Looking for the newest events in Reading? Here you can find the biggest new announcements and notable additions to our listings, giving you the chance to book your tickets as soon as they're on sale.
January events from Reading Bach Choir
14 & 28 Jan 2023
Reading Bach Choir kick off the new year with a pair of less-than-usual events. Join them for a Singing Day on 14 Jan - a great way to get a taste of singing with the Reading Bach Choir as well as being a thoroughly enjoyable way to spend a day. And on 28 Jan it's a Clarinet concert from Royal College of Music clarinet professor (and Reading Bach Choir alto) Janet Hilton... with cake!
Club Velocity presents Seán McGowan (full band)
26 May 2023
Club Velocity are bringing Seán McGowan back to the Rising Sun with full band! Since 2009, the Southampton born singer has toured over 20 Countries and performed at numerous festivals, plus support tours with artists such as Frank Turner, Billy Bragg and The Levellers. Sold Out headline tours, relentless effort and constant progression have set him up for what will be his biggest move to date - a BAND.
John Robins: Howl
27 Oct 2023
Edinburgh Comedy Award winning comedian and ARIA award-winning broadcaster John Robins embarks on his first stand-up tour since 2019 with a stop at South Street. If you’ve seen him before you know what to expect; rage, anxiety and a lot of laughs. If you haven’t seen him before, strap in...
Artists At Studio 21 Pre-Christmas Show
9-11 Dec 2022
Artists at ‘christmasatstudio21’ in Caversham will be showcasing their work just in time for the festive season. From contemporary paintings & prints art to traditional crafts, pop in for a joyful celebration of creativity and real craftsmanship and a chance to do some pre-Christmas shopping, direct from the artists!
New Years Eve at Bel & The Dragon Reading
31 Dec 2022
Put on your dancing shoes and party the night away with a fabulous feast, fine wine and live music from cutting-edge, modern events band The Jay Holland Trio. Dinner includes a Four-course menu, Chocolate truffles and evening entertainment - and if you're not dining, grab an evening ticket with entry from 8pm and free glass of English fizz!
Ed Sheeran Experience
28 Apr 2023
As seen on BBC's Even Better Than The Real Thing and featured in Capital FM's list of "18 tribute acts as good as the originals", Jack Shepherd is world renowned for his Ed Sheeran tribute shows after playing all over the world since 2015. And next year, the world's leading tribute to Ed Sheeran is back in his home town Reading.
The Elvis World Tour
9 May 2023
Direct from the USA, the world’s biggest, best and most successful Elvis tribute show returns to the UK - and the Hexagon! Starring three winners of Elvis Presley Enterprises’ Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest including the Winner of BBC One’s The World’s Greatest Elvis – Shawn Klush (USA), Dean Z (USA) and Ben Thompson (UK).
Bye Bye Baby
7 Oct 2023
Bye Bye Baby is a jaw-dropping concert tribute to the musical phenomenon Jersey Boys and the timeless, iconic music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. Incredible four part harmonies, roof raising falsetto complete with energetic and stylish choreography – all backed by their excellent 4-piece band - ensures that Bye Bye Baby is a show that will make it a night remember!
Civic Carol Service 2022
15 Dec 2022
The Mayor of Reading is counting down to Christmas, and to celebrate the season residents are invited to join her at the annual Civic Carol Service, held at The Minster Church of St Mary the Virgin. This festive-filled event is guaranteed to get everyone into the true Christmas spirit.
Lucie Jones and the Fulltone Orchestra
27 Apr 2023
West End star (and 2017 Eurovision contestant) Lucie Jones and the amazing Fulltone Orchestra are coming together to bring you a wonderful evening of music from stage and screen. With songs from huge West End hits, massive music numbers from screen and knockout numbers from the charts, the huge fifty piece Fulltone Orchestra and Lucie’s gorgeous voice will be truly magical.
Twyford Beer Festival 2023
9-10 Jun 2023
The Twyford Beer Festival returns for it's 13th year in 2023! This two-day event is an eclectic mix of live music, traditional beers and ciders, food stalls, gin & fizz - as well as some brilliant music. All the staff and acts give their time for free to raise money for the male cancer charity, Orchid. Plus, the return of the Thursday warm-up show with Pink Floyd tribute Crazy Diamond!
2023 trips with Thames River Cruise
All aboard for the best way to explore Reading's natural waterways! Whether you want to take a trip to take in the sights of our wonderful river or want to enjoy a fancy afternoon tea or Sunday lunch with a difference, Thames River Cruise will be your guide - and bookings for 2023 trips are now being taken!
HAPPY HOUR LIVE: THE ROUND SHEEP TOUR
2 Feb 2023
Happy Hour Live - The Round Sheep Tour is the first (and possibly last depending on how it goes) tour from the smash hit Spotify podcast JaackMaate’s Happy Hour. Happy Hour Live will feature plenty of shenanigans and fan favourites like Martin the Guinea Pig Centipede, Creepy Library and Mack Bean, as well as fan unfavourites, like Urban Legends.
The Scarlet Vixens present: Slayyy Belles!
