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The Are You Listening? Festival returns for its ninth year in 2021.

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.

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.

Advanced Ticket Collection Point

The ticket Collection point for 2021 TBC.

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 venue capacity, age restrictions and festival T&Cs.

Please note: all original 2020 tickets remain valid for Saturday 9th October. 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.

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

14+ Venues:
Rising Sun Arts Centre
South Street Arts Centre
Sub 89
Please carry photo ID as venues have different entry policies – thank you.

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