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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Memories of The Sensual Walk 2013

This year we pulled together The Sensual Walk event at the very last minute, helped in no small part by an amazingly generous offer to make use of the Sutton Martello Tower from its wonderful owner, Paul (thanks again, Paul!). Collaborating once again with the lovely Siobhán Kane and the brilliant Young Hearts Run Free collective, a fantastic day of walking, music and picnicking was had by all. Big thanks again to Adrian Crowley, Tieranniesaur, Donal Dineen, Seán Mac Erlaine, and Mike Stevens for performing in the tower for us. The Young Hearts Run Free blog site has been updated with photos of the event, held 15th June, which I thought would be nice to share. Check them out here.

Sensual Walk 2013 - photo by Steve Cole

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Kate Bush Tribute Night coming to Chicago

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Get ready, Chicago: some of the Windy City’s most Kate Bush-obsessed DJs and musicians have something special in the works.

On Wednesday, August, 21, The Whistler in the heart of Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood will play host to Song of Summer: A Kate Bush Tribute Night, a party celebrating the legendary British singer-songwriter’s illustrious career in honor of the 35th anniversary of the release of her debut album “The Kick Inside” this year.

Back after a brief hiatus, the third edition of a Kate Bush Tribute Night in Chicago will feature live performances from artists including Kyle Greer and Distant Cities. A trio of Bush-phile DJs including Belazauberin, Joshua and Josie Bush will play sets featuring music by Bush in addition to covers, remixes and songs by artists influenced by the ever-eccentric artist.

The event is free and will begin at 9:30 p.m. at the Whistler, 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Press coverage of past editions of Kate Bush Tribute Night:

“Kate Bush is not a recluse as much as she is an artist who understands the importance of patience (and perhaps perfectionism) when creating music.” — Britt Julious, Gapers Block, 11/29/10

“Take note from the flocks of art school girls at the bar and seize this opportunity to swirl around in floaty skirts and spandy-wear–dancing like a depressed-ballerina or zombie hipster. Kate would approve.” — Rachel White, TheChiGuide.com, 11/30/10

“Like Bush herself, this party should be special and entirely one-of-a-kind.” — Kim Bellware, Chicagoist, 11/30/10

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Happy Birthday Kate!

Update: Kate has responded to all of her birthday greetings on her official site: “Thank you so much for all the lovely messages you sent for my birthday. I had a really great day. Kate”

All of us here at HomeGround and Kate Bush News send warmest birthday greetings to Kate!

Seán Krys Dave Peter

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A Midsummer’s Night’s Kate Bush Party


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This year’s HomeGround and katebushnews.com party takes place on Midsummer’s Night 21st June at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern in Vauxhall, on the south bank Of The Thames in central London, just 10 minutes from Victoria.

We start at 9pm and go through to 3 am. 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 fronted by long time Kate fan and HomeGround reader, Lisa Oliver. The band will be performing a special set and are asking fans to make suggestions for Kate songs they would like to hear on the night, making this a unique event mixing some of Kate’s most well-known songs with fan favourites.

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

Advance tickets have now closed.

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


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300 Kates break a record

The NME reports that “300 Kate Bush fans gathered in a park in Brighton over last weekend to break the record for the most lookalikes re-enacting the famous video for her 1978 single Wuthering Heights.”

This was the final rehearsal:

This was the instructional dance video:

LATER: It seems Guiness don’t think Kate is iconic enough for this to constitute a “proper” record … The video re-enactment thing catches on

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Kate lends her support to Liam – now out of “The Voice”

Liam Tamne lost in the Battle Round on last Saturday’s edition of the show. On her official site Kate posted:

Liam, you mustn’t be disheartened. You really have a special talent and you’re a fantastic singer. You’ve already been heard and appreciated by a huge audience. Try not to be too disappointed. Just keep going. I’m sure that your nan would be very proud of you having achieved so much. Good luck with all your future projects.

Liam responded on his facebook page: “I love this Lady so much. This is Fantastic. Thank You Kate Bush“.

Liam had covered This Woman’s Work in a previous round of the competition, a version Kate had found “absoloutely stunning“.

