Ask Kate Tempest what her job is – or who she is – and she might tell you she’s a rapper. Listen to her wonderful 2014 release, Everybody Down, and it’s true. She’s a rapper. A damn good one. But that’s selling her short. Tempest is an award-winning poet and performer, playwright and novelist.
In January of 2016, accompanied by her four-piece band, Kate Tempest will play her first shows in New Zealand.
She’s at Bodega in Wellington, Thursday, January 14 and the following night, Friday, January 15, she’ll be at the Kings Arms in Auckland.
Read her books. Listen to her music. Absorb the Kate Tempest world between now and then. There’s an astounding lyrical point of view in her worlds and work.
And though I usually care little for press releases – beyond the basic information – I was excited to read the promoter’s comment:
“Solid Entertainment is thrilled to announce that KATE TEMPEST will be coming to play in New Zealand for the very first time in January 2016. She’s an artist we rate as highly as any in the history of our touring company – one the world’s most exciting young performers and writers operating across several mediums, each to stunning effect.”
I’m already a fan – this is already the sort of show I’d want to see. But when a promoter tells you that, and you know it’s right to believe them – you know they’re one of the good guys, someone that cares about (and loves) quality acts – well that’s the extra incentive to get a ticket and get along, if ever you needed it.