ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Antiques and Collectables
Artists and Galleries
Clubs and Venues
Restaurants and Bars
- Bibliomania: The Ballad of Reading Gaol - Summary and text of the Oscar Wilde poem written whilst imprisoned there.
- The Fez Club - Details of signed and unsigned bands playing at Reading, including past acts.
- Progress Theatre - Self-governing, self-funding theatre group. It operates in the voluntary sector, is a registered Charity and maintains its own 99-seat theatre.
- Reading Arts - Official site for Reading Arts and Theatres, part of Reading Borough Council. Site includes information about the theatres, festivals and arts development in Reading.
- Reading Film and Video Makers - Active group of keen film-makers and videographers who meet regularly and aim to help, support and encourage anyone interested in film or video. Club magazine, projects and programme of meetings/events.
- Reading Film Theatre - Independent cinema showing a mix of main-stream and art-house style movies.
- Reading Libraries - Details about each library. Also information on library services and online library catalogue.
- Sainsbury Singers - Amateur musical theatre company who produce shows at the Hexagon Theatre and concerts throughout the Thames Valley area. Information on Frank Sainsbury, the theatre and productions.
- Showcase Cinemas Reading - Films showing at Showcase Cinemas at Loddon Bridge with booking details.
- Vue Cinemas: Reading - Listings for current films showing and online booking.
- WOMAD - Annual festival of world music, arts and dance. Festival and ticket information.
ANTIQUES AND COLLECTABLES
- Peter Richardson - Dealer in German stamps, postcards and postal history. Information on recent acquisitions and show schedule.
ARTISTS AND GALLERIES
- The Jelly Leg'd Chicken Arts Centre - Set up in 1993 to exhibit quirky, innovative and enduring art. Details of exhibitions, events and workshops.
- OpenHand OpenSpace - Artist-led gallery and studio complex. Information on the artists, exhibitions and events.
- Reading Guild of Artists - Reading Guild of Artists - online gallery. The advancement of public education in visual arts by means of exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, criticism and discussion.
- Rising Sun Arts Centre - Charity set up to promote the use of arts in entertainment, learning and development. Includes groups and listings.
- Tom Cartmill - Visual Artist - Contemporary abstract paintings and drawings. Workshops and talks given in schools and in Tom's studio.
CLUBS AND VENUES
Bands and Artists
- BandBits - Supporting musicians and bands with rehearsal rooms, recording studio, video production, pa hire and engineering, web design, on-line shop, and band advice. Bleeding Ear - A music production and recording service specialising in music for film and recording local acts.
- Bohemian Night - Official site of the open mic night. Features listings, poetry, sound clips and reviews.
- The Bulmershe Massive Music Netzine - Reviews, listings and more of the music scene in the Reading area.
- Cadence Drum & Bugle Corps - Part of a national youth organisation called Drum Corps United Kingdom. Comprises of approximately 60 young people aged between 8-25. News, diary, program information and photographs.
- Fools Gold - Old School Indie - A retro club night at the After Dark Club, playing tunes by the likes of The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, and The Charlatans. Photographs and mailing list.
- Impact Studios - Recording and rehearsal studio. Includes musicians wanted section.
- Jazz Breaks - Music agency organising jazz festivals and events, run by husband and wife team who are also the Denise Lawrence Band. Includes gig and event dates.
- Reading Home Organ & Keyboard Society - Club history, events and contact details.
- South Street Didje Club - Information on Digeridoo playing techniques, background, news, events, and photographs
BANDS AND ARTISTS
- Altitude - 4-piece rock band. News of debut album and samples of EP.
- Andrew Philips - Singer/songwriter. News, audio samples, and articles
- The Blue Cats - Jazz quintet. Band and booking details. Bluedog - Funk/rock band. Gigs, photographs, MP3 and reviews.
- Chocolate Hostage - Punk metal band. Biography, downloads, and gig information.
- Disguys - Heavy rock band. Band information, gigs and photographs.
- FUME - Rock band. Biography, gigs, photographs, reviews and downloads. Godmuffin - Five piece band. Biography, audio samples, pictures and gigs.
- Inuit Monk - Rock band. History, gigs, biography, lyrics and downloads.
- Jokei Ciro - An Emo-rock act. News, band history, gigs, lyrics and a message board. The Lizards - Indie-Rock band. Band profile, gigs and newsletter.
- Lower Case J - Punk band. Gigs, biographies, and reviews.
