New Podcast Episode – Collectors special from London Pop-Up with Monty!

Merchandise from the Kate Bush Pop-Up

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In this episode of the Kate Bush Fan Podcast, Seán heads to London to experience the extraordinary 5-day Kate Bush Remastered Pop-Up for himself. After meeting the HomeGround gang (and a certain actor friend of theirs!) he brings his swag with him to meet Monty Moncrieff MBE.

Monty is a Kate Bush superfan and we get into the world of collecting Kate Bush; vinyl records, box sets, rarities and even fakes – we cover it all. It’s very geeky, so be warned, but we had fun doing it. We also feature a fantastic version of one of Kate’s songs by our friend Tristan! Long episode, this one! Be sure to check out the image gallery above for photos of some of the things we discuss. 

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The Irish Times review Kate’s new book: “Not a spare word anywhere”

John BoyneJohn Boyne, bestselling author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, writes in The Irish Times about his discovery that reading the lyrics in Kate’s new book, How To Be Invisible, is to experience her songs in an entirely new way. He writes:

“Knowing the albums as well as I do, reading these familiar lyrics is to experience the songs I love in an entirely new way. They’re not structured chronologically here, and there’s more focus on the later work than the earlier, but this adds an interesting element, for Bush has clearly chosen each juxtaposition for a reason. Breathing, for example, a song about nuclear war, is placed next to Experiment IV, which recounts a military plot to create “a sound that could kill someone from a distance”, and this is followed by Joanni, a song about Joan of Arc. The entire section is introduced by the classic Army Dreamers and ends with O England My Lionheart, where “the soldiers soften, the war is over, the air raid shelters are blooming clover”. And these five songs are drawn from four different albums. It’s so subtle, but it’s so smart.” Read the full review here.

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Kate Bush Remastered Pop-Up goes online tomorrow!

Pop-Up online

Kate writes on her official site:

“We have had an overwhelming response to the pop-up shop. Thank you so much for all your incredible support. It’s been an exciting experience!  We’ve had a great number of people asking for the opportunity to buy the items from an on-line shop, so we have been working on this and we are delighted to announce that the on-line shop will be open here on Monday, 10th December at 12.30pm (GMT).

All profits from this on-line shop will be going to the charity Crisis until 1st January 2019.

In early January, we will be announcing the amount you have kindly donated to Crisis by taking part in this pop-up event. You have been so extremely generous and have helped to make it a happier time for homeless people this Christmas.

I would especially like to thank the following people who have made a huge contribution to the project:

David Bell and FIREBRAND
Dan Chalmers at WMG
Lee Brackstone at Faber and Faber
Murray Chalmers and MCPR
David Munns
Geoff Jukes
Stuart Crouch
Neil and Selina
Craig White
David Crofts
Pat Savage
Simon Moran
Lucie Balcombe
Tom Gallacher
Lee Gregory
Tanya Davies
Eve Gee
Jordan Gaster
Hannah Gaster
Millie Davies
Ferdinand Van Heerdan
Alexandra Moisey
Raymond Bell
James Bowthorpe
Matt O’Neill
Adam Mallett
Nick Taylor
Aidan Gooding Donoghue
Megane Grimonster

Many, many thanks again and wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year ahead.
Kate”

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Author David Mitchell writes in today’s Guardian about Kate’s work!

As well as appearing on this morning’s Today programme on BBC Radio 4 (see our earlier news item with transcript here), novelist David Mitchell writes a lengthy and quite brilliant piece in today’s Guardian. For him, she has produced four album masterpieces in her career – guess which ones? Read the full article here. Here’s an excerpt in which he discusses what it means to be a fan of Kate’s work:

“I’ve been a fan of Kate Bush for nearly 40 years. Being a fan, like being in love, is giddying, it’s as personal as skin, it connects you with others in a particular way, and it sets you up for a fall. Being a fan puts you on one-way first name terms with the object of your fan-ness, even if he, she, they or “Kate” don’t know you exist – as is almost always the case. Over time, the “fan state” may change in expression but not in essence. “Fan” as a label is a slur on your critical objectivity and even your maturity, but if you weren’t a fan of something or someone, wouldn’t life be a little bland?

You don’t learn much about Kate Bush from her songs. She’s fond of masks and costumes – lyrically and literally – and of yarns, fabulations and atypical narrative viewpoints. Yet, these fiercely singular pieces, which nobody else could have authored, are also maps of the heart, the psyche, the imagination. In other words, art.”

“Fans want more of what we loved the first time, yet we complain if things feel repetitive. Kate is a mighty exception to all this, as rare as a yeti. Her fidelity to her ever-curious, ever-morphing muse has won her a body of fans who hold her songs as treasured possessions to be carried through life. By dint of never having been in fashion, she has never fallen out of fashion. By taking bold artistic risks that she navigates with ingenuity and wisely chosen collaborators, the albums Kate made in her late 40s and 50s equal and surpass the songs recorded in her teens and 20s that made her famous. To any artist in any field, her example is a hope-instilling exhortation to evolve, to reinvent, to reimagine what we do.”

You can buy Kate’s book (with exclusive bookmark), and also How To Be Invisible t-shirts and tote bags along with lots of other items, AND enter a raffle for a signed copy at the Kate Bush Remastered Pop Up in Coal Drops Yard, London, which is still open every day until Sunday December 9th at 8pm, all profits to the Crisis homelessness charity. More info here

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Author David Mitchell talks about Kate’s book on BBC Radio 4

On the Today programme this morning on BBC Radio 4, author David Mitchell talks to Rebecca Jones about Kate’s book of lyrics, How To Be Invisible, for which he wrote the introduction. David previously worked with Kate on dialogue for scenes in her Before the Dawn shows. David has previously written about his love of Kate’s work in The Guardian here. Listen to the interview with David at time mark 2:22:37 into this audio stream here.

“I’m just really, really glad that this woman exists, I’m so glad she’s made the music she has done. It’s like a constellation in the sky for me, it fills me with wonder. As I’ve evolved her songs have a quality – they evolve as well. I often sort of think of them as companions who walk with me through life.”

She is notoriously private. What can we learn about Kate Bush through her lyrics?

“She is a “word nerd”…the kooky, quirky, quixotic use of language. She’s not afraid of the darker places of the human psyche. That gives her work power that most songs don’t even aspire to.

How did you first come across her? 

“Well, I first encountered Kate Bush like many people of my generation in 1978 on Top of the Pops when the video for Wuthering Heights appeared…(laughing) it was like nothing we’d ever seen before. I remember the next day I went to school and all the girls in the class were playing being “Kate Bush”, doing that dance around the playground which certainly burnt that song into my memory…and it’s still there.”

On Kate’s influence on his own writing: “She had an album in 1982 called The Dreaming which was artistically experimental, and it is a risk-encourager, you can’t listen to it without thinking, well, if it worked for her, maybe it will work for me as well. I listened to that album over and over and over when I was writing my first two novels. It’s a sort of friendly artistic muse on your ear saying: “yeah go on, have a go, try it, see if it works”

It was while he was working on his new novel that the request came from Kate Bush to write the introduction to her new book. We’re often advised not to meet our heroes, because they might be disappointing, what was it like for you then?  

“She’s not at all disappointing; she’s like her songs, she has a deep mind, the size of a planet, it’s full of interesting thoughts and images and combinations of words that you haven’t really met before, and just a very warm human being as well.”

Is there any hint that she’s working on new music? David, amused (and cautious!) says: “I’m not allowed to say, I’m SO not allowed to say…I can neither confirm nor deny so I’ll just have to lapse into enigmatic silence I’m afraid!” David concludes the interview, summing up Kate’s influence: “People will still be listening to these songs with amazement in two, three hundred years time. I think this work will last in the same way that metaphysical poetry from the Elizabethan era has lasted. I know that’s a huge claim to be making, but if I were to to make it about anyone, then Kate Bush would be in that very small circle of artists.”

You can buy Kate’s book (with exclusive bookmark), and also How To Be Invisible t-shirts and tote bags along with lots of other items, AND enter a raffle for a signed copy at the Kate Bush Remastered Pop Up in Coal Drops Yard, London, which is still open every day until Sunday December 9th at 8pm, all profits to the Crisis homelessness charity. More info here

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How To Be Invisible, Kate’s book of lyrics, released today!

Kate’s book of lyrics, How To Be Invisible is published today! After escaping into branches of Waterstones a little early last weekend, it will now be available in all good bookshops priced £14.99. We hope you enjoy curling up by the fire this December, mug of cocoa or a nice glass of red in hand, pouring over and savouring the results of Kate’s decades as a wordsmith like no other, selected and arranged by her, with an introduction by her friend, novelist David Mitchell. How lovely. (You’re going to love Aerial Tal!)

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Kate’s charity Pop Up Shop opens to queues of fans in London!

Some photos from this morning’s opening at 10am of the Kate Bush Remastered Pop Up in Coal Drops Yard, London! An actual Kate Bush shop exists on the planet! Well, for 5 days anyway. Try to get down there, pick up your Kate Bush swag and help raise funds for the homelessness charity, Crisis!

From what we hear there’s a whole NEW range of Kate Bush Remastered merchandise, with imagery from different albums, including (deep breath): T-Shirts at £25 each – including How To Be Invisible (book logo), The Kate Bush Remastered logo (with an Aerial-esque soundwave made up of all of Kate’s song titles – it’s gorgeous!), The Red Shoes t-shirt, The Sensual World t-shirt, Never For Ever t-shirt. There’s a set of 4 coasters with Fish People vinyl labels on them for £12, a set of 4 badges for £10,  gorgeous mugs are £10 each, including a stunning Never For Ever mug, a Fish People mug and a Red Shoes mug. Also on sale are 50 Words For Snow Christmas Cards, 50 Words For Snow AND December Will Be Magic Again Christmas Tree Baubles which are £20 each, PLUS posters, hoodies, remastered vinyl, remastered CDs, Kate’s How To Be Invisible book (with limited edition bookmark), and various limited prints on display to tie in with Kate Bush Remastered! Phew. Get down there!!

Daily raffle prizes include: 10 x How to Be Invisible regular edition books, signed by Kate, 10 x Calligraphic 50 Words For Snow art prints, signed by Kate, 4 x King of the Mountain picture discs (unsigned) and 16 x Running Up That Hill RSD picture discs (unsigned). This presentation print below is available to buy, for €7,000!

Signed BTD sold out poster

More details on the pop up, including location and opening times, here.

Your swag comes in a bag!

Day 1 open

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The Irish Times on Kate’s literary inspirations as her book is released

Irish Times

Patrick Kelleher writes today in The Irish Times about Kate’s literary inspirations across her body of work:

“Wuthering Heights was just the beginning of a career that has been filled with literary influences. As Bush prepares this week to release a book of lyrics, called How To Be Invisible, now is a fitting time to reflect on the songs throughout her illustrious career that have been influenced by literature….” Emily Brontë, Peter Pan, Shakespeare, Henry James, Stephen King, Peter Reich, Alfred Tennyson, James Joyce and Hans Christian Andersen are all discussed.  Kelleher concludes:  “As Bush prepares to release a book of lyrics, and has just released remastered versions of all of her albums on CD and vinyl for the first time, there could be more literary-inspired Bush music on the horizon.” Read the full article here.

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Have you spotted the latest hidden KT symbols on Kate Bush Remastered?

Well, it wouldn’t be a new Kate Bush release without hidden KT symbols, would it? These remasters are the gift that keep giving!

In Others Words KT Symbol

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Attitude Magazine review Kate’s remasters: “Lavishly packaged and sonically stunning”

Attitude MagazineSimon Button in Attitude Magazine has huge praise for Kate’s remastered catalogue:

“…beautifully done….Kate worked in conjunction with James Guthrie on the remastering and they’ve done an amazing job. Rather than just pumping up the volume, they’ve gone for nuance and clarity so the drums on ‘Running Up That Hill’ pound a little harder and the shattered glass on ‘Babooshka’ is crystal clear….the boxsets have been lovingly curated and they prove that this woman’s work is absolutely second to none.” Read the full review here. Thanks to Simon O’Donovan for the link.

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Kate Bush Remastered – First podcast reactions!

They’ve finally arrived! Kate Bush, who never seems to want to re-visit her back catalogue (her last greatest hits compilation was over 30 years ago), has nevertheless undertaken a monumental remastering project, releasing all 10 studio albums on both vinyl and CD, fully remastered plus some remastered rarities collections. Seán talks about this extraordinary avalanche of Kate Bush releases and Paul and Darrell follow up with their analysis. And then there’s the charity pop up shop!

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How To Be Invisible book goes on sale in Waterstones in the UK!

Kate’s book of lyrics, How To Be Invisible, has been appearing on shelves in branches of Waterstones across the UK, several days ahead of the announced release date. Signed copies of the book to be won in a daily raffle, exclusive bookmarks and other items will be offered at Kate’s charity Pop Up Shop from Wed December 5th to Sun December 9th – read here for all the details.

Kate's book in Waterstones

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Kate announces 5-day Kate Bush Pop Up Shop for homeless charity!

