First glimpse of Kate’s special fan ticket may give ‘Before the Dawn’ clues…

Today fans have started to receive the first batches of tickets being sent out. If you were lucky enough to order your ticket from the Eventim website – you may be aware that they sometimes produce a special “fan ticket” with collectable artwork on it that people can keep as a momento of their evening.

Kate has clearly embraced this idea, and interestingly seems to have revealed some of the artwork or possibly visuals associated with her Before the Dawn shows in the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith.  As this may be considered something of a spoiler for some you’ll have to look at the image after the following jump.

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BBC4 to broadcast new television documentary on Kate

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A new documentary about Kate’s career, called “The Kate Bush Story: Running Up That Hill” will air on the BBC 4 TV channel on Friday 22nd August at 9.10pm – days before her return to the live stage on August 26th.

The documentary will explore Kate’s career and music from January 1978’s Wuthering Heights to her 2011 album 50 Words for Snow through the testimony of some of her key collaborators and those she has inspired. Contributors include those who have worked closely with Kate; Del Palmer, David Gilmour, Lindsay Kemp, Peter Gabriel, Elton John, Stephen Fry and Nigel Kennedy.

Also exploring their abiding fascination with Kate are some of the musicians who have been influenced by her (St Vincent’s Annie Clark, Natasha Khan of Bat for Lashes, Tori Amos, Outkast’s Big Boi, Guy Garvey and Tricky) and some writers and comedians who admire her (Jo Brand, Steve Coogan and Neil Gaiman).

It will be immediately followed at 10.10pm by a compilation of “Kate Bush at the BBC“. Both programmes will be repeated later that same night from 12.40am to 2.40am.

From the press release: “BBC Four continues its rich tradition of in-depth, original music documentaries featuring world class talent with single documentaries about Kate Bush, Northern Soul, and The Joy of the Guitar Riff…Kate Bush has always danced to her own tune and we love her for it…(the documentary) explores what makes this singer-songwriter unique through the recollections of her colleagues and friends as well as those she has influenced down the years.”

Kate on Wogan - Rocket Man

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New book of Kate Bush photographs by Gered Mankowitz

No, you’re not experiencing déjà vu. As mentioned in the previous post, both photographers from the Snap Galleries exhibition in London are launching books of their photography of Kate to coincide with the exhibition – which runs for the duration of Kate’s Before the Dawn shows in the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith.

Gered Mankowitz book cover

This book, Kate Bush: Portraits by Gered Mankowitz contains 48 pages with an introduction by the photographer, and measures 7×7 inches. It is a hardcover with dustjacket and each copy is signed by Mankowitz and he has deliberately left the front cover (above) free of text so that “owners of this beautiful book can enjoy his classic Wuthering Heights colour portrait without distraction.”

Kate Bush by Gered Mankowit

Gered Mankowitz worked with Kate in 1978 and 1979 and his photographs appeared on LP and single sleeves including Lionheart and the US cover of The Kick Inside.

Lionheart attic shoot

From the gallery website: “In this new book Gered brings together some of his favourite photographs from his many sessions with Kate Bush. He recalls these sessions fondly: “Kate was a wonderful subject and I worked with her over several sessions throughout 1978 and into 79.”

Kate by Gered Mankowitz

He continues, “She was always a delight and an inspiration to work with. I am immensely proud of the work I have done with her and will always be grateful to have been associated with such a gifted artist from the very beginning of her long and important career.”

You can order a copy here.

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New book of Kate Bush photographs by Guido Harari

It’s been a great year for your Kate Bush bookshelf so far with the publication of the hugely popular two-volume HomeGround anthologies (read all about them here). And now, to coincide with a new exhibition running in London for the duration of Kate’s live Before the Dawn shows, photographers Gered Mankowitz and Guido Harari are releasing new books of their work with Kate. From Tuesday 26th August at 4pm the joint exhibition kicks off at Snap Galleries, 12 Piccadilly Arcade, London.

The first of these books, “Kate Bush – photographs by Guido Harari” is available to order now.

Guido Harari book cover

Kate Bush portrait

Guido Harari first photographed Kate Bush in 1982. He remembers the day clearly – it was September 25th. He recalls “Kate accepted my request for an impromptu photo shoot in her hotel (Hotel Plaza). I had my portable studio equipment with me and, she launched into a wild performance on the tiny set. I was stunned: this was exactly what I expected from an all-round artist like her, but really had no hope for. This was pure instant theatre in a compressed space and time. The next day we met again in Milan to check the results of our shoot. She was very pleased. How could I know that this would be the start of a ten years long collaboration.”

Lily by Guido Harari

When he photographed her for the last time, in 1993, Guido remembers leaving the set telling her that they shouldn’t wait another ten years to get together again. “She just smiled and said nothing. It wasn’t until twelve years later, in November 2005, that she released another album, Aerial, followed in 2011 by 50 Words For Snow. And now she has announced her first concerts in 35 years! Wow!”

Rubberband Girl by Guido Harari

A softcover measuring 22 x 22cm ( approx 8.6 x 8.6 inches ) it contains 60 pages and each copy is signed by Guido Harari. The gallery says that they will only be offering this book until the end of the exhibition on 2 October 2014.

You can order one here


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“The Kate Inside” – a celebration of Kate Bush in Cardiff

Cardiff event Kate posterThanks to Jo Whitby for letting us know about what sounds like a fun live event in Cardiff, Wales celebrating the work of Kate Bush on the 16th August.

“After a 35 year absence Kate Bush returns to the stage for a series of live shows in London. Why should London get all the fun? Join Ellie Makes Music, Dominic Griffin, Laurence Made Me Cry, Jack Barnett, Mary Of Scots and more for an evening of live Kate Bush covers, dancing, visuals and leotards. Rather than having a support act/main act – this event will be presented like a theatrical performance so make sure you get there on time! Kate Bush fancy dress encouraged!!”

Cat On The Wall Music & Culture Webzine Proudly Presents…


16th August 2014

Four Bars @ Dempseys, Cardiff

15 Castle St, CF10 1BS Cardiff

Performances by Ellie Makes Music, Dominic Griffin, Laurence Made Me Cry, Jack Barnett, Mary Of Scots, Alone and more. Doors: 8pm

Tickets: £6 ADV BUY HERE

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Record Collector Kate Bush cover feature

Record Collector August 2014Record Collector magazine features Kate on the cover of their latest issue. It features an article by Kris Needs, who has interviewed ate three times over the years. Here’s a brief extract from the article – the magazine is available to order at the Record Collector site here.

“The return of Kate Bush to the concert stage after 35 years has been greeted with the kind of hysteria which has already made the 22 shows she’s performing at the Eventim Apollo in London this year’s most scorching ticket.

Recalling and possibly trumping Bowie effortlessly claiming 2013 by slipping out a new album, the announcement of Kate’s Before The Dawn residency has quite rightly been greeted as a major shock; certainly the last thing anyone expected.

Those decades since 1979’s ahead-of-its-time Tour Of Life have seen Kate become one of the world’s most elusive, mysterious but ever-fascinating artists, her enigma boosted by her self-imposed retreat from the spotlight. But away from occasionally sleazy speculation such a below-the-radar public profile always stokes (the tabloids laughably claimed La Bush was 25 stones when she took three years to make 1985’s Hounds Of Love), her return to the stage at the age of 56 shouldn’t be that unexpected…”

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Less than five weeks to go till Kate performs in London!

Less than five weeks to go till the opening night of Before The Dawn on August 26th! Very soon, we’ll be collecting all the latest news from the musicians who have been working with Kate (without any actual spoilers about the content of the shows!). We won’t be reporting on the content of the shows till the first reviews come in after opening night AND even when we run those, we’ll be careful to hide them behind spoiler warnings for you.

Here’s something a little bit fun in the meantime. Guitarist David Rhodes has posted some photos on his Facebook page that he snapped while travelling to Kate’s rehearsals, somewhere deep in the English countryside. He describes the pictures as “phone snaps on the daily ride into work; happy and productive days.” Kate has hired a very exciting and interesting range of musical talent to bring her stage ambitions to life, and as expected the crew of people she has gathered around her have been keeping tight-lipped about these shows, so that Kate can unveil her shows to everyone in August in the way that she wants. We couldn’t be more excited!


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Newly forming Kate tribute band needs musicians!

Sky BoswellSky Boswell performingLifelong Kate fan, Sky Boswell, is looking for musicians with passion and dedication to join her in bringing Kate’s music to the stage. Recently guest performer with Cloudbusting at HomeGround’s Midsummer Party in London, Sky has written and performed her own music and now wants to take her Kate band on the road across the UK. If you’re interested, or need more information, please contact us here and we’ll pass on the details to Sky!

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Homeground Party DJ Selects His Top 5 Kate Tracks!

DJ Phil Marriot

DJ Phil Marriot will be playing at the HomeGround and 2014 party at The Royal Vauxhall Tavern on Friday 20th June, running from 9pm-3am. We asked him to pick his top five tracks for the party.

Sat In Your Lap

I love the frantic and unconventional structure of this song. It’s one of my favourite Kate singles from the early 80’s, and with 1981 being my favourite year for music, this is one of the reasons why. I vividly remember hearing this as a kid and being blown away by its power and suspense.

Constellation Of The Heart

I’m trying to resist the urge of playing the same songs that I played at last year’s fantastic Kate event, but still opting for the upbeat tracks with a sense of warmth. The Red Shoes is my second favourite album, and this feel-good track really sums up the sound of a passionate artist really enjoying making music. A great party track.

Waking The Witch

This is the ultimate Kate Bush masterpiece in my opinion. Within the short space of 4 minutes, it manages to sway from melancholic soundtrack splendour to demonic, schizophrenic frenzy. Erratic percussion, chiming church bells, aggressive demon voices and gunfire all feature in a showcase of dramatic perfection. Hounds Of Love is regarded as a classic album. And this is the proof.

50 Words For Snow

With Kate’s forthcoming London shows surfacing not that long after the release of 50 Words For Snow, it would be foolish to ignore this track, as this is not only the most uptempo track on the album, but also the title track. Not only is it completely hypnotic, it’s also an exercise for Stephen Fry to mutter words like ‘Zhivagodamarbletash’, ‘Whippoccino’ and ‘Creme-bouffant’. Which, of course, is a very good – if completely bonkers – thing.

You’re The One

The joy of playing the final DJ set at Before The Night is that I can round my set off with something touching and poignant. This Red Shoes cut, featuring Jeff Beck on guitar, highlights Kate at her truly heartbreaking best.

You can get advance tickets for the party for £8 from this LINK HERE or there will be limited number for £10 on the door. Also DJing on the night will be Paul Burston, Dave Cross and Paul Thomas plus a special live set by Cloudbusting!

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Prog Magazine has “Kate Bush Resurfaces” cover feature, AND reviews HomeGround anthology: “A beautiful artefact harking back to bygone days”

Prog Magazine - Kate Bush Resurfaces

The latest edition of Prog Magazine features Kate on the cover of it’s wrap around cardboard wallet – with the tagline “Kate Bush Resurfaces”. The issue explores “the inside story of her first and only tour” plus “what to expect from this year’s Before the Dawn shows”. More speculation, possibly, but another handsome addition to the widespread media coverage Kate is receiving since she announced her live shows. (keen-eyed fans will also spot site-favourites Syd Arthur mentioned on the cover too!)

Elsewhere in this issue, we’re delighted to report that Volume 1 of the HomeGround Anthology receives a fantastic review – they really seem to get what the editors of the magazine aimed to achieve with this massive project!

Record Collector Review

Order Prog Rock Magazine at their website here, iPad edition is available at the Apple store here.

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Record Collector review the HomeGround Anthology: “Driven by love and passion”.

The June issue (out now!) of Record Collector magazine, the bible for all serious UK record CD and music collectors, contains an enthusiastic review by Jason Draper, of Volume 1 of the the HomeGround Anthology.


Missed out on tickets to see KB at Hammersmith in the autumn? Pick up this weighty tome and you’ll be so immersed in its world you might not even notice she’s there. For the first of two anthologies of dedicated Kate Bush fanzine HomeGround – published simultaneously – the editors have stripped out various articles, think pieces, fan reactions and readers’ letters from throughout the magazine’s history, matching them with a Kate Bush timeline.

Launching in recordcollector1982, HomeGround had the benefit of looking at The Kick Inside with hindsight; seems it shared chart space with Elvis Costello, Blondie and Buzzcocks – yet, neither punk nor prog, it was something unique in the dying years of the 70s. Wuthering Heights may have entranced at least one contributor at the age of 15, but by Hounds Of Love the NME would hail Running Up That Hill as the best single ever recorded by a white British artist. Shame, then, that one fan’s reaction was “complete despair” at hearing “a dance song with a somewhat interesting but monotonous and overbearing drum machine beat”.

That’s this anthology’s masterstroke: with little Kate Bush ISBN 1861714432 Vol 1 Paperback Coverself-editing, the HomeGround team have created a compendium faithful to the original publication. Opinion may vary throughout, but one thing’s for sure: everything written here is driven by love and passion for Kate Bush and her music. Repro illustrations and posters for video-party events capture the fanzine aesthetic, while fan poetry and short stories – though unlikely to vie for your attention in the face of more pertinent diversions such as a brief history of “cloudbuster” Wilhelm Reich – are testament to the ways in which Kate’s music touched her most loyal admirers. It’s every bit as valuable as an in-depth biography because it dares to go deeper into the fan psyche, offering a plethora of insights into this woman’s work.”

Our thanks to Jason and to Record Collector for actually understanding what we set out to do with the HomeGround Anthology, and our thanks for being supportive of the Magazine over the years right back to the 1980s.

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Q Magazine and Gay Times warmly welcome Kate’s stage return!

