The Kate Bush Fan Podcast Episode 3: The Most Wuthering Heights Podcast Ever!

This episode is a celebration of Kate’s debut single, the classic song Wuthering Heights! Seán chats to participants at the Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever in Dublin (see the video below featuring hundreds of “Cathys”!) and he explores the story of the song and the Emily Brönte novel; how it immediately thrust Kate into international stardom. It’s our tribute to the lasting legacy of this truly remarkable recording.

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.

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The Kate Bush Fan Podcast – Episode 2: My Life as a Fan

Our second episode is an excuse to take a look at the chronology of Kate’s career through the eyes of a fan who was there from the start – Paul Thomas. Paul chats on the phone to Seán about the early days of KB fandom, meeting Kate, the thrill of each new release and what the music means to him. PLUS an inside look at the making of the cult classic parody film, The Pink Mules (part of which you can see below)!

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.

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The Kate Bush Fan Podcast – Episode 1: A Kate Miscellany – out now!

For our first full podcast episode, Seán and Dave Cross of HomeGround Magazine present each other with a selection of random artefacts and moments from Kate’s almost 40 year career and chat briefly about each one. Just a small dip into the vast ocean of Kate’s work, before we get more specific in future episodes!

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.


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The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever returns July 15th – global events list here!

Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever

It’s back! The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever – after thousands around the world took part last year, 2017 sees even more events planned for this breezy moment of Kate-inspired outdoor fun.

The inspiration for the event began when in 2013 UK performance artists Shambush!’ took their wuthering flash mob act to greater heights in The Ultimate Kate Bush Experience, gathering 300 Kate Bush impersonators and turned a pleasant Sussex park into wily, windy moors filled with Cathy’s performing the iconic Wuthering Heights choreography.

The viral success of their YouTube video has started a movement and in 2016 many sister events called The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever, coined by Berlin organiser and musician Sam Wareing, started being created all over Facebook.

Here is the full list with event links (with thanks to The Morning Fog Facebook page for compiling them!)

Berlin, Germany:
Dublin, Ireland:
Oslo, Norway:
Rotterdam, Netherlands:
Uppsala, Sweden:
Atlanta, United States:
Madison, United States:
Portland, United States: New England, United States:

Australian Events:

Blue Mountains:
Gold Coast:
New South Wales:
North Lismore:

If you have an event to add to this list, please email

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The Kate Bush Fan Podcast – coming soon! Listen to our teaser episode!

We’re delighted to let you know that this site will soon begin regular publication of a podcast for all fans of Kate Bush to listen to – The Kate Bush Fan Podcast from and HomeGround Magazine. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and all usual places – for now you can hear our shorter teaser episode below!

In this short intro episode, Seán Twomey announces the podcast and we include an interview Seán did with Mandy Watson, backstage in the Sugar Club in Dublin, where she was performing with Michael Mayell as the “Kate Bush Songbook” aka the acclaimed Kate Bush tribute band, Cloudbusting. Hope you enjoy it and feel free to let us know what you’d like to hear on the podcast by emailing us: UPDATE: You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes – never miss an episode!

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Kate is guest editor of “The Mays” anthology from Cambridge and Oxford students!

The Mays number XXV

Kate has guest edited the 25th edition of “The Mays”. Since 1992, The Mays has published an annual selection of the best and most exciting new writing and artwork from students at the universities of Cambridge and Oxford. Previous guest editors include Seamus Heaney, Stephen Fry, Ted Hughes, Nick Cave and Philip Pullman. More at their Facebook page here or it can be purchased directly here.

Kate says: “I really enjoyed reading all of these poems. Full of life, fun and expression. I wanted to keep them all but it wasn’t allowed. I sneaked an extra one in.”


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Brian Bath plays UK radio studio concert

Our friend Brian Bath will be performing new and exciting work on Phoenix Community Radio on Friday 19th May, 8pm-10pm, and we’re very happy to spread the word! Brian will perform some of his own songs and even some of Kate’s. The concert will also feature founding member of the KT Bush Band, Vic King. £4 admission. Details in the poster below. You can listen live via the station’s website.

