Kate Tempest is a national treasure. A polymath MC, spoken word artist, poet, playwright and novelist (she’s also taken the coveted title of Next Generation Poet, and was the winner of the Ted Hughes Award for her poetry work). If you’ve heard her first two albums, Everybody Down and Let Them Eat Chaos (both Mercury Prize nominated), you’ll know that these are breathtaking, rousing pieces of work that demand to be heard. That is even more apparent with the release of her recent revelatory third album The Book of Traps and Lessons, a record more open, personal and intimate album than its predecessors.
It’s produced by Rick Rubin and he brings out new dimensions to her work. It’s a spellbinding album – recorded live as one piece, it’s a living poem that battles between beauty and ugliness and brilliantly captures the angry tension of being alive in 2019. Live this demand to be heard is even more urgent and every word she utters vital, clear and commanding. Stories come to life and you can’t take your eyes off her performance. This is going to be a show that you don’t want to miss.