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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.

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Ska-fternoon With The Skangsters

22 May 2021

Finally, the Purple Turtle can welcome you all to their hotly anticipated SKA-FTERNOON! Featuring the finest blue beat and two tone ska band around, The Skangsters. An afternoon of socially distanced ska, both live and recorded to keep you going in the sun!

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The Death of King Arthur

13 October 2021

The Death of King Arthur is a new version of a very old story, an interactive twist on the enduringly popular tales of Arthur and his knights, coming to South Street this October. Choose which parts of the story you want to hear: The bit about the sword in the stone? Lancelot & Guinevere? How Arthur dies? Or the other version of how Arthur dies? …or the other other version?

Heritage Live at Englefield House with Culture Club and Russell Watson

Heritage Live at Englefield House

24-25 Jul 2021

Heritage Live is a series of annual summer concerts staged on the Englefield Estate near Reading Berkshire, staging major names in pop-rock to classical. This year's line-up includes Culture Club headlining with Lulu, Kim Wilde and Gabrielle, and a unique 'Last Night of The Heritage Proms' show with Russell Watson, the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and the NHS Choir.

Poster for She Drew The Gun at Sub89 in Reading

She Drew The Gun

12 Oct 2021

Led by frontwoman and songwriter Louisa Roach, She Drew The Gun will be returning to Sub89 to play songs off their new album 'Behave myself'. She Drew The Gun has previously performed at a host of major festivals including BBC 6Music, Latitude, Truck, and many more. Heavy Pop are excited to welcome their return to Reading.

A digitally drawn poster with a swirling light blue, pink and white background. Text reads ‘Squids In’ going down on the left hand side, in blue writing outlined in black with a pink background and light up outline. At the top right the event details are in black text. In the middle is a collection of sea creatures: a pale orange squid, a red/orange fish with black stripes and a blue tail, a grey dolphin, a purple, orange and light brown octopus, and a pale yellow and orange sea horse.

SQUIDS IN: A Queer Cabaret Open Mic

13 May 2021

A Girl Called Stephen Theatre and Double Okay are collaborating their queer minds to bring you SQUIDS IN, great talent from Reading’s queer artists for one magical night on zoom. From absurd to mainstream, experimental to completely unoriginal: we love it all, and cannot wait to showcase some of the amazing queer talent that Reading has to offer in an inclusive and vibrant farewell to lockdown.

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Twyford Beer Festival 2021

25-26 Jun 2021

Now in its 11th year, Twyford Beer Festival returns for another eclectic mix of live music, traditional beers and ciders, food stalls, gin & fizz. Sit back and relax while quaffing your favourite libation or sampling a new tipple. And all raising funds for the male cancer charity Orchid.

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The Clique Duo

24 Apr 2021

The Jazz Cafe are bringing the Clique Duo back for another Facebook livestream! This sophisticated duo plays a range of melodic and quirky acoustic renditions of classic artists include but are not limited to Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, George Bush, Adele and Harry Styles to name a few.

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Amy Macdonald

21 Oct 2021

It’s already been over two years since Amy Macdonald last played some full scale UK headline shows, but the wait is now set to come to an end as she announces a long awaited tour. Commencing in October and representing her first since the release of the Top 10 album ‘The Human Demands’, the tour features her rearranged show at London’s historic Roundhouse alongside our own historic Hexagon.

Mates Rates Comedy at Turtle with Geoff Norcott

Mates Rates Comedy at Turtle with Geoff Norcott

23 May 2021

Mates Rates Comedy has teamed up with The Purple Turtle to bring you the best acts from the UK comedy scene. Their first show back from lockdown sees "the voice of conservative Britain" Geoff Norcott headlining, with support from Sarah Callaghan, Mo Omar and local MC Carl Richard.

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Pinhole Photography 'Can-eras' workshop

Begins 25 Apr 2021

In this two-part workshop from Jelly, you will be introduced to the concept of Pinhole Photography, learning how to make a pinhole camera made out of a drinks can, plus the knowledge to shoot a black and white image and develop it using ‘caffenol’ – a home developer created from common household ingredients.

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SITELINES presents On Track

28-29 May 2021

On Track is a new site-specific play performed at The Hexagon Theatre - reimagined as a Velodrome for these exclusive shows. The show explores the effects of Covid on our mental health and tells the story of how a simple bicycle has become a vehicle to freedom once again. Celebrating both people and pedal power.

Shonen Knife 40th Anniversary Tour poster

Shonen Knife: 40th Anniversary Tour

1 Oct 2021

Club Velocity bring Shonen Knife back to Sub89 as part of their 40th Anniversary UK tour. Hailing from Japan and heavily influenced by 1960s girl bands, The Beach Boys, and early punk bands, such as the Ramones, the trio crafts stripped-down songs with simple yet unconventional lyrics sung both in Japanese and English. Kurt Cobain went on record to say that they were his favourite band.

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900 Years: A 10 week Performance Poetry Course

Begins 29 April 2021

In honour of the Reading Abbey's 900th birthday, StrikeUp Theatre present their summer acting course focused on performance poetry. Learn to ‘write’ with your body, voice and imagination, as we work together to create a digital performance poem, imagining our lives in Reading in 1121.

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Rubens to Sickert: The Study of Drawing

24 Apr - 7 Aug 2021

This new exhibition at Reading Museum explores how we learn to draw, and the lessons that drawing teaches. It is linked to Reading Museum and the University of Reading’s joint history as home to an important regional art school. It will now open online on 24 April 2021; The exhibition in the Madejski Gallery at Reading Museum will open as soon as Government guidance allows.

An Evening of Poetry for Social Justice

An Evening of Poetry for Social Justice

27 May 2021

The Finale to Reading Amnesty International Town Group's "Poetry for Social Justice" competition is a two hour extravaganza of readings and discussions from our winners, numerous performers as well as from our wonderful Judges. The event will take place virtually by Zoom.

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Nish Kumar

6 Apr 2022

Control is a new show from the host of The Mash Report and one of the Guardian’s Top Fifty Comedians of the 21st Century. As seen on Live at the ApolloTaskmaster, Netflix’s Comedians of the WorldQIConan and The News. Coming to the Hexagon in 2022.

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Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals

09 July 2021

Directed by Strictly's Creative Director of Choreography Jason Gilkison, the show will feature a stunning line-up of pro dancers ready to race back to the dancefloor, including 2018 finalist Dianne Buswell, 2021 finalist Karen Hauer, 2017 Champion Katya Jones, Neil Jones and 2021 finalist Gorka Marquez. 

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Strictly Presents: The Power of Dance

25 June 2022

Directed and choreographed by former Strictly professional dancer Trent Whiddon and his wife and dance partner Gordana Grandosek, this new show from the Strictly Come Dancing family is the opportunity for our incredible performers to share with audiences what it is to be a dancer via stunning choreography and beautiful storytelling. Cast will be announced soon.