A storm is com­ing

Kate Tem­pest is bring­ing her Mer­cury Prize-nom­i­nated tour de force ‘Let Them Eat Chaos’ to Port­meirion’s Fes­ti­val N°6


Kate TEM­PEST’S MU­SIC fizzes with fury. She’s got a blast­ing lyri­cal flow and her spo­ken-word scru­tiny of so­ci­ety’s im­per­fec­tions makes her sound like a Dick­ens for 2017: a Dick­ens that writes songs called ‘Ke­tamine For Break­fast’ and ‘europe is

Lost’, in which she bru­talises Bri­tain’s fleet­ing con­cern with hu­man­i­tar­ian crises in five words: “Mas­sacres, mas­sacres, mas­sacres, new shoes.”

The rag­ing con­cept al­bum it’s taken from is short­listed for the 2017 Mer­cury Prize – it tells the tales of dam­aged char­ac­ters awake at 4.18am on one Lon­don street – and Tem­pest’s set at Fes­ti­val N°6 is likely to be one of the most right­eous slots at the Welsh fes­ti­val. Head­line shows will come from in­die he­roes

Bloc Party, psych weirdos Flam­ing Lips and mood kings Mog­wai; else­where, look out for the best cover band in the uk – Char­lotte Church’s Late Night Pop Dun­geon – as well as swag­ger­ing synth guys Wild Beasts, thun­der­ing vo­cals from Laura Mvula and a con­tin­gent of newer tal­ent led by Rag’n’bone Man, in­clud­ing Skott and For­ma­tion. There’s also a ‘Fes­ti­val of Feast­ing’ at N°6, en­sur­ing there’s al­ways more than enough to tuck into.

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