We rather liked the comment by Tom Hawking on Flavorwire: “Frankly, if will.i.am doesn’t like you and Kate Bush does, you’re probably doing something right, and Tamne will hopefully go on to have a successful and productive career. What it all boils down to is more proof that the most interesting thing about shows like American IdolThe X Factor, and The Voice is rarely the winners.”

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Symphony in Blue: Kate Bush and her Legacy by Marta Oliehoek-Samitowska

It is said by some that Kate is not known to a younger generation of music fans. It is scarcely true in a situation when a Kate cover is an inevitable part of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, or ‘The Voice’, or whatever new talent show is currently occupying the airwaves. What is more to the point, and to the Editors of HomeGround became more noticeable as time went on, was the number of new musicians, not all female, who claimed influence and inspiration from Kate, to the point where we started to chronicle these in the magazine. Of course with lazy music critics seking to easily pigeon-hole any new female artist (or energetic pluggers seeking to get publicity for a new artist), it was always too easy to label them as “the new Kate Bush”, just as in her time Kate was compared to Joni Mitchell and Laura Nyro.

In this very readable new book Marta has delicately interrogated a goodly number of new and recent female artists to determine exactly what that influence was, whether direct in terms of musical composition, or indirect in terms of inspiration to do their own thing and take personal charge of their career.

As Marta says: “the unwilling ‘new Kate Bushes’ and the more willing ones, artists often compared to Kate and yet are hardly influenced by her and others who are relatively unfamiliar with her work  … atists who are heavily influenced by Kate but sound nothing like her and artist who simply like her work … but aren’t necessarily influenced by her“.

The book is cast in three main sections, with intermissions in which the interviewees discuss their favourite Kate tracks. In The Art of Comparing Marta deals with the whole question, and the value of making such comparisons, and encourages her interviewees to discuss  their own reactions. Heather Nova believes that Kate is one of the three biggest influences for female artists today, the others being Patti Smith and Joni Mitchell. Emily Bezar believes the only singer that can compare with Kate and Joni is Arethe Franklin. But just as Kate herself had claimed influence from David Bowie, Elton John, Genesis and The Tubes, this new generation of female artists also point that Kate is one of a number of inspirations, Polly Scattergood being happy to cite Leonard Cohen.

In the second main section, Art Pop Marta considers with the musicians the nature of Kate’s work in sections which deal with the voice, the lyrics, the production, and the image and performance. It is in the voice that many find a true distinctiveness, an instrument of emotion and passion, in its character and use of high register almost set against the all pervading influence of soul and R’n’B. Perhaps as Shara Worden notes, it was an inspiration to others to use their vocal telents in different ways, as they saw fit, not as the music machine would like. Terami Hirsch points to the storytelling in Kate’s songs, and her varied sources of inspiration from Cathy to a Vietcong fighter, and the need to get under the skin and express what they felt. Anja Gabarek notes the thoroughness with which Kate works, every single layer on each album placed there for a purpose.

The third section deals with The Art of Covering Kate “from power metal to dance, to folk, to … a drag act”. The artists discuss their own cover versions, and those done by others, and perhaps you will discover here versions of Kate’s of which you never heard: Sarah Daly’s Babooshka, Elver Palsdottir’s Hounds of Love, Cloudbusting by Novembre and also by Paper Crows and Charlotte Martin. This Woman’s Work by Marie Invie. Marta discusses with Jemima Price her album of Kate covers, and their performances with The Hounds of Love tribute band, and the caberet act of Niki  Romijn, and many others who have trod the fearsome path of covering Kate’s songs.

The book is wrapped up with reactions to 50 Words for Snow, and the questions these artists would themselves like to put to Kate one fine day. An excellent volume which we highly recomend with much to consider about the nature of Kate’s art and how that is received by so many creative people in many different ways. This is finally a primer of a lot of very interesting musicians of which you may not have heard. I’d suggest you remedy that as soon as possible, as I will.

More information here. You can obtain the book here.

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Kate receives her CBE from the Queen! Dedicates it to her family, friends, fellow musicians…and all of us!

Kate receives her CBE from the QueenKate receives her CBE from the Queen

Warm congratulations to Kate today! At a special investiture ceremony in Windsor Castle she received her CBE from the Queen.

