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Tuesday 20 August 2019

The Book Of Traps & Lessons: Kate Tempest Collaborates With Rick Rubin Ahead Of Date @ Brighton Dome

It was two years ago that the then Brighton Festival Guest Director Kate Tempest played a secret gig in the city and performed an exclusive rendition of her unreleased new album, The Book Of Traps & Lessons.

The British spoken word artist, rapper, poet, novelist and playwright said at the time: 

"This year I've come back to play a little unannounced gig at Hangleton Community Centre, which is one of my favourite places ever to play a gig, to be honest. 

"I had this idea as part of my Guest Directorship that what would be the most exciting way to use that opportunity would be to bring some of what was happening in the Festival out to the communities around. 

"And one of the most important things about that idea was that it had life after our year." 

Now, twenty-five months on, Tempest's third album (produced by Rick Rubin and Tempest's longtime collaborator Dan Carey) has been released to across-the-board critical acclaim. 

Of Firesmoke, the recent single release from the album, Kate says

"I think of the song like a cleansing moment in the wider context of the record, in the same way that a relationship can be a cleansing moment in the wider context of a life. 

"A kind of a turning point. I wrote it for my woman. Inspired by her and everything that falling in love with her has taught me."



Since her emergence in 2011 the London-born artist has redefined what it means to be a wordsmith in the Modern Age. 

To date, she has published three poetry collections, one book-length poem, a novel, staged three plays, and released two solo studio albums - Everybody Down (shortlisted for the 2014 Mercury Prize), and Let Them Eat Chaos (shortlisted for the 2017 Mercury Prize). 

Then came her much prized position as Brighton Festival 2017 Guest Director:

"It's felt crazy - the things that I've been doing have been things that I never would have had the opportunity to try out, had it not been for this particular Festival, for example getting the opportunity to play with a string and woodwind ensemble. 

"That was an experience that I've dreamed of, but was completely impossible. 

"To get that many players of that calibre together, and to do it in a way that felt like it was providing something new for the work. 

"It felt like a real moment of artistic endeavour and true collaboration… One of my big hopes was that we could do just what we have done, which is to bring the Festival out a little bit, open it up, and have some events going on in the communities, so people who can't make it into town for whatever reason, still get to access some of the great programming and some of that feeling of this Festival."

Kate Tempest plays Brighton Dome Concert Hall on Saturday 19th October 2019. For tickets CLICK HERE. New album 'The Book Of Traps & Lessons' is out now. CLICK HERE for info.

by: Mike Cobley




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