Brian Bath radio concert poster

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Brisbane in June hosts “In the Warm Room: The Music of Kate Bush 1978-1980”

IN THE WARM ROOM: The Music Of Kate Bush 1978-1980

The Queensland Cabaret Festival 2017 (based in Brisbane, Australia) is presenting a major concert work based on Kate’s music on Friday 9th June 2017. Working with local creative production house Electric Moon, the show is entitled “IN THE WARM ROOM: The Music Of Kate Bush 1978-1980” and will feature key songs from the albums The Kick Inside, Lionheart and Never for Ever. Electric Moon’s producer and musical director James Lees is bringing together eight vocalists (four male, four female) and a ten piece band to reinterpret and reimagine the songs for a theatrical live performance setting. Venue: POWERHOUSE THEATRE 119 Lamington Street, New Farm, QLD 4005, Australia


In The Warm Room publicity photo

The key image for the show was devised by James Lees in collaboration with photographer Sam Scoufos (Compadre Picture Co) and art director Brett Harris. It features five of the singers – (L-R) Sandro Colarelli, Alison St Ledger, Josh Daveta, Lucinda Shaw, SS.Sebastian as well as nine Kate Bush visual references.


Electric Moon have previously presented highly acclaimed bespoke shows based on Lou Reed’s “Transformer”, David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust” and John Cameron Mitchell’s “Hedwig And The Angry Inch” as well as a range of original performance works, collaborating with a wide range of Australian performers, actors and singers.

“It’s an equal mixture of fear and excitement to be taking on the performance and presentation of Kate’s complex and impossibly beautiful music.” Lees explains, “We chose to focus in on those first three albums as they form a beautiful trio of her early sound and musical spirit, just before she jumped into the experimentation and innovation of her 80’s material. The show title ‘In The Warm Room’ means a rarefied and intimate space and I think that a lot of fans of her music might feel that this could be a metaphor for the special space in your heart and mind that these songs might dwell in. Of course it is also the tender and sensual ballad from Lionheart and will definitely be performed as part of the show. We also wanted to steer clear of the music that Kate herself performed in the recent Before The Dawn concerts. As we begin rehearsals, it is a magical experience to bring these songs to life, almost like they are being beamed in from another dimension. Every one of us is a diehard Kate devotee – we can’t wait to perform the full show and share it with her legions of Australian fans.”

Sandro Colarelli, Lisa Crawley, Josh Daveta, Bethan Ellsmore, Daniel Hack, SS.Sebastian, Lucinda Shaw and Alison St Ledger

Drums/MD: James Lees
Piano/Keys: Parmis Rose
Keys/Violin: Salliana Campbell
Cello: Wayne Jennings
Guitars: Ruth Gardner, Mark Angel
Bass: Robert Harley
Sax/Winds: Andrew Saragossi
Backing Vocalist: Rachael Dixon
Violin/Keys/Piano Accordion/Balalaika: Benjamin Drozdovskii
Front of House Sound: Chris Neehause


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Hounds of Love “multi-sensory event” being held in London in April

Immersive Music event

Update: Thanks to the nice people at Immersive Music we have 5 pairs of tickets to give away! To be in with a chance of winning all you have to do is answer the following question:

On one song on the Hounds of Love album, something gets hidden in a garden. What is it? Update: Competition is now closed and winners have been chosen – thanks! p.s. the correct answer is: a yo-yo 🙂

Please send your answer to – if you are successful I will then be in touch by email to get your ticket details to you. The competition runs till the end of Wednesday March 22nd at which point the random draw will be made. Winners can choose to attend on either Thursday 20th, Friday 21st or Saturday 22nd April shows at an as yet undisclosed location in London. Good luck! p.s. if you can’t wait, tickets are available here.

Competition Rules: Competition ends March 23rd, 2017 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. 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 24th, 2017. Winners will be notified by email. If winners cannot be reached within 3 days of notification, alternate winners will be selected. Event takes place in London, UK and winners need to be available to make their own travel arrangements to attend. 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 is final.

Here’s some news about an event happening over 3 nights in London in April. Immersive Music presents: ‘Hounds of Love’ From the Press release: “Following the success of last year’s sold-out event, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Immersive Music is back, and it’s taking on another iconic album. This time you will be taken deep into the heart and soul of Kate Bush’s highly-acclaimed fifth album, the self-produced ‘Hounds of Love’. For a limited time this April, this famous album will be brought to life at a secret location with a unique, multi-sensory experience like no other. Guiding you on a fully interactive adventure using performance, artwork and music, Immersive Music will give you a unique insight into this pivotal album and you will be able to experience it in ways unimaginable.

All of the night’s activities will culminate in a live performance of the album in its entirety (by leading UK tribute act, Cloudbusting). So, if you’re a Kate Bush fan, it’s kind of  compulsory. Celebrate one of the world’s best-loved musicians with a completely out of this world experience where you can look, listen, feel and interact with ‘Hounds of Love’. You’ll get to live the legend as if you were part of the songs themselves. Make a deal with god, wake the witch inside you and let them transport you into the tranquil, frantic, dreamy and chaotic world of Kate Bush. The event takes place at an undisclosed location in North London on Thursday, Friday and Saturday 20th – 22nd April.”

