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Kate thanks health workers, scientists and key workers on her official site

Kate has posted a message to her official Fish People site this evening.

Message…

A huge thank you to all the heroic health workers, scientists and key workers who are looking after the people who need their help.
Please stay safe and take care, everyone.
With love,
Kate

Kate posts a Clarification post on her site addressing “Tory” rumours

Kate in 2014

It’s been VERY difficult to bite my lip on the news site about this for over two years, but Kate has this evening finally, very publicly and definitively rebuked an insidious story, continually propagated on social media and in the press since 2016, about her supposed political leanings. Here’s Kate’s clarification:

Clarification

It’s been very exciting to hear all the positive feedback around the Remastered project and the lyric book. Thank you so much for embracing both of them. It means a great deal to everyone involved.
       I didn’t do any interviews for either project hoping that the work could speak for itself. I read some articles that included a number of inaccuracies and usually I don’t respond. However I do feel I need to address one story which came from a phone interview I did two years ago. I was very disappointed that the use of a quote out of context was timed with the release of the live album and it seemed as if the focus went onto the quote rather than the work. It was deeply frustrating. At the time I discussed the idea of responding to it with close friends and we all agreed it was best to let it go. It seems the quote keeps being used and so I’d like to present my side of the story. Over the years, I have avoided making political comments in interviews. My response to the interviewer was not meant to be political but rather was in the defence of women in power. I felt he was putting a really negative slant on powerful women, referring to a witch hunt involving Hilary Clinton. In response I said that we had a woman in charge of our country, and that I felt it was a good thing to have women in power. I should have been clearer when I then said it was the best thing that had happened to us for a long time – because I greatly disliked the behaviour of the previous PM, who at that point I felt had abandoned us and everybody felt angry and let down. 
     Again with no response from me to the latest resurfacing of this article, it could make it seem like I am a tory supporter which I want to make clear I am not.
          I won’t be commenting further on this, but feel it’s become so pervasive that I felt I needed to clarify this matter once and for all.
  Happy New Year,
          Kate

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I wanted to bring this to as many people’s attention as possible, so I put together a brief mini episode of the Kate Bush Fan Podcast to do just that!

You can subscribe to the Kate Bush Fan Podcast on iTunes or on any podcast app you happen to use, such as Stitcher or Tunein or listen below on Soundcloud.

Kate writes to fans on New Year’s Day

Kate Bush Remastered

Happy New Year! On her official site, Kate has written an update thanking fans for their generous support of the Kate Bush Remastered Pop Up in December. She writes: 

We will be announcing the total amount that has been raised for Crisis as soon as all the accounting is complete. It looks like this will be towards the end of January. Thank you again for all your generous support.
       Wishing you all a very happy new year.
             Kate

Limited, signed edition of How To Be Invisible book announced!

How to Be Invisible Limited Edition

UPDATE Nov 22nd: The 500 signed copies of this limited edition book sold out in less than 15 minutes.

From today’s Faber press release: On 6th December we will be publishing a limited edition (500 copies) of How To Be Invisible: Selected Lyrics by Kate Bush. Each numbered edition is signed by Kate – RRP £150

The book will be available to pre-order from Waterstones (online only) from 10 a.m. on Thursday 22 November AT THIS LINK HERE.

The online product page is now live but you will not be able to pre-order the book until tomorrow morning. Copies will be limited to one per customer. Waterstones can ship overseas. Please note that the copy is not secure until you have gone through the checkout process and completed the purchase (i.e. simply putting the book in your basket is not enough, you need to have paid for the item for the order to be completed).

The limited edition of How To Be Invisible will be published alongside the standard hardback edition, which you can pre-order now from all good book retailers.

How To Be Invisible limited Edition

How To Be Invisible: Selected Lyrics by Kate Bush (limited edition)

Book: Quarter bound in real book cloth (spine area) and paper panels (front and back), blocked in gold foil with author and title (on spine only), title in braille on front panel, text printed on 90gsm Munken Premium Cream woodfree paper, marbled endpapers, gold head and tail bands, gold ribbon. Each copy is signed by the author and numbered and presented in a solander box.

Facsimile handwritten lyrics: Exclusive letterpress print ‘Aerial Tal’. 272x192mm (approx), printed in gold on Canaletto Velino 300gsm paper, housed in a paper envelope. Each print is numbered (not signed).

Please note that the spec of this limited edition may be subject to slight change due to manufacturing processes and availability of materials.

Kate posts a new TV ad for her Remastered project – DIGITAL release confirmed!

