The Verse’s Lottie Wilson shares her experience of Kate Tempest’s finale show at the Brighton Festival, 26th May 2017.
I have struggled writing a review for Kate Tempest. It felt as if I was in a trance for the duration of her set – I think everyone was. The one thing I do know is that her words kept me up all night; I could not deny their significance. She was exceptional.
The British poet had the privilege of closing this years Brighton Festival on the 26th May, after completing her role as Guest Director for the festivals 51st installment. Her finale was sold out after her celebrated opening show; the Dome was full. With great support from MC REMI, the crowd was awaiting Tempest’s arrival with stamping feet.
First off, we were asked to abstain from using our phones; she wanted us to stay in the room with her. This innovative request was refreshing – there was not a single phone screen visible in the audience. In a sensory overload of lights, vibrations, music and poetry, Tempest took us on a journey of life, visiting all sorts of character along the way. My personal favourite was the poem discussing gods – Brand New Ancients. With phrases such as ‘Every single person has a purpose in them burning’ and ‘We are perfect because of our imperfections’ she created a loving atmosphere full of acceptance for all.
Whilst I sat above, the standing audience silently swayed in time to her hypnotic speech. Her highly anticipated performance of Let Them Eat Chaos was well-received by the crowd, with many being reduced to tears.
If you would like to experience Kate Tempest for yourself, she will be touring the festival scene this summer. If not, she will be touring again later on in the year.
Featured image courtesy of acclaimed photographer, Eddie Otchere, provided by Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival.