Stop the presses! We’re ludicrously excited to announce that we’ve confirmed a fantastic headliner for the National Shake the Dust Slam Final. A Mercury Prize winning, spoken word hip-hop sensation no less: Speech Debelle!

Speech and her band will be rounding off the event – but not before the nine highest scoring teams from each region perform for the last time. We can now reveal to you our amazing finalists, they are: Sheringham High School (East), Tuxford Academy (East Midlands), Queensbridge School (West Midlands), Young Identity Old Trafford (North West), Stoke Damerel Community College (South West), Our Lady and St Bede’s RC School (North East), The Roundhouse (London), Ralph Thoresby High School (Yorkshire & Humberside) and Samuel Cody Specialist Sports College (South East)…Boom!

So join our nine slam teams, Speech Debelle, host Jacob Sam-la Rose and judges Charlie Dark, Khadijah Ibrahiim, Stephen Murray and Charlotte Higgins for the biggest youth slam the UK has ever seen. It’s sure to be an unmissable night of energy, originality, honesty and virtuosity from next generation poets and established names alike. 2pm, Saturday 7 July in the Queen Elizabeth Hall Southbank Centre, London: be there.