How To Be Invisible book goes on sale in Waterstones in the UK!

Kate’s book of lyrics, How To Be Invisible, has been appearing on shelves in branches of Waterstones across the UK, several days ahead of the announced release date. Signed copies of the book to be won in a daily raffle, exclusive bookmarks and other items will be offered at Kate’s charity Pop Up Shop from Wed December 5th to Sun December 9th – read here for all the details.

Kate's book in Waterstones

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Kate announces 5-day Kate Bush Pop Up Shop for homeless charity!

Pop Up Shop

This is absolutely brilliant news, and such a lovely gesture from Kate in the run up to Christmas. Kate has announced that she will open a special pop-up at London’s Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross from the 5th – 9th Dec 2018.  All profits will go to the national homelessness charity, Crisis. Seán and the Kate Bush Fan Podcast will be there on Saturday and Sunday, come say hello and have a chat if you see a smiling Irish guy with a digital recorder!

The shop is at Unit L10, Coal Drops Yard, 108 Lower Stable St, London, N1C 4DR and opens at 10am on Wednesday Dec 5. The shop closes at 8pm on Sunday Dec 9. Specific opening times are:

Wed 5th December: 10am to 10pm
Thurs 6th December: 10am to 10pm
Fri 7th December: 10am to 10pm
Sat 8th December: 10am to 8pm
Sun 9th December: 11am to 8pm

Full Press Release:

Coinciding with the release of definitive remastered versions of her music catalogue, as well as the publication by Faber of the lyric book How To Be Invisible, the shop will sell the vinyl, CDs and book plus a selection of exclusive specially made items. Each book sold will include an exclusive bookmark.

DAILY RAFFLE: In addition to the stock there will be a daily raffle with very special prizes which will be announced on social media on the day. Only 250 tickets on sale at £20 each per day. ONE TICKET PER CUSTOMER. 40 WINNERS EACH DAY. Prizes include: Signed book, picture discs, signed art print. All winners notified by phone / email.

Evening Standard – Tuesday December 4th 2018

GRAND RAFFLE: Enter into one of the daily raffles and you will be entered into the grand raffle automatically. The Grand Raffle prize is an ‘Aerial’ Presentation Disc signed by Kate.

Aerial signed disc

The store is located in a space at 108 Lower Stable Street, a sunken street within the new Heatherwick Studio designed Coal Drops Yard shopping district, directly adjacent to King’s Cross’ Granary Square.

Kate said “I can’t imagine how it must feel to be homeless. Our attention is drawn to this tragic issue at Christmas when most of us can share the celebrations with those we love but, of course, homelessness is there all year round – all the time. It must be so frightening. Without charities like Crisis, who would people turn to? Who would help? Where would the hope of a future come from? I hope this pop up shop will raise some money for Crisis and raise more awareness of this life-saving charity”.

Coal Drops Yard

Coal Drops Yard, London

Crisis Chief Executive Jon Sparkes said; “We’re absolutely thrilled that Kate Bush has chosen to support us this Christmas by donating all of the profits from her pop up shop.

“Homelessness is one of the most urgent issues of our time – across the country thousands of people are needlessly suffering life on the streets or trapped in hostels and B&Bs. We simply can’t carry on like this when we know that homelessness is not inevitable.

“The money raised by Kate and her fans will help us provide food, warmth, and vital services to thousands of homeless people this Christmas – as well as the year round support they need to leave homelessness behind for good – and for that we’re incredibly grateful.”

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Kate’s social media countdown to Part 2 almost complete!

TOMORROW! Kate’s social media countdown prepares for tomorrow’s launch of the second half of Kate Bush Remastered with a touching nod to fan-favourite Under The Ivy. Can’t wait to hear that track remastered along with SO many others!





Remastered Part 2

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Kate’s Remastered CD box set enters UK albums chart!

In something of a surprise to us (considering this is an expensive box set containing 7 individual albums) Kate’s Remastered Part 1 CD set has actually entered the official UK album charts at number 51! Perhaps in the digital/streaming age there are new rules governing what qualifies for the album chart now, but this is still very nice to see! Both vinyl box sets (I and II) and Hounds of Love also popped up in last week’s midweek charts on the strength of early sales of the remastered products.

