Just by buying your tickets you are already supporting our official charity partner, Reading Mencap, and making a difference to the lives of local people with learning disabilities and their families, thank you!


Persons aged 14yrs to 17yrs with a wristband will only be permitted in venues without an 18+ age restriction.
14+ venues are: Rising Sun Arts Centre, Saint Laurence Church, South Street Arts Centre and Sub89.

Please carry photo ID as venues have different entry policies - thank you.

Are You Listening? Festival: Saturday 25th April 2020

Are You Listening? Festival returns for its Eighth installment in 2020.

Since launching in 2013, the one-day Festival has raised nearly £60,000 for Reading Mencap, a local charity that supports people with Learning Disabilities and their families.

The critically acclaimed Festival has won ‘Festival of the year’ at the Reading Cultural Awards 2018, ‘Event of the Year’ at the inaugural Alt Reading Awards and has received nominations for two ‘Pride of Reading’ Awards and a Reading Cultural Award for ‘Best Festival’ in 2017.

Past AYL? Acts include...
Idles, Ezra Furman, Field Music, The Big Moon, The Amazons, Steve Lamacq (6 Music), Anna Meredith, Sundara Karma, Spring King, Boxed In, NZCA Lines, Girl Ray, The Wave Pictures, Plump DJs, Pulled Apart By Horses, Huw Stephens (Radio 1), Black Honey, Flamingods, Phil Taggart (Radio 1), DJ Format, God Damn, Dream Wife, Matt Maltese, John Kennedy (Radio X), Smoke Fairies, Tom Williams, Dan Le Sac, Palace, Shame, Saltwater Sun.

As well as raising awareness and funds for Reading Mencap, Are You Listening? Festival also strives to nurture and support the local music scene by ensuring at least 70% of the Artists performing each year are from Reading and the surrounding area.

Bands interested in playing at the festival, please email the organisers at and include a link to your music and a paragraph of background info.

‘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

‘Hear the very finest in emerging music while raising money for [Learning Disability] charities? We don’t mind if we do!’
No.1 in Metro Weekend

‘...a must-attend for all discerning festival goers’

‘It truly felt like the whole town was buzzing!’
Alt Reading

‘The fundraising festival with it’s finger firmly on the pulse’
Reading Chronicle


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