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.
Geoff Norcott: Basic Bloke
6 Apr 2024
On this his sixth UK tour (and first time at The Concert Hall), Geoff Norcott will be trying to make sense of the current cultural and political scene with his playfully provocative brand of humour. But this time around he also has a mission. As well as casting his everyman eye over what's happening in wider society, Geoff is trying to unpick what's happening with your average bloke. Remember them?
28 Oct 2023
Bennet were best known for their 1997 single "Mum's Gone to Iceland", Reading's biggest contribution to the Britpop scene. The band split up in 1998. In 2016 they reformed with a new single due to be released in the summer, as well as a B Sides compilation. And now they're back for a one-off home town headline show! Tell your mum.
Josh Berry: Live
19 May 2023
Fresh off the back of a sell-out debut tour, Josh Berry returns with a new stand up show. Expect plenty of characters and impressions as Josh Berry wades through the two interweaving topics that pre-occupy him most: sex and politics.
Wokingham Music Club present...
As the name suggests, Wokingham Music Club usually make their home in our neighbouring town. But they have plenty of shows that take place within The Greater Reading Area, and with local proggers and top tributes (and some, like Crazy Diamond, who are both!) there's lots to enjoy!
After a cracking first year, Stogfest Promotions are back with more shows at the Facebar. First up in February - Jam-alikes A Band Called Malice with support from local 2-Tone types the Skavengers. Then in April the tributes get a millennial makeover with a double-header from The Runaway Killers & Simulation Muse.
The Boo Radleys performing Giant Steps
13 Jun 2023
The Boo Radleys are back, celebrating (and reissuing) their lauded, landmark 1993 album, Giant Steps, and releasing a new album, Eight. To celebrate the 30th Anniversary reissue of Giant Steps, the band will be playing the album in full - most of the legendary album live for the first time - and we're delighted the tour will begin with this intimate show at South Street Arts Centre.
27 Sep 2023
Back for a second year, these dragtastic divas with the moves of Britney and voices like Whitney are the real deal - and will have you feeling fierce and fabulous before you know it! Serving up a set list of remixed and reimagined pop anthems, including, ‘Queen Of The Night, Born This Way, Raining Men, I Will Survive, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, Musical Mashups and so much more!
Stand Up For The Working Class
23 Feb 2023
Stand Up For The Working Class is a special night of comedy at The Butler in support of the RMT hardship fund. The show will be headlined by local comedian, author and dinosaur enthusiast Iszi Lawrence, with support from Don Biswas, Nick Byard, Kate Kitch and Kitty Speed.
Art workshops at The Biscuit Factory
Get stuck in to these fun and informal art and craft workshops at Reading Biscuit Factory. There's a relaxed art workshop every Friday from 10am where you can connect with your inner creativity in a relaxed setting. Or join artist Caroline Streatfield for a choice of fun workshops inspired by their in-house plant and flower shop!
A Sunday in Hell, introduced by William Fotheringham.
23 Feb 2023
The Guardian's William Fotheringham introduces a rare screening of 'A Sunday in Hell', the classic documentary on Paris-Roubaix, cycling's toughest one-day race. As the author of a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, William will discuss the inside story of the film and the race, and there will be a chance to ask your own questions after the screening.
Our Street / Don't Be Afraid
6-7 Feb 2023
South Street Youth Theatre returns with a double dose of brand-new, original work devised by their super talented young people. The younger students of Seniors 1 present ‘Our Street’, a darkly comic look at neighbourly relations and how we can learn from our children. The elders of Seniors 2 showcase ‘Don’t be Afraid’, an investigation of present and historic fears both internal and external.
Seven Last Words
11 Feb 2023
Reading Bach Choir's next concert is a rare opportunity to hear one of Haydn's oratorios, reimagined in a novel way for choir and string quartet. With works by Beethoven (one of Haydn's pupils), Mendelssohn and Lotti also on the bill, this promises to be a moving and memorable evening of beautiful music.
Dark Days, Dark Beers
11 Feb 2023
Phantom Brewing Co and Darklands team up once more for Dark Days, Dark Beers. Head to The Haunt for an epic line up of big stouts, porters and more - drunk to a soundtrack of the best of the dark side of indie, electronica, hip hop and classic pop.
Sing-along-a-Nick Valentine's Special
11 Feb 2023
A fixture in the Flowing Spring's calendar for many years, the Sing-along-a-Nick trio is back to perform bags of love songs (and some not so loving) to mark Valentine's Day. As ever, there'll be humour, costumes, sketches and other silliness, plus, of course, everyone singing along to well-known songs. It promises to be great fun.
