How Does it Feel to Be Loved

For anyone interested in a bit of post show partying and dancing, How Does it Feel to Be Loved have one of their wonderful nights at the Phoenix, featuring a DJ get by Gary Day (37 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0PP) until 3am. Tickets are available in advance here:

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New act added and line-up

We’re really excited to announce the addition of The Pocketbooks to the line-up! Here is the playing order. The first band are on at 3pm and the live music will finish around 11:30pm. We’ll be posting a handy guide up here soon with details on travelling to the venue, info on the local area and the library, and more background about our campaign to save libraries and their services.

Bands from start to finish: The Sunbathers, The Give-It Ups, The Sweet Nothings, Horowitz, Leaf Library, Darren Hayman, A Little Orchestra, A Fine Day for Sailing, The Pocketbooks, Jens Lekman.

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Library campaigners mount legal challenges to closures

From: Benedicte Page – Guardian, Tuesday 1 March 2011

Pressure is building on culture secretary Jeremy Hunt over library closures, with the mounting of two new legal challenges.

Campaign for the Book, the pro-library campaign body run by author Alan Gibbons, has launched a judicial review case through solicitors, arguing that the culture secretary has failed to comply with his legal duty to superintend local authorities in their provision of proper library services to their residents.

 Campaign for the Book is challenging the culture secretary’s response to library closures on a national basis, in the light of his duty under the 1964 Public Libraries Act.

 “The 1964 Act requires the secretary of state to ‘superintend and promote the improvement of the public library service provided by local authorities’. It requires each local authority to ‘provide a comprehensive and efficient library service for all persons’ and places a duty on the secretary of state to ensure that such provision is maintained,'” the Campaign stated. “The current, widespread proposals to close a vast number of public libraries across the UK, demonstrate the secretary of state’s failure to comply with this duty.”

 The letter, sent to Jeremy Hunt via solicitors Leigh Day & Co, also argues that the guidance issued by him to local authorities is “inaccurate and misleading”.

 Meanwhile two Lewisham residents have sent the culture secretary a formal request demanding that he intervene over the five libraries set for closure there on 28 May. In a 21-page letter drafted by solicitors, Patricia and Peter Richardson claimed that the borough has failed in its statutory duty to provide a “comprehensive and efficient” library service in relation to the five libraries.

The Richardsons argued that the consultation exercise conducted by the London Borough of Lewisham before deciding to shut the libraries had been fundamentally flawed because its outcome was predetermined and “was not based on an assessment of need but exclusively on financial considerations, that is cost savings.” They also claimed that the council had failed to provide proper information about its proposals, with some relevant material only coming to light after the consultation had already ended.

The culture secretary can order an investigation into a local authority’s decision to close libraries if there is evidence to suggest a council isn’t fulfilling its legal duty. The last intervention made was in the Wirral, where a council decision to close 11 libraries was eventually revoked in 2009 after an inquiry ordered by Labour culture secretary Andy Burnham.

Angry library-lovers have been writing to Hunt and culture minister Ed Vaizey for months, asking for them to prevent local councils closing libraries in their areas. In January Vaizey said he was “monitoring very closely” what was happening across England and would “consider the use of statutory powers on a case-by-case basis.” But he added: “Local authorities have clear legal obligations, but library services must be looked at as a whole, including provision beyond the walls of library buildings.”

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Tickets have officially sold out for Read and Shout 2011. We had an incredible response and tickets sold out in under a minute. Our only regret is that not everyone that wanted to come will be able to get tickets. For those lucky enough to get in, more details will be published here soon, including full running order. First bands start at 3pm.

We are also aware that some people may have been charged £3 postage and packaging ontop of the nominal 99p booking fee per ticket. This should not have occurred. Please get in touch on the email above..we are working out how best to refund you. Many many apologies for this – we purposefully kept the fee low. Rest assured that this is a completly no-profit event, any money made will be returned to the bands and the Save Libraries campaign.

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Tickets will go onsale monday 14th February (Valentines Day!) at 3pm. We will post a link to buy tickets online here at 3pm. Tickets will be first come first served, with a maximum of 4 tickets per person. A small quantity of physical tickets will also be available for purchase from the same time at the library itself (West Norwood.) Tickets are £15 – which is an all day pass including 10+ bands and DJs. Doors are 2pm – late, with the first band on at 3pm.

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Jens Lekman for Read & Shout

We are incredibly excited to announce that the sublimely wonderful Jens Lekman will be playing Read & Shout. As many of you know, Jens does not play many shows and when he does they are very special indeed. Suffice to say we are very excited and thankful to Jens for supporting us. Tickets will go on sale shortly, so keep your eyes peeled here.

Here’s a link to Jens’ official site, so you can learn more about him…


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Welcome to Read and Shout!

Welcome to Read and Shout 2011! Read and Shout is a special event, a live music event, a mini-festival, an evening of sublime indiepop held in the lovely Nettlefold Hall above West Norwood Library, but most of all Read and Shout is a protest against the widespread closure of libraries, here in London, and accross the Nation. Local Authorties accross the country are making plans to close hundreds of libraries (this figure could reach thousands – for a full picture of closures have a look at this: We can’t sit back and let this happen. Libraries are one of the most valuable assets of a community. What’s more, people love their libraries, and this has been highlighted by protests against closures up and down the country. We are holding this event to help raise awareness of the cuts facing libraries. Not only will there be live music, but also speeches and campaigning…making a noise, rather than a ssshhh…letting those responsible know that people still care about their libraries, more than ever.

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