Tongue Fu


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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 now 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.


2016's highlights included a massive show in the mainspace at The Roundhouse with Irvine Welsh, Hollie McNish and Beardyman, plus Glastonbury Festival with Speech Debelle and Buddy Wakefield, Ledbury Poetry Festival, Edinburgh Book Festival, Lingo -Dublin and a tour and Edinburgh run of a brand new show called Animal, by Chris Redmond, Anna Freeman and the Tongue Fu Band, which was featured in both the Guardian's Pick of The Fringe 2016 and the Independent's Top 12 shows to see in Edinburgh.


The team includes design crew - Creative R&D, a rotating cohort of extraordinary musicians (not literally rotating) and an ever growing roster of great poets, storytellers, comedians, rappers and lovers of the word.

    “The leading spoken word show” Metro