Kate chose not to speak to the press after the ceremony but issued a short statement:

“I feel incredibly thrilled to receive this honour which I share with my family, friends and fellow musicians and everyone who has been such an important part of it all. Now I’ve got something really special to put on top of the Christmas tree.”

Kate has now added to the statement on her official site:

“The ‘everyone’ in the quote above of course includes all of you.  Thank you so very much for all your fantastic support and encouragement.  I feel extremely privileged to still have an audience.  It’s you that have made my work, which would otherwise have just been creative projects, into a success.
Many, many thanks to the best fans ever,
Kate  x

PS  I hate the term ‘fans’ but couldn’t think of how else to word it.”

We hope that you are enjoying your special day, Kate – richly deserved for the years of sheer talent, joy, inspiration and excitement you have poured into this world. Have a blast!

Peter, Krys, Dave and Seán x

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The HomeGround Midsummer Party ~ Friday 21st June 2013

On this Midsummer night …


Following the success of last year’s 30th Anniversary HomeGround party, Editors Peter, Dave and Krys are pleased to confirm that there will be another Kate themed party this year.

This year’s event will take place on Friday 21st June ~ the Summer Solstice ~ and 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 are very pleased to confirm that the night will feature an exclusive live performance from Kate Bush tribute band Cloudbusting fronted by long time Kate fan and HomeGround reader, Lisa Oliver.

The band will be performing a special set for the HomeGround party and are asking fans to make suggestions for Kate songs they would like to hear on the night, making this a unique event mixing some of Kate’s most well-known songs with fan favourites.

You can email your suggestions to: katebushmydreamthree@yahoo.co.uk

The night will also feature DJ sets from Paul Burston, Phil Marriot, HG editor Dave Cross and Paul Thomas.

The RVT is a fantastic venue, celebrating its 150th birthday this year. We are very excited about this party, which will be a great night for Kate fans.

Advance tickets are £8 each available from this pay pal link or the link on the HomeGround page.

There will be tickets on sale on the night for £10.

There will be updates to follow plus more information on Cloudbusting and the DJs.

We are also hoping that this will be the launch party for the HomeGround book, now proceeding to proof, itself taking almost as long to produce as a Kate album!

rvtThe Royal Vauxhall Tavern
372 Kennington Lane,
London SE11 5HY





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Beck Sian’s 2013 Album plans

Beck writes…

It’s funny how things change… all the time… all is change… Just weeks ago I was determined to release a mini-album of symphonic gothic metal, filled with themes of vampires and haunted ruins. I am a BIG fan of “vampire romances”, as you know. I intended to write the lyrics and do the singing, but to invite some fabulously talented friends to write the music for me to sing to. The motivation behind this project was simply that I needed to “scratch an itch”. While I tend to sing moody, ghostly ballads and dark folk songs, I also enjoy listening to heavier music. I have always wanted to try singing with screaming guitars and angry drums. I wanted to be the wailing banshee over the top of the dark soundscapes.

Now two different things have happened which have caused a sudden change in direction. I am very excited by it all and I hope that you will be too, and that I won’t be disappointing any of you. Firstly, I ‘placed an ad’ on Facebook and my website, announcing that I wanted to sing with heavy, symphonic music and inviting people to get in touch with me. My recording engineer and co-producer of ‘Ye Olde Silent Inn’, Steve Palmer, happened to mention me to Brian Dade of AiiRadio, who happened to know that UK pagan prog/symphonic rock band LEGEND were seeking a singer… and the rest is history… I am now singing for LEGEND. I have just about finished recording the main vocals for the new LEGEND CD ‘Spirit’, to be released later this year. Singing with this epic, awesome music has been such a wonderful experience. I am loving it. I get to sing with all of my “different voices” – my “head voice”, my “tummy voice” and all sorts of challenging transitions between the two. I am always an emotional singer with my main focus on trying to create or interpret moods and atmospheres with my voice, and that is something that LEGEND’s music has really given me an huge amount of scope to experiment with. Singing with Paul’s guitar, Steve’s keys and John’s drumming is SO MUCH FUN!!!!

