Next week sees shows on consecutive nights for the artists responsible for two of 2016’s standout albums, Kate Tempest and Marissa Nadler. Their recorded output in 2016 has been roundly applauded by the blogsphere, press and old-fashioned music hacks alike, comfortably pulling in scores of 75%+ from far and wide, with Tempest leading the way with 83% on metacritic for Let Them Eat Chaos, and Nadler securing 76% via the same review compendium site, including a huge 90% from The Quietus.

Headlining Manchester Ritz (Wed 7 Dec), Kate Tempest is well-known to those who follow the spoken word circuit and has found fame in similar circumstances to the late Leonard Cohen, perfecting her poetry before adding backing beats and adapting her singing style accordingly. After rising quickly through hip hop’s hinterland, she is now blazing a trail across socially conscious musical rhetoric and has sold out venues like Gorilla en route to the Ritz. Tempest’s poetic roots remain her key foundation, notably venting her powerful bars on Q&A (see below).

Similarly, Marissa Nadler’s Strangers takes in an eclectic swirl of creative expression, described by The 405 as “an astounding combination of styles” beneath her shivering voice and shimmering textures of piano and slow-picked guitars. Her tonality shelves her next to Lana Del Rey, but with greater subtlety and glistening guile. Her Night & Day Cafe show (Thu 8 Dec) is an opportunity to see her in relatively intimate surrounds, before an inevitable rise up the venue size ladder as her breakthrough, predicted by The Line of Best Fit, lifts her to the stars.


Kate Tempest headlines Manchester Ritz on Wednesday 7 December, 2016. Tickets are available here.

Marissa Nadler headlines Night & Day Cafe on Thursday 8 December, 2016. Tickets are available here.

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