16:00 - RUM AND DONUTS DJ
Rum and Donuts is a monthly night @ Milk that has been built around a mutual respect for J Dilla and his work. Focusing on the instrumental side of Hip Hop, expect to hear a wide variety of Dilla productions as well as tracks from the likes of Madlib, Q-Tip, Flying Lotus, DJ Format and The Herbaliser, to name just a few.
16:15 - LIAM O'BEY
Liam said "This is my one and only gig of the year. I'm very excited to play some new songs. I really love Shane and Dave and Reading Mencap. They do really good work.
I don't have a Facebook page as myself but you can go to my Soundcloud to some of my music poems."
17:00 - RUNNING WITH FAIRIES (previously called Fairy Down)
Running With Fairies are two singer songwriters Nicole Allen and Alice Reay who recently came together after a few years of crossing musical paths and now bonding over a love of harmonies and song writing. Their influence include Bonnie Raitt, First Aid Kit and Jeff Buckley among many others. Having been spotted at their very first gig, they were asked to be the support act for Ian McCulloch (of Echo & the Bunnymen) on his 2016 solo tour, playing sold out shows around the country.
17:45 - ALLMAN BROWN
Allman Brown is a London-based singer-songwriter influenced by the likes of Bon Iver, James Vincent McMorrow and Sufjan Stevens. His three EPs and one single to date have seen him build a solid fanbase on both sides of the Atlantic, with a number of his songs landing placements on notable TV dramas in both the UK and US. His 2013 debut song, "Sons And Daughters" has recently amassed over 2.5 million streams on Spotify, whilst current single "Rivers", released in November on Akira Records (Phoria, Still Parade, Henry Green) and featuring Robyn Sherwell, is fast closing in on 1 million streams.
18:30 - P.S FINN
19 year old solo artist P.S. Finn. Writes and records all his own music, available on iTunes. Loves guitar playing and experimenting with new ways to write and create music.
19:15 - EASTGREEN
Eastgreen is an ambitious and genuinely humble young hip-hop artist from Coley Park in Reading who has been building his audience with quirky and original lyrical content over the last five years.
He self-produced the first of his four albums at the age of 13, and in the past year he has been taking major and crucial steps to the spotlight with gigs across the country performing at prestigious venues such as Thekla in Bristol, and the O2 Academy in Islington.
This year has begun creatively for Eastgreen with writing, producing and filming a brand new track ‘The Cycle’ within seven hours on New Year’s Day. The musical stall has been set out for him to release his forthcoming fifth album, new videos, projects and performances to an ever-growing fanbase. His maturity over the last couple of years, strategy and creativity has earned him a well deserved position as one of the Alt Reading Sound 2016 acts to watch this year and beyond.
20:00 - BORJAD LUIS
20:45 - ASH THE AUTHOR
Ash The Author; Reading born and raised, the local MC has been making waves in the underground scene these lasts few years.
With his tounge in cheek style, a mixture of wit and hard hitting punchlines Ash has an incredible stage presence, crafted from his time as host of local based hiphop night Holdin Court as well as rapping across the country with some of the UKs best emcees. Ash has supported the best of Britain including Chester P from Task Force and Dirty Dike from High Focus records as well as international acts such as Blackalicious and The Pharcyde. He will be putting out his debut album later this year.
21:15 - ELECTRO GROOVE MONKEY DJ
As part of the Full Fat crew (monthly night at Milk), this Reading-based DJ loves to get the vibe going with a seamless blend of downtempo beats, hip-hop, nu-funk and pretty much anything that's likely to get your head nodding. With some tasty treats in the pipeline for 2016, things are looking funky for the one they call the Electro Groove Monkey.
