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Exeter Library opens after hours for Library Lates

Exeter Library will once again throw open its doors after closing time for another Library Lates evening of live music and fun this spring.

The latest date in the Library Lates calendar is Friday 31st March, when DJs, bands, a bar, workshops and behind-the-scenes tours will transform the book shelves. 

Caleb Chester, Senior Supervisor of Development and Innovation at Exeter Library, said: “We’ve held three Library Lates, the first in February 2020 and then last July and November, and they’re going from strength to strength. They’re a chance to enjoy a warm welcoming space, get a one-off glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes, and share a drink and some live music with a welcoming community. Exeter Library’s spacious layout works brilliantly for these events, and they’re now a firm favourite on our calendar.”

Musical highlights of the evening will include:

Luna Gray

An alternative rock band from Exeter, Luna Gray draw from influences such as Tigers Jaw, The Menzingers, Fleetwood Mac, Wolf Alice and more. The band are currently taking their time crafting their first studio EP following the release of debut singles ‘Kitten’ and ‘Steady’. The four-piece have received radio play on BBC Introducing, and graced stages with the likes of Seasick Steve and Kula Shaker.

Nierra Creek

Nierra Creek are Somerset songwriter Ryan Deag and Swiss producer Sebastian Müller. The pair share a love for James Blake, Hip Hop, soundscapes and unexpected noise which is the backbone to their sound.  2022 saw Nierra Creek perform at Boardmasters Festival and Switzerland’s Out In The Green Garden Festival. Influenced by artists from Bon Iver to LOW, Jim-E Stack and Oneohtrix Point Never, Nierra Creek are forging their own unique sound.

Silent disco

The librarian DJs take to the stage again. Gracing the decks on the evening will be

DJ Bibliotek with 80s classics, DJ DISCO-FACE with high energy dance music, and

DJ Ting with a spangly Europop/Eurovision set.

Workshops during the evening will include:

Double Elephant Print Workshop

Double Elephant will be offering a totally ink-free printing session. Explore blind embossing using found materials and thick paper.

Giraffe Sculpture Workshop with James Lake

Create a simple colourful giraffe using cardboard, tape, and tissue paper,  and explore a new way of creating with award-winning sculptor James Lake.

FabLab Exeter 3D Design and Printing Demonstrations

FabLab Digital Making Tutor Marcus Brown will show the basics of combining 3D elements and then creating holes to create a 3D keyring design.  No sign up required – these demonstrations will run throughout the evening at 8pm, 8:40pm and 9:20pm. 

Hidden spaces tour

Go behind the scenes at the library on an exclusive tour of areas that are not usually open to customers. These include the Exeter Stack and the Cage, home to the special collections. There’s time to browse, and to see selected old and interesting books. There are limited spaces – sign up on the night.

Bar Nova will also be operating throughout the evening with beers, wines, spirits, soft drinks and snacks.

Library Lates will take place on Friday 31st March 2023 between 7.30 and 11pm at Exeter Library, Castle Street, Exeter EX4 3PQ. Tickets are £8 (£5 concessions) and are available in-person at the library or through Eventbrite for over-16s only.

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