From the programme from Kate’s opening night.
From the programme from Kate’s opening night.
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.
Daily Mirror celebrates Kate’s return to the stage and explains why many fans didn’t get tickets … Vogue looks at Kate’s influence on fashion … Guardian commentator Vanora Bennett explains how a Kate song enlarged her view of those crazy Russians … what Grazia expects … Metro has reasons to celebrate … NME gives us Ten Things we Didn’t know about Wuthering Heights (but not their contemporary non-review) …
“The KT Fellowship Presents…BEFORE THE DAWN”…fantastic. This is how the front of the venue looked on Monday 25th.
Wishing Kate and her crew all the luck in the world – enjoy it! Big hugs from us. We cannot believe this day has finally arrived!
Seán, Peter, Krys and Dave xx
Kate has FIVE albums in this week’s Official UK album chart, plus more than twice that many on the UK iTunes chart. The massive interest created by her live shows and the BBC4 documentary shown last Friday have created a surge of interest in her back catalogue. More at the official charts site here. Well done Kate! The UK Top 100 chart placings are:
#15 The Whole Story
#29 Hounds Of Love
#83 50 Words For Snow
#87 The Kick Inside
#93 The Sensual World
A quick roundup of the Kate Bush news before her Before the Dawn shows kick off in the Apollo tomorrow!
…BBC Essex have an interview with Brian Southall, the EMI exec who signed Kate, listen here…BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour talks about the “enduring appeal of Kate Bush” here…acclaimed writer Jeanette Winterson writes about her “hero” Kate in The Guardian here. “Kate Bush used herself as an invention – something that interested me greatly as a strategy for both life and art. The songs were like stage plays in miniature – a character, a situation, a verbal collision (oh to be in love and never get out again), a vocal polyphonics that allowed her to range through pain and doubt to resolution…she’s still here. And I’ll be there next week to see her play once more.”
HomeGround Magazine are to publish a special PDF download edition of the Kate Bush magazine in the Autumn to mark the Before the Dawn live shows. They’ll be looking for your thoughts, reviews, memories etc for the issue…a very nice blog post about The Ninth Wave has been published at the ‘ohbytheway’ blog here, we have a feeling we’ll be talking about The Ninth Wave a lot more over the coming weeks…The Guardian and Observer’s relentless coverage of all things Kate lately continues with The 10 Best Kate Bush moments here. From the article: “in Bush’s hands, even a washing machine can make you cry”…one of Patrick Lichfield’s portraits of Kate (pictured here) is “Portrait of the Week” in London’s National Portrait Gallery, more here…singer Jesse Ware‘s comments about Kate from the BBC 6Music Special last weekend are at the NME site here…speaking of which you can listen again to that special, which features John Carder Bush talking about the new edition of ‘Cathy’, and his thoughts on Before the Dawn at the BBC site here…
The Guardian looks at the recent excitement over Kate’s shows with the following headline: “Bushmania sweeps the nation before comeback gigs. Excitement over Kate Bush’s first gigs in 35 years fuels entire cottage industry in memorabilia.” The article also has a nice mention of the HomeGround Anthologies here…the Irish Independent explores “Kate Bush: the recluse who never really went away” here. Ed Power writes: “Whatever sort of production Bush brings to London, fans are assured it will be an evening to tell their grandchildren about. In an age in which it feels we know almost as much about pop stars as about our immediate family, Bush is a rarity: an enigma who fuels our fascination the further she withdraws from the limelight.”
