Playwright, poet, novelist and spoken word artist Kate Tempest began performing when she left school at the age of 16. As a teenager, she’s supported various key cultural figures including Benjamin Zephaniah and Billy Bragg. She has since emerged as one of the U.K.’s most recognised performance artists, drawing large crowds at Glastonbury and Leeds Festivals.
Her influences range from Wu-Tang Clan to modernist poetry and Tracey Emin. Neil McCormick has described her as “Britain’s most acclaimed young performance poet, Tempest can dazzle with scansion and flow, cadence and rhymes, but crucially employs her verbal skills in the service of big ideas – about poverty, identity, consumerism – and strong emotions.” We are thrilled to welcome her inimitable poetic talent to Larmer Tree as she’s ready to take the Main Stage by storm with the political hip-hop of her acclaimed albums Everybody Down and Let Them Eat Chaos.