When it comes to spoken-word, there are few places in the UK which can rival the sheer abundance of events that take place in London every month. From the lyrically pugnacious ‘Tongue Fu’ and medicinal ‘Chill Pill’ to the explosive ‘Bang Said the Gun’ and gourmet ‘Come Rhyme with Me’, those with a passion for stand-up poetry are quite frankly spoilt for choice in the capital. It's among this linguistic family that Out-Spoken has emerged, building up considerable steam in its mission to unearth talented UK acts that, as its title suggests, are unafraid to speak their mind.
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First established in 2007, 'Tongue Fu' has achieved an impressive reputation in recent years for its forward-thinking approach to spoken-word nights in London. Built upon the creative foundation set down by lyrical impresario Chris Redmond and musical composer Riaan Vosloo, the linguistically pugnacious Tongue Fu constantly seeks new ways to experiment with the concept of live performance.
#40: Kate Tempest - 'Everything Speaks In Its Own Way' Book Launch @ The Old Vic, London - 28th August 2012
Lit dramatically under the fading warmth of the late-summer night, London’s historic Old Vic theatre buzzed with animated chatter, its foyer packed wall to wall.