Steve Paine is LEGEND’s main music writer, as well as being the keyboard player, sound engineer, producer and pretty much bits and pieces of everything else! Steve and I are developing a great recording relationship, as well as friendship, and I feel comfortable exploring my vocal capabilities and trying to stretch myself in new directions. I am looking forward to seeing where LEGEND goes next! (www.stevepaine.org).

So, back to the story… I still intended to go ahead with my little heavy, dark project as well, and I got talking with a friend named Dan Sullivan, who is a pretty awesome guitarist. He agreed to write some music for me to sing to and I started to outline the whole vampire/haunted house theme. We then got together a couple of times to have a play around with some ideas. Then a wonderful thing started to happen… the songs began to take on a life of their own and basically demanded to be able to speak with their own voices. The lyrics, no matter how much I tried to enforce vampires and full moons into them, kept crying out to be emotional words of the heart… of failed relationships, of betrayals, of hurts, of rejections…

So… instead of fighting against change and instead of trying to force the songs to be a certain way, I feel strongly that I must go with the flow and record this little collection of emotionally-based songs co-written by Dan Sullivan and myself. The music that Dan has written is still quite heavy, but the vibe is more “metal ballad” and even “grunge-like”. I have also written a little piece of guitar which Dan and I are developing into a moody little instrumental piece… and you never know… maybe a vampire will still come misting into the words somewhere… but only if the words let him :)

So, I feel that I have “scratched my itch” with LEGEND’s ‘Spirit’ CD and my collaboration with Dan Sullivan. I can’t wait to share both collections of music with you! I look forward to telling you more about both of them in the near future.

I am still releasing my fourth solo CD later this year – a wintery, frosty album. As you can imagine, the current weather is perfect for inspiration and the songs are developing in a tinkling, icy, white-fluffy way :)

Thanks for listening,

Stay warm and safe,

Beck xx


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Kate to release 10″ picture disc for Record Store Day! Running Up That Hill (2012 Remix) b/w Walk Straight Down The Middle!


Update: Kate’s official site has now announced that the number of discs has been increased to 4 thousand this year.  Two and a half thousand copies of these discs will be allocated to independent record stores in the UK and the rest will be distributed to independent record retailers around the world.

On Saturday April 20th, for the third year in a row, Kate is releasing a special 10″ vinyl single to coincide with Record Store Day. Following on from the Hounds of Love EP (2011) and Lake Tahoe/Among Angels (2012), this year Kate releases a 10″ vinyl picture disc of Running Up That Hill (2012 Remix) and Walk Straight Down the Middle from The Sensual World album. The lead track, with all-new vocal, was a UK number 6 hit for Kate in 2012 after it was prominently featured at the Olympics closing ceremony. No firm news yet on the number of singles being made available with this release, but we will update when we can. Zoetrope animation of the actual disc artwork courtesy of Kate’s official site. Read more at Kate’s official site here and at the Record Store Day website here.


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Netherlands fan gathering at Efteling – May 25th

In the run up to the June 21st HomeGround Kate Bush party in London (read more here) some fans on Facebook have organised a relaxed meet-up at Efteling theme park in the Netherlands on May 25th. The park is famous among fans as the filming location of a Dutch Kate Bush television special in May 1978. Full details for the day are at this page here or join the organisers Facebook group here.

Yirry Yanya, the person behind the Efteling meet-up site, has recently won praise for this fan-made animation which they created based on Kate’s song Misty – check it out :)

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“WOW – 35 years of Kate Bush” feature in Gay Times

Gay Times May 2013Gay Times in the UK have been in touch to let us know that they have a nicely put together feature on Kate in their current issue (May 2013). From their press release: “Calling all Kate Bush fans! Gay Times, the world’s longest-running gay magazine has decided to celebrate 35 years of Kate Bush in our new issue with a unique timeline of her greatest hits. GT jump back 35 years to tell the story of each of her sensational tracks. Looking at her releases like this underlines how Bush’s career is full of surprises – invariably pleasant ones. She’s moved from quirky outsider in Wuthering Heights, to the creator of one of the definitive albums of the 1980s in the shape of Hounds of Love, before a relative critical lull with The Red Shoes in 1993. Simply celebrate the variety of songs that make up her outstanding discography in our new issue on sale in stores and available to download now.”

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