14:30 - TOM DUNNE
Since moving to London last year Tom Dunne has been gaining musical ground, performing at iconic venues such as Shepherds Bush Empire and Borderline, as well as being booked to play a slot at Secret Garden Party last summer.
With a strong foundation of RnB beats and sincerely soulful vocals, Tom creates an honest blend between live and mellow electronica, offering an insight into his reality. Festival organiser Howard Monk described him as “One of my favourites to be sure. Very moody and quietly groovy” in an interview with Q Magazine.
After having his debut demo track ‘Storm’ played on BBC introducing, he’s been recording new material with his band and Stockholm based producer Qillme.
15:30 - CROOKED TEETH
CROOKED TEETH are a 3 person synth proplled noise pop from East London. The last 2 years have involved numerous gigs and seen their sound evolve, alternately analogue electronics and distorted guitar driving what could almost be described as pop music. The group have received radio play from Amazing Radio's Jim Gellatly and Artrocker magazine.
They've just emerged from a stretch in the studio - new recordings set for release soon.
16:30 - GLASSED
Reading based electronic duo. Glassed (verb - English slang): to be assaulted by an assailant using a glass drinking vessel as weapon.
17:15 - BIG ZERO
Taking influence from the best of British and American New Wave, Big Zero is here to shake things up and give popular music a much needed shot of adrenaline.
18:15 - TYPICAL HUNKS
Comprised of Nick, Chris and notorious hell-raiser lothario and drum machine Dr Rhythm, Typical Hunks have been described by their friends as similar to Shellac, These Arms Are Snakes, Sonic Youth and McClusky, and by strangers as "That racket happening in the corner."
19:15 - SUPERGLU
Formed in 2014 by two Bens (Brown and Ward), Brown’s brother Alex and girlfriend Krista Lynch, SuperGlu are a garage pop four-piece from Manningtree, Essex. They’ve been championed by Amazing Radio and BBC Introducing's Huw Stephens, who broadcast their first demo on Radio One in October 2014, before the band had even played a gig. They released their debut single "Diving Bell" via Ipswich-based antigen records in April 2015, generating an instant online buzz, sufficient to secure their first festival appearance, at Latitude 2015, only nine months after the band first formed.
The band return to Reading following their February appearance at the Rising Sun Arts Centre.
19:45 - ARTROCKER DJ
Respected online music magazine Artrocker return to Are You Listening? festival to dj but also curate one of our stages - details to be announced soon.
20:15 - THE ST. PIERRE SNAKE INVASION
St Pierre began when songwriter Damien Sayell found four like-minded individuals who were bored and frustrated at not hearing new music that spoke to them. Damien; along with bandmates Sam James, Mark Fletcher, Szack Notaro and Patrick Daly, soon hit Bristol with a wake up call that no-one expected, but one which was fervently needed.
Damien's witty and satirical lyrics mixed with passionate and often frenzied vocals engage any audience member. Add to this the machine like guitars, bass and drums that serve only to construct a mass of sound, energy and drive and you have the mix of Refused meets The Bronx meets Mclusky that has seen St Pierre gigs a ‘see it to believe it’ experience.
21:15 - PALM HONEY
22:15 - INHEAVEN
Since their debut single, south-east London's feedback-strafed, guitar-shredding INHEAVEN are delivering a statement of intent – an anthem of amp-pulverising noise that updates the post-punk template for a new generation. The band have already received Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas' seal of approval, been championed by the NME, The Line of Best Fit, DIY plus announced to perform at The Great Escape and Live at Leeds Festivals.
Definitely 'Ones to Watch'.
23:15 - BIG DEAL
It’s been a remarkable few years for Kacey Underwood and Alice Costelloe, the London-based duo better known as Big Deal. After meeting in 2010 when Kacey taught Alice some songs on guitar, the twists and turns of their on-going relationship has been documented via their catalogue of intense rock-pop songs. “Our relationship has always given us plenty of inspiration to write music.” Costelloe says.
Having received widespread acclaim for their first two albums, 2011’s ‘Lights Out’ and 2013’s ‘June Gloom’, the band were invited to join Depeche Mode on tour. “Something clicked for us during that time,” they explain. “Touring with them made us realise we had been hiding when we should be stepping in to the light.” This realisation resulted in the band adopting a stronger, bolder attitude to making music.
Released via FatCat Records, ‘Say Yes’, the band’s third studio album, began as an entirely self-funded project. “We had to borrow money to get the album made—it was very risky,” explains Costelloe.
‘Say Yes’ is arguably the most open and emotionally provocative of all their works, “We’ve always been pretty private about our relationship within the band, but feel more comfortable talking about it for this record, as it’s pivotal in the placement of our career.” they explain. “It’s about taking all kinds of heartbreak and defeat, and just looking at it dead in the eye and going for it.”
In many ways, ‘Say Yes’ can be seen as the final chapter of the band’s first instalment. “The first one [album] was about not being together, the second one about being together, the third is about breaking up and trying to make sense of it all,” Costelloe explains, frankly. “The three albums in effect make one enormous concept record.”
The band have received critical acclaim for their album output, airplay from 6 Music amongst others, toured with Depeche Mode and performed at various festivals including Love Box and Secret Garden Party. We look forward to Big Deal showcasing tracks off their latest album at AYL.
00:00 - STEVE LAMACQ (BBC 6Music)
Steve Lamacq is a DJ and journalist who has more than 25 years experience in the music industry.
In a career which has included stints at the New Musical Express, Radio 1 and his current home BBC 6Music, he has gained a reputation for championing new bands to success, while interviewing some of alt-rock’s biggest names.
His instinct for turning up new talent was nurtured at NME where he was the first writer to interview (among others) Blur, Ride and Teenage Fanclub. He also became a well known face on the gig circuit, touring the country with bands like Carter USM, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin and the Mega City 4. During one especially frantic year, he clocked up 197 gigs in 12 months.
After making his radio debut at London pirate station Q102, Steve joined Radio 1 at the end of 1993, co-presenting the illustrious Evening Session with Jo Whiley until 1997 and then solo until 2002, after which he concentrated on his weekly four-hour show Lamacq Live.
At Radio 1, the Session became the centre point for the burgeoning Britpop movement, featuring exclusive interviews with Blur, Pulp, Radiohead – and one of the most bootlegged interviews ever with Oasis.
As the ‘90s progressed into the Noughties, the show supported a diverse array of music including Fatboy Slim, The Streets, The Strokes – who recorded their first ever session for Steve – Coldplay and The Libertines.
While still with Radio 1, Steve also joined 6Music in 2002 taking over the daily drivetime show in Spring 2005, where he mixes his love of music, old and new. It is currently the most listened to show on the network with nearly a million listeners each week.
He received the Special Achievement Award in 2013 at the Sony Awards (radio’s version of the Oscars). And a similar gong from the Association Of Independent Music in the same year.
He still loves playing records very loudly and is currently working on a one-man show.