More chart figures for you (with thanks to Matt, chart-wiz over on our site forum!)

UK albums top 100:
Number 51 – Remastered 1. (CD box set) 2634 sales

UK vinyl chart
Number 7 – Remastered in vinyl volume 1
Number 9 – Remastered in vinyl volume 2
Number 10 – Hounds of Love
Number 14 – The Red Shoes
Number 26 – The Kick Inside
Number 39 – The Sensual World

UK Physical Chart (CDs & vinyl)
Number 33 – Remastered 1 (CD box set)
Number 61 – Hounds of Love
Number 69 – Remastered in Vinyl volume 1
Number 73 – Remastered in vinyl volume 2
Number 89 – The Red Shoes
Number 93 – The Kick Inside

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Kate continues Remastered imagery countdown on social media

We’ve been updating our Facebook page with the daily imagery from Kate’s official Facebook/Instagram accounts – firstly the 7 days till Part 1 was released on November 16th and now a 10 day countdown till part 2 of Kate Bush – Remastered (Aerial, Director’s Cut, 50 Words For Snow and The Other Sides rarities collection). The daily imagery and selected lyric quotes have been a nice touch. We’ve never experienced a release schedule like this before, so we’re enjoying it while it lasts! (collages selection by Darrell Babidge)

Remasters Part 2 countdown

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More 5-Star Reviews For Remasters – Classic Pop and Q Magazine

Classic Pop Cover December 2018

More great reviews for Kate’s stunning remasters. Ian Gittins in Classic Pop Magazine gives the project 5 stars and says “this comprehensive reissue of her remastered career works as a salutary reminder of just what an extraordinary artist she is…CD Box 1 (The Kick Inside to The Red Shoes) is frequently staggering…the albums on CD Box 2 are bigger on stylised reflection and lighter on impactful pop hooks, but harbour moments of genius…driven, visceral, thespian, experimental and yet capable of conjuring up sheer pop nuggets, Kate Bush has always been a groundbreaking very British artist like no other”

Q Review

Meanwhile in the new issue of Q Magazine, Victoria Segal reviews the first two vinyl sets, again rating them 5 stars. “Another excuse to embrace Kate Bush’s back catalogue…while Vinyl II catches Bush in her ’80s pomp, Vinyl I….shows her revving up for the full-throttle transformations of ’83’s The Dreaming.”

That Mojo Magazine Kate Bush-starring cover feature includes another big review, giving Remastered a solid 4 stars. It’s the first review to mention *that* hugely anticipated unreleased track: “You could imagine her singing the previously unreleased country-tinged pop song Humming with the KT Bush Band in the ‘70s” Reviewer, Mark Blake, continues: “The musical leaps made in the ‘80’s between Never For Ever, The Dreaming and Hounds of Love sound even more vivid here. Bush and Guthrie’s new cuts put the listener right there: close enough to get cut by Babooshka’s flying glass or trapped shivering under the ice floe in The Ninth Wave. It also gives us the opportunity to reacquaint and re-evaluate. Who else had forgotten The Red Shoes’ Nigel Kennedy-assisted industrial-rock freak-out Big Stripey Lie? Meanwhile the B-sides offer a bewitching sub-plot to the main story. Anyone for synth-pop-meet-French-chanson on Ne T’Enfuis Pas or Brechtian oompah on Ran Tan Waltz? Kate Bush is rarely predictable but if…Remastered is intended as a curtain call, then it also adheres to that great showbiz maxim and leaves you wanting more.”

Finally, in a feature on Christmas records, the Metro newspaper in the UK singles out December Will Be Magic Again from the upcoming Remastered rarities collection as a gift option: “Tucked away in the box-set of remasters out this month, on a final disc of remixes, covers and rarities is Kate Bush’s little remembered, genuinely magical, distinctly Bowie-esque 1980 Christmas single. So too is the gorgeous, brief acoustic number Home For Christmas from 1992. It’s Kate. It’s great. Obviously.” (How lovely to see this single cover appearing in print today – Remasters; job done!)

Read more about Kate Bush – Remastered here.

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Christine & The Queens add Wuthering Heights to Rihanna cover on BBC Radio 1!

