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

The Phantom Laundry team 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. 

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Dr Syntax is an MC from Banbury, Oxfordshire. He has been performing and releasing music for almost twenty years, as a solo artist and

DJ Dad started living in 1956 and DJing in Leeds and then London in 1972. He has played at most of the UK’s leading

Bristol based daughter and dad DJ duo the Moylan Family (aka Hannza and Threez) b2b mixing through different styles and bpms inc. steppas, RnB,

Booty Bass; born for women and non-binary folk to come together and play big, bad, unapologetic bangers from around the globe. Booty Bass are

There’s so much New Orleans slink in Dexter’s barfly blues music it’s hard to believe it comes with a Bristol postcode. That’s partly down to the

Some-Antics is a popular spoken word event based in Leicester that provides opportunities for performance and development for performers and writers and attracts performers

John Berkavitch hosts the Apples & Snakes takeover! Nafeesa Hamid –  Nafeesa is a writer of poetry and plays; workshop facilitator; performer; and creative producer

The centrepiece show of this year’s collision of spoken word and orchestral harp. This is a sublimely ridiculous journey of music and mysticism (complete

MĀDŁY has been collaborating with different worldwide producers to deliver her debut single ‘(Re)Tomber’ and debut EP ‘The End of Me’ (2021). She created

Zia Ahmed is a poet and writer from north-west London. He is part of the London Laureates, having been shortlisted for London’s Young Poet

Jasmine Gardosi is a multiple slam champion, beatboxer, Birmingham Poet Laureate finalist and winner of the Out-Spoken Prize for Poetry. Her work exploring identity,

A very special guest. We’re not telling, you’ll have to come along and find out.

Eddie Chilvers has been playing music and songs for psychedelic medicine ceremonies for over a decade, and will be sharing some of the songs

The Breath is Manchester-based guitarist Stuart McCallum and singer/flautist Ríoghnach Connolly. They met on the city’s gig circuit in the late noughties. An unlikely

Gus Fairbairn, aka Alabaster DePlume, has a pocketful of phrases that he uses all the time whether he’s walking down the street or holding

Rick Dove is a queer, mixed-race, and neurodivergent poet and activist from South London. His poems explore themes of identity, science-fiction, philosophy, and social

Bridget Hart hosts a Burning Eye poetry takeover, featuring Casey Bailey, Afshan D’souza-Lodhi, Bex Gordon and Louise Fazackerley. Burning Eye Books is small independent

“The recursive adventures of Dubi, a ’50’s sodajerk hurtled unwittingly into space and the often cruel doowop scene of Rygar. Can he forget the

There are multifaceted artists, and then there’s Bellatrix. A spellbinding singer and instinctively expressive songwriter, a multi-instrumentalist, a versatile performer and former world beatbox champion, Bellatrix complements artistic wholeness

Bone-melting. Intravenous Cup-a-Soup. Intimacy, depth-channelling beats and shining synth-led harmonies. A unique and bright collage of dead-good. Not for the faint of constitution. For

Tabla Maestro Sirishkumar Manji and his disciple, Vibhaas combine the organic sound and immediacy of the tabla with sampling, synthesis and sound manipulation. They

Do you want to stop the self judging, inner critic, “I’m not good enough”, negative self-talk that stresses you out, robs you of your

Dominie Hooper’s voice pushes forth a depth, darkness, and arresting honesty, as her songs dissect shame, sexuality, survival and identity with an ever-present sense

Vanessa Kisuule is a writer, performer and facilitator based in Bristol. She has won over ten slam titles and performed nationally and internationally. She

Come and have a festival warm up with Chez Dunford plus a special teaching guest. Drawing on Clown, Fool, and Bodywork practices, we will be

Mark Grist is an award-winning poet, teacher (& unlikely battle-rapper) with millions of views for both his poetry and rap battles online. He’s been

Craft-D is a rapper, poet, writer and educator from London, now based in Bristol. He is currently the UK Battle Rap Champion. His rap

Poet Laureate Simon Armitage was born and grew up in West Yorkshire. He is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including the Queen’s Gold

Nikita Gill is an Irish-Indian poet. Nikita has given a Tedx Talk, spoken at every major literary festival in the U.K., been shortlisted for

Liv Torc is a poet, performer, artist and project weaver, who plunders the vast caverns and dormant volcanoes of the human and planetary condition.

Stand-up poet and lo-fi theatre-maker Jonny Fluffypunk has been dragging his art around the UK and occasionally beyond for over 25 years, deafly fusing

Joelle Taylor is an award-winning poet and author whose poetry collection C+NTO & Othered Poems was awarded the T.S Eliot Prize 2021 and is