The Session: DOUBLEDOTBASH! festival returnsBy Linda Serck
June 23, 2011
The DOUBLEDOTBASH! one-day music festival returns on Saturday, July 2.
Held at two venues round the corner from each other, you can head to both South Street arts centre and RISC on London Street for an eclectic bill of music.
The line-up features the percussive wonk-pop of Cardiff’s Islet, the charmed ethereal folk of Hannah Peel, and the deranged stylings of London-based noise rock band Poino.
Elsewhere on one of the three stages you’ll be able take in the intelligent electronica of Minotaur Shock, or witness the unhinged drumming of New York-based Weasel Walter, who is playing in an improvised duo with the respected clarinettist/guitarist Alex Ward.
And I mustn’t forget the witty singer-songwriter Darren Hayman, previously of John Peel favourites Hefner.
The whole line-up is anchored by some of Reading’s weird and wonderful and often underappreciated acts.
Amys Ghost took their their tribal pop noir to Reading Festival’s Introducing stage last year, and are heading up the stage at RISC.
Other local acts popping up during the day will include Tilehurst Children’s Arkestra, Quiet Quiet Band, Dolly Dolly, Wild Swimmers, and the debut live performance by a new local ‘supergroup’, The Jettes, who feature two members of Desdemona and two members of Heartwear Process.
DOUBLEDOTBASH is co-curated by John Luther at South Street, and by local music organisation doubledotdash!?.
John says: “Last year’s festival was such an incredible and diverse mix of music, with fantastic performances throughout the day.
“We’re very pleased to bring Reading another insanely good line-up of the very best music.”
Tickets are £17.50 and doors are 1pm till midnight.
Head to www.readingarts.com or call 0118 960 6060 to book tickets or for more information.