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Late at the Library 31 Oct 2008

The Levellers, Dan le Sac, Eliza Carthy and others kick off Taking Liberties with music, fun and passion

Mark and Simon of the Levellers at the British Library, 31 Oct 2008

Mark and Simon of the Levellers headed the line-up at Taking Liberties' brilliant opening night party
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This is a library, shhh...out it out loud

The party to celebrate the opening of the Taking Liberties lasted long and loud into the October night.

Raised Voices at the British Library, 31 Oct 2008Music of assertiveness and liberation was provided by a brilliant line-up.

At 8pm, Raised Voices, a King's Cross-based choir, kicked things off with their protest songs (right).

Eliza Carthy at the British Library, 31 Oct 2008At 8.30pm, innovative folk singer and fiddle player Eliza Carthy (right) was joined by accordion player Saul Rose to perform some cutting-edge folk-crossover.

Hear sound clip (MP3, 20sec, 160K)

Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip at the British Library, 31 Oct 2008At 9pm, Essex hiphoppers Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip (right) brought their incisive, black-comic words and infectious electronic beats to the Library's great public space. The crowd particularly enjoyed their 2007 hit, the satire on Bri'ish cuwcha 'Thou Shalt Always Kill', particularly the joiner-in middle section: "The Beatles? Just a band! Nirvana? Just a band!".

At 9.45pm came Mark and Simon of the Levellers (picture, top), the long-standing Brighton-based band who share their name with a group of 17th-century radicals who are celebrated in the exhibition. Their environmental and capitalism-questioning themes went down well with the partygoers.

At 10.30pm, multi-ethnic group Roger Robinson and Shout performed their wide mix of funk, punk, reggae, dub and more, and the party carried on till late. Poet, playwright and performer Lemn Sissay was the host.

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