Illustrator Jordan Atkinson – Before the Dawn designs

No, we have no word on a live album or concert DVD as of yet, but we will of course bring you any updates if and when there’s news to report. On a related note, illustrator and graphic designer Jordan Atkinson briefly discusses some of the Before the Dawn tour merchandise designs he worked on with Kate and Firebrand at Jordan’s site: http://www.jordanatkinson.co.uk/portfolio/kate-bush-before-the-dawn-tour/

Still loving the Nocturn lyrics on the blackbird wings! :)

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Many tour items still available at Kate’s site here: http://katebush.firebrandstores.com/index.php

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Kate nominated Artist and Live Event of the Year at the Prog Awards!

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Prog awards logoThe Orange Progressive Music Awards take place on Thursday September 3rd at Underglobe, beneath Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre on London’s Southbank. They will be presented by Matthew Wright.

From the awards site: “It’s the night when the glitterati of the prog world gather to honour talent old and new, from those acts making their first tentative forays into the wider musical world, to the prog overlords who have been there, done it and are now receiving a well-deserved slap on the back for their endeavours.”

We can all vote for Kate in two categories: Artist of the Year and Live Event of the Year. Click here to register and vote!

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UPDATE: Kate contributes “Wild Man (with remastered shimmer)” track to Dalai Lama album

Songs for Tibet albumKate and Peter Gabriel are among artists contributing tracks to an album that marks the 80th birthday of the Dalai Lama with the collection to be released on Monday July 24th. Kate’s track on the album is her 2011 single, “Wild Man (with remastered shimmer)“. Kate’s track was confirmed by way of some previews being made available.

Stephen W. Tayler, who mixed the original track for the 50 Words For Snow album, tells katebushnews.com that: “…it’s the original mix with an added layer that makes it subtly different and beautiful. I advise to check the iTunes previews when they appear before making a judgement. That’s all I can say!” Kate’s remastered track has a 7 minute run time.

The Grammy-nominated first volume of this collection in 2008 contained several rare versions of songs and live tracks from the contributing musicians.

The album will be called The Art Of Peace: Songs For Tibet II, and also features Elbow, Sting, Imagine Dragons, The Family Crest, Lorde, Tina Turner and Bob Geldof plus others (see track list below). The Art Of Peace Foundation have set up a PledgeMusic campaign to support the release. It’s being produced and musically directed by Rupert Hine, who oversaw the original release. About Kate’s track, Rupert says: “Kate had really wanted to come up with something unique for The Dalai Lama 80th, but time was slipping away. Set so appropriately in the Himalayas – Stephen Tayler’s treatment of the full-length mix from the Snow album relies more on psychoacoustics and sonic-processing releasing fresh harmonic information in an ear-tingly and subtle way. An absolute delight.”

The foundation says: “The Dalai Lama is a unique beacon of wisdom and insight for millions throughout the world. He turns 80 on July 6. To recognise this milestone, the foundation is producing an album to honour his vision of compassion, non-violence and peace.” Proceeds from sales will go towards the preservation and promotion of Tibetan culture.

Full Tracklisting: 

1 – Sting The Book of My Life (Ostinato Mix) 2 – Of Monsters & Men King & Lionheart 3 – Elbow Lippy Kids (Live from Manchester Apollo) 4 – The Family Crest Sparks (Glistermix) 5 – Kate Bush Wild Man (with remastered shimmer) 6 – Lorde A World Alone 7 – Beyond Mother Within (Ostinato Mix) (feat. Regula Curti, Dechen Shak-Dagsay, Sawani Shende-Sathaye & Tina Turner) 8 – Duncan Sheik Sometimes 9 – Howard Jones Things Can only Get Better (acoustic version) 10 – Bob Geldof Baby’s Going Down 11 – Rival Sons Sacred Tongue 12 – The Crystal Method Falling Hard (feat. Meiko) 13 – Ed Prosek Home (Chamber Mix) 14 – Rupert Hine You Can’t Be Chased (Ostinato Mix) 15 – Eleanor McEvoy Deliver Me (From What You Do) 16 – Peter Gabriel Signal to Noise (Cut in Edit)

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Student sends thanks as Kate Bush thesis is published

Sara Nyman, a fan who asked for help with her thesis on Kate Bush fans a few months back, has let us know that her thesis is ready. She writes: “To all you Kate Bush fans, the Kate Bush fandom thesis is now ready and publicly readable! Please follow this link to read the thesis.

The author of the thesis would also like to thank each participant for taking part in her research project, and has written a personal letter to all Kate Bush fans. The link to the letter is here. Well done Sara!

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World Exclusive! John Carder Bush to publish “Kate” – a second book of photographs of his sister!

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Following the huge success of his re-issued “Cathy” book last autumn, Kate’s brother John Carder Bush and Little, Brown are publishing a second book of photos and essays by John in October 2015. It will be called “Kate” and there is also a special edition of the book being planned, details at www.katebook.co.uk. Here is the press release:

KATE By John Carder Bush
A unique collection of rare and unseen photographs of Kate Bush, taken by her brother, the photographer and writer John Carder Bush.

Little, Brown is pleased to announce the publication of KATE by John Carder Bush. Published on 22nd October 2015, hardback, price £40.00. KATE is a collection of beautiful images from throughout her career. It includes outtakes from classic album shoots and never- before-seen photographs from The Dreaming and Hounds of Love sessions, and rare candid studio shots and behind-the- scenes stills from video sets, including ‘Army Dreamers’ and ‘Running Up that Hill’.

These stunning images will be accompanied by two new essays by John Carder Bush: Inside the Rainbow, describing in vibrant detail their shared childhood and the early, whirlwind days of Kate’s career, and My Sister, My Sitter, which vividly evokes John’s experience of photographing his sister. He says: ‘For me, each of these images forms part of a golden thread that shoots through the visual tapestry of Kate’s remarkable career. Storytelling has always been the heartbeat of Kate’s body of work, and it has been a privilege to capture these photographic illustrations that accompany those magical tales’

KATE is a truly extraordinary insight into the life and career of one of our most influential and well-loved artists. Publication will be supported by an extensive publicity and marketing campaign. A limited run of special editions will be available from www.katebook.co.uk – sign up now for more information. #katebook

John Carder Bush is a respected photographer and writer. His sister is the composer and musician Kate Bush, and John’s poetry narration and backing vocals have been used on several of her albums. He headed the Kate Bush management team for twenty years and since her early childhood, and throughout her career, John has photographed Kate both candidly and professionally. His images have appeared on iconic album, single and magazine covers worldwide. In 2014, Sphere published a new edition of CATHY, John’s iconic collection of photographs of Kate Bush as a young girl.

Photographs © John Carder Bush
For press requests and enquiries please contact Kirsteen Astor, Deputy Publicity Director at Little, Brown on Kirsteen.astor@littlebrown.co.uk | 020 7911 8059

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The 2015 HomeGround party! London, Friday 19th June!

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UPDATE: Advance tickets are no longer available, but there will be a limited number of tickets available on the door on the night for £10 each.

What is the HomeGround Party?

We are very happy to let you know that following the huge success of the 2012, 2013, and 2014 events, HomeGround and katebushnews.com are pleased to announce that there will be another Kate themed party this year for fans to celebrate and have a lot of fun!

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When and where?

The party takes place on Friday 19th June 2015 and again will be at the legendary Royal Vauxhall Tavern. The RVT is in Vauxhall, South London, just over the Thames from the West End and is a two minute walk from Vauxhall Underground, main line and bus stations and is two tube stops from the Victoria railway terminus. The RVT is home to award-winning club night Duckie as well as the Hot August Fringe Festival and many other top music and cabaret events and performances.

What will the night involve?

We start at 9pm and go through to 3am. The party will feature Kate-themed DJ sets from  Phil Marriott, Paul Burston, Dave Cross and Paul Thomas.

The night will also feature an exclusive live performance from Kate Bush tribute band Cloudbusting. The band will be performing a set mixing some of Kate’s most well-known songs with fan favourites.

NOTE: There will be a limited number of tickets available on the door on the night for £10 each.

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Kate chats to Jamie Cullum on BBC Radio 2

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“Strange Fruit” by Kate Bush (1996) – Bronze mounted on stone.

Jazz musician and singer, Jamie Cullum, is hosting a month-long “Billie & Me” feature to celebrate the centenary of Billie Holiday on his BBC Radio 2 show. On tomorrow evening’s show (Tuesday 31st March) at 7pm GMT, Kate shares her favourite track and talks about how Billie is an inspiration to her. We’re not sure if this is a new interview with Kate, or an excerpt from their previous chat in 2011.

Kate has long spoken of Billie Holiday as an inspiration, from wearing a flower in her hair in her early KT Bush Band gigs to her 1996 bronze sculpture, “Strange Fruit”, which she created for the War Child Milestones exhibition.

You can listen to Jamie’s show live on BBC Radio 2 here.

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Kate Bush “After the Dawn” Celebration coming to Birmingham in September!

