General Info

Since launching in 2013, the one-day Festival has raised almost £70,000 for Reading Mencap, a local charity that supports people with Learning Disabilities and their families.

The critically acclaimed Festival has won ‘Festival of the Year’ and ‘Partnership in the Arts’ at the Reading Cultural Awards, ‘Event of the Year’ at the inaugural Alt Reading Awards and has received two nominations for ‘Pride of Reading’ Awards.

‘Start thinking about a day trip now’ Louder Than War

‘…a vital addition to the live music calendar of the country for some years now.’ John Kennedy (Broadcaster and DJ, Radio X)

‘Hear the very finest in emerging music while raising money for [Learning Disability] charities? We don’t mind if we do!’
No.1 in Metro Weekend

Past AYL? Acts include…

IDLES, Ezra Furman, Field Music, The Big Moon, The Amazons, Steve Lamacq (6 Music), Anna Meredith, Sundara Karma, Spring King, Girl Ray, Shame, Bad Sounds, Genghar, The Wave Pictures, Plump DJs, Pulled Apart By Horses, Boxed In, NZCA Lines, Huw Stephens (Radio 1), Black Honey, Flamingods, Phil Taggart (Radio 1), DJ Format, Dream Wife, Matt Maltese, John Kennedy (Radio X), Smoke Fairies, Tom Williams, Dan Le Sac, Palace, Saltwater Sun and many, many more…

As well as raising awareness and funds for Reading Mencap, Are You Listening? Festival strives to nurture and support the local music scene, by booking around 70% of our acts from Reading and the surrounding area.

Just by buying your tickets you are already supporting our official charity partner, Reading Mencap, and making a difference to the lives of local people with Learning Disabilities and their families, so thank you!

All tickets sold subject to Government guidance, venue capacity, age restrictions and festival T&Cs.

Persons aged 14 – 17 with a wristband will only be permitted in venues without an 18+ age restriction.

Please note: All previously bought tickets (since the completion of the 2019 event) remain valid for the new October date. If you’re unable to make the new date, you can request a refund for the price of the ticket from the point of purchase.

Contact email: dave@heavypop.co.uk