17 Dec 2022
The Scarlet Vixens are getting festive (and anti-festive!) in this one-time-only show at the Rising Sun Arts Centre. They're promising to bring you the best (and worst!) of their festive favourites for this unique show hosted by Mariposa Bop, and featuring performances from Miss Kitty Pimms, Mojo Jones, Lady Lisette Ruby, King Crimson and Tootsie Rocques.
14 Dec 2022
Get in the festive spirit at the Shinfield Arms with warming mulled wine, delicious mince pies and sing-a-long to some festive carols. They'll be joined by a group of the finest carol singers under the garden tent from 7:30pm to 9pm, so get cosy in the heated booths with blankets, experience the warming glow of their fire pit and get in the Christmas spirit!
The Beat featuring Ranking Jnr
14 Apr 2023
One of the key bands of the UK ska revival of the late '70s and early '80s, The Beat achieved a near-perfect balance of pop melodies and taut rhythms that made them stars in Britain and won them a substantial cult following in the United States. Ranking Jnr, son of the late Ranking Roger, is carrying on his father's legacy.
1-3 Mar 2023
Originally staged at The Hexagon in May 2021 as part of the SITELINES programme, On Track will be re-staged at South Street before a UK tour in March. A new play drawing on true stories and using RedCape Theatre's trademark blend of comedy and visual, physical theatre, On Track follows Kit's journey of discovery through the history of women's cycling.
That's a Wrap - Scratch Night and Cabaret
18 Dec 2022
Lockdown Projections is back for another night of laughs, tears and curiosity in Winter's Scratch Night, serving stories and seasons greetings! Scratch Nights are an opportunity for performers to showcase new and exciting pieces of work to fresh audiences, while you have the opportunity to share feedback and enjoy a brilliant night of entertainment.
Club Velocity/New MInd presents Kristeen Young
22 Feb 2023
Kristeen Young is an American singer-songwriter and pianist. who's released seven studio albums. She's also sung with the likes of David Bowie, Morrissey, Brian Molko and The Damned, and recorded with record producer Tony Visconti, drummer Dave Grohl, and guitarist Nick Zinner. And she comes to The FaceBar next February.
Queer East 2022: On the Road at Reading Biscuit Factory
5-7 Dec 2022
The Queer East Film Festival is embarking on a nationwide tour, bringing a selection of highlights from this year’s programme to big screens across the country - including Reading Biscuit Factory. The touring programme will showcase a diverse selection of films, including unmissable LGBTQ+ classics, bold new releases, a wealth of short films, and moving image work that spotlights emerging directors.
The Music Of Prince - New Purple Celebration
17 Feb 2023
New Purple Celebration are the definitive Prince tribute band, celebrating the music, life and legacy of a true musical legend. The show has been described as “nothing short of a huge party” so prepare to be immersed as Jimi and the band take you on a journey through all the hits - and hidden gems from deeper into the songbook of one of the most prolific artists of all time!
Ivo Graham: My Future My Clutter
14-15 Apr 2023
Bumbling wordsmith and tripe factory Ivo Graham returns to South Street to discuss three years of heavy-duty pranking/parenting/procrastinating since Dave’s 2019 nominations for Best Comedy Show and Joke of the Fringe ("I've got an Eton College advent calendar, where all the doors are opened by my father's contacts").
Pangbourne Choral Society Christmas Concert
10 Dec 2022
Pangbourne Choral Society's Christmas Concert will feature the choir performing classic carols like Chilcott's In the Bleak Midwinter and Rutter's We Wish you a Merry Christmas - plus a number of other well-known carols for audience participation. This year the concert is in aid of Brookfields Specialist SEN School, with donations collected on the night.
15 & 16 Nov 2023
Britain’s most-successful dance group, Diversity, have announced their brand-new UK and Ireland tour, Supernova. The 66-date tour takes place across 40 towns and cities throughout 2023 and 2024 and they hit Reading in November '23. Supernova follows Diversity’s sold-out Connected tour earlier in 2022, which combined playful, comedic routines with powerful statements on human connectivity. Big, relentless, and energetic, the tour dazzled fans across the UK.
Bilal Zafar: Care
13 Apr 2023
Edinburgh Fringe Best newcomer nominee and New Act of the Year (NATYS) award winner Bilal Zafar returns with a brand-new show about how he spent a year working in a care home for very wealthy people. Fresh out of university with a media degree, Bilal was dropped into the real world where he was given far too much responsibility for a 21-year-old that had just spent 3 years watching films.
Christmas with Woodley Concert Band
17 Dec 2022
Join Woodley Concert Band for a pair of concerts filled with festive faves. There's a Children's Concert in the afternoon, with plenty of opportunities to join in with shaking, jingling and singing! And in the evening, a full-length concert with their usual selection of fun arrangements of popular festive music, cosy fireside winter warmers, audience carols and maybe just a hint of fun too!
The Black Charade + Fell Out Boy
28 Apr 2023
The Black Charade and Fell Out boy are coming to Sub89 for the ultimate night of Emo & Pop Punk! Expect all the hits from Fall Out Boy and My Chemical Romance, such as ‘Sugar, We’re Going Down’ to Teenagers' and so much more!