Music lovers will be swapping reading for rock in Liverpool’s Central Library for a special gig in December.
The award winning national initiative Get it Loud in Libraries is coming to the city for the first time and will see an up-and-coming band perform in the newly restored Grade II listed building.
Four-piece alternative rock band from North London Wolf Alice will be the first band to perform in Central Library on Saturday 7 December. They will be following in the footsteps of other acts who have played at libraries across the UK when they were starting their music careers – including Florence & The Machine, Adele, Jessie J, Ellie Goulding and Plan B.
Liverpool City Council’s Assistant Mayor and cabinet member for culture and tourism, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “One of our aims with the restored Central Library was to make it a venue that could be used for a wide variety of events – and a concert fits the bill perfectly!
“It will be fantastic to see Discover, which is the children’s area, taken over by a live band which isn’t something you see every day in a library.”
Plans are already being put into place for further gigs next year, along with workshops aimed at those interested in breaking into the music industry, with advice from professionals on the best ways to gain work experience, market and promote shows and understand more about event management.
Loud in Libraries Director, Stewart Parsons, said: “Thanks to the Arts Council and Paul Hamlyn Foundation funding we are thrilled to be working with Liverpool’s Central Library to bring great music to young people who may not have had the chance to see live performance in such a small, intimate space.
“We’re hoping to change their perception of libraries and in the future bring them opportunities to learn about rock journalism, gig photography, artist management and how to put on a buzzing event in a great venue.”