photos by Amanda Hatfield

Kate Tempest @ SXSW, Latitude 30 3/17/2015
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She admits, it's taken 10 years to get to Austin. She seems joyous, unwilling to waste a moment. "Do me a favor," she begs, "be in this room, put your phones away."

Being here makes evocative sense for her. After all, it's not just the unruly shock of hair shoved under a cap that summon specters of Janis Joplin, but the sense of a genre turned on its ear. Acid House sensibilities, trip-hop sensitivities, and grime grittiness combine as a state of the nation address to UK rap, sparking dancing in the rain-spotted crowd outside. - [Austin Chronicle]

Kate Tempest has already won over a lot of folks in the UK with 2014's terrific Everybody Down and she's now set to convert America, starting this week at SXSW. She played her second show in Austin last night at a BBC-presented showcase at Latitude 30 (which becomes the British Music Embassy during SXSW). Pictures from that show are in this post.

After Austin, her tour will head east, with two sold-out NYC shows: March 24 at Mercury Lounge and March 25 at Rough Trade. If you missed out on tickets to those shows, you can win a pair to see Kate Tempest at Rough Trade. Details below.

Kate will then be back in May and June for a more extensive North American tour, including an appearance at NYC's Governors Ball. Updated dates, including remaining SXSW appearances, are listed below.

In other news, Kate (who won the 2013 Ted Hughes Award for her book of poetry, Brand New Ancients) based the songs on Everybody Down on her novel, Hold Your Own, which was just published last week by Bloomsbury.

Stream Everybody Down and check out a few videos, below...

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KATE TEMPEST - 2015 TOUR DATES:
03.18 Austin TX - Laneway Festival (@ Red 7)
03.19 Austin TX - ACL/NME Bloody Mary Morning (GSD&M Courtyard)
03.20 Austin TX - Pop Montreal Showcase (@ Maggie Mae's)
03.20 Austin TX - After The Goldfish III (@ Red Eyed Fly)
03.21 Austin TX - SXSan Jose (@ Hotel San Jose)
03.24 New York NY - Mercury Lounge
03.25 Brooklyn NY - Rough Trade
03.26 Brooklyn NY - Word Bookstore (Poetry reading)
05.20 San Francisco, CA Independent
05.22 Portland, OR Doug Fir
05.23 Vancouver, BC Electric Owl
05.26 Salt Lake City, UT Kilby Court
05.27 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge
05.29 Dallas, TX House of Blues - Cambridge Room
05.30 Austin, TX Mohawk Inside
06.01 New Orleans, LA One Eye Jacks
06.02 Atlanta, GA The Earl
06.03 Charlotte, NC Neighbourhood Theatre
06.04 Washington, DC U Street Music Hall
06.06 New York, NY Governor's ball
06.08 Boston, MA Great Scott
06.10 Pittsburgh, PA Brillobox
06.11 Columbus, OH Basement
06.12 Chicago, IL Schubas
06.13 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
06.15 Madison, WI High Noon

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