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 - Brand New 'Circles' Video & Single Available To Pre-Order

"Circles", the third single from Kate Tempest’s Everybody Down, is available for pre-order now. Also watch the brand new video directed by Joe Carey.

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Big Dada's Kate Tempest & Young Fathers Nominated for Mercury Music Prize

Huge congratulations are due to Big DadaKate Tempest and Young Fathers today - both artists' 2014 debut albums have been nominated for this year's Barclaycard Mercury Prize

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Kate Tempest & Young Fathers Nominated for Mercury Music Prize!

AIM Awards 2014: Kate Tempest for Independent Album

We're delighted to announce the first of our nominations for this year's AIM Awards is the wonderful Kate Tempest, who is in the running for Independent Album Of The Year with Everybody Down. See the full list of nominees here.

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  • "RT @IAmBeckish: First real life bookshop spotting of Hold Your Own @Foyles & it's not even out yet! @katetempest #fridaynightbookshop http:…"

    Sat Sep 20 10:32:26 2014
  • "RT @petermeanwell: I made a radio poem w/ brilliant @katetempest in Dungeness, recorded in Jarman's cottage - on air Oct 4th! @BBCRadio3 ht…"

    Sat Sep 20 09:34:58 2014
  • "@Thaogetstaydown course I remember!! Be so great to hang out again. U in the states? still listen to an EP I have of yours from back then :)"

    Sat Sep 20 09:33:01 2014
  • "RT @MercuryPrize: Here's what @katetempest had to say when we caught up with her at last week’s 'Albums of the Year' launch >> https://t.co…"

    Fri Sep 19 18:28:59 2014
  • "@TricycleTheatre @MercuryPrize @NextGenPoets thanks guys x"

    Fri Sep 19 12:24:33 2014

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