Last Wednesday, on the second stop of their UK headline tour, local promoters ‘Heavy Pop’ bought Halifax-born four-piece band The Orielles to grace The Facebar in Reading town centre. It would not be unfair to say that The Orielles are my favourite band playing music right now, and for good reason. Their music is exciting, energetic, and melodic, whilst managing to maintain a unique quality within a scene where it can often be so easy to sound like everyone else. Since the release of their album a year ago, they have been climbing ladders all over the place. There has been a buzz surrounding them after they succeeded in hitting No. 16 on Rough Trade’s Albums of the Year 2018, and also making the cover of the fabled underground ‘So Young’ magazine. Now they are embarking on a largely sold-out headline tour, which suffice it to say, made me look forward to seeing them perform.Read More »
The stress of university life, particularly if it’s, say, your final year, can affect people in many different ways. For me, it makes me want to revisit the things that I enjoyed as a child, perhaps as a poor attempt to relive the days when I wasn’t even sure what a dissertation was, much less what it involved. It was this kind of thinking, childish in itself to be frank, that made me revisit an old favourite recently: High School Musical.Read More »
Music in the lives of Filipinos is very important, music is sufficient to eliminate boredom and liven up any day or occasion.Read More »
Steven Claydon has exhibited his sculptures everywhere, from the Tate Modern and Art Basel to a tiny shed in the Swiss Alps, but the latest venue for his work is a little closer to home: The Museum of English Rural Life (The MERL). It seems like an unusual choice for the high profile, London-based sculptor, but it was suggested by Reading International, and Claydon explained: “With my work which deals with the nature of the thing, the alterity of the thing and the migration and transformation of things it seemed like the right place to be.”Read More »
Ever wonder what Arabs listen to? Or maybe you want to explore Arab music and don't know where to start? Rama is here to fill you in on Arab songs, and what she grew up listening to.Read More »
I’ll begin with a potentially controversial statement: Reading is boring. A drab, redbrick residential, middle-class commuter town. Nice train station. Good shopping. That’s about it. On the surface. But something’s bubbling up underneath.
Do you ever find yourself sitting around in Park Bar, like every other night, bored of basic MNQ and Union nights, craving something… more? Sure, there’s stuff going on, there are always nights out, but what Reading needs is a proper, tangible music scene.» >Read More »
*ARTICLE BY THOMAS LYONS*
For any signature artist, the pinnacle of performing at a headline-topping festival full of chart-dominating acts such as Dua Lipa, AJ Tracey, Jax Jones and many more highlights the importance of the diversity in music to portray different musicians, bands and solos with different ambitions to deliver for their fans.
90,000 plus spectators packed into the iconic Richfield Avenue campsite to start a weekend of crazy antics and enjoy the wealth of talent on show on the Main Stage that saw Kendrick Lamar, The Courteeners, Jhus and other top names deliver electrifying sets whilst the smaller setup on the BBC Radio 1Xtra and BBC Radio One Music stages certainly made up for the gaps in the daily lineup and anticipation for the very best under Festival Republic.» >Read More »
With only 4 weeks to go until Reading Festival 2018, further acts and line-up timings can now be revealed.Read More »