In a live version of Rihanna’s hit “Kiss it Better” yesterday in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, Christine and the Queens incorporated the chorus from Kate’s Wuthering Heights into the performance. See the video below.

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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.

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Kate Bush Fan Podcast – Bush Telegraph memories of Before The Dawn!

Bush Telegraph Ep 5 Pic

Seán introduces the latest Bush Telegraph special episode of the Kate Bush Fan Podcast. Darrell and Paul talk about the imminent release of the Kate Bush remasters tomorrow, and anticipate a special listening experience. They also talk about the Before The Dawn performances in 2014, having waited 35 years to see Kate perform live again. They cover everything from hearing the very surprising news, to the frantic day the tickets went on sale, and then the ultimate experience of seeing Kate live!

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Mojo Magazine feature Kate cover and “unpublished” interview material

Mojo Magazine

With all the buzz surrounding Kate Bush – Remastered it’s little wonder that Mojo Magazine have yet again featured Kate on the cover of their new issue, out next Tuesday (an outer plastic bag cover which contains a best of 2018 CD and Elvis DVD is shown above – see inner magazine cover below). This issue includes a full review of the Remastered box sets. From the Mojo site:

“SENSUAL, SECRETIVE, OBSESSIVE: the story of Kate Bush: Recording Artist is a rich and dramatic quest for control and possession of her art – one which her raft of newly remastered albums underlines with an unmistakeably personal touch. In new material from interviews with Tom Doyle, Bush relives the highs and lows of her hunt for perfection in the latest MOJO magazine, in UK shops from Tuesday, November 20, and available to buy online now.

“It would’ve been nice if some of the stuff I did wasn’t always so hard,” she told Doyle as she discussed all her greatest moments in depth. Above all, it’s the story of Bush’s increasingly specific sonic visions and the initiative she took in bringing them to life.

“I think music is very visual,” she said. “On Never For Ever, there was quite a bit of that… trying to imagine being there. It’s that thing of being in this place, isn’t it? That you’re talking about or singing about. So, then you’re trying to create what it looks like and who’s there.” Included in our Kate Bush coverage: a full review of the new remastered box sets, plus Ian Rankin on her lyrics, which are published in book form by Faber & Faber on December 6.” 

Note: The plastic bag cover in the image above contains a CD and DVD. The magazine inside the package has this cover:

Mojo Inside cover

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First Review of Kate Bush Remastered: “Exceptional” says Uncut Magazine

Uncut Jan 2019The first major review is in and it’s very good! Writing in today’s new edition of Uncut Magazine, Erin Osmon reviews the 4 box sets that make up Kate’s Remastered in Vinyl releases. As well as reserving high praise for the included rare tracks on these collections, the reviewer is careful to assess the improvements in the remastered sound of Kate’s classic songs, something we’ve been very curious to hear about…

“The drums on “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)” pound with a more robust and exuberant energy, mirroring the heartbeat thump the song still elicits, 33 years after its release. The same goes for the frantic rhythms of “Sat In Your Lap”, which are fuller and more bouyant. The instrumentation of “Wuthering Heights” at last feels in balance with the track’s striking vocals, as if they too were invited to perform from the stage, rather than projecting towards the singer from the pit.

The layered likes of “Babooshka” feel more natural too, with evident care paid to the very bucolic potential of these recordings, even the ones heavily adorned in synthesisers and effects.”

“Pretty much every Bush tune you might possibly want to find is at last lined up and easy to navigate, and that the woman herself ostensibly chose the songs and sequence makes it that much more alluring. Despite its pedestrian title, Remastered In Vinyl is exceptional in its completeness.”  8/10

You can get this issue of Uncut from the magazine’s site here.

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Kate takes part in UNICEF auction – 50 copies of The Sensual World on BLUE vinyl to be won!

UNICEF blue vinyl disc

Kate, David Bowie, Nick Cave, Bob Marley, Alicia Keys and more are some of the artists taking part in a new UNICEF vinyl project. The charity will steer a special re-issue campaign, featuring albums by a variety of influential artists. The project will feature limited runs of just 50 copies pressed on blue vinyl.

