The name says it all. New Sounds for an Old Room puts young, Adelaide-based composers and musicians in a historic building and lets them go crazy with new pieces. The concert costs a fiver and you’re all invited.

The second event in the series hits the Barr Smith Library’s Reading Room on August 23. The space feels a bit like a scene from Harry Potter; high ceilings, bookshelves and a touch of mystery. “It was initially the University of Adelaide Library,” says event organiser and composition student Jacob Whitelock. “It must be one of the oldest buildings on campus. It’s a vast space with beautiful acoustics.”

These days the room is dedicated to silent study. “It’s pretty infamous in the uni but there’s not a lot of chance for people outside of the campus to see it.”

Whitelock and his peers started the series in April to provide a platform for developing artists. “Ideally it’s for musicians and writers who would struggle to get a platform otherwise,” he says.

There’s art, too. An hour-long visual and multimedia exhibition kicks the night off. From 6.30pm work by the likes of Laura Gentgall, Matt Ricci, Gemma Brook, JEM (Lauren Abineri), ASSEMBLY (Thomas Capogreco), and Hen Vaughan will fill the room. The music program starts at 7.30pm and includes Frank Giles, Yi Ling, Rachel Bruerville, Sebastian Phlox, Alex Wilkinson, and Nathan Haar.

Whitelock expects a decent crowd. “We had 170 at the first one,” he says. “It was a huge response. Our marketing was just through Facebook, so it was quite overwhelming.”

New Sounds for an Old Room, August 23 at 6.30pm, The Reading Room, Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide. Tickets are $5 online or in cash at the door.