The August List at Here Comes The Sun
Published 2 Aug 2012 09:30 0 Comments
ON SATURDAY, a whole host of musicians, artists and even circus performers will be gathering at Reading's Rising Sun Arts Centre for the annual Here Comes The Sun Festival.
The venue throws open its doors to one and all, with arts activities, bands, poetry, drama, films, comedy, tasty homemade food and a warm community vibe, with all proceeds going to supporting the centre.
The Guide caught up with one of the acts on the bill, Marlow-based bluegrass-folk duo, The August List.
Guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Martin explained why the band, completed by singer Kerraleigh, got involved in the festival: "The Rising Sun is a venue that's well worth supporting - there's not anywhere like it really, it's such a weird, kooky venue to play, but seems to attract some really good, talented people.
"It kind of attracts really good bands as well as supporting the newer and younger bands, because a lot of venues are struggling. I think the music scene in Reading is really good, especially at the moment. There's bands like Vienna Ditto and Burnt Tomorrow who are doing some really good stuff."
The band, who formed in 2009, have gained radio play on the Reading4U radio station, as well as releasing their debut EP last year, and are currently recording. They cite their influences as everything from Bob Dylan to The Felice Brothers, and will be playing outside at the festival, on the venue's Tree Stage. Martin assured us that the two-piece would create a sound that belies their size.
"I play a lot of percussion with my feet.
"I play a kick drum and a tambourine and Kerraleigh sings, plays the harmonica and the xylophone - there might only be two of us but we try to make as much noise as it's possible for two people
Also on the bill are The 3.1419 Wonders, Vienna Ditto, The Dianas, Rhapsodaisical, Zoot Alors and Boredoms In The Bathroom.
The festival runs from 11am-11pm at the centre, at 30 Silver Street. Entry is £5; under-14s go free. See www.risingsun-artscentre.co.uk
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This article appeared in Reading Chronicle 02 Aug 12