Phantom Laundry


‘…by which she would recognise that poetry isn’t revolution but a way of knowing why it must come.’ (Adrienne Rich, ‘Dreamwood’)

Brought to you by the team who brought you The Wandering Word, The Phantom Laundry has been searching far and wide throughout the year to bring you the very best in poetry, spoken word, live music and fine vinyl from across the UK and beyond. Showcasing big shiny (inter)national treasures of the poetry scene, alongside a program of the most incisive, diverse and vital new wordsmiths in town, we hope our word-filled days will leave you awestruck, open-hearted and bursting to dance as we pour you into evenings full of delicious music from our most favourite bands, hip-hop artists and DJs. Look out for our takeover of the Chai Wallahs stage on Slambala Sunday, our open (internationally recognised) poetry slam where any Shambalan with a poem to tell can step up and compete for the Shambala Poetry Slam 2021 crown. And don’t forget to check out the program of fierce and magical workshops on offer (in spoken word and beyond) in our sister venue, The Phantom Laundry Workshop Tent.