The Rum Shack 2016

Fast becoming Glastonbury’s most infamous all-night party, packed with the best live music, DJ’s and surprise guests. A feast of late-night revelry that mashes up soundsystem culture, hip hop, funk, blues and poetry – fuelled by the finest rum. You won’t forget it. It’s your new home. You can’t miss it. The sign is massive.

Kate Tempest returns to the stage of her momentous 2014 live show at Thursday night’s Lyrix Organix show for a spoken word set; flanked by live music/poetry powerhouses Kojey Radical, Tongue Fu (+ special guests) and Mercury Prize winner Speech Debelle for one night only.

Mike Skinner (The Streets) joins the party with a Sunday evening DJ set; on the same night that Manchester’s Skittles (LVLZ) shows why he’s one of the sickest MC’s in the UK in 2016. Live music highlights include Eska’s incredible genre-bending live show, Glastonbury favourite Shlomo, world champions The Beatbox Collective, and drum n bass royalty Jenna & The G’s new soul/funk outfit. Not to mention Renegade Brass Band’s riotous hip hop/funk covers, Too Many T’s, De Saturne, Bad Girlz, Gecko, John Fairhurst debuts a new live show and Tokyo’s MPC maestro Anchorsong.

The soundsystem will be bouncing all weekend to Rum Shack favourites Duchess DJ’s, fast-rising Becca D (Beats1, Apple Music), Lyrix Organix’s Sub:Sysytem (feat Natty Speaks) and many more.

Previous guests include Akala, The Mouse Outfit, Reeps One, Son of Dave, Dizraeli, Bellatrix, 47SOUL, Jake Isaac, Chainska Brassika… blowout.


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Kojey Radical (pictured above) is a London based poet, musician and mixed media visual artist. He is also Creative Director of the PUSHCRAYONS collective/network & Art Director of contemporary menswear brand Chelsea Bravo.

Beginning as a contemporary artist Kojey moved through the arts with increasing curiosity and defiant will to never be confined to one art form. From as young as 9-years-old Kojey chose to see every form of creative expression as one art form; allowing each one to become a new language for him to communicate through.

After releasing his debut EP in June 2014 Kojey quickly became a name to look out for, selling out his first headline show twice due to popular demand. Kojey is widely credited for his explosive live shows and subversive story telling ability, often referred to as a visionary and pioneer of the arts. Kojey‘s approach and unorthodox style has earned him the attention of GQ Magazine, Idol, Mechanical Dummy, Soul Culture, Wonderland, The405, Clash Magazine, The Fader, BBC 1Xtra, OKAYAFRICA and Notion Magazine to name a few.

See Kojey Radical in the Rum Shack on Thursday at 22:15.

Kate Tempest plays live in the Rumshack at Glastonbury Festival 2014, Day 2, Worthy Farm, Somerset

Kate Tempest (pictured above) started out when she was 16, rapping at strangers on night buses and pestering MC’s to let her on the mic at raves. Ten years later she is a published playwright, novelist, poet and respected recording artist. Her work includes Balance, her first album with band Sound of Rum; Everything Speaks in its Own Way her first collection of poems, the critically acclaimed plays Wasted, Glasshouse and Hopelessly Devoted.  Brand New Ancients, her self-performed epic poem to a live score, won the Ted Hughes prize 2013 and the Herald Angel at Edinburgh Fringe. It has sold out tours in the UK and New York and is published by Picador.

Her second collection of poetry, Hold Your Own, will be published by Picador on October 2014. Her debut novel, The Bricks That Built The Houses, sold in a highly competitive auction to Bloomsbury and will be published in territories including the UK, US, France, Holland and Brazil in Spring 2015. Excitingly, each track on the record correlates with a chapter in the novel, in a groundbreaking cross-genre experience.

Her single Our Town, with producers letthemusicplay was recently released on Greco-Roman records. Kate has featured on songs with Sinead O’Connor, Bastille, the King Blues, Damien Dempsey and Landslide. She has toured extensively, supporting Billy Bragg on his UK tour, as well as supporting Scroobius Pip, Femi Kuti, Saul Williams and John Cooper Clarke. She is 2 x slam winner at the prestigious Nu-Yorican poetry cafe in New York and has played all the major UK and European music festivals either solo or with Sound of Rum. She’s headlined Latitude festival and has been featured on the BBC’s Glastonbury highlights, Channel 4, BBC Radio 1,4 and 6, as well as XFM and the Charlie Rose Show (Bloomberg) in the US.

Kate’s new album Everybody Down is released in May 2014 on Big Dada records.  It was produced by Dan Carey aka Mr Dan who is one of the UK’s best known and most highly-rated producers. When the two met, Carey invited Tempest to come through to his South London studio to muck about on a track or two. In a burst of intense creativity, they put down the whole twelve track album in a fortnight having spent almost a year developing the characters and story. Kate is currently working on a new collection of poems, (to be published by Picador in 2014).

Kate Tempest is playing in the Rum Shack on Thursday at 21:00.

Mike Skinner-Mike Press Shot New New High

Mike Skinner (pictured above) is the man behind the musical phenomenon that was The Streets for ten years. In that time he won an Ivor Novello, a Brit, and changed the sound of UK music forever. Now that he has retired the moniker of The Streets, Mike continues to push things forward with his genre bending DJ sets.
 Reflecting his love of cutting edge sounds, Mike‘s musical selections are as eclectic as his production capabilities. From screwed-down house to old skool hip hop via drum and bass bangers and peppered with his own, up the minute refixes, and classic tracks, Skinner never fails to ignite the party spirit.

Having built up a huge online fanbase for his Skinimix series of podcasts, there has been great demand to bring Mike‘s DJing skills into the clubs. Mike‘s personality as both an entertainer and a musical trendsetter has never been bigger. ‘Original Pirate Material‘ was recently adjudged the album of the decade by The Guardian newspaper and similar accolades were afforded both ‘OPM’ and ‘A Grand Don’t Come for Free’ by the NME.

Two of Skinner’s protégé’s from his record label The Beats, Professor Green and Example are now tearing up the charts in their own rights and his production talents have resulted in hits for such luminaries as Kano, Giggs and numerous remixes for people as varied as Ellie Goulding, Bloc Party, Sparks, Major Lazer and Benjamin Francis Leftwich.

All these production skills, and Mike‘s talent for spotting new musical movements early are firmly embedded in every DJ set.

Mike Skinner is playing in The Rum Shack at 01:00 on Sunday.

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