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Tuesday 22 May 2018

Kate Tempest Debuts New Album At Secret Your Place Gig As Part Of Brighton Festival

Brighton Festival 2017's Guest Director Kate Tempest made a surprise return to the city on for a secret gig as part of the Festival's Your Place initiative, performing an exclusive rendition of her unreleased new album in full at Hangleton Community Centre. 
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Billed only as a 'special guest' at 5pm, the sold-out show rounded off a day of free entertainment for residents of the Hangleton area, presented by Brighton Festival and Brighton People's Theatre.
 
Tempest told the crowd that she was 'thrilled to be back' and asked for no filming of the work from her upcoming third solo album. 

Tempest's exclusive performance of the brand new work came after a performance from Culture Clash, a training area for young writers and performers in the Brighton area, who performed a three way-battle of spoken artforms in Poets vs. Rappers vs. Comedians.

Kate Tempest commented: "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. 


"It was such an exciting time for everyone, for the people that run the Festival to meet the community steering groups, and everyone was so blown away by how much enthusiasm and excitement there was. 

"And now I've come back and it's popping off basically, there's a massive bandstand, everyone's dancing, it feels really good here. I feel really chuffed and really happy to be back."
 
Hosted by local community centres, and programmed in collaboration with local residents and artists, Your Place brings a diverse line-up of free performances, workshops and activities to the Hangleton and East Brighton communities. 

Reflecting Tempest's belief that "the arts should be in our communities, not only on elevated platforms or behind red velvet ropes", the inaugural project in 2017 was a resounding success. 
 
The East Brighton-based second Your Place weekend runs over Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th May 2018 and will see The Ragroof Players and Culture Clash return, along with free football sessions from Albion in the Community, a singing workshop with Banyan Tree Theatre Group, comedian Jo Neary's new children's show Peg in the Gallery, and much more. 

Go to brightonfestival.org/yourplace to find out more.
 

by: Mike Cobley




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