READING’S FRIENDLY HOMEGROWN MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL
With all profits going to Readipop, Readipop Festival brings big names, promotes local talent and maximum fun to Caversham’s Christchurch Meadows, all whilst helping a great cause.
READIPOP FESTIVAL 2020
Heading up our first line-up announcement are hip hop legends Sugarhill Gang w/ Melle Mel & Scorpio of THE FURIOUS 5 (“Rapper’s Delight”, “Apache”, “White Lines”, “The Message”), Mercury Music Prize winner Badly Drawn Boy back with his first new music in seven years, Bristol dance favourites Sian Evans – Kosheen, harmonious indie trio Flyte, an acoustic duo set from Michele Stodart and Romeo Stodart of The Magic Numbers, Jay-Z sampled soul hurricane Hannah Williams & the Affirmations, electronic post-punk duo Sink Ya Teeth, Dodgy frontman Nigel Richard Clark, Imperial Wax (the longest serving and last line up of The Fall), future soul ensemble Brother Zulu, reggae collective The Dropand funk party starters The Fever 45s playing rare local shows and Readipop community bands including Beatroots & The Small Strings. On Saturday, we have a special showcase of Readipop’s D&D artists (Discovery and Development) hosted by aspiring local musicians on the Readipop AAA programme with performances from AMELI, Amya-Ray, Searchlight Sun and Ray Wills. Also, BBC Music Introducing in Berkshire will be hosting a stage takeover on Sunday.
Alongside the live music, for the first time this year we’re hosting “In Conversation” sessions where established musicians including Stephen Morris (New Order/Joy Division) will be discussing their careers and giving tips for aspiring musicians.
Kids are welcome (free tickets for under 14s when accompanied by adults) and there’s a great family area with storytellers, arts & crafts, dance and music workshops. There will also be bars selling local real ales and craft beers, delicious street food, a record store and a Reading Etsy team market full of festival friendly arts, crafts and clothes stalls.
Previously featuring stars and chart-toppers including The Orb, Sleeper, Audio Bullys, Cassetteboy, Musical Youth, Blockheads, Goldie Lookin Chain and Mark Chadwick of the Levellers, as well as BBC 6Music staples Ibibio Sound Machine, Man & The Echo, Vaudou Game and the Hackney Colliery Band; the Festival brings national and global talent to Reading. This is alongside promoting up-and-coming acts like Saltwater Sun, Valeras and countless others. Even Reading Elvis has graced the Readipop Festival stage!
The Festival also features a growing children’s and family area, roaming performers, multiple workshops, arts and crafts traders, bars and award winning food.