The first line-up announcement has been revealed for awareness and fund-raising indoor one-day-er Are You Listening? Festival, which has raised nearly £70,000 for Reading Mencap since launching in 2013 and takes place at various venues across Reading town centre on Saturday 25th April 2020.
Leading the names is BC Camplight, joined by Brighton punks Dream Wife, breakbeat legends Freestylers, London's Melt Yourself Down, Little Dragon collaborator Sir Was, child doom band HAQ123 (featuring two members aged under 10), noise rockers JOHN, feminist DIY-ers Dream Nails, Heavy Lungs, indie youngsters Drug Store Romeos, post-punk quartet GHUM, plus local acts hip-hopper Ash the Author, grungers Marisa and the Moths, and country-folk duo The August List.
Festival organiser Dave Maul explains: "We're really pleased to have made it to our eighth year and we're excited to reveal that we have an intimate new venue, the gorgeous cinema in the Grade II-listed Forbury Roseate Hotel, which should be really magical. This first announcement is probably our best yet and we've still got lots up our sleeve to add to this already impressive list of great bands".
Tickets are on sale, currently priced at £20.
Festival wristbands grant access to all the venues on the day, subject to capacity and age restrictions. Venue age restrictions vary.
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