Over the last 9 years the Get It Loud In Libraries live programme has drawn an audience of over 28,000 people into libraries across the UK. Through live music, it has created exciting opportunities for young people to lead, participate, volunteer and excel in artistic and cultural activity. Build a career CV whilst having fun with friends as Plan B plays the library stage? Well, yeah – why not? It has also booted a few misconceptions about libraries into the long grass.
Importantly, the project has also introduced a roll call of household name pop acts as diverse as Adele, Florence + The Machine, The Vaccines, Clean Bandit, Frank Turner, Noah And The Whale and Jessie J to young audiences in safe high quality venues, often months ahead of their debut album releases. Born in 2005, we simply love what we do. We deliver top class gigs with wow factor emerging new acts, in libraries in towns not necessarily overflowing with live music provision.
A low ticket price, life chances to build young people’s skills and a library expanded to its cultural capacity on the bars of great new music is pretty much our thing. Funded by Arts Council England, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and PRS For Music Foundation, we are now closing in on our 200th library show. Probably best that you don’t miss out on any more!