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Readipop festival sees record ticket sales with three weeks to go

Readipop festival is a three day all-ages charity festival by the bank of the Thames in Caversham, Reading. It will return this Summer across Friday 8 July - Sunday 10 July.

Readipop Festival, which takes place by the banks of the River Thames in Christchurch Meadows (10 mins walk from Reading Station), has already outsold all of their previous events with three weeks to go.

Local music charity Readipop, who organise the festival, are advising anyone still planning to attend the festival to buy tickets before midnight Sunday, 29 June when prices increase, as they are now very limited.

All money raised from the popular family friendly festival helps support Readipop’s charity work, providing access to music for vulnerable young people and other underrepresented communities locally.

“We’re feeling overwhelmed by the huge support for this year’s Readipop Festival” explained Readipop Festival programmer Pete Wheeler.

“We’re now even more excited about the 8-10th July weekend as the full line-up is crammed full of incredible local talent sharing the stage with Sugarhill Gang & Furious 5, Morcheeba and Badly Drawn Boy.

“Everything is coming together for a big celebration of five years of Readipop Festival with great music, workshops, walkabout performances, market stalls, delicious street food and beers from the local breweries including Siren, Loddon, Double Barrelled and Phantom” Pete adds.

“We really want to thank everyone that has got involved this year from volunteers and local artists to all existing ticket holders. You are all helping to make the festival possible and ensure it will be our biggest and best yet!”

Headlining Readipop Festival 2022 are hip hop legends Sugarhill Gang (with Melle Mel and Scorpio from Furious 5), Morcheeba, British soul and trip hop pioneers with over ten million global album sales & Mercury Music Prize winner Badly Drawn Boy.

The full final line-up has now also been revealed, featuring a diverse array of new and established artists including Michele and Romeo Stodart from The Magic Numbers, BBC 6Music championed Liverpudlian electro-pop trio Stealing Sheep, Grammy nominated indie/dance innovators Jesus Jones, world and dance music fusionists Transglobal Underground, Nigel Clark frontman of Britpop favourites Dodgy, feelgood hip hop trio Too Many T’s and turntablist DJ Format.

Saturday 9 July will see Readipop hosting, for the first time, an “In Conversation” session themed around the charity’s mission statement of “Music Changing Lives” between 2-3.30pm featuring Stephen Morris (New Order/Joy Division), Richard Jobson (The Skids) and Stealing Sheep.

Then between 4-8pm, Readipop host their AAA takeover, showcasing an array of local talent between 4-8pm.

BBC Introducing in Berkshire have selected the opening acts for the mainstage on both Friday 8 and Saturday 9 July. Then, on Sunday 10 July, BBC Introducing in Berkshire take over the Readipop stage for the entire day, presenting live shows from nine up-and-coming local acts.

Readipop’s family area will be open on Saturday and Sunday afternoons featuring craft and music workshops, immersive performances and other fun activities with local arts and music organisations including Jelly, Annual Daydream Harvest, Tankata Percussion, Berzerk Productions and more.

Reading’s Indie Market also comes to the site on Saturday and Sunday bringing their stalls full of festival-friendly arts, crafts and clothes stalls. Purple Turtle bars serve craft beer and real ale from local breweries Siren Craft, Loddon, Double Barrelled & Phantom all weekend alongside a selection of lagers, ciders, spirits and wine.

Limited second release day tickets are available now and start from £19 each while third release weekend tickets (which will give access on all three days) are currently £52 each until midnight on Sunday 26 June.

Free under 14s tickets are available too for kids accompanied by adults. Every penny raised from the festival helps support Readipop’s charity work, which provides access to music for vulnerable young people and other underrepresented communities locally.

For more info on the Readipop team’s all year round work, see

Below is the full final line-up in day splits showing which of the announced acts are playing on each of the days of the festival:

Friday 8 July (6-11pm)

Jesus Jones

King Kuda
The Skandal
Air Circus
Mike Wagner
Skills C


Saturday 9 July (1-11pm)

Sugarhill Gang + Grandmaster Melle Mel & Scorpio (Furious 5)
Stealing Sheep
Romeo & Michele Stodart (The Magic Numbers)

DJ Format
In Conversation (2-3.30pm): Stephen Morris (New Order/Joy Division), Richard Jobson (The Skids) & Stealing Sheep
Too Many T’s
The Drop
The Menstrual Cramps
Hatty Taylor
Shard Project
Readipop AAA Takeover w/ K.Kayne. Rock Academy, Maestro Soundstage & more
DJ Tasha KP

Alive By Night
Tsungai Tsikrai
Deva St John
Imogen Halsey
Jess Tuthill

Tankata Percussion
Rum n Donuts DJs


Sunday 10 July (12-9pm)

Badly Drawn Boy
Transglobal Underground
Nigel Clark (Dodgy)
Brother Zulu
Jnr Watson + Reading Reggae Collective
The Pink Diamond Revue
Jopy (debut set)

Darcey Hope
Danny Lampo
Hoopy Food
No Feathers
Split The Dealer

Tea & Jam
Third Lung

  • Readipop festival sees record ticket sales with three weeks to go

    Sugarhill Gang and Furious 5

  • Readipop festival sees record ticket sales with three weeks to go

    Badly Drawn Boy

  • Readipop festival sees record ticket sales with three weeks to go

    Morcheeba (Photo credit - Michelle Hayward)

  • Readipop festival sees record ticket sales with three weeks to go

    Jesus Jones