Get Out! This week's ents news

Published: 27 Sep 2012 18:001 comment

A NEW Battle Of The Bands has been launched in Reading by promoters Hubcap Promotions, with a cash prize and studio time on offer for the winning group

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The competition, run in partnership with Reading University Band Society, Reading-based sound engineers Producktions and community radio station Reading 4U, will be at The College Arms pub in Wokingham Road.

Prizes include £250 for the winning band, plus a day's recording at Witney Moors Studio. The event will be judged by representatives from Hubcap Promotions, The College Arms, Producktions and Reading4u.co.uk

Bands currently in the running include Hidden In Plain Sight, March The Desert, Dark Karma Soul, Columbia and Noise Trade. Heats take place at the pub on Saturday, October 6, 13 and 20, and November 3 and 10, and entry is free! So get down there and support some fresh local talent - you could spot the stars of the future!

Visit www.facebook.com/pages/Hubcap-Promotions for more information.

PROMISING an evening of fun and laughter, Neil Simon's The Odd Couple is in Crowthorne until Saturday. This popular comedy, directed by Bracknell resident Luke Burton, sees a neurotic newswriter being forced to live with

a slobby sports writer when his wife kicks

him out. Performances will be at the Pinewood Theatre, in Old Wokingham Road, at 7.45pm and tickets are £9. Call 0845 450 5301, email info@ebos.org.uk or see www.ebos.ticketsource.co.uk

Strictly Come Dancing star, Chelsee Healey makes her stage debut alongside Coronation Street's Vicky Entwistle and Dancing on Ice skater Clare Buckfield in Britain's funniest and sexiest show, The Vagina Monologues

The ultimate girls' night out is coming to Reading for one night only on Monday, 8pm, at The Hexagon, where the cast gives voice to a chorus of lusty, outrageous, poignant, brave and thoroughly human stories. You'll laugh one minute and cry the next.

Call 01189 606060 or visit www.readingarts.com/thehexagon. Tickets £19.50, concessions £2 off/£3 off for groups.

DJ Benga is set to play Sub89 on Friday, November 23. The following week, Jackbeats is returning by popular demand on Friday, November 30 - oh, and in case you missed it, DJ Yoda will also be at the venue on Friday, November 16. Better dig out them dancing shoes! Book tickets at www.sub89.com

THE Guardian called it "stunning" and Mixmag described it as "towering, exhilarating and often beautiful"; they can only be referring to Submotion Orchestra's new album Fragments, which was released on Monday. Their UK tour hits Reading on October 10 at Sub89 and it is evident that, with this album, they have broadened their musical palette Tickets to the Sub89 gig cost £10 from www.sub89.com Visit www.submotion.co.uk for more details.

On Saturday, a funk hip-hop and breaks bonanza featuring sounds from mixing title-winning DJ crew The Steel Devils and headlined by Malachi Trout is coming to Bracknell.

Entry is £8, at 9pm. A third of the profits from the night will go to Duchess Of Kent House Charity. As well as thumping DJ sets, breakdancers will bust moves throughout the night, at the Empire Club, in Bracknell.

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