teeth, Darklands DJ, Ella Martini, Esther Joy Lane, Everhazel, Inheaven, Kill Committee, Little Mammoths, Lovestarrs, Micky & the Milkshake, Misty Miller, Only Speak Positive, Palm Honey, Sam Handy, The August List, The Makarov Scheme, The Sandcreek Massacre, The St. Pierre Snake Invasion, Youth Club for Rich Kids.
These acts join the previously announced BBC6 Music DJ Steve Lamacq, Fiction Records (The Maccabees, Tame Impala) signings Palace, and UK Hip Hop legend DJ Format. As well as Artrocker DJs, Bear & The Woods, Bloodflower, Cubed DJs, Hart and The Amazons.
July 20 2015 - Cultural Contribution nomination and more money raised!
We have two bits of news for you. The first piece being AYL co-organiser Dave Maul has been nominated for the Pride of Reading Award for Cultural Contribution. You can read the full article here.
Secondly, our AYL Summer All Dayer at the Oakford (Sat 18th) raised a staggering £842.07 for Reading Mencap. Thank you for your kind donations!
April 14 2015 - Advance Ticket Holders Collection Point
A quick note to say ALL advance ticket holders will be emailed where to exchange their tickets for wristbands (once they go off sale) but since some of you have been asking, you'll need to go to The Bowery District, 100-117 Friar Street, RG1 1EP on Saturday (18th) from 12 pm.
We will have acoustic performers on our AYL bus from around 10:30 am and the festival bands begin at 2 pm.
April 7 2015 - FULL Festival line up & stage times revealed!
We know the first day back from a long weekend off can be a bit of a downer, so we thought we'd share some good news with you.
We are now able to reveal our full line up and you can begin to start planning your day as our stage times are now up! :)
February 11 2015 - Headliner and first acts announced for 2015
Click the poster for a shareable version. Click here for a great big high qulaity printable version
June 14 2014 - We've been nominated for an award!!
Yes, it's true. Thank you to those who nominated us for the Pride of Reading - Cultural Contribution Award. It means a lot!
Click here to read an interview we did with the local paper regarding our nomination.
April 26 2014 - We have an app
Find out more about our AYL Pocket companion app for iPhone and iPad by clicking here.
April 19 2014 - A wonderful new poster
Only a week to go, increase your excitement by feasting your eyes on our lovely new poster.
Click here or on the poster for a high res copy.
April 7 2014 - FESTIVAL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
It's that time of year again when we being to recruit people to be volunteers for the festival.
Available to be in Reading, Berkshire on SATURDAY 26TH APRIL.
A music lover and enjoy meeting people
Well if you're saying YES to these, please email Chuck at email@example.com with the subject headline VOLUNTEER.
We will then get back to you with more info.
Please spread the word!
April 4 2014 - 21 More Acts Announced
Click here or on the poster for a high res copy to share around.
March 5 2014 - First 20 acts announced
We're really pleased to be able to start announcing the acts for this years festival. Further details and streaming tracks for each of the acts can be foundin the acts menu at the top of the page, or by clicking the act's name on the day planner.
Here's the flyer to go with this news, feel free to share it around and help us spread the word.
Click Here for a high res copy of this flyer