Storm In A Teacup Presents: HELL'S DITCH & DARKO // SUNLINER
16 & 24 Feb 2023
Homegrown punk night Storm In A Teacup presents... is back at The Butler for two cracking gigs this February. On 16 Feb, Hell's Ditch will be headlining as part of their EP Release Tour - and it won't be long until you cannot see this band in intimate settings such as ours! And on 24 Feb, it's a one-two punch of melodic/hardcore punk from Darko and Sunliner. Both shows have a cracking support line-up of local punks, too!
Reading Symphony Orchestra Family Concert
1 Apr 2023
Reading Symphony Orchestra returns to the Town Hall for its ever-popular Family Concert. Based on their Stories in Music theme, you’ll travel around the world and beyond - hear the course of the Vltava river in Smetana’s work of the same name; the hustle and bustle of the French capital in the Roaring Twenties, complete with taxi horns, for Gershwin’s An American in Paris; and to outer space with greatest sci-fi theme of all time, John Williams' Star Wars!
Alex Kealy: Winner Takes All
23 Apr 2023
Alex Kealy has been called the ‘rising star of the British stand-up scene’ (The List). Now this stand-up and writer for Mock The Week & The News Quiz explores Silicon Valley tech monopolies, advertising and addiction through his ‘perfectly expressed gags’ (Chortle.co.uk) here at South Street.
APO Winter Concert
11 Feb 2023
Reading’s Aldworth Philharmonic will return to the Great Hall for a concert of music inspired by Greek mythology and the subject of fate. The programme will include works by Liszt, Tchaikovsky and Ross, the latter of which will feature clarinet soloist Caroline Owen.
Vocal Networking Showcase
18 Feb 2023
Vocal Networking return to give you the best unseen & unheard talent from Berkshire and surrounding areas. If you are an upcoming singer, dancer, rapper or poet with a talent and want the exposure, this is the place to be. As well as 15+ acts on the night, performers and supporters can meet and network with other like-minded artists and industry professionals.
Unsent Letters: An Exhibition
10-12 Feb 2023
An exhibition at the Rising Sun Arts Centre curated by volunteer and artist Emeline Nevers-White. Unsent Letters is an exhibition exploring letters that are dedicated to loved ones - strangers, acquaintances, friends, family or partners. You're invited to come and read the unsent letters of Reading, just in time for Valentine's Day.
Jan & Feb at Blue Collar Corner
Blue Collar Corner will once again be bustling with all manner of events to kick off 2023, including special DJ sets from Crazy P (one of UK dance music's most respected and revered producers, performers and songwriters) and Modfather Paul "Smiler" Anderson, the latter of which coincides with a record fair. Plus a singer-songwriter showcase and the return of Reading's Indie Market.
Tribute Night: Beyoncé & Destiny’s Child
18 Mar 2023
Tribute Night returns to the Rising Sun at full strength, with the first quarterly show dedicated to the music of Beyoncé & Destiny’s Child. The dates may be different, but the format is just as it always was - lots of local musicians taking turns to perform their versions of a song or two by the featured artist. Why not join the fun?
Reading Whiskey Affair Festival 2023
25 Feb 2023
Fans of scotch, bourbon, whiskey or cocktails rejoice - the Whiskey Affair return for another one-day, two-session celebration of all things malt! Whether you're already a whiskey connossieur or would you like to discover more about it, but don't know where to start, this is a great way to sample all manner of whisk(e)y from around the world.
Jam with Readipop
From Jan 2023
As we kick off the new year, Readipop kick off new ways to jam and make music with like-minded people. There's the Jukebox Jam, a ukelele-led weekly jam for the over 50s (but feel free to play any insturment!), the weekly Room For Rhythm drumming group for adults, and the return of the monthly Family Jam!
Singing Workshop & Concert with Aneesa Chaudhry
23 Apr 2023
Aneesa is a trained barrister, a professional solo singer for nearly 30 years, and a conductor of community choirs for nearly 15 years. This April she comes to Reading to lead a singing workshop, and participants can then join her to sing at a concert that afternoon. Or you can just come and enjoy the concert!
Marvellous Festival 2023
22-23 Jul 2023
The Tribute Festival returns to Dinton Pastures for its 20th Anniversary this July. And to commemorate this milestone in fitting fashion, they're assembling a line up of many of the most enduring and popular acts from previous years, including T-Rextasy, Coldplace, Flash, Typically Tina and many more!
24 Jul 2023
Flackstock, the intimate day festival celebrating Caroline Flack’s life with comedy, dance and musical acts, will return for its second year in 2023. In its inaugural year in 2022 Flackstock raised an incredible £325k split equally between Choose Love, Mind, Samaritans and Charlie Waller Trust – four worthy outlets that held a special place in Caroline’s heart. 2023’s event will also raise money for these outlets, whilst the line-up will be announced in due course.