Our Big Gig event set to be held at Leeds Central Library

Caption: Leeds Central Library will be hosting the 'Our Big Gig' event this Sunday.

A celebration of live music is once again set to take over a popular Leeds library this week more famed for its peace and tranquil atmosphere.

In what promises to be an event not to be missed, a range of activities as part of ‘Our Big Gig’, are set to be held at Leeds Central Library on Sunday 13 July 2014 from 1pm -5pm.

On offer will include demonstrations, hands-on workshops from professional musicians, and live bands including Alt-Indie-Punk favourites The Michael Ainsley Band. Multi-instrumentalist Tim Moon will also be on hand to provide tips for novice Ukulele players and demonstrate weird and wonderful musical instruments from around the globe.

Youngsters will also have the chance to sign up for the city’s Summer Reading Challenge at the event which is launched this Saturday, take part in story times and craft events, and also enter the ‘Mythical Maze’.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:

"We are extremely delighted to welcome back the ‘Our Big Gig’ event to Leeds Central Library, which last year was a tremendous success.

"This is a brilliant opportunity for people of all abilities to learn from the experts, and once again we will be showcasing the talents of a number of really talented local artists.

"It is not every day that we allow music events to take over one of our libraries, but we are more than happy to make an exception for ‘Our Big Gig’ which is a great way for young people to embrace their passion for music.

"We will also be launching our Summer Reading Challenge this weekend, and we hope lots of youngsters take the opportunity to sign up at the central library when visiting the Our Big Gig event."

Notes to editors:

Our Big Gig is an annual event that brings communities together to celebrate their local musical talents and get more people involved in music making.

The summer event will run from 11th to the 13th July 2014

For more information, please see: www.ourbiggig.co.uk

Our Big Gig EXTRA

Our Big Gig EXTRA offers longer term community music making opportunities to specific communities.

In 2013, projects ran in Bristol, Leicester, Knowsley, Blackburn with Darwen, Birmingham, Bradford, Luton, Middlesbrough, and the London boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Westminster.


For information about Our Big Gig in the Library contact:

Leeds Music & Performing Arts Library

Gilly Margrave - gilly.margrave@leeds.gov.uk

For general enquiries about Our Big Gig and Superact, contact:

Nick Roberts at nickr@superact.org.uk or 0117 2140366 / 07966224375/wesbite: http://www.superact.org.uk/ourbiggig/

For information about the Summer Reading Challenge, please see: http://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/

The Summer Reading Challenge is for children aged 4-12 years, this year’s theme is Mythical Maze. Children visit the library three times and borrow and library books/audio on completion of reviews they receive rewards from the library. The challenge is to encourage children to keep reading over the summer, www.mythical-maze.or.uk

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk