The Are You Listening? (AYL?) music festival has announced the first batch of acts for their eighth year. The festival opens on 25 April 2020 at venues across Reading.
The headliner is wild piano rocker BC Camplight who played at the first Down At The Abbey festival in September. He released his album Deportation Blues last year and has played at Glastonbury, All Points East and the BBC 6 Music Festival.
BC Camplight: ‘Deportation Blues’ (c) Bella Union via Youtube.
AYL? 2020 includes Reading acts like UK hip hop band Ash The Author, grunge rockers Marisa and the Moths and country-folk duo The August List. Other acts announced so far include Dream Nails, Dream Wife, Drug Store Romeos, Freestylers, GHUM, HAQ123, Heavy Lungs, JOHN, Melt Yourself Down, and sir Was.
2020 venues include the Rising Sun Arts Centre and the South Street Arts Centre in Katesgrove, as well as Milk, the Oakford Social Club, the Purple Turtle, St Laurence Church, Sub 89, and the Upstage Mini cinema at The Roseate Hotel beyond the IDR in the town centre.
“We’re really pleased to have made it to our eighth year and we’re excited to reveal that we have an intimate new venue, the gorgeous cinema in the grade II-listed Forbury Roseate Hotel, which should be really magical,” said festival organiser Dave Maul. “This first announcement is probably our best yet and we’ve still got lots up our sleeve to add to this already impressive list of great bands.”
AYL? won ‘festival of the year’ at the 2018 Reading cultural awards, and they raise money for the learning disability charity Reading Mencap. It opens on Saturday 25 April at 12 noon and runs until 2am. Tickets are available online. Some venues are only open to people over 18, some 14 years or older, and some will accommodate under-16s only when accompanied by an adult.