20th October | O2 Academy

Agitation and anger, grief and heartbreak, disgust and anguish, eagerness and lethargy – just a few of the feels Kate Tempest wraps up in her poetry. Reflecting on the ugliness of English life, her latest album, The Book of Traps and Lessons, depicts difficulty deeply with the most evocative poetic flows.

Tempest is the mirror we all need to remind us that “the brand is not happiness,” and to hold our own. To not fall for the capitalist, societal pressures and to follow our hearts. The album flows so perfectly from each song to the next, it feels it was born to have no other timeline. Could this possibly be adjusted at the show?

Cushioning our burgeoning shame and offering an honest embrace of reality to remind us we’re not alone in our human mistakes, but that things have got to change, she tracks political climates but writes in the most timeless way. This is why she has been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and Best Female Solo Performer at the 2018 Brit Awards, and why her debut novel, The Bricks That Built The Houses, was a Sunday Times Bestseller, because we’re all so hungry for honesty and to step far away from the realms of superficial pop.

Her work is a shake to our senses, with a most distinguishable voice that’s so beautifully blunt. Over perfectly placed beats and piano, it’s a recipe to sell out the O2 on a Sunday night, just as she has this week. All we really need is some advice like, “Eat the boredom, eat the phone… eat the silence in your mouth.”

See the video for ‘People’s Faces (Streatham Version)’ here: