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.

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

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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!

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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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Sunday Times Magazine interviews John Carder Bush

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Tomorrow’s edition of the Sunday Times Magazine in the UK and Ireland will feature an interview with Kate’s brother, John. This is to coincide with the publication on November 20th of a new edition of his iconic book of photographs of Kate as a child, ‘Cathy’. The book can be pre-ordered as a limited signature edition here, or on Amazon here (it is also available from all major booksellers).

First published as a run of just 500 copies in 1986, Cathy is a collection of photographs by John of Kate as a young girl, with accompanying text. This new edition – the first printing since the original edition – includes a new introduction by John Carder Bush, illustrated with eight previously unpublished photographs.

A beautifully bound hardback with a linen cover, head and tail bands and a matching linen slipcase, Cathy is comprised of twenty-eight cut out pages featuring the text, with full-page photographs revealed on a separate page beneath. The design matches the original limited run in layout, including the original introduction as well. (With thanks to Isabelle for posting the magazine ad)

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Kate warmly congratulated in special Music Week ads

Music Week 13th Oct 2014In this week’s edition of the UK music industry magazine, Music Week, two specially placed advertisements are prominently featured. One, a full page ad from the Eventim Apollo venue itself, applauds Kate’s success at selling out 22 shows. Another two-page spread has been placed in the issue by the concert promoters SJM, and it highlights some of the sensational reviews Kate’s Before the Dawn shows gathered while they ran.

You can click on each image for a larger version of both scans. More about Music Week (subscription info etc) can be found at its website here.

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The KT Fellowship on stage together

Fantastic cast and crew photo here, tweeted by cast member Charlotte Williams. Spot Kate and Bertie beaming in their midst! What a tremendous group of hardworking people!

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The Final Night of Before the Dawn is here!

We’re experiencing so many mixed emotions at the end of this EXTRAORDINARY series of concerts from Kate. It’s been incredible. Here is a beautiful tribute to the KT Fellowship, by our friend and colleague in Kate, Brian Cloughley.

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Q Magazine has Kate cover feature – “Her Remarkable Triumph!”

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The new issue of Q Magazine, out on Tuesday 30th September, features three special Comebacks Of The Year covers – Kate Bush, Aphex Twin and U2. The tagline for the Kate cover reads: “Kate Bush: Her Remarkable Triumph!”

From the Q website: “From her beginnings in the 1970s to her recent live return, we trace the career of the artist in a 22-page celebration including new articles, vintage interviews, previously unseen pictures and much more.” The feature concludes with a 4-page illustrated glowing review of the show, with writer Tom Doyle giving the show yet another 5 stars!

Copies of Q purchased at UK Tesco shops exclusively feature limited-edition double-sided Kate Bush poster (see below).

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More on how to order Q Magazine at their website here.

Don’t forget to vote for Kate in the Q Awards! More on how to vote here

UPDATE: Here’s what the special Tesco-only cardboard wallet cover and exclusive double-sided poster look like. It shows Kate performing Under Ice on stage. The reverse of the poster is a reproduction of the regular Q Magazine lifejacket cover. The cardboard wallet contains the regular issue of Q magazine with the lifejacket cover along with this poster. Fans have been scouring Tesco shops around the UK looking for this limited edition!

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Before the Dawn to be filmed for DVD/Album sales surge

Inevitably, Kate has arranged for her new live show Before the Dawn, to be filmed with the intention of producing a DVD of the production. This will be done at the performances on 16th and 17th September. Some ticket holders for those shows have been notified by the venue that their seats have been moved in order to accommodate the cameras and other equipment.

Meanwhile the explosion of publicity around the live shows, which we already knew had propelled all of Kate’s albums back into the charts, has produced a sales surge on Amazon averaging 2,813%. This however conceals an 8,000% increase in sales of The Red Shoes, and a 5,000% increase in sales of Hounds of Love.

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Kate nominated for two Q Magazine Awards!

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Kate has been nominated in two categories in this year’s Q Magazine awards – Best Live Act and Best Act in the World Today. From the Q website:

“Kate Bush‘s comeback residency at London’s Eventim Apollo after a 35-year absence from the stage earns her first ever nomination for Best Live Act presented by The Cavern Club. She’s also nominated for the coveted Best Act In The World Today Award presented by Buster + Punch.”

