By any chance, the name Kate Tempest is a familiar one. Described by the Huffington Post as ‘Britain’s leading young poet, playwright and rapper’, and the Guardian as ‘one of the brightest talents around’, she has been an unstoppable force in the past few years, supporting acts such as Billy Bragg, Scroobius Pip and John Cooper Clarke, as well as publishing an album, poetry, plays, and spoken word.
Of the releases her spoken word piece ‘Brand New Ancients’ won the Ted Hughes Award, and her new album ‘Everybody Down’ was nominated for the Mercury Prize. As you can see – Kate Tempest’s accolades speak for themselves, and in the same way, so does her fiery spoken word. The clear rap influence in her work combined with the intense intimacy of the album, which acts as an epic narrative where every song functions as a new chapter (think The Streets – A Grand Don’t Come for Free) breathes life into the stories as we become personally involved with the characters she evokes and their struggles.
Kate Tempest is playing The Marble Factory – Motion on the 8th of February, and it’s sure to be an unforgettable experience.
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