A wry blend of anarchocynisism and comic observation

The Antipoet, Paul Eccentric and Ian Newman, are together the world's finest exponents of beatrantin' rhythm 'n views!

Having become enormously successful over the past five years, they now run their own nights in both London and the home counties. They have tirelessly toured the poetry, comedy and music circuits, and have appeared at countless festivals including, Glastonbury, Edinburgh, Brighton, Ledbury, Camden, Wenlock, Larmer Tree, Nostock, Blyth Power Ashes and Buxton. They have also performed at magazine launches, Christmas light switch-ons, street parties, several libraries and schools, a shop window, the back of a lorry, on various boats, in the minstrel gallery of the Liverpool Town Hall and at Silverstone for the Grand Prix.


"...buy their books and discs at least..."

Feast your ears on The Antipoet's latest offerings below, but there's loads more to discover!


For the THIRD year running, RRRants happily lent The Antipoet to the lovely people at Glastonbury Festival.

In 2013...
The news was announced in April and was accompanied by a glowing review from the festival's official blogger, before they'd even made it to the stage:
"I screamed when I saw they were on too! Possible my favourite poetry act ever and the stage needs them! My favourite poetry ‘band’, these two had adults streaming tears in laughter and kids all round me jumping from their seats chanting ‘Tights Not Stockings’, the last time I saw them at a live gig. My mum fancies them, my nan thinks they’re ‘a bit too rude’, my mates think they’re geniuses and I think their song ‘Random Words’ should be given out as medication to anyone who’s gone to too many naff poetry gigs. Serious ideas performed hilariously." - Hollie McNish, Glastonbury 2013 Official Blogger

Following their multiple performances across the weekend, The Anitpoet received yet more glowing reviews, including:
"We just want to say, The Antipoet are a dream to watch, check them out, very, very worthwhile"  - Poetry & Words, Glastonbury June 2013

A note from the boys themselves: The Antipoet would like to thank all the lovely people, performers, staff and festival goers for making their first time out at Glastonbury utterly memorable and bloody brilliant to boot! Especially Helen, Helen's mum, Bohdan for the photos and Hollie for the blogging. Cheers!

In 2014...
The lads were gobsmacked to find that they were featured in the early pages of the official event guide! Following this, they gave another stonkin' set of performances, to prove their worth to onlooking revellers. Well, it would have been rude not to!
Another note from the chaps in kilts: Another wonderful Glastonbury for The Antipoet at The Poetry &  Words stage! A huge thank you to the organisers and everyone that came along and filled the rather large tent, clapped a lot and bought their cds, they are very happy bunnies! Fingers crossed for 3rd time lucky!

In 2015...
The Antipoet had their best Glastonbury ever totting up 15 performance slots! They would like to thank Benita Johnson for inviting them onto the Poetry and Words stage, Jules Howarth for the Mavericks stage, Gabriella Wilton for the GreenPeace stage, Tim Fulker for the Banjo stage and all the lovely people that trusted them with their open mic stages!

In 2016...
The wettest year-to-date for The Antipoet but always a joy and as usual thank you to a fantastic crew who always go above and beyond!


2016, WOW! Another great year for The Antipoet, with far too many people to thank for some great festivals and events across the land, but you know who you are so 'thank you'!

With over 40 dates on the tour thus far, including 18 festivals, they’ve surprised everyone by still being upright! Here’s to 2017!

"We want Antipoet next year, otherwise I'm sure there'll be a riot from the audience."
- Anna Harriot, Arts Programmer Larmer Tree Festival, July 2016

"Friday night belonged to The Stranglers (but) then there was an impromptu performance by this festival's heroes, the beatrapping Antipoet duo, augmented at times by the Southampton Ukulele Jam. It's unexpectedly delightful things like this that make Larmer Tree what it is. (The Antipoet are) the jewel in Larmer's crown; an old style punk aided by a double bass player, booted in six inch heels. His hilarious anarchic 'beatranting' on virtually any subject, delighted an audience rammed to the gunwales."
- Bournemouth Echo July 2016 

"4. The Antipoet
In the real ale venue known as The Travelling Barn on Friday afternoon, two men clambered onto a small stage to play to a half-empty tent of small children sitting with their mums. One of them, Ian Newman, was tall, with long dark hair, a Dali moustache and studded, knee-high black kinky boots. He played a double bass and made occasional interjections. The other, Paul Eccentric, was shorter, with spiked punky hair, goth make-up and a black leather kilt with handcuffs attached. He fired out poems, giving them hammy theatre. From the start they revelled in the fact the venue was completely unsuitable for their set and songs such as “Gimp Night Down at the Fighting Cocks” (pictured above left), shorn of its naughtier bits, were all the funnier for it. They also sent themselves up with bitter amusement, portraying themselves as perennial losers stuck on the festival/toilet circuit. The set was very funny but also had bite and pith. By the end they’d won a crowd, including red-faced mums at the front, and our group was enthralled, especially when they ended with a song exposing the mind of a middle-aged man trying not to ogle girls. “Tights not stockings,” ran the desperate chorus. They were a classic example of the sort of band you stumble across at a festival. If you do so, stick around; The Antipoet come recommended.

5. KT Tunstall..."
- Theartsdesk.com Review of Camp Bestival’s Top 5 Acts 2016

"Really, really ace, I like what you do!"
- Ray Peacock Comedian, March 2015

"The only thing that can prepare you for The Antipoet is having seen them before"
- Wesley Freeman-Smith, Moving Tone, February 2013

"You guys ROCKSTARRED the place… woooo… ENCORE!"
- Huw Dylan Elilis, Nozstock Festival, July 2011

"Sweet as strawberries; sharp as lemon barley water."
- Jo Bell, Ledbury Festival, July 2011

"Original in material and striking in appearance - the crowd loved them."
Gary Longden, Variety Night,  Bilston, September 2011

"It's like sharing a dressing room with a rock band. They made me feel like Debbie Harry."
- Laura Dockrill June 2010

"An act at the forefront of the new movement, with material dripping in parody. They take poetry to a new level, with performances as memorable as they are hilarious"
- The Stage, July 2010

"Enigmatic beat poetry. A dazzling display of poetry, comedy and music. sometimes all in the same moment!"
- Edinburgh Fringe Review, August 2010

"Combining music, poetry and comedy is one of the hardest things to pull off but they do it brilliantly."
- Paul Lyalls, August 2010

"Great material! Totally professional but completely unpretentious."
- Jude Simpson, August 2010

"You guys built a vibe. Did it for me big time."
- David J, August 2010

"Great singer and bass player; he's genius."
- Ed Tudor Pole, July 2010

"The sexiest poets on the stage since I retired."
- Yanny Mac, September 2010

"Eyeliner, triangle and a double bass have never been funnier!"
- Word of Mouth, September 2010