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How are your KB diaries shaping up for 2015? Our friend and longtime Kate fan, Lisa Oliver, is organising what promises to be a fun ‘Kate Bush Convention’ at The Loft Lounge, Birmingham UK on Saturday 26th September. It will feature special guests, live music, memorabilia, disco, videos & good times! Lisa tells us that special guests at the event are Stewart Avon Arnold, internationally renowned choreographer and well known to Kate fans as one half of her talented duo of dancers (along with the late Gary Hurst) and photographer Guido Harari whose working relationship with Kate lasted for over 10 years from ‘The Dreaming’ era to ‘The Red Shoes’. Questions for a Q&A session are being collected by the organisers. UK Kate Bush tribute acts, Before the Dawn and A Sky of Honey will be performing.

Admittance is by ticket (£10) only, tickets and all the information you need are now available at the event’s site here.

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Molly Bloom’s odyssey in pots and photos….

The KissKrys Fitzgerald-Morris (of HomeGround and katebushnews.com fame!) has been involved in an interesting, Molly Bloom-related project that should be of some interest to fans of Kate’s songs The Sensual World and Flower of the Mountain.

The wonderful ceramic artist, Claudia Clare Ceramics new website page has just been published, showing the trilogy of pots, “Molly’s Odyssey”. Claudia asked writer, Rebecca Chance to be her model as a modern day Molly Bloom, (James Joyce’s earthy, sensual character in “Ulysses”) & Krys was asked to photograph Rebecca in various poses for Claudia to then work from.

In June of 2013 the pots were exhibited at the Francis Kyle Gallery in London’s Mayfair. The three met there again to do a shoot with Rebecca posing with the pots. Krys describes the finished work: “When I walked into the gallery & saw Claudia’s finished “Molly’s Odyssey” they took my breath away. They were so beautiful. Each pot has it’s own theme – “The Kiss”, “Diva” & “Yes”.

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I adore the rich colours & the sensuality. I love the humour of the newspaper headlines & how Rebecca’s beloved cat has also been immortalised in a typical cat pose! It was a wonderful project to be a part of, such a fantastic concept & such an energy about it.”

Read more about the exhibition, and Claudia’s other work, at the Claudia Clare “Molly’s Oddyssey” page here.

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Uncut Magazine release special Kate Bush “Ultimate Music Guide”

uncut special coverUncut Magazine in the UK have released one of their “Ultimate Music Guides” dedicated to all things Kate. Available in newsagents on the 12th and online here. More also in their editorial here.

From the blurb: “There are few British musicians who are as revered and elusive as Kate Bush – a fact brought home by the rapturous acclaim that greeted her return to live shows, after 35 years, in 2014. Now, Uncut’s latest Ultimate Music Guide reveals the truth about Kate Bush, and examines every part of her momentous and often strange career.

As usual, we’ve dug deep into the archives of NME and Melody Maker to find revelatory interviews with Bush. “There are always so many voices telling me what to do that you can’t listen to them,” she told one Melody Maker journalist in 1985. “All I ever do is listen to the little voices inside me. I don’t want to disappoint the little voices that have been so good to me.”

From the striking arrival of “Wuthering Heights”, through to the magical comeback of Before The Dawn, the Ultimate Music Guide: Kate Bush tells her whole story. Uncut’s writers have revisited every one of her albums and provided detailed new reviews: every song reassessed and rated. And along with the interviews, they show a genius on her own trajectory, whose idiosyncratic vision, and whose determination to bring that vision to fruition, has been there right from the start.

That’s the Ultimate Music Guide: Kate Bush. We just know that something good is gonna happen…”

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A Sky of Honey, Kate Bush tribute gig in Haworth, Yorkshire

We like to keep you informed of Kate Bush tribute shows and A Sky of Honey is the newest UK Kate Bush tribute act we can tell you about. Fronted by Sky Boswell, a longtime fan who has sang at Kate Bush conventions and HomeGround parties, the first show takes place in the very appropriate venue of the Black Bull pub in Haworth, Yorkshire – in the heart of Brönte country.

This famous pub, established over 300 years ago, is famous for having Branwell Brönte as one its regular patrons. Sky promises to perform songs old and new, with one or two surprises! The show takes place at 8.30pm on Saturday 18th April. Entry is free and the show is part of a wider meet-up of Kate Bush fans in the village that weekend. Thanks for letting us know, Sky!

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The photo credit for the portrait of Sky in the poster is to Krys.

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Del Palmer – New album “Point of Safe Return” out now!

Del PalmerDel Palmer CD coverWe’re delighted to let you know that Del Palmer has today released his new album, Point of Safe Return (Credible Records). This is Del’s third album following Leap of Faith (2007) and GIFT (2010).

