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Published: 29 Mar 2012 09:30

BRACKNELL lad Ben Emmett is set to star in one of London's finest upcoming showcases Pretty Young Things Live. The acoustic singer/songwriter will strum away at Pretty Young Thing's Party 100 gig at The 100 Club, on Oxford Street. For more information see

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BRACKNELL lad Ben Emmett is set to star in one of London's finest upcoming showcases Pretty Young Things Live.

The acoustic singer/songwriter will strum away at Pretty Young Thing's Party 100 gig at The 100 Club, on Oxford Street. For more information see

ONE of The Guide's fave Reading bands, Quiet Quiet Band, are releasing their debut single, Flatlands, on Monday via Broken Tail Records. An anti-folk tune, rich with layered vocals, and inspired by the landscape of Lincolnshire, the single's B-side also includes live favourite Fingers. Check it out at or pre-order at or iTunes.

PO'GIRL are bringing their beautiful Americana/Roots sounds to Newbury.

The two girls, Allison Russell and Awna Teixeira, are a true rags to riches tale - having found each other after leaving their untenable Canadian home situations aged 14. The multi-instrumentalists have achieved critical acclaim worldwide and will wander across to Arlington Arts Centre on Thursday, April 5.

Tickets are £10 from or by calling 01635 244246.

TOP technology and marketing company, Volume, will use their gadget to support Arts charity Readipop's annual Caversham Festival.

The company has developed an app that will be available to download on all Smartphones, iPhones and Android devices throughout the festival, which takes place on Sunday, July 8 in Christchurch Meadows. The app will allow users to stream music, as well as becoming a personal guide for music fans to explore the festival across all mediums. Attendees will also be able to redeem discounts and use the app to integrate with Facebook.

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ON Thursday, April 5, Korean pianist Grace Yeo will bring her internationally-recognised talent to stun audiences with pieces including Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt. Tickets are £14 from or by calling 01628 788997. The music will start at 7.30pm.

PROGRESS Theatre has extended a warm welcome to Jazz In Reading.

The venue, in The Mount, Reading, popular for its unique and challenging productions of a diverse range of theatre, is hosting a season of jazz shows with renowned performers. The intimate space will start the programme with Israeli saxophonist Gilad Atzmon tomorrow (Friday), at 8pm. Tickets are £10 from or call 01189 606060.

MAIDENHEAD Musical Comedy Society will entertain audiences with a production of Oklahoma at Desborough Suite until Sunday. For tickets see, call 07979 382250 or visist Sheargolds in King Street.+

BOBSTOCK, now in its third year, will take place on Saturday, April 7, and Sunday, April 8, at The Wheatsheaf, in Albert Street, Slough, from 7pm. It is free entry but all donations will go towards The Teenage Cancer Trust. Bands appearing include Apollo and The Company.

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17 Apr 2014 09:30

Are You Listening? festival returns to Reading with huge line-up

The fundraising festival with it’s finger firmly on the pulse of what’s fresh in music, Are You Listening? returns to Reading town centre on Saturday, April 26, after a successful debut in 2013.

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17 Apr 2014 06:30

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16 Apr 2014 07:30

Medieval seals on show at exhibition

HISTORY buffs can lift the lid on Reading’s medieval power struggles at a free exhibition in the town centre.

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11 Apr 2014 09:30

Join in colourful rainbow run for hospice

A CHARITY run will bring a splash of colour to Reading in June. Berkshire’s first ‘Rainbow Run’ – a 3km event where participants are showered with powdered paint in the colours of a rainbow – will take place at 11am at Prospect Park on Sunday, June 22.

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10 Apr 2014 09:30

Comic duo Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball come to Reading

COMIC duo Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball will roll into Reading this month.

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26 Mar 2014 07:30

Affordable artworks at annual contemporary arts fair

PAINTERS are putting the finishing touches to their masterpieces ahead of a popular independent art fair. The Reading Contemporary Art Fair returns to the borough next month at the Rivermead Leisure Centre, when more than 100 artists and gallery owners will showcase their work to thousands of visitors.

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24 Mar 2014 07:30

We interview Reading band Echoic

Despite forming less than a year ago, Reading band Echoic are already making waves on the local music scene and beyond, with plaudits from BBC Introducing, local promoters, and even a growing fanbase in Europe.

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22 Mar 2014 06:30

Gallery is in the frame for Reading Contemporary Art Fair

AN art gallery showcasing an ever-changing mix of work has signed up to a popular annual fair.

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21 Mar 2014 07:30

Young Shinfield thespians scoop theatre award

TWO talented actors clinched top awards at an international drama competition.


20 Mar 2014 07:30

First World War poetry set to music at Reading Concert Hall

THE classic verses of a First World War poem will be sung by a Reading choir to commemorate the centenary of the conflict.

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16 Mar 2014 07:30

Theatre review: Trainspotting at Progres Theatre

IT’S hard not to warm to Mark Renton, AKA Rentboy, our guide on a tour of the grimy, grim and vomit-spattered underbelly of Edinburgh that the tourist rarely see.

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15 Mar 2014 09:30

Get a dramatic hit from Progress Theatre's Trainspotting

IRVINE Welsh’s gritty, violent and brutally honest novel, Trainspotting, made waves (and turned some stomachs) when it was published back in 1993. The darkly comic narrative takes the form of interwoven short stories, told by a group of Edinburgh friends whose lives are steeped in heroin addiction or the fallout from it. Unshrinking, raw and often graphic, it has been hailed as ”the voice of punk, grown up, grown wiser and grown eloquent”.

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21 Feb 2014 07:30

Steel Magnolias brought to the stage at Shinfield Players Theatre

A TALE of friendship and the strength of women will be brought to life on the stage next week.

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19 Feb 2014 09:30

Jokes Down Town show with 4Fingaz will raise funds for ABC To Read

URBAN poets, comedians and singers are teaming up to raise cash to help children struggling to read.

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11 Feb 2014 09:30

Family theatre treat for half term at Arlington Arts Centre

A MAGICAL story will entertain youngsters during half-term next week. Isabel’s Well, written for children aged three to seven, tells the tale of a young girl who owns a well leading to a magical underground world.

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3 Feb 2014 19:46

Arctic Monkeys to headline Reading Festival 2014

SHEFFIELD'S finest, Arctic Monkeys, have been booked to headline the main stage at Reading Festival this summer, following their blistering performance in 2009.

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30 Jan 2014 09:30

The Blackout bring the party

Considering the set-back The Blackout encountered having to cancel the remaining shows of their tour last October when vocalist Gavin Butler being beaten by a hemiplegic migraine, the band came back fighting, and stronger than ever as they stepped on stage at Sub 89 in Reading.

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27 Jan 2014 07:30

Old-style cinema comfort at Windsor Theatre Royal

THE Windsor Picturehouse – the home of film at Windsor Theatre Royal – has its winter schedule all set, with a range of celluloid highlights ranging from children’s film to comedies, romance, action and some classics.

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26 Jan 2014 06:30

AC/DC tribute shoot to thrill in Newbury

THEY’RE back in black and bringing their Rock’n’Roll train to Arlington Arts Centre – it’s AC/DC tribute band Livewire.

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