Classic Pop 40th Anniversary Magazine Special features!

We’re very happy to be featured so prominently in this highly sought after Classic Pop Presents – Kate Bush 40th Anniversary Edition magazine. The HomeGround anthologies are reviewed – “packed with news, views and illustrations from an eclectic perspective, it perfectly captures her musical spirit.” Also, I am interviewed about how I got started in the KB online world and how I have kept the site going for over 20 years. Elsewhere I wrote an article, “All We Ever Look For” on the storytelling of Kate Bush, and the meanings behind some of her songs. I picked out just 8 random examples of Kate’s songs to write about in the end – not easy to choose! The Magazine, a visual feast for fans, is on sale in newsagents across the UK and Ireland now and still available to order online from Classic Pop here.

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Kate Bush UK tribute shows in 2018 so far – a round up!

There is a lot of activity at the moment in the UK during Kate’s 40th anniversary year as regards tribute shows – with acts presenting their various takes on Kate’s music on the live stage – here’s a round up of some we’ve been told about.

The KT Bush Band, which features original members Brian Bath and Vic King, are playing a gig on Friday February 16th at the Hertford Corn Exchange.  Vic tells me it will showcase “many songs from the early days plus great album songs.” All info at Cheers, Vic!

KT Bush Band

The KT Bush Band

Cloudbusting perform at a (now sold-out) gig in Islington Assembly Hall on February 17th (exactly 40 years to the day since The Kick Inside was released) – a very exciting night, the entire album will be performed, with promises of special guests, we can’t wait. Cloudbusting have a very busy schedule for 2018, see below and read more at their Facebook page here:


Cloudbusting 2018 dates

Them Heavy People are an established KB tribute band that you should be aware of, check out their next gig on 13th July in Shrewesbury or see loads more about this hard working band at their site here:

Them Heavy People

Them Heavy People

Rachel Sinnetta writes to tell us about a 24-date theatre tour she is embarking on. It is called “Wuthering Heights – The Music of Kate Bush featuring Rachel Sinnetta and her Rubber Band”  – you can read more at their Facebook page here. It is described as “a spectacular show for all Kate Bush enthusiasts including a celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the release of Kate’s amazing debut album “The Kick Inside”. Wuthering Heights – is the ultimate salute to the widely respected and revered Kate Bush.” All tour dates in the UK in April/May and June are here

Rachel Sinetta KB tribute

As previously mentioned, The Kick Inside tribute act, celebrating Kate’s early career with a piano-centred show, kicks off with a gig in London on February 25th. Read about that at our article here.

The Kick Inside Tribute

Jennie Abrahamson has posted a video on Facebook of herself rehearsing for two symphonic Kate Bush tribute shows in Gothenberg, Sweden on March 23rd and 24th – more on those at our previous article here.

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Classic Rock Magazine features Kate on one of 5 covers this month

UK magazine Classic Rock features Kate on one of five collectable covers featuring “Rock’s First Ladies” – a 4-page article on Kate is included. You can order the magazine online here.

Classic Rock Magazine

Classic Rock - 5 covers

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Deirdre O’Kane performs Wuthering Heights routine on Irish TV

Irish TV viewers were treated to comedian and actress Deirdre O’Kane dancing to Kate’s Wuthering Heights on RTE’s Dancing with the Stars on Sunday Night, and received glowing praise from the show’s judges. Clip is available on RTE Player here: (possibly only in Ireland, sorry!)

Deridre O'Kane Dancing with the Stars Deridre O'Kane Dancing with the Stars Deridre O'Kane Dancing with the Stars


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The War on Drugs win Best Rock Album at the Grammys with Kate Bush inspired album

War on Drugs - A Deeper Understanding album cover

The winner of last night’s Best Rock Album at the Grammys, The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding, has a small Kate Bush connection. In a previous interview, Adam Granduciel from the band said: “Recently, I went to the WFMU Record Fair in New York. I was there for like two hours – I’m not on my knees – but I got some cool stuff. I got Kate Bush, The Sensual World, which I actually named my record after! She has a song called Deeper Understanding – I heard that song maybe a year ago and it totally twisted me up, and then it made its way into one of the lyrics (on the song Pain).”

“I heard it at a specific moment in time where I needed to have a little kick in the ass. I was in a weird place with the record – I felt like I was delegating all the music and not really being proactive about putting my own stamp on it,” says Granduciel.

“I listened to that song and it was all Kate Bush. The way that she was playing this one piano part, you could just tell it was played by someone really connected to the song; no one else was going to go into the room and play the part like that.

“That song was an inspiration to not forget about my own involvement in the music, and that at the end of the day it needed to be something that I was heavily connected to for it to really be something that would be worthwhile.” Congratulations to the band! Read more at the band’s official site here.

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Symphonic celebration of Kate Bush in Gothenberg, Sweden on March 23rd & 24th

Gothenburg Concert Hall

Swedish fans may like to note that the Gothenburg Symphony and guest artists Jennie Abrahamson (toured the World with Peter Gabriel) and Malin Dahlström (Niki & The Dove) will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of Kate’s career. It is described as “a towering tribute with hit songs and pure poetry in special arrangements by Martin Schaub.”

The two concerts take place on Friday March 23rd and Saturday March 24th at Gothenburg Concert Hall. Tickets and info can be found here.

Jennie Abrahamson

Jennie Abrahamson

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KBNI 1998 front page

The front page of Kate Bush News & Information from 1998

At the risk of everyone getting “anniversary fatigue” what with all the Kate 40th celebrations this year, I thought it was worth marking the fact that on this day, 20 years ago, I launched the Kate Bush News & Information website. On the 25th January 1998 I had no training in HTML or web design or photoshop (could you tell?!!) but I was driven by a need to put something on the web that I felt was sorely lacking at the time – a site that told the world that, despite a 5 year absence (at that point) Kate was still a contemporary and very influential artist and there was still PLENTY of Kate-related news to report and get excited about. Basically…I wanted to make a website that I could browse myself and enjoy (and weirdly I often found myself doing just that!) It was a different online world then – no Google, Facebook, Youtube or Twitter, and it was a lot of hard work gathering news and doing updates without the luxury of things like WordPress – it was a labour of love.

Luckily the site rapidly gained in popularity and fans became very generous and helpful informing me of all kinds of news from all over the world. Five years later, in April 2003, I launched the site forum which became a thriving meeting place for all manner of discussion and debate among Kate fans. My friends in HomeGround agreed to have their home here on the site and we have enjoyed many exclusive stories and announcements over the years – like when Kate wanted to tell her fans about her son’s birth through the site or when we were the first place anywhere to officially announce the Aerial release after 12 long years between albums!

As we continue to do what we do, and now with the addition of our Kate Bush Fan podcasts (hope you can check them out), I’d like to thank you all so much for all the support and goodwill you’ve shown this site over the last two decades. Special thanks to Peter, Krys and Dave from HomeGround, to Paddy Bush, John Carder Bush and Del Palmer for their warm support, to Brian Cloughley for so much amazing graphic work over the years, to Mike Wade for steering the forum through all kinds of drama during the early years, and to my family and friends who must have often thought I was a bit mad. And of course to Kate for making the extraordinary music that has brought us all together. You’ve been great – THANKS! – Seán x

KBNI news page 1998

The News page of Kate Bush News & Information in 1998

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The Kick Inside tribute act launch in February with London gig

Raf Mantelli has been in touch to let us know that her new tribute act, The Kick Inside, celebrating Kate’s early career, are finally launching with a show in London on Feb 25th at 7.30 pm. Venue is Bar & Co at Temple Pier, Victoria Embankment, WC2R2PN London, It features Raf on vocals and piano and O Richard on double bass.

There is a Facebook event page here, and still some early bird tickets available here. Watch clips and read more about the act at their official site:

The Kick Inside tribute act

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Classic Pop Magazine publish special magazine on Kate to celebrate 40 Years of her career!

Classic Pop Kate Bush 40 Year Special

February 1st sees the publication of a brand new magazine special all about Kate from the makers of Classic Pop Magazine. It will be available to order online and will also be on sale in newsagents in the UK and Ireland – and yes Seán from this site has been interviewed for this special and also wrote a short piece for it.

If you order online there is also an option to buy a fan pack with 4 art cards included.

Here is the link to pre-order the individual issue for £7.99:
Here is the link to pre-order the issue PLUS art cards for £15:

Classic Pop tells us: “The 4 art cards are printed on thick glossy card and feature some stunning photos from a performance in the Netherlands, a photo shot in Italy, her performance on the Saturday Night Live Show in 1978 and of course a gorgeous close up”

From the Press Release:

In this special edition 132-page magazine, we celebrate 40 years of Kate Bush, who’s unique brand of songwriting and performing has bewitched the globe since her debut single, ‘Wuthering Heights’ made UK No. 1 in 1978.

Inside, we explore Bush’s career, from her wide-eyed beginnings touted as a child genius, through to the critical and commercial success of her incredible canon of work, and on to 2014’s triumphant return to the stage for her 22-night residency in London’s Hammersmith Apollo.

We get the inside track via interviews with KT Bush Band member Brian Bath and session musician David Paton, official photographer Guido Harari, founder Seán Twomey, plus there’s a 1978 archive interview with Kate herself.

Elsewhere, we take a detailed look at Bush’s musical collaborations, we pass judgement on the finest of her output in our Top 40, and we offer in-depth classic album profiles from across her career including ‘The Kick Inside’, ‘Never For Ever’, ‘Hounds Of Love’, ‘The Red Shoes’ and ‘Aerial’.

Lastly, Seán Twomey offers up a fascinating look at the storytelling within Kate’s songs, there’s features on ‘The Tour Of Life’ and the ‘Before the Dawn’ shows, and we handpick our selection of vinyl treasures to be found within Kate’s stunning catalogue.

