Bodega at Get it Loud in Libraries Gallery

In Blackpool, we might be known for our flashy front, candy floss and stag do’s. But we are also part of a notable music circuit that goes back years. In current times and rather surprisingly music is being found in unlikely places.

Scrolling through Instagram I noticed John Lonican’s images of a recent gig at Blackpool Library. I had met John previously on a photo walk that I had hosted via The Old Electric and know his images are rather lovely. Inviting John to submit his images for Blackpool Social Club unearthed a number of beautiful images of the band Bodega who recently played  Get It Loud in Libraries at Blackpool Central Library.

Bodega is an American Punk Band from New York City. It seems only right that would tour Blackpool towards the end of our traditional season. John told us “A New York rock band playing a Sunday afternoon matinee show in our local library was something not to be missed, it was an excellent performance well supported by an enthusiastic crowd. During the show I wondered what they would think of our town, I spoke to one of the band after the show and they told me they were staying in town and that evening they were going for a walk along the promenade.”

Disappointed that I am missing what looks like a super photogenic event and away from what might be described as traditional Blackpool entertainment is exciting to see. Especially for the Library to be used as a platform for musical talent, allowing an intimate performance, audience relationship feels special. Get it Loud in Libraries is supported by Arts Council England and The Paul Hamlyn Foundation aimed at young people primarily to develop talent and change perceptions of public library settings. A bit like a “Night at The Museum” but with a soundtrack.

The Get it Loud in Libraries are super affordable with the most recent event selling tickets at under £20. Quite a contrast to the £60 plus prices we see at Lytham Proms – keep your eyes peeled on the Get it Loud in Libraries website and Blackpool libraries for future gigs.


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