Q Magazine on Kate's shows

Q Magazine has ran a news item in their current issue (Lily Allen cover) on Kate’s return to the live stage. A thoughtfully considered piece by Mark Blake “salutes the reappearance of the only living pop star to maintain true mystique”

“Whatever the motivation, there’s something cherishable about a songwriter who’s succeeded in doing only what they want and when they want, for as long as she has. In a world where many pop stars tweet their every thought, these Kate Bush gigs demonstrate that she has the one commodity, other than talent, that can’t be marketed into existence. It’s the element of surprise. That alone makes these shows worth the wait.” Visit the Q Magazine site here.

Darren Hayes in Gay Times

Meanwhile, in Gay Times, singer Darren Hayes (formerly of Savage Garden) writes about his excitement at the prospect of seeing Before the Dawn in London later this year.

“I have no idea what Kate will do on stage later this year. She could stand there with a nose flute for all I care. True to form and in keeping with all of her artistic decisions, she has truly earned the right to do whatever the hell she wants. I’m just glad we get to witness it on her terms.” Visit the Gay Times site here. (thanks to Gary Sutton-Boulton for the magazine shots)

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David Rhodes on Before the Dawn rehearsals: “Kate sings beautifully”

David RhodesThe current edition of the NME has a piece which speculates on what Kate’s ‘Before the Dawn’ live shows might consist of. Not much in the way of earth-shattering stuff here, we all know already that Kate intends to feature the tracks from The Ninth Wave in some way (she said so herself on her own site). There is a nice quote from David Rhodes who has been rehearsing his guitar parts with Kate:

“[Kate]’s charming, funny and sings beautifully. Sadly, that’s probably the extent of what I can divulge at the moment.”

Building on speculation that the shows are going to be more than just a regular band gig, an “insider” is quoted as saying: “It’s her statement that she wants to come back to the stage…it’ll be a Kate Bush show, but it’ll be theatrical and tell a story.” We have a feeling they could very well be right! Read the full article here.

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“Before the Night”: The 2014 HomeGround Kate Party

party-5Following the huge success of the 2012 and 2013 events, HomeGround and are pleased to announce that there will be another Kate themed party this very special year. Not only can we celebrate Kate’s forthcoming live shows, but also the publication of the two-volume HomeGround Anthology. A very special year indeed!

The party takes place on the night before the Summer Solstice, Friday 20th June 2014 and again will be at the legendary Royal Vauxhall Tavern. The RVT is in Vauxhall, South London, just over the Thames from the West End and is a two minute walk from Vauxhall Underground, main line and bus stations and is two tube stops from the Victoria railway terminus. The RVT is home to award-winning club night Duckie as well as the Hot August Fringe Festival and many other top music and cabaret events and performances.


We start at 9pm and go through to 3am. The party will feature  Kate-themed DJ sets from Paul Burston, Phil Marriott, Dave Cross and Paul Thomas.

The night will also feature an exclusive live performance from Kate Bush tribute band Cloudbusting. The band will be performing a set mixing some of Kate’s most well-known songs with fan favourites. New Cloudbusting vocalist Mandy here performs Kashka from Baghdad:

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This will be another great night, in a special time a chance to hear Kate’s amazing music played loud in a club, and to meet loads of fellow KB fans!

You can order your advance tickets using the PayPal buttons below:

Single advance ticket: £8.00

Two advance tickets: £15.00

NOTE: There will be a limited number of tickets available on the door on the night for £10 each.

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Syd Arthur latest: Raven Bush on ‘Sound Mirror’ and his aunt Kate’s return to the stage

Raven Bush Coachella

Raven Bush performing with Syd Arthur at the 2014 Coachella festival

We like to keep up with the latest happenings in the world of the excellent Cambridge band Syd Arthur here at, and Stephen Humphries has let me know about an interview he recently conducted with Raven Bush, Kate’s nephew. As well as discussing their new album, Sound Mirror, live appearances at Coachella and hanging out with their friend Paul Weller, Raven is asked about Kate’s return to live work:

Your aunt, Kate Bush, is pretty famous—she’s a rarer sight than Beyoncé. Has she given you any feedback on your music and are you going to see her perform live in London this fall?

It’s always positive feedback from her. At the minute, it’s looking like I will be around. It all depends on what happens after the record comes out. I’m really looking forward to seeing her play myself. For me, it’s totally surreal, as I’ve never seen her play live. Kate is so down to earth. My relationship with her has really been as an auntie outside of the musical profession.

Read the full interview at the Under the Radar magazine site here. Keep up with all the latest Syd Arthur happenings at their Facebook page here. (thanks to Stephen for the heads up)

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