Blue Collar Corner’s 1st birthday weekend

Karen Neville

Showhawk Duo

Viral festival favourites The Showhawk Duo announced for celebration at Reading’s popular street food and drinks arena

On Friday 10th March, Reading’s popular street food and drinks arena Blue Collar Corner is celebrating 12 months as a permanent site in Hosier Street with a big free entry birthday bash.

Headlining the event will be viral sensation acoustic rave pioneers The Showhawk Duo, festival favourites famous for playing all the best dance/rave songs we know and love on two acoustic guitars, with millions of YouTube views.

Joining The Showhawk Duo on the night will be Rum & Donuts DJs, a trio of Blue Collar Corner resident DJs that know a thing or two about filling dancefloors, having recently warmed up for Grandmaster Flash and provided the soundtrack for Double Barrelled Brewery’s fourth birthday party last October. The party begins at 5pm and continues until midnight with Blue Collar bars serving celebratory booze all evening and Sarv’s Slice, El Asado and YouBao serving delicious street food until 10pm.

Blue Collar’s Glen Dinning said: “After the year of our lives, of summer boozing, next level street food, rotating beers and cocktails, a winter refurb, a cost of living crisis, World Cup screenings, massive DJ sets and live music, our baby will celebrate it’s first birthday on Friday 10th March.

“We’ll be going big that weekend,” Glen continues, “starting on Thursday 9th with the return of Thursday DJs and the launch of a special first birthday beer from Double Barrelled Brewery. On Friday it’s the big birthday bash with The Showhawk Duo & Rum & Donuts DJs. Saturday starts with an Indie Brunch followed by Six Nations rugby on our big screens then a party set from DJ Acronym.

“On Sunday 12th, we are raising funds for homelessness prevention charity, Launchpad, one of our partner charities, alongside local indie band Third Lung. Between 12-5pm we’ll have a stripped down live set from Third Lung, Loveless, Reliant & Who Ate All The Crayons.”

More events take place at Blue Collar Corner throughout March including the return of Big Jay’s Big Drag Brunch on Saturday 25th March. Reading Vintage Flea Market launches on Sunday 26th March, bringing a host of stalls from local dealers specialising in affordable original vintage, mid-century furniture, decor, home ware, clothing, signs, art and posters to the venue.

Full listings for DJs and events at Blue Collar Corner in March can be found below. More info on separate events is available at blue.collar | Facebook | Linktree

Thu 9th March – Feel Good Thursdays w/DJ Rich Sloman

Fri 10th March – 1st Birthday Party w/Showhawk Duo + Rum & Donuts DJs

Sat 11th March – Indie Brunch + Six Nations: England v France + DJ Acronym

Sun 12th March – Launchpad Fundraiser w/Third Lung (Stripped down) + guests

Thu 16th March – Feel Good Thursdays w/DJ Mark Fitzpatrick

Sat 18th March – Six Nations: Super Saturday + DJ Fajita Funk

Sun 19th March – Mother’s Day Specials

Thu 23rd March – Feel Good Thursdays w/DJ Rich Sloman

Fri 24th March – DJ Ryan MacGregor

Sat 25th March – Big Jay’s Big Drag Brunch + Rum & Donuts DJs + DJs Elle Cee & Kingpinn

Sun 26th March – Reading Vintage Flea Market + Boat Race Screening

Thu 30th March – Feel Good Thursdays w/DJ Rich Sloman

Fri 31st March – DJ Acronym