Published on March 18th, 2016 | by Luke Hardy1
Keyboard Warriors: Who would you like to see perform in Reading?
Last weekend we asked our followers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram which bands they would like to see perform in Reading.
— Alt Reading (@AltReading) March 12, 2016
In response we received dozens of suggestions from our readers on what acts they would like to see come to Reading in the near future.
On Facebook, Josh McKenzie left us a comment praising Reading’s indie scene but felt that we could do with more dance bands coming to town.
That thought was reflected on Twitter, with one reader wanting to see Chairlift perform in Reading.
— Dan (@danporridge) March 12, 2016
Homegrown shoegazers, Slowdive, were also a popular choice on Twitter among many of our readers:
@AltReading Bit of a stretch, but it’d be incredible if we got Slowdive for a home gig. Also Young Fathers would be awesome
— tyler. (@tylerhallows) March 13, 2016
However, the thoughts of most people were best summed by @RCMtalks who simply wants a more diverse choice of music:
@AltReading I’d like more diverse music, like hip hop, jazz, soul, etc.
— Helz (@RCMtalks) March 12, 2016
But how likely is that Reading can attract bigger bands? We spoke to Kai Harris at Sub89 who has experience of bringing larger names to Reading.
Speaking to Alt Reading, he said there is nothing stopping Reading from attracting any of the bands suggested as our town already has a diversity of venues – from The Purple Turtle to Rivermead.
However, Reading’s proximity to other towns will limit its reach: “I think the close proximity to both London and Oxford will always make it a little harder to catch bigger acts but watch this space…”
What bands would you like to see perform in Reading? Let us know in the comments below.