Kate Bush Announces First String Of Live Dates Since 1979

Kate Bush will make a rare return to the stage later this year for a series of live shows in London.

The enigmatic and uniquely British singer has announced she’ll play 15 dates at the Hammersmith Apollo under the banner “Before the Dawn”. The residency will begin Aug. 26 and run through to mid-September.

Announcing the dates on her Website this morning, the artist wrote: “I hope you will be able to join us and I look forward to seeing you there.”

Bush last toured back in 1979, the year after she launched her career with the bewitching “Wuthering Heights.”

That initial six-week lap of the U.K. and Continental concluded at the Hammersmith Odeon, now renamed the Hammersmith Apollo, the venue she has picked for her return. 

Tickets go on sale 9:30am local time on March 28.

Bush is a genuine hitmaker and one of her generation’s most influential artists, though she has shunned the public-eye throughout her career.

She was discovered as a teenager by Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour. When EMI released “Wuthering Heights” in 1978, Bush was an instant star. With the track, she became the first British female to top the singles chart with a self-composed work and the first to have a U.K. No. 1 album, according to the Guinness World Records Book of British Hit Singles. 

Bush enjoyed top 10 singles in her homeland with “Man With The Child in His Eyes" (No. 6 in 1978), “On Stage” (No. 10 in 1979), “Babooshka” (No. 5 in 1980), “Running Up That Hill” (No. 3 in 1985) and her collaboration with Peter Gabriel, “Don’t Give Up” (No. 9 in 1986).

Although her career was relatively dormant in the '90s, she resurfaced in 2005 to release "Aerial." In 2011, she released her most recent album, “50 Words For Snow.” 

Bush is credited with influencing some of the biggest independent artists of the past twenty years, including Björk, Tori Amos, Joanna Newsom, PJ Harvey, and Radiohead; her seminal style can be heard in newer artists, as well, including Florence and the Machine, Antony and the Johnsons, and Feist. 

In 2013, the Queen honored her with a CBE for services to music. 

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