Updates on the effect of COVID-19 / Coronavirus on Readipop programmes, Links and Resources.

Readipop will update this page as regularly as possible with the latest on any changes to our programmes because of the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.

You will also find our most up-to-date position on Readipop Festival in regards to the outbreak.

If you are a Readipop participant, visitor, user or community band member please keep a close eye on this page during the outbreak, or preferably on our social media channels, as this is the first place we will use to transmit updates to the public (and will likely be updated before this page).

Please use the drop-down menus for more information regarding the status of our programmes:

Community Bands - CANCELLED UNTIL SUMMER 2020
Readipop has adopted a ‘social distancing’ policy, and we have taken the tough decision to cancel all community bands until future notice.
Cancellation will affect Moving On, Beatroots, The Small Strings, Tankata Percussion and Tea & Jam.
1-2-1 Music Mentoring referral Sessions - CANCELLED FROM 23rd MARCH

We stopped all 1:1 sessions from Monday 23rd March.

We hope to recommence all 1:1 delivery as soon as we can do so safely. This looks likely to be in September 2020 although we may be able to offer some sessions sooner if  conditions allow. We can offer online 1-2-1 sessions.

Our music leaders will be creating online resources during this period, which we will forward to schools and partners for students.

Latest statement on Readipop Festival - RESCHEDULED FOR 2021

Message from Team Readipop:

“To ensure that we can provide the best quality and safest Readipop Festival possible under these unprecedented circumstances we are rescheduling to 9-11th July 2021.

This wasn’t an easy decision to make. The money that the Festival raises plays such a large part in enabling our charity to help disadvantaged people in our community throughout the year, and is a summer highlight for many of our team, acts, suppliers and traders, and (clearly from the response so far) many of you.

We will be re-branding the festival as Readipop Festival 2021 and have asked all of the announced acts to play the rescheduled dates. So far, Badly Drawn Boy, Jesus Jones, Stealing Sheep, Michele & Romeo Stodart (The Magic Numbers), Nigel Clark (Dodgy), Transglobal Underground, Flyte, Imperial Wax and Sink Ya Teeth are among those who have confirmed. We still had more acts to announce and will ensure that the festival is just as good (if not better!) in July 2021.
Most importantly, current ticket holders’ tickets are all valid for the new dates (including free kids tickets).

Finally, we cannot thank you enough for your understanding and patience in all of this. These are tough times for charities like ours and the only way in which we can hold a rescheduled Readipop Festival is with the support of all our existing ticket holders, friends and supporters.
We are so so grateful.

For any questions regarding the rescheduled festival or our charity, please contact us at festival@readipop.co.uk – We are working at reduced capacity at the moment so it may take a bit longer for us to get back to you.

Thank you again and please stay safe.

See you in July 2021.”


Other Readipop projects - CANCELLED

Family Jam – CANCELLED

AAA Friday Sessions – CANCELLED

In the Mix – CANCELLED

Useful Links and Support during the COVID-19 Pandemic:


Community Support and organising:

For those wishing to help, the Co-Op has a good list of ways to support the fight. Reading Voluntary Action are also looking COVID-19 response volunteers here.
Also for those who want to help is the Reading Mutual Aid for Coronavirus group.
This is a newly set-up volunteer organisation aiming to support the vulnerable and in need during C19 – those in need of support from them should call 07380248606. Fledgling groups have also been set up for Berkshire wide services, as well as in Emmer Green and Woodcote. Those in the wider area can find their local group here: https://covidmutualaid.org/local-groups/.
Nextdoor provides a great online hub to get to know and help neighbours, allowing those who sign up to offer assistance and ask for help to people in their immediate area.
The Citizens Advice Bureau are offering support on their normal range of issues via telephone (03444 111 306) after having to close their Reading offices.
Check Reading Borough Council Service updates for more on local services.
Click COVID-19 Related Scams advice, for help to avoid being scammed during this period.

Mental Health:

Self-isolation and social distancing will undoubtably affect some people’s mental health badly. There is, however, plenty of support our there. You may also find support through the ‘Community Support’ links in the section above.

