This unmissable event, Raise the Bar's biggest of the year, will be a celebration of poetry, rap and performance art, with a wide range of acapella spoken word performances at the fabulous Arnolfini theatre.
Lowkey – One of the UK’s most celebrated and important rappers, lyricists and political activists, his music gaining over 30 million YouTube views. For years Lowkey has dedicated his writing to protesting for humanitarian causes through topics such as Palestine, illegal wars, political corruption, Grenfell tower, and many more, most notably through his timeless album Soundtrack to the Struggle.
"Arguably the biggest name on the UK hip-hop underground scene" The Guardian
Jordan Stephens – One half of ‘Rizzle Kicks’ (three UK top 10 singles, Platinum selling album), rapper/singer, actor, TV star, prominent public figure particularly around social stigmas such as mental health and toxic masculinity.
Leyla Josephine –UK national poetry slam champion, comedic Scottish poet and theatre maker with the ability to switch seamlessly to heartfelt emotive performance. Currently touring her show ‘Hopeless’ around the UK and Europe.
Harry Baker – World poetry slam champion, author of ‘The Sunshine Kid’, celebrated and viral TedX speaker, one half of ‘Harry and Chris’ who have toured the UK twice and appeared three times on the Russell Howard Hour this year.
Melanie Branton – One of the South-West’s finest spoken word artists, multiple slam winner, hilarious performer and well-respected published poet, her most recent collection ‘My Cloth-Eared Heart’ was published by Oversteps.
Hosted by Craft-D
“Raise the Bar demonstrates how strong the Bristol spoken word scene is” – Epigram
“Exuding originality…accessible…atmospheric” ★★★★ – Intermission