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Monday 08 May 2017

Kate Tempest Stripped Down For Brighton Festival 2017's Opening Night

Kate Tempest has 'risen' from the 'notice me' ranks of The Great Escape Festival to being stage-centre and the spotlight-focus of this year's Brighton Festival.

On the Festival's opening night she presented a humbling instrument-free short preformance before giving the stage over to others.

Her devotees lapped up her emotionally draining performance that drew from her current album, Let Them Eat Chaos, and her acclaimed poetry collection, Hold Your Own.

Tempest has enthused about her position as Guest Director of the Festival:  

"The reason that I thought that this would be an amazing thing to do is because of having an opportunity to think about the artists that I love, the work that I love, the stuff that I love to go to, and to try to broaden the scope a little bit of how other people receive and have access to these artworks. 

"I was extremely humbled to be asked to follow in the footsteps of such great artists that have come before: Laurie Anderson last year, Aung San Suu Kyi, Brian Eno." 

The rest of the Brighton Festival opening slot was given over to performers Tempest champions. All were talented and as compassionate in their delivery.

It's not the spotlight Tempest wants, it's a unifying of good intentions and a collective compassion from the creative arts with which to deliver it.  

Brighton Festival 2017 runs until 28th May 2017. CLICK HERE for more info.

by: Mike Cobley


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Pic By Jasmine L Dunne

In the summer of 1969, Clarice looks back on her turbulent life. Having experienced a sheltered upbringing, the events that followed have left her with a feeling that the world around her was moving too fast. 

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