14:45 - DIVING STATION
Diving Station’s harp-driven dream pop delineates the sound of a young band in full bloom. A culmination of four contrasting creative personalities results in detailed, interwoven arrangements framing memorable, dynamic songs. The band found common ground over the likes of Big Thief, Dirty Projectors and Alvvays, and have worked together since 2015 to self-release two distinct EPs that demonstrate their ingenuity with a combination of ethereal, energetic and lyrically poignant material.
Their sophomore EP 'Feather Mouth’, released in December 2018 to highly praised reviews in The Skinny and Creative Tourist, is the band’s most accomplished creative contribution yet. The lead single, ‘You’re Not Listening’, has been featured on both Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson’s BBC Radio 6 shows, as well as BBC Introducing in Manchester, where the band recently recorded a live session.
15:45 - EAT DADDY EAT
This new garage rock out t made of familiar faces will drag you into the darker, noisier corners of rock n roll.
16:45 - PENELOPE ISLES
Like breaking open a rock to discover a crystal inside. Shimmering, intimate and beautifully destructive, this is the experience of Penelope Isles. Siblings Jack and Lily Wolter make music that reveals a curiosity and sensitivity to the world around them. The four-piece band from Brighton via the Isle of Man have a sound that unfolds both dramatically and softly. Nostalgic, but undeniably new, Penelope Isles’ debut LP ‘Until The Tide Creeps In’ is released March 2019 on Bella Union Records. For the lovers of early Arcade Fire, Grandaddy and Mogwai.
17:45 - LION
LION is Beth Lowen, a rising British singer-songwriter. She’s edgy & interesting with a little bit of early PJ Harvey in there and has a very powerful live show. Her music is gritty and thunderous with crunching, blues-driven instrumentation and raspy vocals reminiscent of Janis Joplin.
She is being championed by Radio 1, 6Music, Radio X and LION has previously toured with amongst others the Vaccines, Albert Hammond Jr and Isaac Gracie in the UK.
18:45 - 2019 test act - DO NOT MAKE THIS VISIBLE
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18:45 - LONGDAYLATENIGHT
Having brought 2 EPs, with their first single and debut music video "Who Broke The Tree?" who have seen major interest from BBC Introducing and record labels such as Columbia Record and Animal Farm.
Defined as "tropical indie at its finest", they are ready to take over this new year ahead which will see many new works and gigs, including their next release recorded at the Metropolis Studio in London.
19:15 - THE BOILEROOM DJ
The Boileroom team are curators of emerging, national and local music, community and creative arts events since 2006. When the venue was first founded in 2006; the team were committed to bringing some of the most diverse and talented artists across all genres of contemporary music. Twelve years on, and the venue has grown from their driving principle to create an inclusive space for all walks of life to enjoy the culture of live music.
DJ-ing in-between the bands until 7:45 pm and then 8:15 pm - 9 pm.
19:45 - DEATH OF THE MAIDEN
Tamara Parsons-Baker has spent the past few years establishing herself as Oxford’s best double barrelled surname performer, and, in a not so subtle nod to the fact that she’s been literally slaughtering the competition, has a new band named Death of the Maiden. Those who she deemed to bestow mercy upon, or were possibly her accomplices, can be found performing in her band with Emma Coombs (drums), Jenny (of Lucy Leave fame) and Hannah Bruce (guitar, and also a sterling solo performer in her own right).
Aside from being brazen, and let’s face it, a little bit showy about having committed multiple homicides, Death of the Maiden produce gothy, post-punk, baroque-pop . If that description makes you want to vomit 1) yeah, it should 2) swallow it and get prepared to tell people in future "actually I heard a gothy post-punk, baroque-pop, rock band once, and they were really good. No I can’t remember what they were called, something about Maidenhead I think".
21:00 - THE MENSTRUAL CRAMPS
Winners of the 2017 Loud Women Hercury Award.
22:15 - MADONNATRON
“Viciously audacious novices to electric noise we have crafted a merciless assemblage of leering disdain, Erotomania, Genocidal Lament, infanticide, calculated Matricide, funeral dodgers, dystopian angst and surreptitious worshipping at the altar of Bastet to flavour this record. We won’t be making you a sandwich motherfuckers” – Madonnatron
Much in the manner a devotional feline will proudly massacre vermin, leaving it’s sacrificial remains to fetter your hallway carpet, we bring you Madonnatron. From humble yet auspicious beginnings, arising unabashed from the mists of the Thames, they have thwarted reasonable doubt with limited knowledge of their instruments and two fingers at convention.
Escapades so far include: completing a spring 2018 UK headline tour; a full room capacity slot at Portsmouth Psych Fest; two Fluffer Pit Parties – one headlining the official after party; touring with The Moonlandingz, PINS & supporting The Black Lips; featuring on the line up at UK festivals – Raw Power & The Alternative Escape Republic of Music Courtyard session this year plus a packed out slot on the Rising Stage at Green Man last year; two live sessions for Marc Riley on BBC 6 Music; a live session for John Kennedy, and a John Kennedy ‘Artist In Residence’ slot on Radio X; touring with Trashmouth Records and label mates Meatraffle across the UK at the end of 2016, and releasing their eponymously-titled first record in July 2017. The band are currently enjoying rave reviews for both LP & live shows, featuring in Mojo, Q, The Quietus, Line Of Best Fit, Louder Than War amongst many others; appearing at #22 in The Quietus’ top 100 albums of the year and in their top 50 singles of 2017; Amazon’s Best New Bands of 2017 list; as well as gaining top album status in numerous independent music blogs across the world.
23:15 - BIG LAD
BIG LAD is a two-headed trigger synth party noise machine made up of Henri Grimes (ex Sheild Your Eyes) on drums and Wayne Adams (ex Death Pedals) on synths.
“Are your ready? Let’s play!” exclaims the strangely menacing toy sample which opens up BIG LAD’s new record… and play they certainly do, may God help you if you’re not ready as from the off warp speed drumming ala Lightning Bolt twists and turns with Venetian Snares and Aphex Twin style synth and gizmo sonic warfare. This isn't a record to soundtrack a picnic.
‘Pro Rock’ is the second album from the band, their first being 2015’s ‘Big Lad’ record which was released under the moniker Shitwife. They then decided to rename the band BIG LAD, to confuse the crap out of everyone, which it did.
The duo are renowned and cherished as an unforgettable live experience having played extensively in the UK’s exceptionally healthy and thriving underground scene. They’re as comfortable trashing people’s necks at sweaty basement punk shows as they are melting gurning faces at raves such as Bangface and are now becoming a staple on many UK and European festival stages every year.
00:00 - PELOTON DJ
Resident DJs Eddie Merckx and Lance Armstrong play classic and contemporary indie rock all night long, so clip in your cleats, pop it on the big ring and join the pack as we surge up Mt. Funtimes at Reading's best vaguely cycle themed indie disco.
01:00 - JOHN KENNEDY (FROM 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 and many more.
He has interviewed everyone from Paul McCartney to Wiley, Femi Kuti to Joanna Newsom, Nick Cave to Iggy Pop. John 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'.