FIRST ACTS ANNOUNCED // Saturday 25th April 2020 - Are You Listening? Festival

Posted 14th Nov 2019

The wild piano rocker BC Camplight leads the announcement, returning to Reading having made history headlining the first Down At The Abbey festival in September with a blistering set in the Reading Abbey Ruins. The unique performer released his album Deportation Blues to critical acclaim last year and has supported Suede and White Denim on UK tours; sold out his own tours; and stunned festival audiences at GlastonburyAll Points East and BBC 6 Music Festival amongst others.

Brighton’s noisiest punks Dream Wife have been announced too. Following the release of their critically acclaimed debut album last year, the thrilling three-piece have dominated the playlists at BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music; supported GarbageThe Kills and Sunflower Bean on tours across the US and Europe; and impressed huge crowds at the world’s biggest festivals including Iceland AirwavesLollapalooza and South By Southwest.

Breakbeat legends Freestylers will also be causing the dancefloor to erupt next year. The duo will be playing hits from their glittering 20 year career that’s seen them tour the US with Lenny Kravitz; play MTV’s Millennium Times Square party; perform on Top of the Pops; and play out to 30,000 ravers at Glastonbury Festival.

London’s Melt Yourself Down will bring their frenetic blend of jazz, punk and dance to the festival in April too. The exciting London band have recently worked with super-producer Youth (U2, The Verve, James) and are closely linked with London jazz giants The Comet Is ComingPolar Bear and Mercury Prize nominees Sons Of Kemet.

Other acts to be announced are Little Dragon collaborator sir Was; child doom band HAQ123 (featuring two members aged under 10); IDLES-approved noise rockers JOHN; feminist DIY punks Dream Nails; Danny Nedelko-fronted Heavy Lungs; psychedelic indie youngsters Drug Store Romeos and buzzy post-punk quartet GHUM.

Are You Listening? Festival always showcases the cream of the crop of Reading’s many diverse music scenes, and the first locals acts to be named so far are local UK Hip Hop kingpin Ash The Author; grunge rockers Marisa and the Moths; and country-folk duo The August List.


Are You Listening? Festival 2020

Posted 27th Sep 2019

Reading's award-winning new music festival returns for our EIGHTH YEAR on Saturday 25th April 2020!

AYL? 2019 raised a wonderful £9,223 for our charity partner Reading Mencap and we've now raised close to £70,000 for the Learning Disability charity since starting in 2013.

Limited £17.50 Summer Rate Tickets are on sale NOW, so get yours before they all go!


Saturday 25th April 2020 | Various Venues, Reading, UK | Tickets:
Raising money for Reading Mencap


Previous AYL? Festival acts include...
Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra. The Amazons. Anna Meredith. Another Sky. Bad Sounds. The Big Moon. Black Honey. Boxed In. Dan Le Sac. DJ Format. Dream Wife. Ezra Furman. Field Music. Flamingods. Gengahr. Girl Ray. God Damn. Her’s. IDLES. Krafty Kuts. Matt Maltese. The Lovely Eggs. NZCA Lines. Palace. Plump DJs. Pulled Apart By Horses. Rozi Plain. Saltwater Sun. Shame. Slug. Smoke Fairies. Spring King. Sundara Karma. Tom Williams. TVAM. Warm Digits. The Wave Pictures. Whenyoung and many, many more...

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Down At The Abbey

Posted 28th May 2019

The creators of the award-winning Are You Listening? Festival present their brand new music festival in the stunning Reading Abbey Ruins.

Headlining the inaugural festival will be live-wire piano maestro BC Camplight. After releasing his critically acclaimed album Deportation Blues last year, BC and his band have sold out every UK tour day and have supported Suede and White Denim, and been booked for festival performances at All Points East, End of the Road, BBC 6 Music Festival and more.  

The prodigiously talented folk songstress Kathryn Joseph will be main support. Winner of Scottish Album Of The Year award for her debut album, Joseph recently released her second album on Mogwai’s Rock Action Records to critical acclaim, was handpicked to perform at Robert Smith’s Meltdown Festival and The Cure’s British Summer Time show and returns to Reading having sold out her Reading show earlier this year.

Moshi Moshi signed alternative indie stalwarts The Wave Pictures; BBC 6 Music 'Album Of The Year' pick Tom Williams; Reading’s Electro-blues livewires Vienna Ditt have also been announced. They are joined by The August List; Jessica Lee Morgan; Saltwater Sun and Ever Hazel

The award-winning local Siren Craft Brew will be running the main Festival Bar, providing craft beer on site, and there will be various other pop-up bars and food stalls on site to keep everyone smiling on the day.

Reading Abbey Ruins is a venue like no other. King Henry I started the construction of Reading Abbey in 1121 and once built, the great royal abbey was one of the largest monasteries in Europe for some 400 years, housing monks and religious relics including the hand of St James. In 1539, on the orders of King Henry VIII, Reading Abbey was destroyed, the monks were banished, and the Abbot was executed.

In recent years, the Grade 1 Listed ruins sit beside the famous Reading Gaol and have undergone a £3 million renovation, re-opening to the public in June 2018. The independent team behind Down At The Abbey are extremely excited to launch their brand new festival in this truly unique and historical space in the heart of Reading.

Saturday 7th September 2019 | Reading Abbey Ruins, Reading | Adult & Child Tickets:


Posted 1st May 2019


After a much needed rest, we're slowly getting our head around just how good Saturday was ⚡️

Thank you to every one of you that performed, volunteered, supported Reading Mencap and danced the night day away with us on Saturday! 


We're pleased to announce AYL? Festival 2020 will be on SATURDAY 25TH APRIL 2020 

Limited £15 Adult Pre-sale Tickets to AYL? 2020 are on sale NOW. Get yours before they're all gone!


Thanks again to everyone involved and see you at Down at the Abbey in September

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