A spoken-word sensation that will transform audiences through the power of personal catharsis
Sydney – Wednesday 9 November, 2022. Acclaimed British poet, writer, rapper and spoken-word performer Kae Tempest will make their Opera House debut as part of Sydney WorldPride, delivering a transformative live show in the renewed Concert Hall on 18 February 2023.
A multi-talented performer whose work crosses poetry, fiction, theatre, spoken-word and hip-hop, Tempest first received recognition as a rapper on the British spoken-word circuit before winning the Ted Hughes Award for their epic poem, Brand New Ancients. Tempest’s first two albums – 2014’s Everybody Down and 2016’s Let Them Eat Chaos – were nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize, and their debut novel, The Bricks That Built the Houses, became a Sunday Times bestseller in 2017.
Sydney Opera House Head of Contemporary Music, Ben Marshall, said: “Kae Tempest live in full flight is an absolute force and someone I’ve wanted to see own the Concert Hall stage for years. We could not be prouder to finally welcome them to Sydney Opera House, and appropriately on the opening night of Sydney WorldPride, who we are thrilled to be partnering with for this seismic performance.”
Tempest’s latest record, 2022’s watershed The Line is a Curve, has been hailed as their most powerful work to date. It’s a deeply vulnerable and personal album that the NME called “a direct and dazzling step forward, and a shining example of the power in emotional exploration.” Tempest will be performing tracks from the album, which features collaborations with Lianne Le Havas, Brockhampton’s Kevin Abstract and legendary producer Rick Rubin.
WHAT: Kae Tempest
WHEN: 9pm Friday 17 February, 2023
WHERE: Concert Hall
TICKETS: From $39 + booking fee // sydneyoperahouse.com // +61 2 9250 7777
Insiders pre-sale: 9:30am, Wednesday 9 November
What’s On pre-sale: 10am, Thursday 10 November
On sale: 10am, Friday 11 November
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