See for more details. Or find details on social media: Facebook  Twitter  Instagram

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KT Bush Band perform songs from Kate’s early years in UK church gig!

Brian Bath, who as you’ll know played guitar in Kate’s original KT Bush Band in the late 70s as well as appearing on four of her studio albums, has let us know about the latest gig from the re-launched KT Bush Band – and the gig and venue sounds very special indeed. Here’s this from the band. Ticket info is on the poster below. Thanks, Brian!

“Looking ahead to 3rd March 2017, we’ve now confirmed a performance at the superb St John’s Church venue in Farncombe near Guildford.

This venue has welcomed many well known artists over the past few years, with concerts from Steve Howe, John Lees’ Barclay James Harvest, Gordon Giltrap, Kiki Dee, China Crisis and other crowd pleasers.

Please join us in March, and bring your friends!”

KT Bush Band Poster

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Before the Dawn already certified GOLD in the UK!

Kate’s new live album, Before the Dawn, was certified Gold today by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) – achieving sales in excess of 100,000 in the UK. Considering this is a triple CD and quadruple vinyl set, that’s really quite something! Kate and all the KT Fellowship will no doubt be delighted by this news – well done all.

BPI Gold certification

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The HomeGround Audio Archive – 1978 now available

As an early minute Christmas present, the HomeGround Audio Archive for 1978 is now available from the Archive index page HERE.

Heed the usual warning about the quality of some of this early material, but we hope you enjoy this glimpse into the first year of Kate’s career, her first radio interviews, and the comments of DJs and established artists trying to get the measure of this strange performer who “appeared from nowhere”.


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Introducing the HomeGround Audio Archive

The HomeGround Editors have been collecting Kate related audio material since before the founding of the magazine in 1982. In fact the collecting began in 1979, the year after Kate’s debut with Wuthering Heights. The material, dating from 1978 to date, radio shows and clips, and other material was originally collected on over a hundred audio cassettes, which have now been digitised into MP3s.

Be warned. The audio quality of the early material is variable. In the late 70s and early eighties we were still collecting tapes which were umpteenth generation copies of material originally recorded (most likely) by balancing a microphone against a decidedly low-fi transistor radio or TV. These files are kept in the archive because they are precious survivals of material that has not (yet) appeared in a better format. The MP3s faithfully reproduce the poor quality of the original sound.

The Archive index page is here. In due course we hope to have all of the archive available, but have begun now, with the year 1980, a year of four singles and an album. We will add further years as they are ready. Enjoy.

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Heiðrik á Heygum – Faroese artist discusses Kate’s influence on his films and music

HeidrikIn between bouts of enjoying Before the Dawn here it’s nice to also keep you posted on what those who have been influenced by Kate are up to. One such artist is filmmaker and musician Heidrik á Heygum who hails from The Faroe Islands and currently lives in Iceland. Recently he has released his album “Funeral”, to growing acclaim and his intention is to create music videos for all the songs on the album – (you can watch one below).

Sweetly affecting songs like Change of Frame, Red Hair or Monster have a melodic playfulness shot through with a particular Nordic darkness that Heidrik admits has always been reflected in his work, whether in painting, film or song. Heidrik is a big admirer of Kate’s work, something that he feels most keenly through her marriage of music and filmic imagery, in particular his short film “My Room” which is a loose re-telling of the story in Kate’s song Deeper Understanding – you can watch it below. His touching documentary about his 85 year old grandmother Maria’s relationship with the sea, “Waves”, also owes a debt to Kate’s music. Maria has swam in the sea year-round for almost 50 years, nature acting as a “healer and mentor” for her as Heidrik calls it. He says that listening to Kate’s A Coral Room was instrumental in making this piece and the song was his soundtrack while creating the film before later commissioning new music for the finished work.

Heidrik albumHe tells katebushnews: “I think we have our love of movies in common, myself and Kate, and I can see that in her lyrics and hear that in her melodies. She is very visual. That is a reason why I think she is a great inspiration for many artists. She has this great way to write lyrics, for example Experiment IV and Deeper Understanding, Heads We’re Dancing and so on, like little short films…it’s very beautiful. And she is a great lyricist, I think she doesn’t get enough credit for that.” You can watch Heidrik and his friend Lea Kampmann sing Hounds of Love below also.

We highly recommend Heidrik’s new album Funeral which is available on iTunes and Spotify. You can explore more of his work on his Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Soundcloud and his artist website.

Heidrik holds Funeral vinyl

Update: You can order the rather lovely vinyl version of the album (above) by contacting Lucky Records in Iceland here:

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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,

KT fellowship group photo

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