Written, performed and produced by Del, it also features contributions from vocalists who Del describes as “three distinctly different female voices”; I.V. Webb, Sarah Daly (Metaphorest) and Odette Beris, as well as fellow Kate Bush veteran Kevin McAlea on saxophone and narration from poet/writer (and great friend of katebushnews.com!) Antonello Saeli. Wilton Beckford is featured on drums.

The track ‘Nota Ghra’ has Del singing in the Irish language. As Del says in his sleevenote: “This album is best enjoyed within the intimacy of headphones” The CD is available for sale at Del’s site here. It is also available on iTunes.

You can listen to the album tracks here. Watch a video for the track ‘Future’ below.

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WIN! A copy of the new edition of “A Book of Dreams” by Peter Reich

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‘Cloudbusting’ was inspired by a book that I found in a shop …Written by a guy called Peter Reich, and it’s called A Book of Dreams. And it’s a very unusual, beautiful book, written by this man through the eyes of himself when he was a child, looking at his father, and the very special relationship between them. His father meant so much to him. – Kate Bush

Anyone who attended Kate’s Before the Dawn concerts in London last year will have witnessed the jubilant live performance of Cloudbusting that closed each evening’s show. As most of you will know, this powerful and enduring classic song is inspired by “A Book of Dreams“, written by Peter Reich, about his father, the brilliant but persecuted Austrian psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich.

The book has just been republished with a new introduction by Peter Reich, and a still of Kate on the cloudbuster adorning the cover. It has been out of print and very difficult to obtain for over twenty years.

Thanks to the nice people at John Blake Publishing we have 5 copies to giveaway! To be in with a chance of winning a copy all you have to do is answer the following question:

Who played Wilhelm Reich in the video for Cloudbusting?

Please send your answer to bookofdreams@katebushnews.com – if you are successful I will then be in touch by email to get your details for getting the book to you. The competition runs till the end of Wednesday March 11th at which point the random draw will be made. Good luck! p.s. if you can’t wait, the book is available from Amazon here.

Competition Rules: Competition starts March 5th 2015 and ends March 11th, 2015 at 23:59 (GMT). One entry per person. Multiple entries, the registration of multiple email addresses for one person and incomplete entries will result in disqualification. katebushnews.com is not responsible for the timeliness of delivery or electronic or computer malfunctions that may affect the delivery or content of entry. Winners will be selected in a random draw from all eligible entries on or about March 12th, 2015. Winners will be notified by email. If winners cannot be reached within 3 days of notification, alternate winners will be selected. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Prize is non-transferable and non-exchangeable. No substitution or cash equivalent will be made. All decisions of katebushnews.com is final. Winners should allow 6 weeks for delivery of prize.
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The Red Shoes gets vinyl reissue in April

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Kate‘s 1993 album The Red Shoes will finally be reissued on 180g vinyl LP in April.

From the superdeluxeedition site: The album was Kate’s seventh studio long-player and yielded four top 30 UK hits, including lead single Rubberband Girl, And So Is Love and Moments of Pleasure. The record features a wide array of guests including Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Gary Brooker and Prince (not forgetting Lenny Henry).

Once promotional duties were over in 1994, Kate took an extended break, had her son Bertie, and didn’t return with another album until 2005, with the acclaimed Aerial (also sorely in need of a vinyl reissue, judging by the ridiculous prices the lone 2005 pressing is commanding).

The Red Shoes is being reissued on a new audiophile label called Analog Spark – an imprint of Razor & Tie. Analog Spark will focus “on the reissue of classic and acclaimed albums on 180-gram vinyl and SACD”.

Kate’s album has been out-of-print on vinyl for decades and commands massive prices on the used market. This title will therefore be very welcome indeed and will be only the second release on Analog Spark (after The Sound Of Music soundtrack). The new vinyl reissue was cut from “the original analog tapes” by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound and is being pressed at RTI.

Remarkably, The Red Shoes is actually only one of two KB albums that has ever been remastered (Hounds of Love being the other). It was included on CD as part of the three-disc Director’s Cut deluxe edition in 2011. Kate was quite open about not particularly liking the digital sound of the original record, so until more information is forthcoming, we will assume that this new 180g LP is being mastered from the same analogue source as Kate used for the CD remaster.

The Red Shoes 180g vinyl reissue will be issued in April. Watch the Analog Spark site for updates.

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Our incredible 2014 in one photograph

Here it is. The moment. 26th August 2014. Kate owns the world musical stage. Vibrant, new, unpredictable, music history, gob-smacking, unexpected, beautiful, magnificent, pure Kate. We were floored. So were you. Thanks for supporting the site and the HomeGround anthologies in 2014. Here is our picture of the year. There are no other words for what she (and Bertie) achieved.

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