14:00 - MICKEY & THE MILKSHAKE
A recently formed two-piece rock band that bring an original energy to their live performance. Dropping heavy riffs and chilled atmospheric melodies, Mickey & the Milkshake have just released a two-faced debut E.P. "Delight" / "Pluto" and continue exciting audiences with a rare visceral vibe.
15:00 - KILL COMMITTEE
From the garage underground of the sixties, the best bits of post-punk, and the definitive list of the only bands that have ever mattered. Kill Committee.
16:00 - LA TRAPPISTINE
Last summer they worked with producer Graham Dominy (The Rakes, Robert Plant) and recorded their double A-Sided single Behind the Trees/Weather Song. 2016 is looking to be a exciting year for the quartet, continuing to write, record and reinvent their own distinct concoction of sounds.
16:30 - DARKLANDS DJ
The Darklands club night began in 2010 and include genres such as Goth, Indie Pop, Electronica, Post Punk and C86.
17:00 - THE SANDCREEK MASSACRE
The Sand Creek Massacre are an alternative rock band formed in Reading in 2003. After an eight year break the band returned in 2015. The five piece are set to play this years Are You Listening festival with new material.
18:00 - BLACK HONEY
After only forming mid-way through 2014, Black Honey have quickly become one of the most talked about guitar bands in the UK. Starting out shrouded in mystery the band let the music do the talking, there were no photos, only their TV themed artwork to accompany each track they released. Further adding to the intrigue, instead of issuing a standard press release the band invited fans to text them directly if they wanted to find out more.
After dreamy opener 'Sleep Forever', 60’s psychedelic ‘Teenager’ and grunge rock 'The Taste' the band revealed their debut EP with their final hook laden track ‘Bloodlust’ and the first photo of themselves. To celebrate the band played a sold out secret show in their hometown of Brighton. Over the next few months the band caught the attention of the NME and The Telegraph who both named them as One’s To Watch in 2015, they were also listed in Hype Machine & BBC 6Music’s Most Blogged Top 10 list also picking up radio support from Huw Stephens, BBC Introducing and XFM, most notably Dave Rowntree who played every track off their EP on his show.
19:00 - THE AMAZONS
The Amazons are a blistering, melodic rock quartet from Reading who return to AYL after opening the festival in April 2015. Born and raised Reading locals, Matt, Joe, Elliot and Chris take the aggression of grunge and punk and splice it with melody and harmony.
With Radio 1 support from Zane Lowe, Huw Stephens and Annie Mac, as well as fervent backing from BBC Introducing in Berkshire, The Amazons are gathering fans nationwide. The band performed at this summer's Reading and Leeds Festival.
19:30 - JOHN KENNEDY (Radio X)
John Kennedy presents and produces X-Posure four nights a week for Radio X, formerly Xfm. The show's been going since 1999 and has been the first to give airtime to all sorts of bands and artists from Adele to MIA, Mumford & Sons to The xx, Clean Bandit to Razorlight.
He has interviewed everyone from Paul McCartney to Wiley, Femi Kuti to Joanna Newsom, Nick Cave to Iggy Pop. He puts on gigs every month and has been a Mercury Prize judge since 2009. He has been described as the 'doyen of underground alternative music' by the Observer, 'acclaimed, respected, intelligent' by The Independent, and in The Times as having 'long been putting together shows that demolish genre boundaries and confound expectations'. John has, as Q magazine once put it 'like the late John Peel, relentlessly championed new music'.
20:00 - MISTY MILLER
21-year-old South Londoner Misty Miller returns to Reading following last year's raucous festival appearances at Reading and Leeds.
Her music has been described as rowdy girl-gang pop-punk, with infectious hooks and lyrics of dissatisfaction and scornful intent that fall somewhere between the ballsy edge of PJ Harvey and Blondie’s gritty 70’s rock ‘n’ roll. She toured with Fat White Family, Jake Bugg and received airplay support via Radio 1, 6 Music and XFM.
Misty has honed her live set through touring with Jake Bugg, Television and Eels alongside her own headline shows.
Misty is fast-gaining attention for her grungy guitar sound and emotive pop songs about relationships and youth.
21:00 - PALACE
In the last eight months, Palace have ridden a wave of overwhelming critical and fan support. Building on the acclaim garnered with their debut EP ‘Lost In The Night’ last October, their latest EP ‘Chase The Light’ was released on 8th June. The Radio 1 support has continued with lead track ‘Kiloran’ having its world premiere on Annie Mac’s show and receiving subsequent daytime plays, while Huw Stephens premiered forthcoming single ‘Head Above The Water’. Support has also come from 6Music’s Steve Lamacq and XFM’s Georgie Rogers, Maz Tappuni and John Kennedy, who premiered ‘Settle Down’ and with whom they did a session and interview, and also Jo Good, who made ‘Kiloran’ her Shock of the New.
The band return to Reading following a wonderful show at the Oakford Social Club last year.