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Stage Editorial

bornlippy18.jpg Shooting from the lip

The next line-up for Born Lippy – the spoken word, comedy, political thought and hip-hop event – looks particularly tasty and is coming to Cobalt Studios in Newcastle this June.

Let’s cut to the chase and investigate that line-up in full which will include Thick Richard Duffy. This highly respected potty-mouthed poet has supported the likes of Kate Tempest and Jerry Sadowitz, and his cynical, lyrical, well-crafted verse and intelligent wordplay is the perfect vehicle for him to launch comical attacks on everything that pisses him off.

Also on the bill are Holly Flo Lightly (pictured) the rapper, singer and spoken word artist who blurs the boundaries with her socially conscious lyrics and lusciously layered vocal melodies. Her debut EP Aperitifsaw her being named as one of the top ten UK female rappers by Wordplay magazine.

Newcastle comic Julian Lee is winning a big reputation as the king of one-liners and puns (last year he was runner-up in the prestigious UK Pun Championship) and he headlined the sell-out Four Men in a Tent show at Jesterval last year. Catch him here before he visits the Edinburgh Festival later this year.

Front Step Collective is a spoken word/hip-hop/dub/trip band who spill the beans on everything from mental health to music addiction, while BOGSEY is The Write Festival Slam Champion for 2017. In addition to this stellar line-up there will be the usual poetry slam, with entrants going head to head to win a slot on July’s line up. Lip smackin’ stuff.

Born Lippy, Wednesday 13 June, Cobalt Studios, 10-16 Boyd Street, Shieldfield, Newcastle, 7pm, £5 on door (no advance tickets). cobaltstudios.co.uk