Pop Up Shop

This is absolutely brilliant news, and such a lovely gesture from Kate in the run up to Christmas. Kate has announced that she will open a special pop-up at London’s Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross from the 5th – 9th Dec 2018.  All profits will go to the national homelessness charity, Crisis. Seán and the Kate Bush Fan Podcast will be there on Saturday and Sunday, come say hello and have a chat if you see a smiling Irish guy with a digital recorder!

The shop is at Unit L10, Coal Drops Yard, 108 Lower Stable St, London, N1C 4DR and opens at 10am on Wednesday Dec 5. The shop closes at 8pm on Sunday Dec 9. Specific opening times are:

Wed 5th December: 10am to 10pm
Thurs 6th December: 10am to 10pm
Fri 7th December: 10am to 10pm
Sat 8th December: 10am to 8pm
Sun 9th December: 11am to 8pm

Full Press Release:

Coinciding with the release of definitive remastered versions of her music catalogue, as well as the publication by Faber of the lyric book How To Be Invisible, the shop will sell the vinyl, CDs and book plus a selection of exclusive specially made items. Each book sold will include an exclusive bookmark.

DAILY RAFFLE: In addition to the stock there will be a daily raffle with very special prizes which will be announced on social media on the day. Only 250 tickets on sale at £20 each per day. ONE TICKET PER CUSTOMER. 40 WINNERS EACH DAY. Prizes include: Signed book, picture discs, signed art print. All winners notified by phone / email.

Evening Standard – Tuesday December 4th 2018

GRAND RAFFLE: Enter into one of the daily raffles and you will be entered into the grand raffle automatically. The Grand Raffle prize is an ‘Aerial’ Presentation Disc signed by Kate.

Aerial signed disc

The store is located in a space at 108 Lower Stable Street, a sunken street within the new Heatherwick Studio designed Coal Drops Yard shopping district, directly adjacent to King’s Cross’ Granary Square.

Kate said “I can’t imagine how it must feel to be homeless. Our attention is drawn to this tragic issue at Christmas when most of us can share the celebrations with those we love but, of course, homelessness is there all year round – all the time. It must be so frightening. Without charities like Crisis, who would people turn to? Who would help? Where would the hope of a future come from? I hope this pop up shop will raise some money for Crisis and raise more awareness of this life-saving charity”.

Coal Drops Yard

Coal Drops Yard, London

Crisis Chief Executive Jon Sparkes said; “We’re absolutely thrilled that Kate Bush has chosen to support us this Christmas by donating all of the profits from her pop up shop.

“Homelessness is one of the most urgent issues of our time – across the country thousands of people are needlessly suffering life on the streets or trapped in hostels and B&Bs. We simply can’t carry on like this when we know that homelessness is not inevitable.

“The money raised by Kate and her fans will help us provide food, warmth, and vital services to thousands of homeless people this Christmas – as well as the year round support they need to leave homelessness behind for good – and for that we’re incredibly grateful.”

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Kate’s social media countdown to Part 2 almost complete!

TOMORROW! Kate’s social media countdown prepares for tomorrow’s launch of the second half of Kate Bush Remastered with a touching nod to fan-favourite Under The Ivy. Can’t wait to hear that track remastered along with SO many others!





Remastered Part 2

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Kate’s Remastered CD box set enters UK albums chart!

In something of a surprise to us (considering this is an expensive box set containing 7 individual albums) Kate’s Remastered Part 1 CD set has actually entered the official UK album charts at number 51! Perhaps in the digital/streaming age there are new rules governing what qualifies for the album chart now, but this is still very nice to see! Both vinyl box sets (I and II) and Hounds of Love also popped up in last week’s midweek charts on the strength of early sales of the remastered products.

More chart figures for you (with thanks to Matt, chart-wiz over on our site forum!)

UK albums top 100:
Number 51 – Remastered 1. (CD box set) 2634 sales

UK vinyl chart
Number 7 – Remastered in vinyl volume 1
Number 9 – Remastered in vinyl volume 2
Number 10 – Hounds of Love
Number 14 – The Red Shoes
Number 26 – The Kick Inside
Number 39 – The Sensual World

UK Physical Chart (CDs & vinyl)
Number 33 – Remastered 1 (CD box set)
Number 61 – Hounds of Love
Number 69 – Remastered in Vinyl volume 1
Number 73 – Remastered in vinyl volume 2
Number 89 – The Red Shoes
Number 93 – The Kick Inside

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