Legendary spoken word artist and alternative hip hop emcee Kate Tempest is joining the Judging Panel for the 2014 SLAMbassadors UK finals! She will also perform alongside the 6 UK winners and Joelle Taylor at the Clore Ballroom, in the Royal Festival Hall on October 31st 2014.
MASSIVELY popular, Kate Tempest started out when she was 16, rapping at strangers on night buses 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, plus the critically acclaimed plays Wasted, 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 ground-breaking cross-genre experience.
Her single Our Town, with producers letthemusicplay was 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 was released in May 2014 on Big Dada records and was BBC Radio 6 Record of the Week. Kate is currently working on a new collection of poems, (to be published by Picador in 2014).
SLAMbassador UK winners will have the opportunity to meet Kate and find out about her life and early career – as well as share the prestigious Clore Ballroom stage with her.
Tickets for this show will highly sought after and limited to the capacity of the Clore Ballroom. The best way to get your tickets, of course, is to enter the slam…
Open to all 12-18 year olds resident in the UK. CLOSING DATE OCTOBER 10TH 2014