Gig Venues in Reading

Gig Venues in Reading

Piano Lessons Reading are always proud to help our students take the extra initiative to help them progress beyond just learning an instrument. Below are some of the top gig venues and bars ideal for live music situated in Reading. All conveniently placed and offering a variety of events, drinks and experiences.

Oakford Social Club

This intimate club is perfect for experiencing your favourite local bands live on stage! With a great underground atmosphere, the social club is exactly what the name suggests. Make it a night out with your friends or your partner or just enjoy the music with a few drinks. They also serve food here so if you are going to stay for a while you can choose from a variety of food and drink items on the menu. Below this section will be attached a menu.

The venue is situated in Reading town centre and therefore is only a short distance from the main train station and bus stops, if you are driving however you can use any of the car parking spots and multi-story car parks in the town centre; although because chances are you will be drinking, taxis' are also available nearby! The venue can be booked for small gigs and other events while by checking their website you can access a calendar showing you the dates of future events that you can attend.

Telephone: 0118 959 4267

Address: Oakford Social Club, Reading, RG1 1PZ

Oakford Social Club Food and Drinks Menu

Rising Sun Arts Centre

The rising sun is a venue suitable for small events and live music. In the past this venue has been the host to an array of arts and performance arts including various musicals. Rising Sun features a bar where your typical alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are available as well as some small snacks and cakes. The performance room is separate to that of the bar so you can take a break from the action, alternatively, you can take drinks inside the performance room. By visiting their website you can find out more information about upcoming events.

You can book this venue for by contacting Rising Sun either by popping in person or via telephone and email. The staff here are all working as volunteers such has been the way since the opening of the arts centre and the venue has seen it's fair share of jazz music and salsa along with other music from across the world making a small venue with global pedigree!

Telephone: 0118 986 6788


Address: Rising Sun Arts Centre, 30 Silver Street, Reading RG1 2ST

Purple Turtle Bar

Purple Turtle is another music venue based in Reading town centre suitable for small events. Purple Turtle is only a short walk from Reading's main train station and it's in the heart of lots of shops and restaurants. You will find a good size club allowing the use of both indoors and outdoors space with the performance stage being based indoors. When sitting outside you can order shisha to enjoy on a sunny day and enjoy the music with friends and loved ones.

If you are interested in booking this venue for performing it is worth being in touch with the club and getting a quote. Various drinks and snacks are available for selection as per usual and by checking their website you can find out about any upcoming events that might interest you. Most of the music played here is on the electronic side with house and garage as well as some disco. On Every Monday, Purple Turtle has a karaoke event called "almost famous karaoke". 

Telephone: 01189597196

Address: Purple Turtle, 9 Gun Street, Reading, West Berkshire RG1 2JR

The Facebar

This is one of the well-known gig venues in Reading. Facebar offers plenty of space with two performance rooms as well as a small outside seating area. This venue also features a dedicated dance floor. Various drinks are available from the bar and the atmosphere is great to attend with a group of friends. The music played varies, all sorts of bands and solo acts have performed in here in the past, urban genres such as rap and grime as well as rock and indie bands have all taken the stage here.

The Facebar is tucked away in behind a couple of buildings and it is definitely situated in a convenient location. You can access bus stops, shops and Reading's main train station all with a short walk in either direction. The scene at Facebar is probably more for young people especially with the styles of music on show. Galleries and upcoming events can be found on their website and it is worth a look at booking this venue too if you are interested in performing.

Telephone: 01189568188


Address: The Facebar, Ambrose place, Chatham Street, Reading, West Berkshire RG1 7JE

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We can teach students from complete beginners to more advanced students, enabling them to play the songs that they are passionate about. I can teach classical, jazz or rock and pop piano - from Rachmaninov to Elton John and everything in between, ensuring that our lessons are fun and enaging. I teach from a central Reading location, with easy access from public transport and by car.

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