We are reliably informed that the two special BBC4 Kate programmes produced some great viewing figures for a channel like BBC4. The documentary peaked at around 930,000 viewers in total towards the end but held a solid audience of over 1/2 million for most of the programme…Uncut Magazine have republished an article from 2012, “Kate Bush – Album by Album” here…
…The Guardian looks at Kate’s fashion in the past here. “Spandex and chiffon: Kate Bush’s most stylish moments – in pictures”…in The Guardian, Zoe Williams looks at Kate as a role model of self-expression and female creativity in an article titled The genius of Kate Bush in an age of subjugation. “Kate Bush is a one-off, a prodigy, an experiment of the species – dazzlingly successful but unreplicable.” Read it here...for Kate fans in London on Sat 6th Sept Dave Cross from HomeGround will be DJing at a gay club called Songs Of Praise, it’s cool pop music in 3 rooms and they are having a Kate room with Dave and Phil Marriott who also played at the HG party. There will be a discount offered to Kate fans, stay tuned for details. The flyer is here…
Songs Of Praise, Saturday 6th September, 10.30pm – 6am
M.O.ments Of Pleasure
Next Saturday night Dave Cross from HomeGround and Phil Marriott, who also DJ’d at the last 2 HG parties will be playing Songs Of Praise at East Bloc, City Road, EC1, nearest tube Old Street.
Songs of Praise is a gay club that specialises in the very best pop music. There’s three rooms and next Saturday one of the rooms will be 100% Kate. In the other rooms it’s pop all the way and DJs include Neil Prince, Sugalow Boys and David Oh there’s also a live PA from new girl band M.O
If you mention HomeGround on the door the entry cost is just £5 before 11.30pm, otherwise it is £10.
Plus there a limited set of Kate Post cards featuring Aerial, King Of The Mountain and The Man I Love for the 1st 20 people that ask on the door.
More about the event at this Facebook page here.
We are delighted to be the first place to tell you about this news.
Sphere are to publish a new edition of Cathy by John Carder Bush, Kate’s brother. This is the long-out-of-print iconic collection of John’s photographs of Kate as a young girl.
From this morning’s press release:
“Little, Brown is very pleased to announce the publication of a new edition of Cathy by John Carder Bush, which will be published on 20th November 2014, hardback price £40.
First published as a run of just 500 copies in 1986, Cathy is a collection of photographs by John Carder Bush of his sister 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.
‘The original Cathy book has always been considered by those that own it as a special treasure. I am thrilled that this special treasure will now be available to a much wider audience. The care and attention to detail that has been put into this new edition show that, even in this digital world, beautiful books are still valued’ John Carder Bush
There will also be a boxed signature edition available, for further information visit www.cathybook.co.uk
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.
John Carder Bush has spoken exclusively to Mary Anne Hobbs about the publication. The interview will be broadcast on BBC 6 Music on Sunday 24th August at 9.00am.”
We are delighted to let you know about this stunning new painting by artist Steven Brown. Regular site visitors will know that we host a gallery of Steven’s work here in our HomeGround pages, and Steven’s Kate Bush art adorns both covers of the recent HomeGround Magazine Anthology books. Inspired by Kate’s “Before The Dawn” live shows, the artwork is now available to purchase as a limited edition print.
The prints are 13.5”x19” (Glycee) with a gloss finish on quality art card and are limited to 100 copies. Please contact Steven by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for details on pricing and availability. You can also see some of his work at his artist blog here.
So much going on! We can barely keep up. Here’s a quick round-up.
