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Readipop Festival 2022

8-10 July 2022

Readipop Festival celebrates its 5th anniversary this Summer and takes place by the banks of the River Thames in Christchurch Meadows (10 mins walk from Reading Station) with its biggest name headline acts to date.

Hip hop legends Sugarhill Gang (with Melle Mel and Scorpio from Furious 5), Morcheeba, British soul and trip hop pioneers with over ten million global album sales & Mercury Music Prize winner Badly Drawn Boy head up the first line-up announcement. Joining them are a diverse array of new and established artists including Michele and Romeo Stodart from The Magic Numbers, BBC 6Music championed Liverpudlian electro-pop trio Stealing Sheep, Grammy nominated indie/dance innovators Jesus Jones, world and dance music fusionists Transglobal Underground, Nigel Clark frontman of Britpop favourites Dodgy and turntablist DJ Format.

Supporting local talent is a key goal of both Readipop Festival and Readipop’s charity work. This year’s festival sees an exclusive show from Reading reggae collective The Drop plus a special showcase of aspiring local musicians on the Readipop AAA programme. Local artists OSP, Amya-Ray, K.Kayne & Hatty Taylor who are all signed to Riser, Readipop’s new record label – will all be performing. Also, BBC Introducing in Berkshire will be hosting a takeover on Sunday 10th July and selecting the opening acts on the main stage on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th July.

In addition to the music, attendees can enjoy local real ales and craft beer served by Purple Turtle bars, delicious street food, a record store and Reading’s Indie Urban Market stalls full of festival-friendly arts, crafts and clothes stalls. Kids are also welcomed with free tickets for under 14s (when accompanied by adults) and a family area which includes storytellers, arts & crafts, dance and music workshops.

All money raised by the popular family friendly festival helps support Readipop’s charity work providing access to music for vulnerable young people and other underrepresented communities locally.


    Readipop Festival 2022 final line-up artwork poster

    Final line-up

    Friday 8th July (6-11pm)

    • Morcheeba
    • Jesus Jones
    • Sunscreem
    • King Kuda
    • Amya-Ray
    • The Skandal
    • Air Circus
    • Forje
    • Lilac
    • Mike Wagner
    • Skills C

    Saturday 9th July (1-11pm)

    • Sugarhill Gang + Grandmaster Melle Mel & Scorpio (Furious 5)
    • Stealing Sheep
    • Romeo & Michele Stodart (The Magic Numbers)
    • DJ Format
    • In Conversation (2-3.30pm): Stephen Morris (New Order/Joy Division), Richard Jobson (The Skids) & Stealing Sheep
    • Too Many T’s
    • The Drop
    • The Menstrual Cramps
    • Hatty Taylor
    • Shard Project
    • Readipop AAA Takeover w/ K.Kayne. Rock Academy, Maestro Soundstage & more
    • DJ Tasha KP
    • Alive By Night
    • Tsungai Tsikrai
    • Deva St John
    • Imogen Halsey
    • Jess Tuthill
    • Readiophonics
    • Tankata Percussion
    • Rum n Donuts DJs

    Sunday 10th July (12-9pm)

    • Badly Drawn Boy
    • Transglobal Underground
    • Nigel Clark (Dodgy)
    • Brother Zulu
    • OSP
    • Jnr Watson + Reading Reggae Collective
    • The Pink Diamond Revue
    • Jopy (debut set)
    • 4Fingaz
    • Beatroots
    • Corvid
    • Darcey Hope
    • Danny Lampo
    • doops
    • Du’val
    • Elucidate
    • Hoopy Food
    • No Feathers
    • Split The Dealer
    • Surya
    • Tea & Jam
    • Third Lung
    • Wynona