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There are a couple of directories of local music:


Aquedukt Ambitiously tries to cover all aspects of live music scene in Reading. It's useful, but incomplete and misses out lots of gigs at venues such as Global Cafe and some of the local pubs.

It also has a directory of artists, but that is also incomplete, and out of date in places.


LemonRock is a nation-wide gig listings site which will show events in a fairly wide area around you (e.g. 30 miles away) when it knows your location.


University lunchtime concerts

Aldworth Philharmonic

Pictures At Our Exhibition with Jelly

Concerts in Caversham

"‘Concerts in Caversham’ continues to establish an enviable reputation for intimate music-making in a warm and relaxed style. Now entering its seventh year of chamber-music concerts, the series was established by Timothy Watts (oboist - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) and Adrienne Black (pianist and harpsichordist) - to promote a high quality and fully professional concert series using some of this country’s finest musicians. To date the series has show-cased three BBC Young Musician of the Year finalists, along with principal players from some of this country’s finest orchestras and ensembles, including The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The London Sinfonietta, The Britten Sinfonia the Halle Orchestra and the Oxford Philomusica.
The programmes range across many musical styles, from the Baroque to the 20th Century. Ensembles have ranged from duos to The Caversham Ensemble Chamber Orchestra for the popular ‘Christmas Concert by Candlelight’ and ‘Summer Concert’."


Jazz In Reading - "promoting live jazz in the Reading and Thames valley", has a gig calendar and puts on gigs at the Progress Theatre


Global Cafe

Global Cafe has regular and occasional gigs from folk sing-alongs through poetry slams and open-mic nights to jazz, rock, funk and swing dances, and DJs. Mostly local musicians, occasionally touring bands and musicians.

Eldon Arms

The Eldon Arms has gigs, mostly by local musicians. The Eldon Arms-Reading RG1 4DX Facebook group is a good place to find what's on there.

Reading Arts

Reading Arts' site lists music at the Hexagon, South St, Town Hall Concert Hall etc

The Retreat

The Retreat has gigs by local musicians (as well as Ukulele practice groups). The Retreat...the best pub in the world ever! Facebook group is a good place to find what's on there.


The University Music page lists events at the Uni, including their free lunchtime concerts (mostly classical)


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