READIPOP Festival has released earlybird weekend tickets for 2020 following record breaking sales at this year's event.

The annual three-day music festival is held at Christchurch Meadows, Caversham, in aid of the Readipop charity.

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The festival announced earlybird weekend tickets were put on sale for Readipop Friends on October 28 for £25.

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Becoming a Readipop Friend costs as little as £20 a year and provides funding to the Readipop charity to help with their work to enable ‘Music Changing Lives’ in the Reading area.

They also revealed next year's festival will take place between Friday 10 and Sunday 12 July and will coincide with their 5th birthday.

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This year's festival saw the team achieve their first sold out Saturday (5000 people) and a more than 60% increase in overall ticket sales from 2018.

In addition, Reading Cultural Awards 2019 named Readipop Festival as the winner of their “Festival of The Year” award.

Headliners for 2019 included Brand New Heavies, Sleeper and The Orb alongside other big names including Musical Youth, Norman Jay MBE, Cassetteboy, Ibibio Sound Machine and Audio Bullys.

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Reading talent played a huge part in the festival too with over 60 acts from the area performing including musicians, circus artists, dancers, children’s entertainers and more.

Readipop is a charity providing access to music for vulnerable young people from hard-to-reach areas, including young offenders, the long-term unemployed, Special Educational Needs students, individuals from pupil referral units and those who are not able to access conventional education.

Readipop’s music leaders empower young people to learn and improve their music skills; helping them gain confidence in their chosen area and achieve their own goals while improving their emotional and social wellbeing.

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Alongside this work, Readipop run community bands for socially isolated people of all ages, music lessons to thousands of schoolchildren and a development programme to help underrepresented local artists thrive in the music industry.

All Readipop’s community bands and developing artists performed at this year's festival including The Small Strings, who joined The Bluetones' Mark Morriss on stage, and samba drummers Beatroots who led our parade on Sunday afternoon.

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