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Published on January 23rd, 2017 | by Niall Norbury

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Top 5 things to do in Reading this week

1. The Rave Space – South Street

Enter The Rave Space. Live art meets club culture. Performance and DJ set. Dance floor ritual with MCs, monks, bouncers, you and the rave crew. One DJ’s search for freedom in the breaks, tripping on ecstasies, lost in beats.

As drug use and club closures divide us once more, The Rave Space stands, looking for togetherness. It’s a jungle night that wants to know : How does the DJ reach the massive? Why do the ravers point to the sky? When are we many and when are we one?

Details: Friday 27 January at South Street from 8pm. Tickets are £8 for members or £10-£12 for concessions.

2. Vintage Fair – University of Reading

If you’re in and around the University of Reading campus this week then make sure you don’t miss your chance to pop up along to their vintage fair.

Returning following its popularity last term, the University Vintage Fair contains gems from the 80s and 90s – whether you’re looking for a new outfit or accessories you should be able to pick something up at the fair this week.

Details: Tuesday 24 January at University of Reading from 11am to 2pm. Free!

3. Pama International (Trojan Records Tour) – Purple Turtle

Trojan Records, in association with The London International Ska Festival, are delighted to announce their first tour in four decades and will be coming down to Purple Turtle to kickstart this weekend.

Since its launch in the summer of 1968, Trojan Records has continually led the way in presenting the very best in -classic Jamaican music to fans the world over. The tour features live guests Pama International – who in 2006 were the first new act to sign to the label in 30 years. Come along for this unique celebration of the world’s best-loved and most iconic Jamaican music company and all its fantastic musical legacy!

Details: Friday 27 January at Purple Turtle from 7pm. Free!

4. Nocturnal Animals – Reading Film Theatre

Head down to Reading Film Theatre this week to catch stylish psychodrama – Nocturnal Animals – combining  Hitchock’s mood, the skewed reality of Lynch and Kubrick’s obsessive attention to detail.

After a notorious opening sequence, we meet Amy Adams’s disillusioned art dealer living in a glass-cage LA house with her handsome creep husband. Financially, the couple are faltering; emotionally, they are falling apart. Suddenly she receives a package – a manuscript from her ex-husband Jake Gyllenhaal, whom she apparently abandoned in “horrible” circumstances. He used to call her a “nocturnal animal”.

Details: Tuesday 24 January at Reading Film Theatre from 7.45pm. Tickets are £5 for members, £8 for non-members.

5. Everyday Moments – South Street

A sound installation for one audience member at a time, in a completely dark room, with headphones and some space to move.

In 2011, Fuel commissioned a series of podcasts from different artists inspired by their favourite everyday moment, designed to be listened to at a particular time and in a particular place. Hofesh Shechter’s podcast, designed to be listened to alone, in a dark space, is an invitation to move without inhibition – the way you always wished you could when no one is watching.

Details: Thursday 26 January to Saturday 28 January at South Street. Tickets are £5 for members, £7.50 for non-members.


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is the Editor and Creator of Alt Reading. He works in the voluntary sector supporting charities and community groups in Reading.



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