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Are You Listening? Festival Insta Live Sessions

An afternoon of live-streamed performances

This Saturday we were meant to taking over the town centre and hosting our Eighth AYL? Festival in aid of Reading Mencap, but due to "you know what" this will now happen in October.

However, we could not let the weekend pass without doing something involving live music, so we present an afternoon of some of our favourite AYL acts performing at their homes. Streaming for FREE via our Instagram page from 2pm #AYLFest


- Ever Hazel -
"Life-affirming and beautiful" BBC Radio 6 Music

Reading-based Alt-Pop Folktronica. Heartfelt and raw female vocals with playful touches to brighten the darkness.

- Tabi Gazele -
Tabi soulful voice has drawn comparisons to powerhouse singers such as Emeli Sande and she has performed numerous times on the Introducing Live stage.

- Jo Parnell (The Keep Cats) -
"one of the most exciting bands playing right now" Explore Reading

A special solo set from Jo from the indie/post-punk band.

- Here Are the Young Men & Uncle Peanut -
"Here are the Young Men & Uncle Peanut are going to be everyone’s new favourite band" Louder Than War Magazine

If technology behaves, the punk duo will split their set between them from their respective homes.

They've supported the likes of Sleaford Mods, Art Brut and Wire.

- Kid Kin -
"This is soaring wide-screen cinematic Sigur Rós meets Public Service Broadcasting post-rock ambience of the highest order" The Von Pip Musical Express

Oxford's electronica artist mixes ambient and techno and is inspired by the likes of Four Tet and Jon Hopkins.

- Twin Sun DJ -
Jamie, one half of production/ DJ duo Twin Sun will be ending this event with a live DJ set. Jamie with his musical partner Pete Wheeler have performed at Glastonbury and supported the likes of Maribou State & Bondax.

AYL festival insta live sessions on Saturday 25 April in Reading

If you are in a position to support the acts and Reading Mencap...

How you can support the acts

Look to buy their music from their preferred music platform (BandCamp is probably the best), buy a ticket to their gig, stream their music, follow/ like them on social media and generally spread the word about how great they are!

How to donate to Reading Mencap

Text the word READINGMENCAP and the amount you want to donate (for example, £10) to 70085.

Or donate to their coronavirus appeal on Localgiving


Are You Listening? Festival returns on Sat 10th October.

Reading's award-winning new music festival returns for its eighth year.

Since 2013, we've had more than 10,000 people watch over 500 acts, raising close to £70,000 for local learning disability charity, Reading Mencap.

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Socials: @AYLFest #AYLFest