Hosted by BBC Radio 1Xtra presenter DJ Target and stand-up poet Laurie Bolger, Words First Live is an opportunity to come face to face with the future of spoken word.

Over the last 6 months, BBC 1Xtra and the Roundhouse have scoured the country for the freshest aspiring spoken word artists, rappers, MCs and poets.

Following a series of workshops across Glasgow, Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and London, six artists aged 16-25 were chosen to receive mentoring by some of the leading talent on the spoken word scene.

Join us for an electrifying evening showcasing this new generation of voices in action as they premiere work exploring our different individual, family and global identities.

The final six – Isaiah Hull, Asma Elbadawi, Solomon O.B, Amina Jama, Liam McCormick and Reuben Field – will perform alongside leading spoken word artists Kate Tempest, George the Poet and Kojey Radical.

> Find out more about Words First with BBC 1xtra’s videos, interviews and project tour coverage and the Roundhouse blog

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Words First is a national project supported by Arts Council England to shine a light on the existing spoken word scene and to help find and nurture new and emerging talent across the UK.


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