We hope you enjoy the issue!

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Forty Years Ago – “Wuthering Heights” from the HomeGround Anthology

From Retracing the Scenes: Wuthering Heights and The Kick Inside : 1977 to 1978 Homeground Anthology Volume I – available on Amazon here

“… As far as we know, Kate Bushs most famous song was written sometime in March 1977, late at night, with a full moon shining in at the window. It was the final exorcism of a presence that had haunted her since she had caught the scene with Cathy at the window in the 1967 black and white BBC adaptation of Emily Brontës novel. Though not originally conceived as her début single, to Kate, as the recording session wound on in August 1977, it became both musically and vocally the obvious track to break through the hard shell of public indifference. EMI were not at first convinced. To them, James and the Cold Gun looked much more like the obvious lead − pause now and consider what might have happened if they had had their way. Would it have been so big? Would that have been better in the long-run for Kates career development? Would Kate have been perceived by the general public and the rock establishment and press in a totally different light?

EMI finally relented and allowed Kate her own choice, and a release date was set for November 4th 1977. The “demo” copies were pressed up and many were sent out. One of these landed on the desk used by Eddie Puma, then the producer of The Late Show for the London commercial radio station Capital Radio. He was entranced on his first hearing and left the disc for the presenter of the show Tony Myatt. They were both convinced that it was a superb single of rare quality and began playing it right away. The other DJs on the station were not so certain.

Meanwhile back at EMIs Manchester Square headquarters a dispute had broken out over the artwork of the sleeve. The company had conceived an integrated publicity campaign centred around a Gered Mankowitz photo of Kate in a pink dance leotard − which apart from being the centrepiece of the posters would also form the covers of both single and album. Kate wasnt so sure she wanted a campaign built more around her body than her music, and began to argue for an album cover design featuring a concept of the song Kite which her boyfriend Del Palmer had originally put together. Though it was late in the day, EMI again relented and allowed Kate to have her way.

The release date of the single was put back, and put back again. Afraid that premature exposure of the song would ruin the publicity build-up, EMI wrote to the radio stations that had received their demo copies to ask them to hold airplay for the time being. Most agreed, but Tony Myatt and Eddie Puma did not, and on Capital Radio Wuthering Heights was played throughout November and December. In the north of England, Manchesters Piccadilly Radio also kept it on the playlist, and BBC Radio 1 was finally obliged by public request to break its silence.

By the time the new artwork was ready, Christmas was upon the popular music world, and it was decided that it would not be a good idea to throw Kate into the Yuletide maelstrom. A new release date was therefore set for 20th January 1978.

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Media Celebrates 40 years of Kate’s “Wuthering Heights”

We’ll link here to pages on the internet celebrating the release by EMI of Kate’s debut single Wuthering Heights on 20th January 1978:

Daily Telegraph | The Post | Far Out | Super DeLuxe Edition | Forty Year Itch |


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The Guardian

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Wuthering Heights released 40 years ago today! New podcast episode to celebrate!

Wuthering Heights single cover

Kate released her extraordinary debut single, Wuthering Heights, on 20th January 1978 – which means the song celebrates it’s 40th anniversary today! The impact that the song and Kate’s subsequent career has had on all our lives is very hard to put into words. I’ve done a bit of a “Director’s Cut” on the podcast I did last year all about the song, it’s origins and it’s lasting influence out there. So be sure to play the song loud today!

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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Daily Telegraph celebrates the influence of 40 years of Kate’s Wuthering Heights

Today’s Daily Telegraph features an article on the lasting legacy of Kate’s debut single, Wuthering Heights, which was released 40 years ago tomorrow, January 20th 1978. James Hall writes:

“At around midnight on a clear London night in the spring of 1977, an 18-year-old Kate Bush sat at an upright piano in her flat in Wickham Road, Brockley, and wrote Wuthering Heights. Inspired by the novel by Emily Brontë, with whom Bush realised she shared a birthday, the song took just a few hours to craft. “There was a full moon, the curtains were open and it came quite easily,” Bush told her fan club in 1979.

But despite the song’s easy creation, no one, Bush included, could have predicted the impact that Wuthering Heights, her debut single, would have on popular culture. Released 40 years ago tomorrow, during an era when disco and punk reigned, it knocked Abba’s Take a Chance on Me off the number one slot and turned Bush into a global star.”

Full article here. We’ll have more on this special anniversary tomorrow!


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Happy New Year – 2018 marks 40 years of Kate releasing records.

Happy New Year, folks! Sneaking this message out early on New Years Eve. Thanks for all the support in 2017. 40 years ago, in 1977, what Kate Bush did was remarkable. What she did the following year was…extraordinary. We’ll be here in 2018 to tell you all about it. #kate40

KT Bush Band performing 40 years ago in 1977

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Sharon Horgan talks about what it might be like to meet Kate

Writer and actress Sharon Horgan, famous for the sitcom Catastrophe with Rob Delaney,  talks about her love of Kate’s music in this clip from BBC 6 Music.

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