British spoken word artist, rapper, poet, novelist, and playwright Kae Tempest announces a string of headline shows along the East Coast in March in support of their upcoming album The Line Is A Curve out April 8th via American Recordings/Republic Records. The dates include Washington DC on March 22nd, Boston on March 23rd, and Brooklyn on March 24th. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 4th at 10AM local time via

On Friday, Tempest dropped the official video for their latest single “More Pressure” with Kevin Abstract. The video was directed by Harris Elliott and Manny Bonett and features live performance footage shot during the original vocal recording of the album, recorded on the day by Brian Rogers, alongside abstract animation created by 3D visual artist Zongbo Jiang.

The Line Is A Curve, produced by long term collaborator Dan Carey alongside executive production by Rick Rubin, follows Tempest’s widely adored 2019 album The Book Of Traps & Lessons, which received praise from the likes of NPRThe New York TimesThe New YorkerThe Guardian, and many more, and saw Kae perform live on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night With Seth Meyers. Tempest and Abstract’s shared friend and collaborator Rick Rubin played BROCKHAMPTON The Book of Traps & Lessons in his studio, and they had reached out to Kae afterwards to thank them for the inspiration, leading to the exciting collaboration on “More Pressure.” The Line Is A Curve also follows Tempest’s critically acclaimed 2021 play Paradise, which premiered at the National Theatre in London last year.

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After the experience of touring The Book of Traps & Lessons around the U.S., U.K., and Europe, Tempest realized that they wanted The Line Is A Curve to be a communicative record. The concept manifested itself both in the contributions of other artists—including the aforementioned Kevin Abstract, Lianne La HavasGrian Chatten of Fontaines DCássia, and Confucius MC—and during the recording process, when Tempest decided to do 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.”

Featuring artwork shot by renowned photographer Wolfgang Tillmans (Frank Oceans’ blond), the album is best described by Tempest themselves:

“‘The Line Is A Curve’ is about letting go. Of shame, anxiety, isolation and falling instead into surrender. Embracing the cyclical nature of time, growth, love. This letting go can hopefully be felt across the record. In the musicality, the instrumentation, the lyricism, the delivery, the cover art. In the way it ends where it begins and begins where it ends. I knew I wanted my face on the sleeve. Throughout the duration of my creative life, I have been hungry for the spotlight and desperately uncomfortable in it. For the last couple of records, I wanted to disappear completely from the album covers, the videos, the front-facing aspects of this industry. A lot of that was about my shame but I masked it behind a genuine desire for my work to speak for itself, without me up front, commodifying what felt so rare to me and sacred. I was, at times, annoyed that in order to put the work out, I had to put myself out. But this time around, I understand it differently. I want people to feel welcomed into this record, by me, the person who made it, and I have let go of some of my airier concerns. I feel more grounded in what I’m trying to do, who I am as an artist and as a person and what I have to offer. I feel less shame in my body because I am not hiding from the world anymore. I wanted to show my face, and I dreamed of it being Wolfgang Tillmans who took the portrait.”

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With four studio albums, a novel, their first work of non-fiction (On Connection), three plays, and five collections of poetry to their name, Kae Tempest has firmly established themselves as one of the most unique, thought-provoking, and critically acclaimed voices of their generation. With the release of The Line Is A Curve in 2022, that reputation is only set to grow exponentially.

March 22         Washington, DC         Sixth & I Synagogue
March 23         Boston, MA                 Brighton Music Hall
March 24         Brooklyn, NY               Music Hall of Williamsburg