Pride aLive Stage
Reading Pride is very proud to welcome back the Pride aLive stage. Featuring fantastic local artists and bands who are either friends, allies and supporters of, or who identify themselves as LGBT+. Throughout the day they will be playing a mix of their own songs and popular tunes. There is a strong and vibrant music scene in Reading with many bands and acts on the cusp of breaking into the professional industry. This stage showcases that talent and the generous support there is locally for LGBT+ and across all diversity.
Eleanor Knight is a 21 year old singer-songwriter who is a student at University of Reading. She will be performing both original material and covers with her loop pedal.
Reading Spring Gardens Brass Band
Reading's very own brass band and proud supporters of Reading Pride 2019 promise to entertain with a collection of popular and uplifting classics for which the Reading Spring Gardens Brass Band is renowned.
Buildings on Fire
A rustic folk act with bluesy undertones, Stuart is one to watch out for!
Cody Noon are a Reading-based instrumental duo who use guitars / bass / keyboards / drum machine to create slow motion bangers for the quiet kids in class. Emotional music without words.
Jamie Larbalestier is a Reading based folk artist. Originally from the island of Jersey, folk standards were quickly superseded by a love of writing and performing original music. Jamie boasts intricate melodies and complex chord structures that lift a standard folk style into an individual aesthetic for song writing. Jamie prides himself on the process that he has developed for song writing, focusing heavily on improvisation; mimicking a style described by artists such as Paul Simon and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver.
Releasing The Flostam EP in 2016 and In Winter in 2018, Jamie is currently touring around the UK as well as constantly writing and recording new music.
Formed in 2002 by Diane "Mistress Mercy" Fox (baas) and Jane "Jetblack" Setter (vocals) and veterans of Reading Beer and Cider Festival, Swallow is a classic rock covers band completed by Nick Martin (Guitar) and Adrian Ogden (drums). Playing rock anthems from AC/DC to Zeppelin via Queen, Swallow is sure to get your feet tapping and your head banging.
Four Counties Kev
Adopted the title 'Four Counties Kev' since picking up a guitar only three years ago, covering singalongs anything from Dylan to Eagles and a few self penned for good measure.
Amya-Ray is a Berkshire-based singer-songwriter whose unique brand of ethereal-pop is firmly rooted in everyday life, finding beauty in the mundane and offering a vivid account of the hopes, fears and frustrations of a young woman in the modern world. Her shows are intimate experiences, with songs drawing directly from personal life experiences and delivered with unflinching honesty. Some of her influences include Lianne La Havas, Warpaint, Nina Simone, London Grammar, Joni Michelle & Ben Howard. Amya is currently in the studio working on her second EP. 2019 will also see the re-release of the 'Stella' EP.
EJ - Elton John Tribute
EJ - An Elton Tribute is a project set up by Bracknell based singer-songwriter Ted Robinson and event company, Creative Eye. Those who know Ted probably know him as one of the biggest Elton John fans ever and this tribute will surely prove it. Pride aLive will be one of the first live performances with more to follow.
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. Here comes the sun Festival, Trans Pride Brighton and Brighton Pride. They launched they debut EP on October 2018 and have recently launched their follow up single "Hold On (to the light)"
Amanda has been playing the guitar and singing since she was seven years old. She has a long repertoire of music including songs by solo artists and bands covering all decades and genres. Amanda has that live Lounge feel where classic and current songs are revisited, reinvented and given to an audience in a new and fresh form. Guaranteed to capture an audience's attention with her wide range of music suitable for all ages.
Harroland are a four-piece alt-indie band from Reading. Unique vocals from front man Michael Kennedy fuse with the harmonic constellations of Steve Tabor's guitar, Kate Kennedy’s bass synth and harmonies and Stu Roberts' calculated beats to create an eclectic blend of dark indie and pop hooks.
Tomorrow Bird is an acoustic folk-duo hailing from Reading, UK. The musical pairing of Jen Bird and Simon Driscoll gives rise to a stunning live act that leaves audiences transfixed.
Each of their heartfelt songs are a passionate ode to the human experience... They sing of hope, love, loss, courage and empowerment - creating stories and melodies rendered all the more poignant for the duo’s rich vocals and seamless harmonies.
Following the release of their debut album, Tomorrow Bird were named Best Duo at the 2019 GSMC Awards. The pair has also co-written and produced four full length musicals together, one of which ('The Box') was performed earlier this year at Her Majesty's Theatre, London.
Sam and the Gang
Sam and the Gang deliver a banging set of upbeat covers time and again. A foot stomping anthemic singalong set of songs from a British core of bands