Renowned the world over as home to Reading Festival, Reading has a vibrant live music scene all year round with great venues such as The Oakford, Sub89, South Street, The Rising Sun and The Purple Turtle. Music charity Readipop delivers innovative arts projects locally. They also produce map trails of Reading’s music heritage.

Reading is home to many choirs, orchestras and music groups, ranging from the Aldworth Philarmonia to the Reading Bach Choir and finalist in the BBC’s The Choir, Bulmershe School Choir to Culture Mix’s RASPO steel band and Beatroots. The Oxjam and Are You Listening music festivals provide high quality music festivals in the town centre.

For information on music groups and venues in Reading, see A-Z of arts organisations.