22:30 - DJ FORMAT
DJ Format’s debut album “Music For The Mature B-Boy” was one of the slowburn success stories of 2003. An album of soulful, funk-fuelled Hip Hop packed with infectious beats and lyrical dexterity, it delivered the promise of his early releases for ‘Mo Wax and Bomb Hip Hop. Received with quiet acclaim in the press it quickly became a word of mouth triumph, going on to establish itself as one of the most successful debut artist albums from the UK alternative/urban scene. The campaign was successful for a number of reasons not least it’s supporting batch of three incredible music videos all directed by the then unknown Ruben Fleischer. The most famous of these being the rapping and breakdancing costumed animals of “We Know Something You Don’t Know” featuring the vocals of Chali 2na and Akil of Jurassic 5 – played out by a shark and tiger respectively on the big screen it is an unforgettable piece of feel good Hip Hop. “Music For The…” also led to Format supporting (alongside MC Abdominal) Jurassic 5 on their European tour, and through subsequent touring in 2003 establishing Format as one of the hottest live Hip Hop tickets in town culminating in triumphant appearances at the Reading & Leeds festivals of 2004 and worldwide touring taking place in the whole of Europe, North America and Australia.
2005’s follow up album “If You Can’t Join ‘Em… Beat ‘Em” saw Format step up a gear, tightening the loops for a tougher sound. A heavy schedule of acclaimed live shows and DJ sets followed the release throughout 2005/06.
In 2006 Format was asked to contribute to the successful Fabric DJ mix series.
Format's "Fabriclive 27" was one of the most well received of the series.
His DJ sets are renowned for their boundary-crossing selection of the funk, soul, rock & hip-hop and his fabric mix showed of a condensed version of the party set that he's built a solid reputation on. This was followed up in 2007 by another mix album, this time for the legendary Fania label, applying his signature b-boy style to the world's foremost catalogue of latin music.
By 2008 Format was back in the studio laying down ideas for a new album but found himself frustrated by the limitations of working with samples. He joined forces with old friend Simon James and together they formed The Simonsound. Inspired by music for film & TV ‘and 50s & ‘60s pioneering electronic music , they used Moog synthesizers,tape machines and other vintage studio equipment to create their debut album “Reverse Engineering’” released in 2010. The album was championed by Gilles Peterson but also received massive support in the Hip Hop community from the likes of DJ Spinna, Kenny Dope and Lord Finesse.
It was whilst working on the “Lungbutters” mix CD in 2008 that Format met Diggers With Gratitude founder member Sureshot La Rock. They immediately hit it off and it wasn’t long before Format had persuaded Sureshot to dust off his microphone and start writing rhymes again. By early 2011, they had recorded several songs together and “Mr DJ” was released on Project Blue Book, Format’s own label.
2012 finally saw the release of Format’s third album “Statement Of Intent”, boasting vocal collaborations with Edan, Mr Lif and Phill Most Chill as well as the ever present Sureshot La Rock. Format also showcased his wide and varied musical tastes way beyond Hip Hop, exploring Jazz and Blues with The Nostalgia 77 Quintet, spaced-out Electronics with The Simonsound and offered more of his own trademark instrumentals.
After his guest appearance on Statement Of Intent, Phill Most Chill was keen to get more beats from Format with a view to maybe recording another song or two. After exchanging some MP3’s and a few phone calls, it was obvious that the chemistry was perfect for an entre album together. “The Foremost”, a 10 track album of raw Rap songs by DJ Format & Phill Most Chill has just been released to great critical acclaim, with many citing it as the pair’s best work to date.
00:30 - DJ BINGE
Dj BiNGe - mashup scratch DJ since 2003; BiNGe spins a wide range of beats from hip-hop and funk to jungle and garage. Last year he headlined in India and Lebanon and toured the festival circuit notably playing Outlook and closing Charlie Browns casino at Boomtown Fair as well as playing Glastonbury and Secret Garden Party. He's supported De La Soul, Grandmaster Flash, David Rodigan, Craig Charles, Snoop Dogg, A Skillz, Dutty Moonshine, Big Narstie and Dj Skitz. He djs (and drums) for the bass heavy group Engine-Earz Experiment (Circus records) and produces podcasts for Bring-Dem FM. BiNGe is currently co-writing for the debut album by the Dutty Moonshine big band and collaborating with Dj Skitz.