The ‘Festival of the Year’ which was crowned at last month’s Reading Cultural Awards takes place this coming weekend on the banks of the River Thames at Christchurch Meadows.
The Readipop Festival is fast becoming one of the premier annual music and entertainment fixtures in Reading for all the family and people of all ages to enjoy, and this year it has seen its highest ticket sales to date with Saturday tickets currently looking to sell out.
All profits will go to the Readipop music charity, and here’s our heads-up of the musical acts to check out, and food and drink recommendations.
The Brand New Heavies
Friday night (12th July) on the Main Stage from 9.45pm
The Brand New Heavies are one of the finest soul and funk bands to emerge from the UK alongside the likes of Soul II Soul, Loose Ends, D’Influence, and also influenced generations of later artists including Jamiroquai and super-producer Mark Ronson, who named their debut album as one of the five records that changed his life.
They have achieved sixteen UK Top 40 hit singles with original singers N’Dea Davenport and Siedah Garrett which includes in the infectious ‘Dream on Dreamer’ and have released two Platinum-selling and two gold albums, and this Friday night they bring their majestic sound to the main stage at Christchurch Meadows.
Norman Jay MBE (DJ Set)
Saturday afternoon (13th July) on the Main Stage from 4.15pm
We still can’t believe that Readipop managed to secure one of the most respected DJs in the world, and co-founder of the legendary ‘Good Times Sound Systems’, and one of the first voices heard in 1990 on Britain’s first legal 24 hour dance music station Kiss FM in London.
Norman Jay is a passionate music lover and crowd pleaser, and was awarded an MBE for services to deejaying and music, and he continues to convert generations of clubbers to the cause, championing new sounds, yet never forgetting his musical roots, thus guaranteeing nothing but ‘Good Times’.
Cassetteboy vs DJ Rubbish
Friday night (12th July) in the Readipop Big Top tent from 8.30pm
Everyone’s favourite comedy video editor Cassetteboy takes to the Readipop Festival stage with his sidekick DJ Rubbish for, what they describe as: “It’s basically a disco, playing party tunes and mixing them with people off the telly.
We’re having a party, and everyone’s invited — Rihanna, Jeremy Paxman, Madonna, Gregg Wallace, Daft Punk, Alan Sugar, everyone”. With their Boris Johnson leadership big video currently going viral, expect even more topical laughs when they take to the Readipop Big Top on Friday night.
Sunday night (14th July) on the Main Stage from 8pm
Britpop favourites Sleeper will bring Readipop Festival 2019 to a memorable close. They enjoyed huge critical and commercial success in the mid 90s and two of their tracks featured on the era defining soundtrack to ‘Trainspotting’.
They recently released “The Modern Age”, their much anticipated first album in 21 years which returned them to the UK charts thanks to hugely loyal following and plenty of new fans.
Saturday night (13th July) on the Main Stage from 9.45pm
Pioneers of ambient house and one of the original live festival dance acts, The Orb celebrate their 30th Anniversary with a special audio visual “Greatest Hits set” tour which rockets into Christchurch Meadows just days before the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing.
From “Little Fluffy Clouds” to their UK number one album “U.F.Orb” and beyond, we expect an unforgettable close encounter as they headline the Readipop Festival mainstage on Saturday night fresh from a sell-out UK tour.
Sunday afternoon (14th July) on the Main Stage from 2pm
As soon as you hear the name Musical Youth there’s no escaping the infectious lyrics from their number 1 UK hit ‘Pass the Dutchie’ which went on to sell five million copies worldwide.
Stevie Wonder wrote a song especially for them as well, and they were nominated for a Grammy award as best newcomers in 1984. Now an eight piece band featuring original members Dennis Seaton and Michael Grant on keyboards, expect a celebration of reggae music of the highest order when they take to the Readipop Festival mainstage.
Reading’s true talent
You cannot have a musical event of a large scale in Reading without bringing on the cream of the crop of the fantastic music talent we have, and the Readipop Festival has well and truly rolled out the red carpet for a variety of acts this year.
Ranging from soul music DJ champion Deano Jones on the mainstage on Friday night, and throughout the weekend be sure to see the likes of Lower Earley’s best music discovery Calum Foad, hip-hop mastero Ash The Author, one of the finest and freshest singer/songwriters in town Joe Hicks, Jacob Holroyd, The Ady Baker Sound, rising stars Saltwater Sun, and the ever energetic Marcus Data-Scales and his Vocal Networking superstars.
Food and Drink
If music be the food of love, then you’ll get the best of both worlds this weekend with some of the following;
Gourmet Cheese Toasties — Revamped and upgraded toasties, packed with the finest ingredients.
Woodburns Pizza — Pizza Oven Pizza, in a big Top.
Santo Taco — Fresh back from Mexico, with lots of uncommon ingredients.
The Bowler — As featured in the Telegraph and Times, and just back from serving meat and veg balls at Glastonbury.
Goodness Gracious Healthly Foods — Vegan and Veggie offerings.
Marions Deli — Burgers, authentic German Hotdogs.
S&S Kitchen — Authentic Caribbean, Jerk Fish, Chicken and Curried Goat.
Piccadilly Whip (ICA Mobiler of the Year 2014) — Vintage Ice Cream Van.
Drinks available at the main bar for Readipop Festival 2019 will include Siren Craft’s Yu Lu and Undercurrent, Loddon Brewery’s Ferryman’s Gold and Reading Best and Tutts Clumps’ Berkshire Diamond.
The Readipop Festival starts this Friday 12th July from 6pm at Christchurch Meadows.
You can find out more about the full line up for this year’s Readipop Festival and more on right here