The Rock Soc is a social society with a vibrant membership both on campus and in town. Our members enjoy a wide range of alternative music, including classic rock, metal, goth, punk, industrial/EBM, grunge, pop punk, indie and lots more. We host a range of socials throughout the year at different alternative nights in town, at venues like Coalition, Purple Turtle, After Dark, Sub89, Q Club, Facebar, and many more. This year, we are aiming to host more non-drinking socials like movie nights, welfare events, picnics, and more, but we are very well known for our Freshers events, trips to London, Pub Crawls and Halloween/Christmas special events. 

We are hoping that there will be events for everyone to enjoy, and we welcome suggestions from members that they would like to see happening on the university calendar. 
The new committee for academic year 2019-2020 are hoping organise more trips away from Reading, like Oxford and Brighton, as well as the famed Camden Trip, which has been running for the past two years.

As well as our events that involve listening to music and going out, we as a society love getting involved creatively at the University and online, including our weekly Rock Soc Radio Show on Junction11, music reviewing sites and collaborating with the University's BandSoc, who put on termly gigs that we encourage Rock Soc members to attend!

Our committee this year are a great bunch of people, who are delighted to be running the society. We want to see lots of new freshers this coming academic year, and your first chance to meet us will be at the Freshers Fayre , so come say hi at our stall and find out more about our events for this year, where we will be handing out flyers, guitar picks, stickers, patches, and our highly aclaimed Rock Soc Freshers Wristband, which will give you access to all of our events in Welcome Week, as well as exclusive discounts at Reading alternative stores, and events later on in the term.  

Join our Facebook group and keep up to date on all the latest events from the society and around Reading, or chat to any of our comittee
members if you want to know anything more \m/

Events Throughout the Academic Year

ALTERNATIVE FRESHERS 2019 : 30th September - 5th October: 

Monday: "Who Are Rock Soc?" Welcome Meeting. 18:00-21:00 Location TBA. Rock Night at the Purple Turtle in town afterwards.

Tuesday: TBA

Wednesday: Brad's Big Rock Nightout at the FaceBar Time TBA

Thursday: Mojo's Quiz and Karoake Time TBA

Friday: Rock Society Pub Crawl Time and Location TBA

LIVE MUSIC NIGHTS: There are many live music nights around town and campus throughout the year which we attend, including Perk (Facebar and Oakford Social Club), Encore (Hosted by Band Soc on campus), BBC Introducing (Purple Turtle, every Wednesday) and other nights organized by promotors in Reading town. Join our Facebook group for more information.

WELFARE EVENTS: This year we want to introduce more welfare-related events that will be run by our welfare rep, Merlin. We will host bimonthly open talks where we can discuss welfare topics like mental health, sexual health and STIs, financial issues, housing issues, LGBT+, drug/alcohol culture, relationships and more.

MOVIE NIGHTS: The society would love to host more movie nights at various locations around campus, including the Palmer Building and the Ice House at Wessex halls. We will post a poll for people to pick which movie they would like to watch; people can bring snacks and buy drinks at the bar, who are well-known for their brilliant cocktail menu.

HALLOWEEN EVENTS: Details of our Halloween Events will be released closer to the time, prepare to get spoopy! 

CHRISTMAS EVENTS: Details of our Christmas/end of term events will be released closer to the time, get your ugliest christmas sweater on! 

REGULAR SOCIALS: Mondays (Skint Mondays at The Purple Turtle). We will be actively leading groups to these during the first couple of weeks of term, but you can always be sure to see a friendly face on one of these nights. More details can be found on our Facebook group.

CAMDEN TRIP: Rock Soc have organized a trip to Camden, London, for the past two years, and we want to carry on this fantastic tradition! This will be held sometime in November, where we drive to London, stay one night in a hostel, and spend the day enjoying the Camden stalls, markets and venues. A deposit of £10 will be required to secure your place on the bus, as space is limited! 



President:  Shaun O'Brien

Vice President: Samuel Alderson 

Treasurer: Callum Roberts

Secretary: Katie Lewis

Social Secretary: Carn Slater-Buckett

Welfare: Merlin Cambridge


  • Rock Student Membership£5.15
  • Rock Non-Student Membership£5.15


  • Rock Soc t-shirt£12.15


  • Rock Soc Summer Formal - Member Ticket£15.15
  • Rock Soc Summer Formal - Non-Member Ticket£20.15


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