Tongue Fu


Close Box

Tongue Fu is one of the UK's leading spoken word shows. Poets, storytellers, rappers and comedians perform with jaw- dropping improvised soundtracks and films from the genre hopping Tongue Fu Band (Nostalgia 77, Jamie Cullum, Beardyman) and East London design studio CR&D.

Created and hosted by poet Chris Redmond (Scroobius Pip’s Beatdown XFM; Pick Of The Week - BBC R4), it is a riotous experiment in live literature, music and improvisation. Previous guests include Kate Tempest, Roger McGough, Akala, Robin Ince, Bellatrix, Inua Ellams, Hollie McNish, Lemn Sissay, Vanessa Kisuule and Dizraeli.

“It’s poetry, but not as you know it…amazing”

The Guardian


Chris Redmond started Tongue Fu in 2007 with bassist and composer Riaan Vosloo (Nostalgia 77), in a room above The Betsy Trotwood in London’s Clerkenwell.  They called together some poets, musicians and an audience, to find out what would happen if they cast their better judgement aside and put on a show with no rehearsal.  Unsurprisingly it was a little shambolic, but amongst the chaos, they found the kernel of what’s turned out to be a very good idea.

Tongue Fu Live1

Tongue Fu hosts a regular packed residency at Rich Mix in Shoreditch and boasts a growing list of shows at London Wonderground on The Southbank, The Barbican, The Roundhouse, Royal Albert Hall's Elgar Room, Glastonbury Festival, Latitude, Bestival, Cuirt and LINGO festivals in Ireland, FLUPP Lit. Festival in Brazil,  a tour of South Africa and a five star run at Edinburgh Festival.

      “The leading spoken word show” Metro