Get It Loud gigs silenced by cuts

Adele at Lancaster library
Adele at Lancaster library

The hugely successful, award winning Get It Loud in Libraries series has had its funding cut by the county council.

The project, which started in 2005 and has enabled internationally acclaimed musicians such as Adele, Jessie J, Ellie Goulding, Florence and the Machine, Frank Turner and Alt J to perform in Lancaster, lost its funding earlier this year as part of Lancashire County Council spending cuts.

The last gigs took place in July.

Although funded by the county council, the project was made particularly successful by its manager and programmer Stewart Parsons, a county council arts development officer as part of its cultural youth offer.

Stewart, from Warton, successfully took the project to other libraries in the county and further afield, but the project still kept its roots in Lancaster.

The project also gave young people the opportunity to get involved and develop skills for careers in the music industry or broader media.

The project was the Love Libraries Award Winner 2007 and runner up in both the LGC Innovation Awards and the Lancashire County Council Pride Awards Team Of the Year 2009.

Ian Watson, Lancashire County Council’s head of cultural services, said: “Get it Loud in Libraries was an innovative three-year pilot project that saw some high-profile bands appearing at Lancaster library.

“Although the project was aimed mainly at young people, it attracted a wide audience of all ages, including many people who may not otherwise have set foot inside a library.

“The funding for the project has now come to an end, and it is simply not an option to continue with the existing format, especially in the current financial climate.

“However, we have learned a lot from the project and are talking to potential partners, including the Arts Council, about bringing a new and varied programme of music not only to Lancaster but to libraries across the county in 2013.”