The Big Issue magazine in the UK features Kate on it’s current cover. “Tickets for Kate Bush’s long awaited live return went in a nanosecond. Ahead of this much anticipated to-do we hear from, amongst others, Gered Mankowitz, the celebrated snapper who caught her at Wuthering Heights; Mark Radcliffe, the journalist she talks to most; Jo Brand, a superfan; Sarah Hadland, the actress who introduced a new generation to Bush through a Horrible Histories routine; and the great poet Paul Muldoon, on her writing. A piece to savour.” Read more about The Big Issue and who they support here….Simon Reynolds in The Guardian examines Kate’s critical appeal throughout her career here…Stephen Fry has tweeted to remind fans to watch the BBC4 documentary on Kate on Friday 22nd at 9.10pm…if you’re in the UK, you can see clips from the documentary on the BBC iPlayer here…
Kate was placed at number 8 in the NME‘s 100 most influential artists currently working today. “Kate Bush pretty much created the archetype for mysterious singer-songwriters everywhere. Turn on the radio these days and you’ll hear echoes of her in the overblown production of Wild Beasts, the electro-celt inventions of Björk and PJ Harvey, the expansive wafts of Zola Jesus and in the dolphin-lunged vocals of Florence + The Machine or London Grammar.” More here …singer Toyah Willcox is on Kate’s concert guestlist, she tweeted: “Yipeeeeee @KateBushMusic has put me on her guest list. Best pressie ever! Lots of love 2 kate xxx”…the London Evening Standard ran a piece entitled “Why we love Kate Bush” featuring some of her fanmous fans, ioncluding, Boy George, Anna Calvi, Holly Johnson and Rumer. Says Boy George: “Kate Bush has always been a typewriter in a renaissance. She appeared out of nowhere at the tail end of punk and sort of embodied the punk spirit by just being completely herself. I know Johnny Rotten loved her. She blew things apart with things like Running Up That Hill because it defied the classic logic of pop. Kate is unique and a bit of a Greta Garbo, which makes her even more interesting. Most importantly, she’s from south-east London, like me.” Read the article here… Gail Walker reflects on what Kate means to her in the Belfast Telegraph here…The Telegraph ran a nice appreciation of Kate’s 1985 Cloudbusting video: “Kate Bush, Donald Sutherland, and weird science combined beautifully in the film for her song Cloudbusting. Is this the perfect music video? asks Bernadette McNulty” See it here…Bradley Brady continues his wonderful 50-article countdown to Kate’s shows at his “Divas: the power of the female voice” blog here. We think you should start at 50 and enjoy counting down with him, some great memories here…iTunes have revamped Kate’s online store and her albums are on special offer in the UK to celebrate her live shows…
…the London Evening Standard also rounds up the alternative Kate Bush events taking place in London for those who didn’t get tickets here…The Independent speculates about Kate’s shows here…The Independent also ran an article about the Harari/Mankowitz photography exhibition and on her stage return in a magazine cover feature, see scans at the excellent kbarchives site here….also in The Independent on Sunday Magazine, a long feature on Kate: “One of the great enigmas of British music is about to perform live for the first time since 1979 – and who knows what will happen? Four writers try to distill the elusive essence of Kate Bush” read it here…The Telegraph featured an article by Graeme Thomson on Kate’s first ever round of gigs with the KT Bush Band back in 1977 here…more about the Snap Galleries photo exhibition in London (and some nice shots from it) in the Independent here…the Radio Times featured a nice appreciation of Kate by Stuart Maconie, read a scan at kbarchives here…Marie Claire ran a Kate feature in their August edition, more on that here… Another review of the “Cutting Off Kate Bush” fringe festival show is here…Helen Brown wonders what we might expect from Kate’s stage shows in The Telegraph: “The poster for Kate Bush’s first series of concerts in 35 years finds her adrift in a dark and choppy sea. Her long, wavy hair swirls over a bright orange life jacket and her arms are stretched wide as she stares, hard, up at the camera. Here she is: part vulnerable human survivor, part mermaid. A 56-year-old artist who has both fought against, and floated with, the currents of popular music for almost forty years, making wonderfully strange music on her own terms and refusing to play the celebrity game.” Read the full article here…The Artifice blog examines “The Storytelling Quality of Kate Bush’s Music” here…the Artbeat show on Dublin City FM celebrated Kate’s return with a special show on Wednesday 20th…the Evening Herald on those elusive tickets here…in the iPad edition of the Radio Times, three unseen photos of Kate, taken by photographer Don Smith, performing Wuthering Heights at the BBC were published (see below). We’d like to know if this performance ever aired? Hmmm…
On Sunday 24th August, BBC Radio 6Music in the UK will broadcast a 3 hour special programme about Kate, presented by Mary Anne Hobbs, starting at 7am GMT. It will feature a chat with Kate’s brother, John Carder Bush. You can listen live here. From the website:
“A Kate Bush special show, featuring Kate songs, Kate covers, Kate fan Jessie Ware as a guest on the show, and Kate’s brother John also in conversation. What is she really like? What makes her so special? We immerse ourselves in all things Bush, ahead of Kate’s long, long-awaited comback shows at the Hammersmith Apollo.
