Hyundai Mercury Music Prize-nominated rapper, musician, playwright and urban poet Kate Tempest joins the OnBlackheath fray on the main stage on Saturday.
October 2016’s Let Them Eat Chaos saw this modern cultural figurehead join the likes of Loyle Carner, Stormzy, Ed Sheeran and The Big Moon on the shortlist for one of the most coveted awards in music.
Playing the traditional part of the narrator, stealing details from real life, her friends, her own, as well as people she’s never met, Kate takes moments of truth and uses her life up to that point – everyone she’s ever loved or hated, everything she’s ever seen or felt – and gives it an outlet. “I think every single person in the world needs to have some kind of creative moment just to get those things out,” she says.
Kate sees herself as being in service to language. “I’m in love with language and literature and music. It’s the most beautiful thing in my life. It’s opened the universe to me and invited me into the world.”