Heavy Pop & Dork team up again for their all day party of music, dancing and togetherness: BEAT CONNECTION.
- FULL LINE-UP
Animal House / Home Counties / Laundromat / The Lounge Society / Youth Sector / Cities In Dust / Colours & Fires / Nicole Allan / Tamara / The Amazing Tiger Band + The Pink Diamond Revue!
- JANE WEAVER
“triumphantly twisting pop music” THE GUARDIAN
“high priestess of eccentric exploration” THE LINE OF BEST FIT
We are super excited to have psychedelia pop artist, Jane Weaver headlining BEAT CONNECTION this year. Her eleventh album ‘Flock’ has been hailed as a career-best with rave reviews across the board, and we can’t wait!
- ANIMAL HOUSE
“Animal House are a band with one aim – and that is to have a good time.” THE LINE OF BEST FIT
The five-piece are originally from Australia and bring the sunny party-infused vibes back to Reading following their last appearance at Are You Listening? Festival.
- HOME COUNTIES
“Whirring splendidly like the manic mastery of a Devo Sonic Screwdriver” SO YOUNG MAG
Home Counties have distinguished themselves as a key act to watch, with radio support from Jack Saunders, Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1), Steve Lamacq, Amy Lame, TomRobinson (BBC 6Music), and Matt Wilkinson (Beats 1), along with press support from DIY Magazine, Loud & Quiet, NME, Dork Magazine, Clash Magazine, The Line Of Best Fit, So Young Magazine, YUCK, The Rodeo, Gigwise and more.
“He’s cracked the ability to get a laid-back riff stuck in your head” DORK
Brighton’s Tony Hayes AKA Laundromat first came to people’s attention as the singer of Meet me in St. Louis. Laundromat is a very different beast – Fuzzy, yet relaxed vocals, unrelenting rhythms coupled with repetitive guitar riffs provide a slow, simple hook.
- THE LOUNGE SOCIETY
“Yorkshire teens making political punk for the dancefloor” NME
Speedy Wunderground (Black Midi, Squid, Georgia) signed The Lounge Society are much hyped and channeling their rural circumstance into impulsive, energetic punk. A band that are worthy of the hype!
- YOUTH SECTOR
” Youth Sector bringing a revamped and refreshing sound along with them.” THE LINE OF BEST FIT
Previous Jack Saunders Next Wave Radio1 spotlight art-rock quintet Youth Sector join the bill. Taking inspiration from late 70s/80s-era funk, most notably in the joyful interaction of the guitars and the bass, you will move your feet.
- CITIES IN DUST
Reading based psych rock band (formerly The Ady Baker Sound).
The band mix influences from many genres including post-punk, new wave, trip hop, funk and electronica.
- COLOURS & FIRES
Acoustic Indie folk band. Performing songs that will make you listen and sounds which will make you think. Our songs gives an insight a personal transformation across genders and relationships. We are active supporters of LGBT+ equality, specifically around transgender rights. Recent performances include Alphabet Soup, Oxjam Reading, Reading Pride, Readipop festival, Are you Listening Festival, Reading Beer Festival & more.
- NICOLE ALLAN
Country and blues inspired performer Nicole Allan.
“Armed with a voice that would make angels and demons weep” – NIGHTSHIFT
Tamara wailed as a child. Luckily this soon turned into singing, although at times she can still be heard wailing in her songs (or when she laughs). Tamara writes songs that make you feel something.
Tamara also fronts baroque-pop group ‘Death of the Maiden’, and is 1/3 of sea shanty folk outfit ‘The Jolly Grogsters’. She is also the Creative Director of ‘All Tamara’s Parties’.
- THE AMAZING TIGER BAND
Anarchic and exhilarating, The Amazing Tiger Band are a whirlwind of loops, samples and lyrics that you simply won’t believe are coming from just one man. But they are. Packing witty and unconventional lyrics and mixing punk, hip hop and indie, The Amazing Tiger Band show flashes of Gorillaz, Jimi Hendrix and Scroobius Pip, sometimes all at the same time.
- THE PINK DIAMOND REVUE
Reading duo infuse film soundtracks and sampladelic acid house.