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Virtual Readipop Festival 2020

Live online event with exclusive lockdown performances

Sat 11 Jul, 14:00-17:00

Readipop Festival was meant to be celebrating its 5th anniversary this Summer in Christchurch Meadows, Caversham. Instead, this year we will be holding a Virtual Readipop Festival 2020 on Saturday 11th July between 2-5pm streaming live via and on Readipop Festival’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

This three-hour livestream will include special lockdown live sets from past and future Festival acts, alongside exclusive kids workshops, award-winning poetry, cooking lessons and much more. Virtual Readipop Festival 2020 will be free to stream online, however, Readipop are also hoping to raise money from the event to help support their charity work providing access to music for vulnerable young people and other underrepresented communities locally both through donations and their Readipop Friends scheme.

Mercury Music Prize winner Badly Drawn Boy, world-renowned human beatboxer Beardyman and Jay-Z sampled soul powerhouse Hannah Williams & The Affirmations head up the line-up with Beardyman performing a live, improvised and interactive set, similar to his main stage headlining set at Readipop Festival 2017. Joining them are a diverse array of new and established musical talent including Nigel Clark, frontman of nineties indie favourites Dodgy, eighties reggae chart-topper Musical Youth, 6Music-championed newcomer Freya Beer and T.S. Elliot prize winning poet Roger Robinson.

Supporting local talent is a key goal of both Readipop Festival and Readipop’s charity work. The virtual Readipop Festival 2020 line-up reflects the quality and variety of local acts including powerful soul from Tabi Gazele, reggae from The Drop and Culturemix, singer songwriters Amya Ray, Siôn Sollis and Ophelia Ray, Vocal Networking’s hip hop and rnb artists and indie rockers Searchlight Sun. All of Readipop’s community bands make special appearances too.

In addition to the music, younger viewers can take part in a Jellytots arts workshop hosted by local art collective Jelly, Readipop’s WOMAD craft workshop and enjoy Professor Queen Bee’s puppet show. Also, budding cooks of all ages can learn how to make the perfect meatball naan wrap with award winning food stall holders The Bowler!

Full list of acts

  • Badly Drawn Boy
  • Beardyman
  • Hannah Williams & The Affirmations
  • Nigel Clarke (Dodgy)
  • Musical Youth
  • Freya Beer
  • Roger Robinson (Poet)
  • The Drop
  • Tabi Gazele
  • Beatroots
  • Amya-Ray
  • The Small Strings
  • Vocal Networking
  • Culturemix
  • Searchlight Sun
  • Sion Sollis
  • Moving On Choir
  • Tea & Jam
  • Ophelia Ray