Seán discusses Kate’s announcement on Irish Radio

I was asked to chat to Dave Fanning on RTE 2FM this morning, Ireland’s national broadcaster. Dave certainly fired plenty of questions at me but I tried to represent Kate and her fans as best as I could! You can hear it in the clip below. (with thanks to Peter for the audio clip)

Fun fact: Irish broadcasting legend, Gay Byrne, gets pulled into the conversation at one point as he wandered down the studio corridor. He famously interviewed Kate on her only Irish TV appearance on the Late Late Show in March 1978, but seems to have forgotten about it! I’ve included the clip of him chatting to Kate below…

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MASSIVE NEWS! Kate announces live residency at London’s Eventim Apollo

How wonderful it is to be able to run that headline!

Kate has announced a series of live dates in August and September at London’s Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith. This venue is the Hammersmith Odeon as was, where the Tour of Life ended 35 years ago. All details below, and we are gathering ALL the news and press reports in this post below also.

We’d like to wish Kate all the very best on this incredible new adventure – a big hug from us! Peter, Krys, Dave and Seán x


The performances will be called “Before the Dawn” and Kate says on the official site:

“I am delighted to announce that we will be performing some live shows this coming August and September.
       I hope you will be able to join us and I look forward to seeing you there.
          We’ll keep you updated with further news on the web site.
                  Meanwhile, all details of concert dates and tickets are in the note below.
                    Very best wishes,

The dates are:

AUGUST: 26th, 27th, 29th, 30th.

SEPTEMBER: 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 9th, 10th, 12th, 13th, 16th, 17th, 19th

Kate Bush 2014 by Trevor Leighton

Tickets will go on sale at 9.30 am (GMT) on the 28th March 2014 and will be available exclusively from the following agents:

Please note that tickets are NOT available  from the venue Box Office.

Additional order enquiries should be directed to the Eventim customer service department at: or 08443760021

Ticket purchases are limited to a maximum of 4 per order.  For example, you can try to purchase up to 4 tickets for just one of the 15 concerts, or 4 tickets for 4 separate shows.

Please particularly note the ticket security and resale measures: the name of the lead booker will be printed on the first ticket.  As the number of tickets is limited they will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Tickets cannot be resold or transferred under any circumstances.

The promoter says: The lead booker will be asked to present ID to gain entry into the venue. Failure to adhere the terms and conditions may result in the customer’s order being void. There are no exceptions to this rule.

Demand for tickets is likely to be enormous. Gigwise estimates that the demand will be greater than for recent gigs by Beyonce and Lady Gaga.

Here’s Seán Twomey from this very site being interviewed today on the Mark Radcliffe show on BBC6 Music!

Here’s a discussion about today’s news on the “PM” show on BBC Radio 4 today:

Here’s how the 6pm Evening News on Radio 4 reported the news:

Kate being discussed on BBC News Channel this morning:


The BBC are reporting that the internet has gone into “meltdown” at the news, and that news is everywhere from the Bexley News Shopper to Thanhnien in Vietnam:

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Beautiful version of Running Up That Hill from last weekend’s Belfast event

Thomas Keery from Dog Kennel Productions has filmed a very fine version of Running Up That Hill from two of the participants in the recent Kate Bush tribute event marking International Women’s Day. In this clip, Fiona O’Kane and Frances Mitchell rehearse their cover of the song prior to Saturday’s event in the Oh Yeah Centre in Belfast. Just lovely. (with thanks to Thomas for getting in touch)

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Calvin Klein designer acquires a copy of “Cathy” by John Carder Bush

The second “Cathy” related post in as many weeks, this one is an article I missed from 2012 in the Wall Street Journal about how delighted Italo Zucchelli, menswear designer for Calvin Klein Collection, was to pick up a rare copy of the book for over $1,000 recently! (thanks to Gabi for sharing)

“When I saw it, I screamed,” says Mr. Zucchelli, who owns all of Ms. Bush’s albums. “I bought it immediately. I had to have that book.” Since then, the book, “Cathy” by John Carder Bush, has occupied a prominent spot on the bookshelf in his Manhattan apartment, “where I can see it.”

Read the full article at the Wall Street Journal site here. Seán says: This makes me extra grateful again for the signed copy of the book that John sent me a few years back – cheers John! Check out John’s official site here to purchase his beautifully bound novel “The Cellar Gang“.

Italo Zucchelli, menswear designer for Calvin Klein Collection cathy_klein2

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Belfast tribute to Kate for International Women’s Day event

Belfast International Women's Day Kate Bush event

The ‘Oh Yeah Centre’  in Belfast is hosting an International Women’s Day special of music and film celebrating Kate’s work. From the press release:

“The evening will feature live interpretations of her work, plus original material from local artists Fiona O Kane (runaway GO), Suzanne Savage, The Dandy Horses, Shannon O Neill, and Decomposing In Paris.

Kate Bush is one of the most successful female solo artists of the last 35 years. At the age of 19 she topped the UK singles charts with her debut single ‘Wuthering Heights’ which made her the first woman to have a number one hit with a self penned song. Since then she has released 10 albums, and has been nominated for and received several awards including an Ivor Novello in 2002. In 1980 her third album ‘Never for Ever’ made her the first woman ever to enter the album charts at number one.

In addition to celebrating her incredible and inspirational contribution to the world of music, the evening will also highlight an interesting link that she has with Belfast, through a short film. The story tells of how she sourced a Lambeg drum from a shop on Sandy Row, when recording the album ‘Hounds of Love’. The instrument which was specially commissioned went on to feature in the hugely successful tracks ‘Running Up That Hill’ and ‘Cloudbusting’.

