First ever pop-up festival for ReadingBy Sally Bryant
March 22, 2011
The secret’s out – the headline acts for this year’s outside:inside festival (OI) were announced at last week’s launch party.
Among the big names livening up Reading throughout July will be reggae legend Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry.
Also booked are The Fall, DJ Derek, Pure Reason Revolution, Kid Carpet, Losers, Amys Ghost, Vices, Sister Gracie, Benin City, Peers and Spring Offensive.
The fourth annual OI festival will be ready to roll on Saturday, July 9, and the huge celebration of music, art, film, food, theatre and dance will continue until Saturday, July 30.
And it promises to be more innovative than ever, taking on the challenge of being the UK’s first-ever pop-up festival.
The aim is for very few corners of the town to be left undisturbed as the arts invade unusual areas. Pop-up venues like cinemas, theatres and restaurants will spring out from courtyards, closed shops, empty office spaces, churches and open green spaces.
As well as opening up the opportunities for bigger bands and eclectic food, the pop-up venture will pave the way for showcasing more art, film and spoken word than ever before.
Festival organiser Jack Hepplewhite believes an event like this in the heart of the town centre “brings whole communities together, outside on the streets and in inside spaces for one big celebration”.
People will be able to celebrate the festival launch at a free party, courtesy of the organisers, which is being planned for the Oakford Social Club in Blagrave Street on Friday, April 29. Several gigs at Sub89 in Friar Street are also in the pipeline for the run-up to the big event.
Visit www.outsideinsidefestival.com for more details.