Kate Tempest will make a special appearance at O2 Ritz in Manchester on Wednesday 7th December. An exceptional talent with a mic in hand, Tempest has been stunning audiences with her insightful and exploratory monologues, delving deep into real life issues with her spoken word and hip hop artistry.
A disarmingly brave voice, Tempest stands out from her contemporaries as one of the UK’s most uniquely talented writers and performers, exploiting a talent for sparking an intimate connection with her audience to transmit stories and convey her thoughts. Unafraid of speaking about issues that are painful or awkward, Tempest delivers statements which, whether consciously received or subconsciously absorbed, leave a lasting impression. Skitting between social commentary and urban philosophy, her writing is articulate, delicate, brutal and powerful all at once, elegant and assured but with the rawness that is found in the most honest and emotional prose. Representing the best of British poetry, Tempest takes responsibility for speaking the things that reams upon reams of modern narratives fail to cover, always seeking to provoke thought with words that poke and prod until they’re embedded deep under the skin.
Having commanded huge respect for live shows thanks to her ability to capture an audience in a breathless stupor, Kate Tempest has proven herself a formidable talent live as well as on record, consolidating the high regard that has formed on the basis of the five albums that she has released since 2010. Few performers will prove more enchanting.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photo courtesy of Kate Tempest