A hugely successful music project which breathed new life into Lancaster and Morecambe libraries is back on the scene.
Get It Loud in Libraries has secured new funding from PRS For Music Foundation to showcase up and coming bands and artists and give young people opportunities to develop new skills in the music industry.
Initially funded by Lancashire County Council, the project was made particularly successful by its manager and programmer Stewart Parsons, formerly a county council arts development officer as part of its cultural youth offer. Artists from Adele to Frank Turner and Jessie J to Ellie Goulding have played unique gigs in intimate bookish locations. The project lost its funding last year but Stewart, from Warton, vowed to bring it back by sourcing new funding streams.
Now working independently, Stewart said that Lancaster library would be a big part of the project’s future plans, following the announcement of a comeback gig - The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess - at Kendal library on September 24.
Stewart said: “We’ve been doing this for seven years, incubated by Lancashire County Council and having toured shows across the UK’s libraries, I can say hand on heart that Lancaster is the premier venue for gigs in libraries.
“Seven library authorities are part of the future Loud In Libraries Network if that part of the funding plan comes off, but this piece of funding will certainly feature more shows.
“The future set up will illustrate increased programme strategy, Arts Award achievement for young people integrated in the shows and more training for libraries new to the network. But essentially it will still be all about great new acts being showcased for all ages audiences with arts and cultural opportunities for young people to develop new skills.”
Stewart said that as yet there were no further confirmed dates but lots of ongoing discussions and plans with some exciting emerging talent. He admitted that he would have loved for the first show to be in Lancaster but the date with Tim Burgess had to be a Tuesday night, which is late night opening at Lancaster library, making a soundcheck impossible.