Posted 18th Feb 2020
We’re kicking off early with a Warm-up Party on Friday 24th April!
Join us in the beautiful, 900 year old St Laurence Church for some of the best live acts around, plus a few of our favourite DJs.
Reading Mencap will be collecting donations on the night too.
Line-up to be announced very soon.
Advanced Tickets on sale now! Head to our ticket section.
Posted 17th Jan 2020
Leading the announcement is one of the most exciting acts in the UK, Warmduscher. Featuring members of Fat White Family, Insecure Men and Childhood, the anarchic rockers sweaty and visceral live shows have become legendary, selling out shows across the country. Their debut album ‘Tainted Lunch’ boasts guests appearances from legends Iggy Pop and Kool Keith, and has been picked for ‘Best of 2019’ lists by BBC 6 Music, Amazing Radio, The Quietus and many more. We can’t wait to dance with them.
The hugely talented Matt Maltese has been announced to return to his home turf too. Described by Noisey as ‘Jarvis Cocker in a better mood’, Maltese’s debut album had rave reviews from DIY, Q, CLASH, NME and saw him tour the US, play All Points East, Citadel and Latitude as well as support Billy Bragg. The sharp-witted songwriter returns to play the festival for the second time in support of his forthcoming new album, ‘Curl Up & Die’.
Leeds’ angular post-punks Mush return to play the festival in support of their highly anticipated debut album ‘3-D Routine’ on Memphis Industries. The four-piece’s off kilter music and anarchic live shows have seen them support Shame, Yak, The Lovely Eggs and Girl Band, and play numerous live sessions on BBC 6 Music. We can’t wait to welcome them back.
South London’s Talk Show have been announced to return to Reading, following their crowd-pleasing performance at Beat Connection in November. Signed to YALA! Records (owned by ex-Maccabees Felix White), the four-piece’s post-punk rhythms coupled with their mesmeric frontman’s punchy lyrics has built a real buzz about this band.
Among the other acts announced are Reading troubadour, and long time Frank Turner collaborator, Ben Marwood; Berkshire’s Sophie Jamieson, who makes a highly anticipated return to music after a five year break; recent Down At The Abbey performers The Keep Cats; previous Pigeon Detectives openers Nobodies Birthday and recent Sleaford Mods support act Here Are The Young Men & Uncle Peanut.
The other acts to be announced are Bex Ruth, Carlos, Bought It For The Bottle, Head Drop, Little Brother Eli, Kid Kin, Ocean Ruins, Self Help, The Boileroom DJs and Wild Island.
This announcement bolsters a line-up that is already bursting with talent, including alternative piano rocker BC Camplight; noisy Brighton punks Dream Wife; Breakbeat pioneers Freestylers; alternative Jazz-punks Melt Yourself Down; Little Dragon-collaborator sir Was; two-piece noiseniks JOHN and many more exciting acts. With more acts to still be announced, this looks to be a vintage year for the festival that continues to impress.
Are You Listening Festival raises money for the local Learning Disability charity, Reading Mencap, and has raised nearly £70,000 for the charity since starting in 2013. The festival is proud to be partnered with Safe Gigs For Women, supporting their work to combat harassment in live music.
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 Glastonbury, All 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 Garbage, The Kills and Sunflower Bean on tours across the US and Europe; and impressed huge crowds at the world’s biggest festivals including Iceland Airwaves, Lollapalooza 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 Coming, Polar 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.
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!
ARE YOU LISTENING? FESTIVAL 2020
Saturday 25th April 2020 | Various Venues, Reading, UK | Tickets: areyoulistening.org.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...
BIG LAD by Sarah Louise Bennett