Mercury prize-winning hip-hop trio Young Fathers to play live in Skelmersdale Library this March

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Young Fathers live at Arts Club last year

Young Fathers live at Arts Club last year

British hip-hop’s most hyped new force will begin their latest tour with a sensational booking at Skelmersdale Library, Getintothis’ Angus Clark has the details on a gig that’s definitely not to be missed.

Alternative hip-hop group Young Fathers have announced they are to kick start their UK tour with an intimate show at Skelmersdale Library, on Friday March 13.

The first of 19 dates, the gig is on behalf of a campaign called Get It Loud in Libraries, which aims to promote interest for public libraries by bringing some of Britain’s most exciting acts to young audiences in smaller communities.

A spokesperson for GILIL says of the booking:  “Where else can you go and watch a gig with no age restrictions, no spilt beer, no smoke in your eyes, and no rip-off ticket prices?

“We’re offering everyone some nice down time with friends in an intimate space with a couple of great quality breakthrough bands and a boogie down the book shelves” they continue.

Started in 2005, the project has already attracted some of the biggest names in pop such as Florence and the Machine, Clean Bandit, Jessie J and Ellie Goulding. The campaign sees popular artists headlining shows in the unlikeliest of places, with the majority of those in the North-West.

Loud in Libraries, is a fantastic idea, not only getting the group to towns they wouldn’t normally play but also allowing a wide range of ages to enjoy the show.” Says Young Fathers‘ manager, Tim Brinkhurst of the upcoming show.

The gig fronts the Young Fathers UK tour, which aims to visit parts of the UK that are often overlooked by other big name artists.

Of the tour, Brinkurst says “The thinking behind this was inspired by tours of the 70s and 80s, before local civic halls and publicly owned venues were sold off, when a group like Roxy Music or The Specials would play to local youths in a small enough venue to make it seem special. We thought, not everyone can afford to travel to their nearest big city and why should they miss out?

The unlikely three-piece from Edinburgh, who received the Mercury Prize in 2014 for their album Dead, have been praised for their innovation, fusing elements of hip hop, electro, pop and psychedelic to create an altogether unusual sound.

They have certainly carved out a niche for themselves, and refuse to sit comfortably with any genre, as they told Drowned in Dound last year “when an artist knows what genre they are they’ve failed.”

Rightly praised for their visceral and energetic live performances, not least by Getintothis’ Aaron Farrel last yearYoung Fathers will be sure to put on an exciting show well worth the price of admission.

Tickets for the gig will be £10, and are available from the Get It Loud in Libraries website.

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