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Here Comes The Sun Festival 2023

The biggest house party of the summer is back for 2023!

The Rising Sun Arts Centre will once again open all conceivable doors to bring you this year's Here Comes The Sun, our annual one-day festival of music and arts. The centre will be transformed into a vibrant celebration of all the things the Centre and its volunteers hold dear. Bunting, fake grass, lots of colour and a glorious programme of arts all over the building!

As usual, expect lots of live entertainment outside and inside, with performances across three stages - and a few other ideas up our sleeve! Plus plenty of the food, drink and kids activities you’ve come to expect from Here Comes The Sun.

Acts confirmed for 2023:

  • Reading’s own Empress Of The Blues, Ma Bessie and Her Pig Foot Band!
  • Alt synth-poppers No Feathers!
  • Wolfnote will bring their personal brand of modern, original folk!
  • Steve Daniels will bring his “stories and catchy tunes”!
  • The Zap! Comedy troupe will bring us another hilarious sketch, along with music from Lewaze!
  • A showcase from the regulars from the monthly Dreading Slam poetry nights!
  • 21st century shoegaze from Jopy!
  • Skiffle, folk and murder ballads from Grae J Wall & Los Chicos Muertos!
  • Acoustic folk rock (with hint of prog) from Colours & Fires!
  • HööF deliver Jangly melodic indie!
  • Introspective, emotive rock from Puma Theory 
  • A showcase of young artists from our weekly Artist Link Up events!
  • Punk shanty trio Corvid!
  • Jackie Doe & The Uncertainty of Passion blending folk, tango and French music influences
  • Ambient electronica from Jaebee
  • Natalie Wilcox sings songs for kids inspired by Jack & The Beanstalk!
  • A bit of burlesque from Mojo Jones, Miss Sugar Rush and Dutch-s of the Scarlet Vixens
  • Singer-songwriter Ryan O'Donaghue bringing indie, rock and even a touch of Latin

Lorraine + Rachel2 are no longer able to join us this year due to illness

As always, Here Comes The Sun is our biggest fundraising event of the year – and you know that all the money from the festival will be going back into the Centre so we can continue to offer a creative haven for artists, audiences and groups of all shapes and sizes.

Advance tickets are on sale now!


SUN STAGE Compere: Damien A. Passmore

  • 3pm        Jackie Doe & The Uncertainty of Passion
  • 4pm        WolfNote
  • 5pm        Grae J Wall & Los Chicos Muertos
  • 6pm        Puma Theory
  • 7pm        HooF
  • 8pm        No Feathers
  • 9pm        Jopy
  • 10pm      Corvid

TREE STAGE Compere: Sophie Sheehan

  • 2.15pm  Colours & Fires
  • 3.15pm  Jack & The Beanstalk  
  • 4.15pm  Zap Comedy + Lewaze
  • 5.15pm  Ryan O'Donaghue
  • 6.15pm   Steve Daniels
  • 7.15pm    Ma Bessie & Her Pig Foot Band

SKY STAGE Compere: Mojo Jones

  • 6.45pm   Dreading Slam Collective
  • 7.45pm   JAEBEE
  • 8.45pm   Artists Link-Up Showcase
  • 9.45pm   The Scarlet Vixens