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About AYL?

Since launching in 2013, the one-day Festival has raised circa £85,000 for Reading Mencap, a local charity that supports people with Learning Disabilities and their families.

The critically acclaimed Festival was shortlisted as a nominee for ‘Grassroots Champion’ at the first LIVE Awards last year. AYL? has previously 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 three 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, Billy Nomates, Ezra Furman, Field Music, The Big Moon, The Amazons, Steve Lamacq (6 Music), Alfie Templeman, Anna Meredith, BC Camplight, Bob Vylan, Porij, 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, Pixey, 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, grassroots music scene, by booking a large section of our acts from Reading and the surrounding area.

A proportion of profits from ticket sales and from other avenues go directly to Reading Mencap. So just by buying your ticket 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!

Contact email: info@heavypop.co.uk