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The Big Berkshire Beach Gig

Enjoy a sensational night of music from five local bands, plus three acoustic acts!

The evening wouldn't be complete without beach breaks between the sets so that you can relax in a hammock on our Goan inspired beach, all to a soundtrack of live acoustic music. What better way to see out the summer?!

THE LINE UP:

Rain Crew

This 4-piece band, based in Reading, are thrashing out punk-tinged indie-pop hits the only way they know how. They have supported the likes of Massmatiks and Echoic and have played at a range of venues such as West End Centre, Readipop and O2 Academy Islington.

Before the Breakdown

An alternative rock band from Reading/London who brought out their debut album Fake Me Up only a year after forming. This high energy 4-piece have been shaking up their local scene since! Why not check out some of their tracks on Spotify before the gig?

State the Case

This three-piece rock band take influence from rock 'n' roll, grunge and pop punk. They'll be performing original material, alongside some select covers that are guaranteed to get the audience moving!

Toxic Sofa

Bracknell based Toxic Sofa are a husband and wife team Kim Halliday and Tim Bastock. They perform a mix of original songs based on their amusing observations on life and covers in a cabaret folk style.

Grain

Four-piece band made up of students from Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School. This alternative/indie rock group will be performing their own original songs, influenced by the likes of Arctic Monkeys and Catfish and the Bottlemen.

Plus acoustic sets from:

Tara Deane

Tara Deane is regularly compared to the like of Lucy Spraggan and Imelda May. Her debut single Staying Young won three awards with an online radio station back in 2014. More recently, as well as performing, she has been constantly on the radio promoting her album, Set It Free, which was released in July. Tara is joined by Matt Merry on cajon/drums and Marcus Lewis on bass.

Dan Pryde

Burnham based singer and guitarist Dan has been playing professionally in pubs. clubs and at festivals for just over two years. He'll be performing a mix of originals and covers, influenced by the like of Green Day, Gaz Brookfield, David Bowie, Oasis, My Chemical Romance and the Beatles.

Abi Powell

Bracknell based Abi has been performing a local venues and festivals for over 5 years. She writes her own music, and released her first EP in 2015. She also performs a collection of well-known covers to entertain the crowd.

£8 | This is a standing event with some allocated seating

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