Kate Tempest

‘London doesn’t want me anymore’: Kate chats about creativity and the cause.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 23 Dec 2014
  • min read
‘London doesn’t want me anymore,' says 27-year-old lyricist and musician Kate Tempest.

The Brockley based wordsmith, who became the first poet under 40 to win the Ted Hughes Award in 2013, is pondering her place in the capital.

Even though her chips are rising fast - with a Mercury Prize nomination for debut solo album Everybody Down and a publishing contract for her first novel under her belt - she acknowledges the social and economic pressures her home town faces.

And it's this switched-on attitude that's winning over the streets.

Kate's acerbic rhymes, which hold court over grinding electronica and racing funk, are making urban verse relevant again, and everyone from Dan Carey and Young Fathers to Loyle Carner are lining up to sing her praises.

With all this going on, we chat to Kate about her unique creative ethos and get her take on the state of 21st century Britain. Watch our exclusive video interview below.

Watch Kate live in session here.