Kate Tempest

Kate Tempest is a poet and rapper from SouthEast London.

As well as writing and performing poetry as a solo artist, she also fronts the hiphop inspired live three piece Sound of Rum – who have recently signed to independant label Sunday Best.  Their first single Slow Slow will be released early 2011, with debut album Balance following in April 2011.

Kate has played gigs at every festival going, including Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Reading and Leeds, the Big Chill and Latitude as well as having gigged all over London, in venue’s as grand as the Barbican and KOKO and as humble as Deptford’s Birds Nest Pub.

She has supported artists from across the music board, from legendary puck poet John Cooper Clarke, to afrobeat legend Femi Kuti, as well as touring the UK with label mates Dan le Sac v’s Scroobius Pip.

Kate’s debut spoken word release Broken Herd – a limited edition boxset – came out in December 2009 on PureGroove Records and sold out within 3 months. Her second spoken word release Patterns – an independently produced and published book of poetry and CD of live performance – sold out of its first press of 100 copies in 2 weeks. The second press will be out early 2011 and available from Kate at gigs and also on the Sound of Rum website respectfully.

Here are some quotes from other people about what Kate does…

Didn’t I warn you about this rapper?” – Dan Carrier, Camden New Journal

that’s an incredible track… desperately need to download more tracks from Sound of Rum, love that.” – Huw Stephens about ‘Cannibal Kids’

a fly Janis Joplin backed by a jazz combo.“- Daron Billings for gigjunkies.com

The first few times I saw her [Tempest] she was annoyingly good. She doesn’t seem like she has the right to be so intelligent and insightful and have the ability to craft it so well. She just strolled up and looked like a kid that’s rolled in off the street – but then to spit with such intensity.” – Scroobius Pip

I had KateTempest in several times on my BBC radio one spoken word show and she has been the highlight of my listening this year. She has no right whatsoever to be as good as she is. It astounds me. Her writing is epic, her delivery piercing, and with the addition of her band Sound of Rum her potential is realised. Inspirational.” – Scroobius Pip

Her works are truly of upliftment and betterment.” – Roots Manuva

With astounding flow, lyrical maturity and sound social awareness for a 20 year old, Londoner Kate Tempest is one of those music makers that instantly prompt you to stop whatever you’re doing and reconsider whether you should bother carrying on with it at all, such is the extent of her politically coherent, poetic talent. Tempest really is a fiery hot prospect, having played various underground acoustic gigs with her band in and around London and beyond, and is set to drift further towards the mainstream, kind of whether she wants to or not. Sometimes I’m just phenomenally chuffed to be able to include stuff like this on New Noise.” – John Hillcock, XFM


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Kate Tempest performs 'Post Modern' at OneTaste Brighton

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One Taste Collective

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Kate Tempest - Line In The Sand

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Sound of Rum - Balance (acoustic)

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