14:30 - PINUPS
Reading's Indie band PinUps make their AYL? following their return to the scene with 'a mission to heal the worlds pain'.
15:30 - CATGOD
The band's multi-instrumentalists maintain a fascinating shift in dynamics throughout a set underpinned by reflective and heartfelt lyricism. Upbeat tunes with the band moving between Bongos, Flute, Piano and Egyptian Tabla are interspersed with haunting cinematic atmospherics with classical style piano and vocals.
Catgod's music has been successful in touching audiences of all ages a result of their story-telling honesty and carefully orchestrated energetic performance. They are regularly played on BBC 6 Music by Tom Robinson and Lauren Laverne.
16:30 - HONEY MOON
Four boys in the big smoke making jangly croon pop to please your ears and warm your hearts.
17:30 - CANDY SAYS
2019 has started strong for Oxford’s cult alt-pop faves Candy Says. With two huge songs in a Netflix film (“Close”), an EP on the way and a stunning new drummer (Silke Blansjaar, Self Help), they’re taking their soulful electropop on the road.
18:30 - ZOOFAN
ZOOFAN is an electronic dream pop duo based in London. A highly stylised and creative team who strive to create music that both captures the intensity of city working life, whilst also delivering those long awaited moments of Californian beach tranquillity.
19:30 - PEANESS
Chester's three-piece indie-pop band PEANESS are the kind of instantly likeable, warm and creative people that can get away with having radio DJ’s blush like a peach every time they have to say the band’s name on the airwaves. Lucky really, as it’s a phenomenon that’s becoming increasingly more common with spins racking up at BBC Radio One, BBC6 Music, Radio X and more as this burgeoning bunch of friends grow quickly into the big shoes that the early press-hype has set out for them to fill.
The trio started performing live in July 2015 and since then have gone on to play alongside the likes of We Are Scientists, The Cribs, The Big Moon, Dream Wife, The Pastels, PAWS, The Spook School, Yak, Goat Girl and The Lovely Eggs, with festival appearances at TRUCK, 2000 Trees, Indietracks, Handmade Festival, A Carefully Planned Festival, Wales Goes Pop!, Focus Wales and Sŵn Festival.
Their debut EP No Fun was self-released in 2015 and immediately won fans at BBC Introducing, BBC6 Music and BBC Radio 1, leading to limited edition AA singles of ‘I’m not Your Problem / Fortune Favours The Bold’ released via Canadian DIY label Kingfisher Bluez and ‘Same Place / Seafoam Islands’ in early 2017 via Odd Box Records, which sold out of pre-orders in two days.
Slots at last summer’s 2000 Trees, TRUCK and Indietracks Festivals are the latest in a long line of big steps forward that the band have made in 2017 since signing with UK independent label royalty Alcopop! Records for the release of their new EP, Are You Sure?, earlier this year. Seeing a sharp upturn in both gig attendance and press coverage, they’ve won a raft of support from the likes of Kerrang! Magazine, Rolling Stone, UPSET Magazine, DORK, The Metro, The Skinny, Clash Magazine, Drowned In Sound and many more, for their playful but perfectly crafted power-pop.
The band make their Reading return following an appearance at the Beat Connection all-dayer last November.
20:30 - KILL COMMITTEE
21:45 - AVALANCHE PARTY
Avalanche Party is feral garage-punk from the wild North Yorkshire Moors, hopped up on adrenalin and amphetamines. Their sound is intense and immediate, so new yet so familiar and brimming with an urgency that explodes off the stage like the front lines of a war you didn’t even realise was being fought. Every note played through white knuckles, every word spat through gritted teeth. The beats blast like cannons while the guitars stampede like spooked stallions surging ever onward, snorting, snarling and tearing apart everything in their path.
The past year has seen Avalanche Party tear away from the moors, raising venues all around the UK and Europe to the ground with intense live performances. Hotly tipped by many for big success the band has had heavy radio support, being championed by BBC Introducing, Radio1’s Huw Stephens, 6Music’s Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson, Vic Galloway at BBC Scotland, John Kennedy at Radio X, Edith Bowman at Virgin Radio, Jim Gellatly, Amazing Radio and KCRW’s Jason Kramer and KEXP’s Shannon Sauter in the USA. The band have also recorded two live sessions for BBC 6Music.
An intensely busy year has seen the band tour the UK constantly with numerous festival appearances including visceral performances at Reading & Leeds Festival, Isle of Wight Festival, The Great Escape Festival, Liverpool Sound City, Live at Leeds, Y-Not Festival, Humber Street Sesh, Truck Festival, 2000 Trees Festival, Deershed Festival, Sheffield Tramlines Festival, Twisterella Festival, Hit The North, Stockton Calling and Psycho Mind Festival (Holland) amongst others and a European tour taking in Belgium, France, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Serbia.