Kate Tempest

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Kate Tempest started out when she was 16, rapping at strangers on night busses and pestering mc's to let her on the mic at raves. Ten years later she is a published playwright, novelist, poet and respected recording artist. Her work includes Balance, her first album with band Sound of Rum; Everything Speaks in its Own Way her first collection of poems, the critically acclaimed playsWasted, Glasshouse and Hopelessly Devoted.  Brand New Ancients, her self-performed epic poem to a live score, won the Ted Hughes prize 2013 and the Herald Angel at Edinburgh Fringe.It has sold out tours in the UK and New York and is published by Picador. Her second collection of poetry, Hold Your Own, will be published by Picador on October 2014. Her debut novel, The Bricks That Built The Houses, sold in a highly competitive auction to Bloomsbury and will be published in territories including the UK, US, France, Holland and Brazil in Spring 2015. Excitingly, each track on the record correlates with a chapter in the novel, in a groundbreaking cross-genre experience. 

Her single Our Town, with producers letthemusicplay was recently released on Greco-Roman records. Kate has featured on songs with Sinead O Connor, Bastille, the King Blues, Damien Dempsey and Landslide. She has toured extensively, supporting Billy Bragg on his UK tour, as well as supporting Scroobius Pip, Femi Kuti, Saul Williams and John Cooper Clarke. She is 2 x slam winner at the prestigious Nu-Yorican poetry cafe in New York and has played all the major UK and European music festivals either solo or with Sound of Rum. She's headlined Latitude festival and has been featured on the BBC's Glastonbury highlights, Channel 4, BBC Radio 1,4 and 6, as well as XFM and the Charlie Rose Show (Bloomberg) in the US.

Kate's new album Everybody Down is released in May 2014 on Big Dada records.  It was produced by Dan Carey aka Mr Dan who is one of the UK’s best known and most highly-rated producers. When the two met, Carey invited Tempest to come through to his South London studio to muck about on a track or two. In a burst of intense creativity, they put down the whole twelve track album in a fortnight having spent almost a year developing the characters and story. Kate is currently working on a new collection of poems, (to be published by Picador in 2014). 

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Kate Tempest on BBC Radio 6Music

Listen back to Kate Tempest's BBC Radio 6Music show last weekend with three hours of her finest musical selections. Kate returns to the airwaves this Saturday 15 August.

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Kate Tempest (Big Dada) on BBC Radio 6Music

Listen back to Kate Tempest's BBC Radio 6Music show last weekend with three hours of her finest musical selections. Kate returns to the airwaves this Saturday 15 August.

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Ninja Tune Family at Glastonbury 2015 - Full Schedule

This week we're pitching up at Glastonbury to witness performances from Matt Black (Coldcut), The Bug, Dorian Concept, Kate Tempest (Big Dada), among others - listen to our warm-up playlist on Spotify / Deezer / Rdio

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Big Dada at Glastonbury 2015

If you're one of the many lucky ones heading to the legendary knees-up that is Glastonbury Festival this week, be sure to check out your favourite Big Dada artists, Young Fathers, Kate Tempest and Congo Natty aka Rebel MC.

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  • "My favourite recording of the current live set. If we haven't made it to a field near you, press play and turn it up http://t.co/fUcS5qV3JS"

    Tue Sep 01 12:09:39 2015
  • "My thoughts on writing, rapping, improving, London and the recent election for Georgie Magazine http://t.co/MY3AcYYbF1"

    Tue Sep 01 12:07:52 2015
  • "last link didn't work. Here's us live at Haldern Pop festival. My favourite recording of us playing live. It was deep http://t.co/x7hOLYZbBK"

    Tue Sep 01 10:04:42 2015
  • "Check out our set from @HaldernPop: live at #hpf15 http://t.co/o0AohnaeYk… @rockpalast @katetempest #haldernpop""

    Tue Sep 01 09:36:48 2015
  • "RT @takeaimmedia: Read the @katetempest feature in the new issue of @georgiemagazine http://t.co/epAC1gR5DN @bigdadarecords @NinjaTuneLA"

    Mon Aug 31 23:53:31 2015

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