Kate has released a promotional video ad for her upcoming Kate Bush – Remastered project. It features clips from her Experiment IV video (hello Dawn French, Hugh Laurie, Richard Vernon, Del Palmer and our extras pals Peter, Krys and Dave from HomeGround!) and is soundtracked by How To Be Invisible. A mysterious voiceover states:

“Sometimes we find the art of mastering a bit tricky….sometimes we NAIL it!”

John Lynch

Kate sounds very confident about how her catalogue now sounds! The final frame with release dates also now confirms a DIGITAL release of the remastered catalogue, but we still don’t know if that means Hi-definition audio (WAV, or FLAC) downloads. We’ll find out closer to the release date, no doubt. We have all the pre-ordering information for Vinyl and CD, including box sets, here.

Update: Kate has revealed on her official site that the voice on the Remastered ad she directed is Irish actor John Lynch. “We’ve had such a fantastic response to the ad that Kate directed for the Remastered project. A lot of people have asked whose voice it is in the ad and we’d like you to know that it’s the wonderful actor and novelist John Lynch.”

Kate to release How To Be Invisible – a book of lyrics in December!

How To Be Invisible small coverKate is releasing a book of selected lyrics entitled “How To Be Invisible” on December 6th. It is published by Faber and Faber and you can pre-order it here.

Selected and arranged by Kate, with an expansive introduction by the novelist, David Mitchell, How To Be Invisible presents the lyrics of Kate Bush for the first time in a beautiful cloth-bound Faber edition.

“For millions around the world Kate is way more than another singer-songwriter: she is a creator of musical companions that travel with you through life,” said Mitchell. “One paradox about her is that while her lyrics are avowedly idiosyncratic, those same lyrics evoke emotions and sensations that feel universal.”

The Guardian has ran a short piece about her book here and Guardian writers choose their favourite Kate Bush lyrics hereUncut have the story here.

You can pre-order Kate’s book here. Also, you can sign up to a mailing list to receive news about an exclusive Limited Edition format of this book here: https://www.katebushbook.com/

How To Be Invisible book cover

Kate posts about Lindsay Kemp’s funeral and a request to remember him

Kate has again updated her official site this evening with news of Lindsay Kemp’s funeral arrangements and a request for flowers in his memory, or simply to light a candle and think of him on Wednesday. His close friends have also started a legacy fund in his honour.

Kate flowers for Lindsay

Kate thanks fans for their birthday wishes

A message has appeared today from Kate on her official website – glorious summer indeed!

Kate message

Kate sends Christmas message to her fans!

Kate has posted a Christmas message to all her fans on her official site. Happy Christmas to you and all your loved ones, Kate! xxx

Kate enters UK Album Charts at Number 4! Congratulations to the KT Fellowship!

We’re delighted to report that Kate has scored her 11th Top 5 album with Before the Dawn! Debuting last weekend as the top seller in the midweek update chart (robust pre-sales of the vinyl and CD versions greatly helped with that!), Kate has managed to hold on for a 4th place debut in the UK album chart – announced by the Official Chart today.

We know that the entire KT Fellowship (pictured below!) will be thrilled to see the album doing so well in the run up to Christmas. WARMEST CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU ALL and especially to Kate – back in the charts where she has always belonged with this stunning live set 🙂

UPDATE: Kate has posted her thanks on her official site:

A huge thank you to everyone who has supported the live album. It means so much to me and for a triple live album to go into the charts at such a high position is just extraordinary.
Wishing you a happy and restful Christmas and a great New Year ahead.
Very best wishes,
Kate

KT fellowship group photo

Kate pays tribute to her monitor engineer, Ian Newton

In a Christmas message on her official site, Kate pays tribute to Ian Newton, her gifted monitor engineer who has very sadly passed away in the last week.

From Kate…

I want to wish you all a wonderful Christmas. Thank you for having made this year such a special one. Your incredible support and encouragement throughout the shows made them something really special that I will never forget.

It is so terribly sad that Ian Newton, our monitor engineer, died suddenly just a couple of days ago on 19th December. We are all so shocked by the news and send our deepest sympathies to his family. He was a complete sweetheart, a gentle man and an incredibly important part of the sound team right from the very beginning of the live project even before the first rehearsals. Then through to the tech rehearsals and on to the actual shows at Hammersmith.

It was Ian who encouraged me to use the in-ears system and oversaw the whole process using his huge experience in live work. He encouraged the whole band and Chorus to use in-ears so that all of us were using the same system for all the shows. Many people commented on the high quality of the sound and sound system at the venue and a great deal of this was because of Ian.