The event which is free kicks off at 1pm with the screening of a Kate Bush documentary ‘Under Review’, plus live music from Wookalily, and a women’s safety info session. The evening event will start at 9pm.”

This Woman’s Work
Saturday 8th March
9pm- late
Bar service, over 18s.

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Feature on ‘Cathy’ by John Carder Bush in AnOther Magazine

The fashion and photography magazine, AnOther, has recently published an article on the (long out of print) 1986 photography book ‘Cathy’ by Kate’s brother John Carder Bush. It describes the book:

…a book of photographs of an eight-year-old Kate Bush, taken by her older brother John Carder Bush and published in 1986. Here we present an extract from Carder Bush’s lyrical introduction, alongside a gallery of images featuring a blunt fringed Cathy cavorting around in costumes and oversized hats, lost in a world of her own imagination.

You can read the article here and visit John’s official site here, where copies of his brilliant novel “The Cellar Gang” can be ordered.

Cathy by John Carder Bush

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Kate Remixes of the Day: This Woman’s Work (Echoes Remix) and “Electric Cloudbusting” (Lifelike Remix)

On certain days, if done well, a remix of a Kate song can be just the ticket. Uplifting, even. Here’s two I really like, both great on headphones. (Note: Both are unofficial mixes – cheers for the link, Brian. Cloudbusting animation from the Bushygifs tumblr page)


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Unseen 1978 promo photos of Kate surface online…


There are hundreds (if not thousands) of promotional photos of Kate floating about online from every aspect of her career, but apart from when a new album is released, it’s very unusual to see a whole bunch of them appear that most fans are not familiar with. Very recently, almost 30 shots of Kate, reportedly from her Spring 1978 trip to Holland, have surfaced (thanks to Asmoday on our site forum and to goldduststevie for sharing). See them here.

Very much of their time, they are nonetheless striking “new” images of a legendary artist just setting out on her journey…

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BFI explore how cinema has influenced Kate’s work

Moira Shearer in Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s visually ravishing Technicolor masterpiece, The Red Shoes (1948)

An article on the British Film Institute‘s website, in association with their current season of gothic films, delves into Kate’s back catalogue to “discover how the darker side of cinema influenced some of her greatest hits.”

The article touches on Wuthering Heights, The Red Shoes, The Infant Kiss, Hounds of Love and The Dreaming, citing the influence of films such as Night of the Demon, The Innocents and The Shining on these classic songs. Read the full article at the BFI site here.

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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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Kate Creates Hand-drawn Cover for Mojo Magazine’s 20th Anniversary Issue!

Mojo 20 Years WalletThe new edition of Mojo Magazine (out later this week) will be celebrating the magazine’s 20th year of publication. To mark it, they asked Kate to design the hand-drawn cover! The Independent newspaper writes: “There’s probably only one media brand in the world that could get the famously private Kate Bush to fetch down her sketching equipment and produce a hand-drawn illustration in its honour. And that’s Mojo.” Note: the cardboard wallet pictured here will contain the actual magazine, which will feature Kate’s cover.

The issue will also include a free CD plus interviews with  Jimmy Page, John Lydon, Ringo Starr, Alex Turner, Brian Wilson, Jeff Beck, Debbie Harry, Paul Weller, Prince Buster, Ray Davies, Martha Reeves, Yoko Ono, Cliff Richard, Steven Tyler, Danger Mouse, David Crosby, Pete Seeger, Buddy Guy, Bobby Womack and John Cale. Also featured will be the ’20 Most Important Albums of Mojo’s Lifetime’ as voted by the readers. Read more about the magazine at the Mojo site here.

Subscribers to the magazine will additionally get an extra special version of this Kate-designed cover, “adorned with gold foil block.” Sure to be a collector’s item! Kate has apparently signed her cover art with the following dedication:

“Glad to see you’ve still got your Mojo after 20 years”

Kate's Mojo Magazine cover

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Gered Mankowitz on Kate

Huffington Post UK 13th September: “Gered Mankowitz has been photographing rock stars for 50 years, creating iconic portraits of everyone from Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones to Wham!, Kate Bush and Duran Duran. Now, the best of his work has been assembled for an exhibition in London from tomorrow, and collated in a stunning hardback book to be published in December … Kate Bush was one of Gered Mankowitz’s favourite subjects – a pleasure to work with …”

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When Kate went to Toon

The Newcastle Chronicle today ran a feature on Kate’s personal appearance on 11th September 1980 to promote Never For Ever, with extracts from an interview she gave to the paper:

Sometimes I see myself in the paper and it’s hard to associate with the name Kate Bush. She is this well-known person who has become like a brand name like Maxwell House coffee or something. Meanwhile, I’m just working on my music and my life.”

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Sir Elton on Wheeler Street

In his “Soundtrack of my Life” features in The Observer Sunday 1st September, Sir Elton John noted Snowed in at Wheeler Street as “The song that was difficult to Record”:

I did a duet with Kate Bush on this track for her last album. That session with her was hard, because she doesn’t write easy songs. She’s a complex songwriter and this is a weird song, but I love it so much. I’m so proud to be on a Kate Bush record; she’s always marched to the beat of her own drum. She was groundbreaking – a bit like a female equivalent of Freddie Mercury. She does come out socially sometimes and she came to my civil partnership occasion with her husband. There were so many stars in the room, but all the musicians there were only interested in saying, “You’ve got to introduce me to Kate Bush.” I remember Boy George saying, “Oh my God, is that Kate Bush?” I said, “Yeah!”


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