Nominees for Best Live Act are: Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, Kate Bush, Jack White

Nominees for Best Act in the World Today: Arctic Monkeys, Pharrell Williams, Kasabian, Kate Bush, Arcade Fire

Read more at the Q website here.

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Reviews of Before the Dawn

10377637_4532352282887_1805158293836365733_nHoly s***. The Kate Bush show is reinventing the pop concert…laughing, crying and wondering what the hell is gonna happen next.” – BBC Radio 6 Presenter Rob da Bank.

We’ll gather the reviews of Kate’s live show here.

Daily Telegraph picture gallery.

Rod McKie’s definitive review.

The Guardian (Alex Patridis and Nick Grimshaw) … Daily Telegraph (Bernadette McNulty) and also on audio and more and moreThe Irish Times (Sinead Gleeson) … Mirror (Gavin Martin and Katy Forrester) … BBC (Gemma Arterton and Anna Calvi) … BBC (Tim Masters) … Daily Express (Simon Gage) … Daily Star (James Cabooter) … ITV (Neil Connery) … Daily Mail (Jan Moir) … The Independent (Andy Gill) … The Times (Will Hodgkinson) and Times Saturday Magazine (Caitlin Moran) … NME  okay – we forgive you for 1979! (Lucy Jones) and also Emily McKayNew York Times (Ben Ratliff) … London Standard (John Aizlewood) … Spectator (James Walton) and comment from John-Paul Marney … Uncut (Anon and then John Mulvey) … Time Out (Andrzej Lukowski) … Mojo (staff) and second night (Jenny Bully) …. Gay Times (Mikey Walsh) … Channel 4 (Anon) … Billboard (Richard Smirke) … Rolling Stone (Mark Sutherland) … Drowned in Sound (Alan Pedder) … Pitchfork (Jude Rogers) … The Quietus (Simon Price) … Financial Times (Ludovic Hunter-Tilney) … Digital Spy (Kate Goodacre) … Louder than War (Dave Jennings and Martin Unsworth) … Hot Press (Hannah Hamilton) … Irish Independent (Bernadette McNulty) … Metro (Anon) … Magnet (Cory du Browa) … The Arts Desk (Russ Coffey) … Prog (Chris Roberts) … Back Seat Mafia (Nickety) … Sunday Express (Charlotte Heathcote) … The Observer (Kitty Empire) … Get to the Front (David Dunn) … PanCakePictures (Fiona Smith) … Huffington Post (Karen Ruimy) and then Victoria SadlerHidden Tracks (Pete Paphides) … The Trio of Oz (Rachel Z) … National Post (Mike Doherty) … GScene (Criag Hanlon-Smith) … Specs (Adrian) … Beige (Collin Kelley) … Clash (Anna Wilson) … Even the Stars (Deborah Walker) … Chris RogersSo So Gay (Jon B) … Gloucestershire Echo (Giulia Crouch) … Plastic Bag (Owen and again) … Coffee-Table Notes (Neil Cooper) … The Woman’s Room (Jane) … The Plashing Vole (Anon) … Candy Pop (Natasha) … The Age (Bernard Zuel) … Lilly in the Labyrinth (Lilly) … Chris n that (Chrisv) … Pedlar’s World (Charlie) … The Monitors (Eamon Murtagh) … Toronto Star (John Sakomoto) … Disorder (Kate Allen) … Melodee Writes (Melanie Hayden-Williams) … Daily Star (Nicole Morley) … Echoes and Dust (Dave Cooper) … The 405 (Robert Whitfield) … Rick Wakeman’s Cape (Wizard of Ooze) … PJ Media (Clay Waters) … John Guy CollickLiverpool Sound and Vision (Donna Lesley Price) … Freq (David Solomons) … News.com.au (Nick Bond) … GigSlutz (Rosie James) … Mr. Haircare (ditto) … Martin BeamChoirBoyMotel (John Forde) … The Examiner (Gillian Gaar) … Gigwise (Andrew Trendell) … The Skinny (Dave Kerr) … Retrocosm (Charles Heady) … Rants of a Bitter Northerner (Helen Richards and again and again and again ) … Put the Kettle on (Mark) … Moving Brands (Phillip Browning) … Minibreak Mummy (Ruth Jenkins) … The Art of Jane Tomlinson (the same) … NotAllWomenAreTheSame (Sue Sherman) … The Morning after the Deluge (Sasha Loske) … Tunnels of Green (Maree) … The Music Chronicles (Stratos Bacalis) … Louder than War (Youth) … All That’s Left (George East) … North Devon Journal (Anita Butler) … Lesley Anne JonesEQView (Roy Ward) … Bloggertropolis (Steve) … Diary Von DavidlyYahoo Music (Lyndsey Parker) … My Bloggywog (Lealoo) … Greenwich Catholic (Tamas) … Strange Times (Dave West) … Waking Life has Blurred the Lines (Casey Stratton) … Liisa LadouceurFrom Beer to Eternity (Paul) …

