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Readipop Festival announces its biggest headliners ever for the annual 2017 festival

Always looking to push boundaries and feature diverse artists, this year’s Readipop Festival (14- 16 July) is definitely a festival of changing shapes.

Readipop Festival sees more than 100 acts of eclectic genres descend on Christchurch Meadows in Caversham for a weekend of music, dance, food, workshops and local culture.

Frontman of definitive electronic group and festival favourites Faithless, Maxi Jazz will be bringing jazz, dub and funk to the line-up with his latest turn in Maxi Jazz and The E-Type Boys. Blancmange will be revisiting their 80s synth pop and critically favoured latest material, as will former Specials member and “original rude boy” Neville Staple with his eponymous band and seminal ska hits. NME touring four-piece and BBC Introducing favourites Clean Cut Kid will be bringing their catchy indie-pop from much anticipated debut album ‘Felt’.

Elsewhere the Readipop Festival abounds with rising local and buzzing alternative acts. The Purple Turtle tent includes critically revered alternative rockers TOY, Dazed Magazine’s Top 100 listed songwriter Cosmo Pyke and South London alternative three-piece Happyness who have played SXSW, Bestival and Green Man festival.

Representing local talent will be Dorking’s NME backed and BBC Introducing Vinyl Staircase, Hampshire based psychedelic popsters Drug Store Romeos, Reading’s own rising quartet Valeras, songwriter Ray Wills and Readipop Festival returnees Draw the Shades.
The festival will also be showcasing the value of Readipop’s community projects. Resident groups Readiophonics, over 60s ukulele group Tea and Jam, and singers Moving On will be performing familiar songs at the festival.

For kids and families, the festival will also be offering memorable experiences through fun pop-up music and dance workshops alongside acoustic acts in the Readipop Tent, as well as taking part in the Arts Award trail to gain a nationally recognised qualification in the arts and inspire the next generation of creatives.

The festival, which is in its 7th year runs from 14th July to 16th July and the full line-up can be found at Tickets can be booked on-site and online at To keep up to date with the latest news and information check our facebook page:

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