After a debut No.6 performance in 2015 on the Central Piazza, we are delighted to welcome back urban poet, musician and cultural figurehead Kate Tempest.
Here new album, Let Them Eat Chaos is more than an album: Styled as a series of vignettes, an unnamed street, at 4.18am, Kate guides you through the bedroom window of seven different people on the street, awake for their own different reasons. Questioning why these people are awake, who they are, what has brought them here. “It’s all set at this specific, time, just before dawn – there’s a vulnerability. I didn’t want to make an album of vaguely connecting songs.”
Playing the traditional part of the narrator, Kate interrupts the segue between the tracks with a narrative – tiny details of each person’s life, the way Pete holds a cigarette, moments of Alesha’s dream. “It was weird getting into every one’s room – but theatre is ancient, it’s conventional, introducing a narrative at the beginning. It’s like a play, a voice addressing you directly.” 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.
At just 31 years old, the playwrite, author, and poet has also been announced as the guest director of Brighton Festival – curating the three week event shows that her creativity is limitless.