Reading’s key homeless charity has moved to telephone services in replacing its normal homelessness drop-in, and is now also offering it ‘Here for You’ telephone line to deal with loneliness and signpost to other support (which is for Reading folk, homeless or not).  They currently offer support from 10.00am to 4.00pm, Monday to Friday on 0118 929 1111 or via support@launchpadreading.org.uk
BBC News have a handy article on protecting your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak, as do rethinkYoung Minds also has a number of blog posts with advice.
For kids, Childline have this explainer of Coronavirus, and how not too worry too much.
Scope have a helpline for those with disabilities here.
For older people, Silver-line have a 24hr support line providing information, friendship and advice at 0800 4 70 80 90.
Both Mind (Mon-Fri excl. Bank Holidays, 9am-6pm on 0300 123 3393or text 86463)and the Samaritan’s (24hr hotline, 116 123) are still running their help lines.
For those who work/have worked in the Music Industry, Music Minds Matter also have a mental health helpline.
Jelly, the local arts charity, are holding ‘virtual’ versions of their events. With art being so important for people’s mental health, we hope to begin similar practises soon.


Please contact 999 if you or others are in immediate danger.
We know more time at home can put some people at greater risk of abuse (in all forms), here’s some links to help:
Refuge offer support for women and childrenexperiencing abuse via the 24hr National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.
Berkshire Women’s Aid also have a hotline at 0118 950 4003 (9am – 5pm Weekdays, for non-emergencies) for women in abusive relationships (and a guide to what constitutes abuse here.).
Men in abusive relationshipscan find support here, and LGBTQ+ supportlocally can be found here.

Financial Support:

For those worried about their finances, particularly those on Zero-Hour contacts and the self-employed, this may be an extremely worrying time. Hopefully you can find some guidance from the below links:
The Government has, and is continuing to bring out need legislation and support to those financially affected by this outbreak.
For the latest on Government support, and new legislation to support those left financially vulnerable, please see here. DWP and Jobcentre advice can be found here. If you already receive welfare/’benefits’, then see here.
As mention above, the Citizen’s Advice Bureauis also available over the telephone for Reading residents on 03444 111 306.
 Both New Beginnings and Readifood run local foodbanks.
For debt advice, local charity Frontline are still offering support over the phone at 01189569300 and online through reading@frontlinedebtadvice.org.uk.

Supporting local business:

Edible Reading has an excellent Twitter thread detailing small local food/drink business operating through the crisis here.
If you would like to show others how to support their local music scene, please click this link for a downloadable file containing a share-able, multiple image post for Instagram on how the public can support Musicians, bookers, venues and organisations during these times.


Useful resources for Musicians and others in local music:



  • These times can be particularly challenging to those with existing (or emerging) mental health issues. Help Musicians also run ‘Music minds matter’, which offers mental health support to those in music via MMM@helpmusicians.org.uk or 0808 802 8008.


  • We understand that most musicians are self-employed, and many of you may work Zero hour contacts in order to facilitate growing your music careers. The Government are offering support for various workers.


For now, here are the Government’s current support options that you may be eligible for (please keep a close eye on the news for changes):


  • Zero-hour contract workers ‘should’ be entitled to statutory sick pay (SPP), if ill or self-isolating in-line with Government advice. Small business will get support to help pay for this.
  • If self-employed, and if your weekly earnings fall below £118 you can now ‘more easily claim Universal Credit or Contributory Employment and Support Allowance’. ‘For the duration of the outbreak, the requirements of the Universal Credit Minimum Income Floor will be temporarily relaxed for those who have COVID-19 or are self isolating according to government advice, ensuring self-employed claimants will receive support’.
  • The Self-employed can now also apply for a grant to claim up to 80% of their regular income (though payouts are not anticipated to be available till June). More info here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme
  • The Prime Minister also confirmed that the Government will be legislating to protect private renters from eviction – though what this will be is yet to be confirmed.


Of course, it goes without saying that you should follow the latest advice from the NHS, and keep following health advice as set out by the government.


Free Online DAWs for music creation:

The below links are for free, in-browser music production.

DAWs with extended trial periods:

A number of companies are now extending their free trail periods during the coronavirus lockdown. They include:

  • Logic Pro X (90 Days Trial)
  • Ableton Live (90 Days)
  • ProTools (90 Days)
  • Reaper (3 Months)


Schools and learning institutions should also be aware that Soundation Premium is now available til the end of June to students for free (with a teachers application). Pro Tools are also offering 3 months free to learning institutions. 

DAW Plugins:

  • Free lifetime license to Torpedo Wall of Sound Miking and Amp simulator.
  • Native Instruments are offering its Analog Dreams pack for Free
  • Reason are offering its Analog Sequencer for free until 15th April.
  • Cherry Audio have a free download of their modular synth package Voltage Modular Synthesis.


Learning apps/sites:

  • Fenderplay are offering 3 months of Free online lessons in Guitar, Bass and Uke.
  • MusicGurus are offering lifetime access to 1 whole course through their website. Sign-up to a MusicGurus account, search ‘Free’, add to basket and use the code ‘TOGETHER100’.

Free Synth apps: