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 - Announces North American Tour 2015

Kate Tempest's live wordplay soon won’t be limited to faraway timezones. This spring sees her in North America for the first time, embarking on an extensive headline tour and making several festival appearances - tickets here.

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Kate Tempest (Big Dada) - Announces North American Tour 2015

Kate Tempest's live wordplay soon won’t be limited to faraway timezones. This spring sees her head to North America for the first time, embarking on an extensive headline tour and making several festival appearances.

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On Demand: Kate Tempest in for Gilles Peterson on 6Music

Listen back to Kate Tempest sitting in for Gilles Peterson on BBC Radio 6 Music, featuring all-new Tirzah, for the next four weeks. Her Everybody Down UK tour kicks off this week - tickets.

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On Demand: Kate Tempest in for Gilles Peterson on 6Music

Listen back to Big Dada rapper, poet and author Kate Tempest sitting in for Gilles Peterson on BBC Radio 6 Music, with music from The Cinematic Orchestra, Aesop Rock and all-new Tirzah, for the next four weeks. The Everybody Down UK tour kicks off this week - tickets.

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  • "America. It's been amazing. Sad to leave. But back in May for more. Thank you for everything"

    Sat Mar 28 21:20:03 2015
  • "More love "@Agoraphone: Kate Tempest last night at @RoughTradeNYC http://t.co/Iekn0VwyhT?… @katetempest""

    Thu Mar 26 15:05:17 2015
  • "#SXSW http://t.co/T9VxCiSF5U"

    Thu Mar 26 14:56:48 2015
  • "Life changing 3 weeks in the US. Mind blown. Heart singing. Last show tonight telling poems in Brooklyn http://t.co/jIrM1cJbcO"

    Thu Mar 26 14:54:29 2015
  • "SXSW was amazing. heading to NYC today. Music gigs tues and wed at Rough Trade and Mercury Lounge. Poetry gig thurs at Word bookstore"

    Mon Mar 23 14:53:02 2015

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