A new music venue has launched in Reading but had to shut immediately after its official launch night on November 4, also known as lockdown eve.

Playlist Live is a new restaurant, bar and ‘non-stop’ live music venue at 108 Friar Street where customers choose the music for a live band to play.

Its official launch was on November 4, the eve before lockdown 2.0.

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It had been due to officially open up to customers on the weekend of November 6/7 but this was brought forward due to the second lockdown and the business will be able to fully open again once coronavirus restrictions allow it to.

One of the venue’s first attendees left a comment on Google Reviews saying: “Had a great evening. Great to see live music again after so long.

“Food was nice, 2-4-1 cocktails all night. This place will be great when you can get up and dance.”

The venue serves a pub-style menu with a variety of dishes including burgers, fish and chips and pasta, at £17.50 for two courses or £22.50 for three courses, while you can also add a cocktail to your meal for a fiver.

Reading Borough Council (RBC) approved a new licence for ‘The Playlist’ at 108 Friar Street in March, with Black Diamond being divided in two to create the space for the live music venue.

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The two businesses each have their own entrances side-by-side, with Playlist Live taking up the ground floor space.

The council also approved plans for the new design, which sees Playlist Live take up most of the frontage.

Playlist Live is sponsoring and hosting Sounds Purple Festival, a three-day virtual party from November 27-29 and 20 per cent of all proceeds from the Saturday and Sunday tickets will go to two charities: Riverside Counselling Services and Equality is Legacy.