Kate Tempest, 30, never one to be bound by convention, has produced music that is part rap and part performance poetry rolled up to a background of contemporary music. Recently she even branched out and wrote a novel.
Inspired by her south-east London roots, her powerful and resonating voice is informed by a passion born of living in a difficult and challenging world full of suffering and desperation.
She brings the frustration and hope found by many people struggling on a day to day basis to the forefront of our attention whilst keeping us aware of the context that it takes place in. Which is that we are all to blame.
The message is clear. We need to be there for each other, to care for one another as we face adversity. The break in the storm she serves up appears from time to time like light through the dark skies.
Let Them Eat Chaos is unexpectedly moving with such lines as “I’m pleading with my loved ones to wake up and love one another”.
“Europe Is Lost” is a highlight, examining the House of Lords and not allowing us to forget the porkies David Cameron told.
Tempest has confirmed a number of UK gigs for December when she will play Glasgow, Sheffield, Birmingham, Norwich, Manchester, Bristol and London.