He was personally very supportive to me. There were quite a lot of things I was nervous about especially as I hadn’t sung or played live for such a long time. Ian loved his work and really cared about quality and detail, and spent a lot of time making sure that my monitors had exactly the right mix for every track, as he did with every member of the band and chorus.This meant that we could all work as confidently as possible with each other and in the context of the venue at Hammersmith. Nothing was ever too much trouble for him. He wanted it to be the best it could possibly be.

We’re all going to really miss him. All of the team but especially the sound team, the band, the singers and of course me too. It’s hard to take in that he’s no longer with us. It’s a real loss for the live music industry. He was only 52. He was a lovely, warm, generous-spirited man with a lovely sense of humour. Thank you Ian for being such an invaluable part of the team, for being so dependable and for being there for me and helping me have the confidence to get up there and perform live. I’ll always remember you sitting there, behind the monitor desk with your lovely big warm smile.

With love and best wishes for the new year ahead, Kate x

Before the Dawn merchandise now available to pre-order on Kate’s site

Anyone who missed out on a chance to purchase merchandise at the Before the Dawn concerts, which ended earlier this month, can now pre-order all the prints, clothing, collectables and even the beautifully produced tour programme from Kate’s official online store here. Haven’t tried out your “little light” from the Rescue Kit yet? You’re in for a treat.

Before the Dawn merch store

Kate reflects on “one of the most extraordinary experiences” of her life!

Kate on stagePhotographed by Ken McKay

Kate has posted a note, entitled “After the Dawn” on her official site. So many people wanted to read what Kate had to say after her triumphant run of live shows, that her site momentarily crashed!

After the Dawn

Hi there,

Now all the shows are over, it’s pretty difficult to explain how I feel about it all. It was quite a surreal journey that kept its level of intensity right from the early stages to the end of the very last show. It was also such great fun.

It was one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life. I loved the whole process. Particularly putting the band, the Chorus and the team together and watching it all evolve. It really was the ultimate combination of talent and artists, both from the music business and the theatre world. I never expected everyone in the team to be so lovely and we all grew very close. We became a family and I really miss them all terribly.

I was really delighted that the shows were received so positively and so warmly but the really unexpected part of it all was the audiences. Audiences that you could only ever dream of. One of the main reasons for wanting to perform live again was to have contact with that audience.They took my breath away. Every single night they were so behind us. You could feel their support from the minute we walked on stage. I just never imagined it would be possible to connect with an audience on such a powerful and intimate level; to feel such, well quite frankly, love. It was like this at every single show.

Thank you so very much to everyone who came to the shows and became part of that shared experience. It was a truly special and wonderful feeling for all of us.

Very best wishes,
Kate x

[photo credit: Ken McKay / katebush.com ]

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UPDATED: Kate requests that people refrain from recording her shows

Smartphones at concerts

In a message on her official site, which has been picked up by media worldwide, Kate has requested that fans refrain form using cameras, smartphones, tablets etc to record her show. She explains why:

Hallo,
Many thanks to everyone who sent such lovely wishes for my birthday. I had a wonderful day.
We’re all very excited about the upcoming shows and are working very hard in preparation. It’s going very well indeed.
I have a request for all of you who are coming to the shows :
We have purposefully chosen an intimate theatre setting rather than a large venue or stadium. It would mean a great deal to me if you would please refrain from taking photos or filming during the shows. I very much want to have contact with you as an audience, not with iphones, ipads or cameras. I know it’s a lot to ask but it would allow us to all share in the experience together.
Looking forward to seeing you there.
Respectfully yours,
Kate.

Sounds perfectly reasonable to us! It would be a shame to be confronted with a sea of screens during such an intimate theatre experience.

UPDATE: Media reaction has been surprisingly HUGE worldwide, and, thankfully, mostly supporting Kate’s very respectful request. The Guardian argues that Kate is making “a valiant stand in the battle of transcendence v smartphoneshere. More media reaction to Kate’s request:

Irish Independent | The Telegraph | The Guardian | Rolling Stone | BBC |

Kate’s Christmas Message 2013

Kate has just posted her 2013 Christmas message on the official site:

Wishing you a really wonderful Christmas. Thank you for your kind messages and continual positive presence throughout this year. It means a great deal to me.
                                 I hope 2014 is a great year for all of us.
                                          With love and best wishes,
                                                Kate x

 

We wish Kate and her family, and all Kate fans, a very happy Christmas, and we look forward to all the good things, that 2014 may bring for us all.

Sean, Dave, Krys and Peter x

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