In an industry of ever-moving goalposts amid an increasing need to create sensational exclusivity and eccentricity for music fans, Get It Loud In Libraries is an idea that inspired many others.
This unique award-winning project (Love Libraries Award 2007 winner) curates fantastic shows in public library buildings. GILIL showcases a whole array of groundbreaking acts and many acts having graced its stages before (and while) hitting the big-time: Disclosure / Jessie J / Adele / Florence + The Machine / Plan B / British Sea Power / The Civil Wars / Frank Turner / The Vaccines / Professor Green / Marina And The Diamonds / Mr Hudson / The Long Blondes / Isobel Campbell / Mark Lanegan / Chipmunk / Devlin / Hadouken / Kristen Hersh. are counted amongst the alumni.
Thanks to Arts Council England, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and PRS For Music Foundation we can now programme all ages gigs featuring the best of new emerging music talent across 7 library authorities across the North Of England. Not only will young people get the chance to see exciting future stars in intimate venues but they can get involved in film and photography; graphic art; sound production; front of house. We encourage the development of their leadership skills and will also be launching educational sessions revolving round song writing; rock journalism; tour management and event management”. The innovative ‘Get It Loud In Libraries’ programme started 2005 under Lancashire County Council. Loud In Libraries is now a newly formed Community Interest Company. The project stages numerous one-off, kick-yourself-if-you-miss-it gigs per year, pulling in people who haven’t been inside library walls for years, or those who never have. Since conception, it has been featured on BBC’s The One Show and Newsround, as well as many other publications, blogs and industry know-alls. The recent funding means that shows will take place in library venues including Liverpool, Lancaster, Barnsley, Kendal, Oldham, Blackburn, Burnley and Blackpool.
In the future, GILIL will continue showcasing amazing talent in our intimate locations, proving that libraries aren’t just for geeks. Shows have been held in Lancaster and Morecambe libraries, with the occasional journey to Westminster Reference Library, London. Other libraries involved in the UK network include Rugby, Edinburgh, Wooton Fields, Bourne End, Sheffield, Oldham, Mablethorpe, Westminster Reference Library, Newport, Isle Of Wight, with many others requesting to take part.
Andrew Loog Oldham (ex-manager of The Rolling Stones): says it’s “great news” to have the project fully-funded and live again
Tim Burgess – Sept 24, Kendal Library, £11
Drenge – Oct 23, Lancaster Library, £9
(on sale via www.seetickets.com)