Spoken word poetry is at the heart of what we do, and as well as producing UK tours, we host regular #LIVEwire nights between Leeds and London as well as at music festivals and venues around the country.
Our first UK tour took place in May 2017 to support the release of Salena Godden‘s ‘LIVEwire’ album. We were also co-producers on Matt Abbott‘s 22-date UK theatre tour of ‘Two Little Ducks’ in autumn 2018. Our second UK ‘LIVEwire’ tour began in September 2019 and had to be completed online due to COVID-19.
As well as our ‘LIVEwire’ events, we also programme and co-produce the bi-monthly ‘Chelping’ at The Leeds Library event.
Since the beginning of May 2020, we’ve hosted (almost) weekly Insta sessions with guests from all over the UK and further afield. These relaxed 30-minute sessions have blended performance with insightful conversations from leading and emerging poets.
LIVEwire at Leeds Poetry Festival | 23.07.21
We’re excited to be presenting a special ‘LIVEwire’ event as part of the first-ever Leeds Poetry Festival. It’ll take place at Left Bank from 1700-1830 on Friday 23 July. Our featured acts are Kirsty Taylor and Simone Yasmin, and there’ll also be a ‘spotlight section’ showcasing emerging poets from around West Yorkshire.
Tickets cost £8 plus booking fee and are available here.
LIVEwire x Lockdown première event | 10.12.20
Since the end of September, we’ve been working fervently behind the scenes on our ‘LIVEwire x Lockdown‘ project. This saw four new artists sign to the label. As part of this online première event, they shared their brand-new commissioned pieces which are the culmination of this project.
Watch it back on Facebook. You don’t need a Facebook account to tune in!
LIVEwire regional dates and Leeds residency 2019-20
Our most significant series of ‘LIVEwire’ events to date, and a major step up for Nymphs & Thugs as a spoken word event producer. The final two events had to take place online and are available to stream back in full.
We also have top quality photographs and video highlights from the first six events (further down the page). Huge thanks to everybody that attended, and to Arts Council England for the leg up.
LIVEwire Leeds No.1 media
2 October saw our first ‘LIVEwire’ Leeds residency night at Hyde Park Book Club, with storming sets from Salena Godden and Nafeesa Hamid, plus open mic hosted by Matt Abbott. Photos also by Idle Work Factory.
LIVEwire Bristol media
Our second regional event saw us partner with Raise The Bar at Arnolfini in Bristol, with Salena Godden, Jess Green and Kevin P. Gilday performing to a buzzing room on a stormy Wednesday night. Thanks to Alex Sheppard for the photos.
LIVEwire Leeds No.2 media
Our final event of the 2010s saw Joelle Taylor and Ollie O’Neill perform to another packed room in Leeds, as well as some more brilliant open mic acts. Thanks again to Idle Work Factory for the media.
LIVEwire Birmingham media
LIVEwire Birmingham took place on Saturday 22 February as part of Verve Poetry & Spoken Word Festival. We had sets from Salena Godden, oakley, Toria Garbutt and Saili Katebe, and the video was filmed and edited by Verse First.
We also have these awesome pics from Thom Bartley.
LIVEwire Colchester video
Originally scheduled for 29 April at Colchester Arts Centre, our final regional LIVEwire event took place online on Thursday 23 July and is available to stream back in full above, as well as on our IGTV channel and Facebook page. Luke Wright, Molly Naylor and Maria Ferguson were all on top form as per.
During the event, we encouraged donations to Colchester Arts Centre’s COVID-19 fund, which you can still donate to here. Huge thanks to everybody that tuned in live!
LIVEwire Leeds No.4 video
Originally scheduled for 1 April at Hyde Park Book Club, our final LIVEwire Leeds residency event took place online on Thursday 30 July and is available to stream back in full above, as well as on our IGTV channel and Facebook page. Kevin P. Gilday, Toria Garbutt and the open mic acts were all on top form as per.
During the event, we encouraged donations to HPBC’s COVID-19 fund, which you can still donate to here. Huge thanks to everybody that tuned in live!
Facebook Live with Tongue Fu video
LIVEwire Class of 2019
Huge thanks to all of the poets that graced one of our stages during 2019. You can get brief bios and video links for all of these poets here. If you’re interested in programming a LIVEwire event for 2020, please get in touch using the contact form.
Please note that we don’t act as a booking agent for our individual artists. We act as a go-between for our artists, and also work with a vast network of poets around the UK.