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Kae Tempest tours this Spring for the first time since 2019, with their new album The Line Is A Curve, which brings a new, more communicative approach to their performance, with Tempest more willing to both embrace the spotlight and welcome people into the music. Audiences can experience the thought-provoking work, which fuses spoken vocals with beat-driven backing and tackles bold themes of time, growth and love, at the final show of the tour which takes place at Sage Gateshead on Saturday 21st May.

Tempest explains their approach to recording, which involved inviting audiences into the studio, recording three vocal takes in one day, to three different generations of people: “a man of 78 who I’d never met, a woman of 29, the poet Bridget Minamore, who is a good friend of mine and then to three young fans of 12, 15 and 16 who had responded to a social media post. What we discovered went beyond our expectations…There were different meanings in the words depending on the generation I was speaking to.”

The resulting music “has a beautiful heart,” says Tempest. “It was built on love and there is deep love running through it.”

Kae Tempest plays Sage Gateshead on Saturday 21st May.


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