Each record will be adorned with an edition sticker as well as a holographic Unicef Blue Vinyl sticker on the front of album, with fans able to enter a prize draw (raffle) to win one of the albums. There’s no limit on entries, but each entry costs £5 and for every ten tickets bought by one person a free ticket is issued. The limited runs will be numbered, with super fans and collectors able to bid in an auction for No. 1 of each album. Prize Draw closes on Dec 10th.

***Buy Prize Draw tickets for one of 50 copies of Kate’s The Sensual World on blue vinyl HERE***

All proceeds from Unicef Blue Vinyl will go to Unicef UK’s Children’s Emergency Fund, a project that helps Unicef support children in danger during conflict or disaster situations.

Unicef UK CEO Mike Penrose commented: “We are so proud and excited to release this incredibly special collection of albums for Unicef’s Blue Vinyl, collaborating with some of the world’s best music talent to support children around the world. Today, we’re facing humanitarian crises on a scale we’ve not seen before, and Unicef’s work is more crucial than ever. Blue Vinyl is a great way for music fans to not only own a unique piece of musical history, but also to help raise vital funds to support Unicef’s essential work for children.”

The full list of albums is as follows:

David Bowie – The Next Day
Bring Me The Horizon – That’s The Spirit
Kate Bush – The Sensual World
King Crimson – In the Court of the Crimson King
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
Coldplay – A Head Full Of Dreams
The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Axis: Bold As Love
Kasabian – For Crying Out Loud
Alicia Keys – Songs In A Minor
Bob Marley And The Wailers – Catch A Fire
Novelist – Novelist Guy
Ozzy Osbourne – Diary Of A Madman
Spice Girls – Spice
Paul Weller – A Kind Revolution
Robbie Williams – Take The Crown
Amy Winehouse – Back To Black

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Kate Bush Fan Podcast – Dave Cross on Homeground Conventions and Parties with Kate!

Homeground parties

As this year’s Winter themed 2018 Kate Bush Party in the Royal Vauxhall Tavern in London approaches on November 23rd, Seán chats to Homeground co-founder Dave Cross about the amazing history of fan conventions and parties that himself, Peter, Krys, Lisa Bradley and Kate herself have organised since the 1980s!

Lots of memories of how Kate and her family got involved in these increasingly ambitious events, some RARE audio from the unforgettable 1990 Convention (yes, famously she announced potential live dates….they only took 24 years to arrive!) and we also manage to find time to discuss this month’s upcoming remasters. Thanks Dave! Party tickets here: https://tinyurl.com/yb4tmms7 (with apologies for Mrs Bartolozzi’s washing machine spinning in the background of this episode!)

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PODCAST EXCLUSIVE! Del Palmer interview special – on tour in Ireland!

Del Palmer in Ireland

No, Seán can’t believe it either: in this episode of the Kate Bush Fan Podcast he catches up with Del Palmer(!) and singer Mandy Watson and pianist/arranger Michael Mayell of The Kate Bush Song Book as they perform in Ireland together for the very first time. This relaxed chat finds us sitting around a kitchen table in Dublin discussing how Del became involved with the band, how he experienced re-visiting Kate Bush songs he hasn’t performed on in decades, and his memories of trips to Ireland with Kate and recording here with the cream of Irish musicians.

We can’t thank Del enough for taking the time to do this. Seán also chats briefly backstage with Nadie Keating and Julia Krajewska, the immensely gifted surprise guest vocalists at the Dublin show! All song clips recorded in Monroe’s, Galway – Oct 20th 2018.  Read more about Cloudbusting and the Kate Bush Song Book at their site here and follow Del Palmer at his Facebook page here.

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Kate Bush Fan Podcast: Baby Bushka On Tour Special!

Baby Bushka on Stage

Hailing from San Diego in the US, Baby Bushka are 8 women who have wowed the UK and Ireland with their powerfully energetic, impressively entertaining and musically accomplished take on the work of Kate Bush. In this episode of our podcast, Seán chats to them backstage in Belfast on the final date of their UK/Ireland tour. Seán yet again discusses the latest news about Kate’s upcoming catalogue remasters and even sets a mini-pub quiz on the Never For Ever album (thanks, Simon!) – it’s a packed episode…

Baby Bushka Official Site | Baby Bushka on Facebook

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