- Meretto - Three piece band. History, discography, news and downloads.
- No Connection - Classic rock power trio. Biographies, photographs, live dates and reviews.
- üPredatr - Four piece rock band. History, news, gigs, reviews and gallery.
- Rising Tide - 3 piece alt Rock band playing mainly original songs. Biography, songs, and gallery.
- Shot - Covers band. Gigs and contacts.
- Signing Nokias Asparagus - Currently a 2 piece band, consisting of a bass player and stripper (sometimes the triangle) who do metal covers of the Nokia ring tones.
- The Sleepless - Alternative rock band. News, biography, gigs and downloads.
- Sonic Undermind - 5 piece rock band. News, profiles, gigs, downloads and gallery.
- Static Rain - Rock/blues band. Newsw, gigs, profile discography and downloads.
- superfluid - Five piece band. Profile, downloads and gigs.
- Take The Next Step - Pop punk band. News, profiles, and downloads.
- The UK Blues Project - 5 piece rocky blues band. Biography and downloads.
- Witness To Change - Five piece band. Includes biographies and band news.
- Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra - An amateur orchestra. Programme details of concerts, with information about rehearsals, their education programme, and social events.
- Reading Operatic Society - Information on membership, productions and rehearsal schedule.
- Reading Symphony Orchestra - Brings together amateur musicians from the Thames Valley to perform classical music concerts. Includes general information, youth competition, schedule, members, social events, links, and contacts.
- Julian Mullen Guitars - Builder of custom guitars (including electric resonators) offers a gallery of his instruments; also information and prices for his repair activities.
- Music Man - Second hand music shop, buys, sell and exchange most musical instruments and equipment, Hi-Fi and Disco gear, plus records, tapes and CDs.
- Berkshire Studio Club - Glamour photography club, arranges sessions with professional models. Includes examples of work and models' portfolios.
- Kennet Camera Club - Short details of how to contact the club secretary.
- Norman Weston Photography - Offers a wide range of photographic services to local schools, businesses and private clients.
- CarlingLive.com: Reading and Leeds Festivals - Contains the line up, festival news, information and ticket information.
- Leeds Music Festival - Information about Leeds Music Festival, including news, line up information and reviews from previous years.
- Radio1 - Reading and Leeds Festivals 2004 - The site is an official source for the latest line up confirmations. Contains ticket information.
- Reading and Leeds - Information on the Reading and Leeds festivals, including band line up, reviews, discussion forum, survival tips and travel information.
- Reading and Leeds Festivals - Includes rumours, line up, festival guide, news, and ticket information.
- Reading Festival - Official site. Provides news, band line-ups, ticket information, and photographs.
- Reading Festival - News and rumours. [Requires Flash]
- Reading 2k - Features an archive of photographs from up to four years ago. Also includes rumours and festival news.
- Webdevilnet - Reading Festival - Contains news, information, line up, rumours, ticket information, pictures and a message board.
RESTAURANTS AND BARS
- Clubs and Venues
- The Arches Club - The club, cuisine, what's on, and bookings.
- Bistrot Vino - Family-owned French/Mediterranean restaurant. Information includes sample menu and details of facilities.
- Chi Oriental Brasserie - Traditional and modern oriental cuisine. Includes menu and virtual tour.
- Cilantro - Two AA rosette, gourmet fine dining restaurant located inside the Millennium Madejski Hotel. Sample menu, price guide and facilities.
- The Elm Tree at Beech Hill - Free house and restaurant, menus and wine list with prices.
- The Funky Jazz Club - Nightclub, restaurant and live music venue. Includes printable menu and events.
- The Jazz Cafe Club Diner - Restaurant and venue with live Jazz, Funk, Blues, and Soul. Located at the Madejski Complex. Includes events, menu and a mailing list.
- Le Cafe - Brasserie-style restaurant. Includes sample menu, price guide and opening times. Located in the Madejski Hotel.
- London St Brasserie - Restaurant offering a mixture of British, French and Mediterranean cuisine. Includes menu and reviews.
- L'Ortolan Restaurant - Providing classical French food with a modern twist.
- Pepe Sale - Italian Sardinian restaurant. Virtual tour, menu, wine list and future events. Pipers Island - Bar and grill restaurant overlooking the Thames in Reading.
- Shanpan Chinese Restaurant - Specialise in business functions and parties. Includes online booking form.
- Trunkwell House & Langans Marquee - Restaurant, bar, weddings and conferences.