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Listen Up for These Familiar Voices at Reading Festival

Reading Festival will be held 26 – 28 August 2016, and features a huge range of talented musicians and comedians, some of whom are also accomplished voice actors! You might be surprised to learn which Reading Festival artists have lent their voices to television programmes and films.

Reading Festival is a well-known music and arts festival that has been happening, in one form or another, since the 1950’s. What started as a Jazz festival has grown to include rock, indie, and Brit-pop bands; past artists have ranged from Buzzcocks to Bjork, Jay-Z to Jimmy Eat World – and that’s just the musicians. Every August bank holiday weekend, thousands of people gather in Reading to enjoy, not just music, but also comedy and film.

If you plan on attending this year’s festival, you’re likely to be looking forward to such familiar voices as Coheed and Cambria, Fall out Boy, and Imagine Dragons. But did you know that many celebrities appearing at Reading Festival have also done voice over work? Here are three acts that might make you say, “Where have I heard that voice before?”

Iain Sterling

Head over to the Alternative Stage on Sunday to see Iain Sterling, a comedian and TV presenter. But even if you’ve never seen Sterling’s stand-up act, you might find yourself recognizing his voice, because he has become well-known as a voice over artist for ITV2’s reality show, Love Island.

Sterling is a knock-out as the narrator for Love Island because he not only has a great voice, but as a comedian he is able to perfectly deliver his own witty dialogue and innuendos.

Bill Bailey

Also appearing on the Alternative Stage is comedian Bill Bailey. Comedian, musician, actor, presenter, and author – Bill Bailey has done it all, including, it turns out, voice acting! The 2005 Hollywood adaptation of Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was met with mixed feelings by fans. But, there were moments where the film really did well, and Bill Bailey’s voice as a surprised sperm whale is one of those moments.

Bailey might be most well-known as a comedian or a musician, but his one foray into voice over proves that he’s got what it takes to be a fantastic voice artist, as well.


Just in case you thought the voice acting was left to the comedians, we have to mention Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers. The bassist is an icon of music, but he is also well known in the film industry for many on-screen and voiceover appearances. His longest running voice over role was as Donnie in the American children’s cartoon show The Wild Thornberry’s. But, you may have also recognized him during a more recent role in Pixar’s Inside Out. See if you can recognize him in this movie clip, where he plays “Mind Worker Cop Jake.”

If you find it hard to wrap your head around the idea of a wild rock star taking a small part in a cute kid’s cartoon, don’t worry, you’re not alone.

Listen Closely

These three examples just go to show, you never know where you might find great voice talent. Whether at Reading Festival, or other events, if you listen closely, you might be surprised at whose voice you recognise!

Do you know of any other Reading Festival artists who have a history in voice over? Facebook us to let us know who we should listen for!