Our first guest John Carder Bush is a poet and photographer. He is also Kate Bush’s older brother, and can be heard singing on several of her tracks, including Army Dreamers and Jig Of Life. In 1986 he published a fantastic book of photos (‘Cathy’) of Kate as an enigmatic eight year old girl. His pictures hint at the unusual magic to come from this global musical hero. John describes his sister as his “companionable little friend” possessed of “quiet, unobtrusive intelligence.” Our second guest Jessie Ware is a huge Kate Bush fan. Jessie is also often compared to her hero in reviews. Her first album Devotion was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2012. Her second album Tough Love is released in October. She has also collaborated with SBTRKT, Sampha and Disclosure.”
Greg Coulton illustrated an article on Kate’s return to the live stage in the Independent Magazine in the UK last weekend. You can read the full article here. After considerable interest from fans, he is now offering prints of the artwork for sale. Details of how to purchase them can be found here.
Greg has a gallery of how the illustration came together on his site here.
Mojo Magazine celebrate Kate’s return to the live stage with a 20-page cover feature special, on sale in the UK from Tuesday, August 26th. From the Mojo site:
THERE’S NOT MUCH YOU can get Prince, Tricky, David Gilmour and Stephen Fry to agree on – imagine that dinner party – but they’re alike in their admiration for Kate Bush.
Over a 36-year recording career she has never failed to startle, debuting in spellbinding style with Wuthering Heights – a song that brought Britain to a standstill in January 1978 as jaws dropped in front of Top Of The Pops. Not just an incredible voice – although she had that, has that, in spades – and an immediately iconic presence, but a brave, experimental songwriter gifted with a knack for other-worldly melodies. Love and loss, murder and mayhem, Australian politics, maths and ornithology – she’s made it all sound equally magical.
The latest MOJO is a Kate-lovers’ dream as we ponder her 50 Greatest Songs – from the obvious to the obscure, Cloudbusting to The Empty Bullring. There’s also an in-depth look at the creation of her masterpiece, 1985′s epic Hounds Of Love album, relived by some of those who helped make it. Our covermount CD, The Dreamers, is also Kate Bush-themed, with 15 tracks of contemporary dream pop and original female voices to whisk you away from the quotidian grind.
The new MOJO is on sale in the UK from Tuesday, August 26. As fate would have it, the same day Bush opens her run of feverishly anticipated comeback shows at the Eventim Hammersmith Apollo. Order the magazine at the Mojo website here.
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:
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.
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 smartphones” here. More media reaction to Kate’s request:
Lucy Benson-Brown‘s one-woman show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, “Cutting Off Kate Bush“, is gathering some nice reviews.
“With Kate Bush touring for the first time in 35 years, Cutting off Kate Bush arrives at the right time. Lucy Benson-Brown channels the Gothic undertones of Bush’s music to create a new take on family politics. Young Kathy has had to return home and is attempting to come to terms with her father’s new relationship.
Certainly no tribute act, the play explores the tragedy and comedy of moving back home through the singer-songwriter. It is the honesty of Bush’s music that makes for ideal theatre according to Benson-Brown, as well as her own memories. ‘I remember being aware of Kate Bush as a teenager, I vividly remember “Wuthering Heights” being played on Top of the Pops 2 and my mum singing along,’ says Benson Brown. ‘Bowie, Pink Floyd, Bananarama, Genesis, Spandau Ballet, perhaps even Madonna, would have shaped a similar story because it’s inspired by the music that my parents listened to, it’s just that they wouldn’t offer the same magic as Kate Bush. Her music lends itself so well to dramatisation.’
Featuring hits from the eccentric songstress as well as showcasing Benson-Brown’s ballet training through Bush-influenced dance routines, it promises to capture the revived passion for the ethereal Kate Bush while telling a very human tale.”
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, 2–25 Aug, 1.30pm, £10–£11 (£9–£10). Previews 30 Jul–1 Aug, £6.
More here: https://www.facebook.com/cuttingoffkatebush