Welcome to the Reading Fringe Festival!

Hello and welcome to the website for the Reading Fringe Festival, which takes place from the 18th-24th of August, with previews on the 17th.

On this site you can find out more about the Fringe Festival, what’s on and how you can get involved in one of the most vibrant events in the country, all of which is taking place in the “cultural playground of the South”, Reading.

Here’s a selection of the latest happenings:

A Song For Reading – Songs needed!

Strawberry Fields. Waterloo Sunset. (Is this the way to) Amarillo. Route 66. Hotel California. Penny Lane. Born in the USA. Streets of London. Baker Street. New York, New York. Chicago. London Calling. Itchycoo Park. Maggie’s Farm. Sweet Home Alabama. Blackberry Way. Suffragette City. Dock of the Bay. On Broadway. Blueberry Hill? Celebrate Where You Live in Song

Popular music has produced many great songs from Artists writing about the places they live or maybe long to be. As part of the Reading Fringe Festival we are offering local (within a 30 mile radius of Reading) Songwriters, Poets and Musicians the chance to put ‘where they come from’ firmly on the map in ‘The Land of Song’.

The competition is open to all styles of music; it doesn’t matter if you’re not a great singer/musician or if you only have limited equipment to demo your work on. A simple home recording is fine, what we are looking for here is the quality of the song not the performance. It is also ok for you to get someone else to perform the song but it must be all your and (if appropriate) your songwriting partners work.

When you have completed your composition it must be submitted along with a copy of the lyrics either as an MP3 to songs@readingfringefestival.com or on a CD to Songwriting Competition, Reading Fringe Festival, PO Box 8034, Reading, RG6 9EA by no later than 10 August 2006. Only one entry per song writer please.

Once we have received the entries our panel of experts will pick what they consider ten songs they feel best captures the spirit of the project and the artists will be invited to perform their work at PlugnPlay, Reading on Sunday 20 August as part of the Reading Fringe Festival. The overall winner will be chosen from that and have the chance to record her/his song at a top professional studio in Reading as well as having it played on local radio stations.

Whether you are writing songs already, are a solo artist in a band or if are a complete beginner this competition is open to you. There will also be Songwriting workshops run over the Festival that you are welcome to attend if you wish to perfect your skills.

Mike H, 27/07/2006

Press Launch

Last night saw the Fringe Festival Press launch. We’ve made available copies of all the resources we gave out on the night in the Press Resources area of the site. We’ve partnered up with Big Shoes UK to provide all of our festival goers with the opportunity to win some free wellies for the big event.
Mike H, 27/07/2006

Welcome to the new Reading Fringe Festival Website!

With the program of events for this year’s program almost complete, we decided it was well past time we revamped the look and feel of our website to reflect the quality of events we were putting on! Hope you like it!
There are over 50 individual events on offer this year, everything from film, children’s workshops, live music through to dance. Hopefully there’s something for everyone. If there’s something you’d like to see that isn’t covered then it’s never too early for us to start planning next year’s fringe! Please get in touch.

Mike H, 25/07/2006