Through the Wire (Justin Holford) … Dyverse Music (Mike Butler) … The Figure Ground (Alex Dale) … You Tube (Hitler) …. Spiked (Alex Dale) … The Big Issue (original version by Rachel Johnson and reply by Suzanne Barbieri and incomplete “apology” by Johnson) … Brussels Bronte Blog (Marina Saegerman) … The Afterword (Poppy Suceeds) … A West End Whinger (Phil) … London Live (Alistair Foster) … Tiny Camels (Jonathan Gibbs) …

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It’s quite stunning, undoubtedly the most ambitious, and genuinely moving, piece of theatrical pop ever seen on a British stage. Which is just what everyone here tonight was hoping for. Andy Gill

Everyone’s calling it a triumph. Everyone’s right. The unconscionably influential Kate Bush could have blown her mystique by returning to the spotlight in such a no-prisoners manner, but from the first minute she is in her element. The prog event of the year. The musical event of the year. The event of the year. Just don’t expect three chords and the mundane truth. Or Wuthering Heights. I put this moment here Chris Roberts

In A Sea of Honey’s long day, nothing particularly remarkable happens, just as nothing really remarkable happens in Ulysses. The sun comes up, and “the sky is filled with birds”, and the Moon rises, and the protagonists swim in the sea, at night. But some people are just more alive than others, all eyes and mouth, and overloading senses – and that’s what Joyce was, and that’s what Kate Bush is. They appear in your life to remind you that to watch a sunrise is to watch a burning star, and that pollen is sperm, and summer is fleeting, and everything on Earth is so unlikely – so improbable – that we might as well live somewhere where Kate Bush can end a concert by turning into a one-winged bird and flying out into the auditorium …Caitlin Moran

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Kate sets new UK chart record

As a by-product of the publicity for Before the Dawn, Kate has seen eight of her albums catalogue return to the Top 40, and her entire eleven album output is in the Top 50. That is Kate takes 22% of the Top 50 album chart this very special week.

As well as dominating this week’s albums rundown including two albums in the Top 10 The Whole Story no.6 and Hounds of Love no.9), Kate now rides only behind Elvis, the overall record holder who managed 12 entries in the Top 40 following his untimely death in 1977, and The Beatles who notched up 11 simultaneous Top 40 entries with their 2009 album reissues.

The other albums re-entering the top 40 are: 50 Words for Snow no.20, The Kick Inside no.24, The Sensual World no.26, The Dreaming no.37, Never for Ever no.38, Lionheart no.40  Outside the Forty Aerial is at no.43, Directors Cut at no.44, and The Red Shoes at no.49.

Kate is no stranger to making chart history. Back in 1978 she became the first female artist in history to score a UK Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart with a self-penned song. Wuthering Heights went on to top the chart for four weeks, becoming the first of Kate’s 26 Top 40 hits.

Running up that Hill, Wuthering Heights, and the This Woman’s Work are also back in the singles chart at numbers 51, 58 and 80 respectively. With Babooska and The Man with the Child in his Eyes, Kate has five singles in the Top 100.

    

Martin Talbot, chief executive of the Official Charts Company, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Kate Bush.Her new live shows have created a huge stir, but for them to help push her catalogue to make such a significant sales impact is further evidence of the love that the British public have for her music, from generation to generation.”

(Via Daily Mirror)

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“This has been such an adventure”

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The KT Fellowship present ….

From the programme from Kate’s opening night.

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Tea time Newsbits update

The BBC celebrate Kate’s return  and speak to Toyah … The Daily Mirror is still banging on about tickets  and “11 facts you should know” … the Independent notes inflated ticket prices ITN reviews the Harari/Mankowicz photo exhibition … The Daily Telegraph reviews and ranks Kate’s singles and notes Kate’s albums returning to the charts  as does the official charts company  and the Scottish Daily Record.

The Liverpool Echo is still looking in the archive and the Independent remembers Kate talking to Delia

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