With the world hopefully beginning to edge out of the Covid-19 pandemic, mass gatherings of people should hopefully be able to continue going ahead, as most did in the second half of 2021.

Festivals are a strong part of British culture, and this is no different in Reading.

We have put together a list of six festivals confirmed in our area for this year, so get down and support local businesses.


  1. Are you Listening?: 7 May 2022

Launched in 2013, the Are you Listening Festival is an event bringing together the local up-and-coming acts across a variety of venues in aid of local charity, Mencap.

Having already raised more than £70,000 for the charity that supports those with learning difficulties and their families, this is a festival that really makes a difference.

Acts such as The Amazons and Sundara Karma have performed in the past, giving many bands the break that they need.

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  1. Twyford Beer Festival: 10-11 June 2022

Now entering its 12th year, Twyford Beer Festival offers great beer, cider, food and music all in the name of charity.

A family-friendly event, all of the staff and acts give up their time for free, with funds raised going to male cancer charity, Orchid.

To make this event even more exciting, band Crazy Diamond are performing the hits of Pink Floyd on Friday 9, June- a perfect way to open the weekend.

Click here to find more information.


  1. Reading Beer and Cider Festival: 23-26 June 2022

Reading’s original beer festival, it has been running since 1994.

Unfortunately, there was no festival last year due to the pandemic, but it will be back better than ever this year.

Usually a staple of May Bank Holidays, the organisers have moved it to later in the year with the hope of better weather.

A must for any real ale lover, in 2020 they had over 450 cask ales and 140 ciders.

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4. Craft Theory: 1-2 July 2022

A much newer alcohol festival, Craft Theory is in its fourth year of existence.

Giving punters the opportunity to chat to brewers as well as listen to music and line the stomach with gourmet street food, this is a weekend not to be missed.

Attended by the likes of West Berkshire Brewery and Double-Barrelled, it is a great opportunity to support local brewers after an especially difficult couple of years.

Click here to find more information.


5. Readipop Festival: 8-10 July

A local favourite, Readipop Festival is the biggest independent music and arts festival in Reading, with more than 5000 attendees in 2019.

It was winner of Best Festival at Reading Culture Awards in 2019 and is a family friendly, not-for-profit event which raises money for the Readipop music charity.

After a year at Phantom Brewery in 2021, the festival returns to Christchurch Meadow for 2022.

Click here to find out more.


6. Reading Festival: 26-28 August

Reading Chronicle:

Above: Reading Festival returned in 2021 after not having an event in 2020

The big one.

Almost 100,000 descend on the town for the biggest weekend in the area.

This year it has been announced that Arctic Monkeys, Dave, and Rage against the Machine are all headlining what promises to be another exciting Reading Festival.

Unfortunately, tickets have already sold out.