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Gig in the Gardens

This December, Reading’s iconic Forbury Gardens gets in the full festive spirit, with Gig in the Gardens, celebrating the best of Reading’s music, food and drink.

Join us from 5pm on Friday 9 December for an evening of fabulous live music from local bands including The Magical Mystery Four, Kill Committee and Tim Kay Band. Expect festive lighting, firepits, street food from Reading’s Blue Collar Food, and a bar selling a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Once the bands have wrapped up, stay on for the after-party and have your own pick of the music with our very own silent disco rave!

Event programme

  • 5:00pm: Gates open
  • From 5:00pm: Food and drink from Blue Collar
  • 5:45pm-9:30pm: Live music from local artists
    • 5:45-6:30 (Tim Kay Band)
    • 7:00 – 7:45 (Kill Committee)
    • 8:15 – 9:30 (Magical Mystery Four)
  • 9:30pm-10:30pm: Silent disco
  • 10:30pm: Last orders
  • 11pm: Event close

Tickets and pricing

Tickets can either be purchased in advance or on the door. To avoid disappointment, advance bookings are encouraged. 

Entry costs £12, which includes booking fee. We will also be donating £2 from every sale to Reading Refugee Support Group, an award-winning local charity which has been helping refugees to rebuild their lives here in Berkshire since 1994.

Tickets for Gig in the Gardens are managed by our ticketing partner, AV Events. Ticket holders must be 15 years or over – any guests aged under 15 years can only attend if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. There will be a strict 18+ policy for the sale of all alcoholic drinks. Full T&Cs can be viewed here. 

Live music

Magical Mystery Four are a Beatles tribute band based in Reading, Berkshire -

Kill Committee have taken the soul of the definitive list of the only bands that have ever mattered and made it new -

Writer of My World, theme song for Jamie Oliver’s Award-Winning telly show Jamie at Home, Tim Kay, with his band of musical misfits brings a seemingly endless string of number one hits from across the ages -

Our sponsors and partners

Gig in the Gardens is brought to you by Reading’s Business Improvement District (BID). Reading BID is made up of Reading’s 900 town centre businesses and works to deliver events and activities that make Reading a better place to live, work and visit. Find out more about Reading BID.