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! sean@katebushnews.com

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The HomeGround Anthology 1982-2012 Now Published

This anthology’s masterstroke … It’s every bit as valuable as an in-depth biography because it dares to go deeper … offering a plethora of insights into this woman’s work.”

Record Collector 4 star review

a fabulous treasure chest of information and memory refreshment...”

what a fan of an artist longs for… full of facts and intricate details, it’s incredible!

These books are a lovingly compiled collection of articles detailing every part of Kate’s unique career and how her music has developed over the years along with how we, the fans, have changed and grown whilst also remaining staunch supporters of her incredible craft and talent. It is a true celebration of the career of arguably the most inspiration British female artist of all time…

A treasure trove of everything Kate, a must have for any true Kate fan...”

Amazon reviews

Kate Bush ISBN 1861714432 Vol 1 Paperback Cover“For a Kate Bush fan there was nothing more satisfying, other than perhaps Kate herself dropping around for a quick cup of tea, than the arrival of a much awaited issue of HomeGround. Just as the illusion of being the one and only devotee reaches overwhelming heights a surprise package is delivered as a joyous reminder of Kate Bush’s hold over, not just me, but many of us.”

… so Emmy Award winning actor Guy Pearce introduces HomeGround: The Kate Bush Magazine Anthology 1982-2012, a project we have worked on for over five years, and which we are delighted to say, is now available to order.

The first issue of HomeGround appeared in 1982, four years after Kate Bush’s dramatic debut with Wuthering Heights. Starting with an ancient manual typewriter, real scissors and a pot of genuine paste, we mounted articles on recycled backing sheets and added hand-drawn artwork to fill the gaps. The first issue was photocopied, the pages hand-stapled together and twenty-five copies were given away to fans we knew. Only later did we discover the magic of word processing, and then desktop publishing.

From those beginnings HomeGround became a cornerstone of the ‘Kate-speaking world’, going on to co-organise with the official fan club four fan conventions and events at which Kate Bush and members of her family and band appeared; arrange at her request a team of fans to be extras in two of her videos, and organise annual informal fan gatherings on Glastonbury Tor, and at Top Withens, the storm-blown ruin on Haworth Moor thought to be the place which inspired the creation of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights. Years before the internet, HomeGround became a place where fans could discuss Kate’s music, and a place where they could publish creative writing and artwork inspired by that music.

Kate Bush ISBN 1861714440 Vol 2 Paperback CoverBuilt around the thread of HomeGround’s retracing of the scenes of Kate’s musical career, these unique books include material from over 400 HomeGround contributors from the thirty-year existence of the magazine, and include material inspired by all periods of Kate’s musical progression.

This is a two-volume set published both in hardcover and paperback. Volume 1 covers Kate’s career from the late 1970s to the late 1980s – from before Wuthering Heights to The Sensual World and the box set set This Woman’s Work. Volume 2 covers Kate’s career from the 1990s to date – from The Red Shoes to 2011′s  50 Words for Snow. Both volumes include a detailed Kate timeline and discography and a “who’s who” of people involved in the story.

These volumes also contain a definitive collection of the beautiful Kate-related artwork from professional artists Paulina Stuckey-Cassidy and Steven Brown, the riotous Cosmic Kate graphic stories of Chris Tilley, the Kate-related extemporary photography of Rob Assenberg, Paul Camilleri, and Jules Angel and the work of published poets John Carder Bush, Collin Kelley, Kyla Clay-Fox, Antonello Saeli, and Jeff Side.

HOMEGROUND: THE KATE BUSH MAGAZINE: ANTHOLOGY ONE: ‘WUTHERING HEIGHTS’ TO ‘THE SENSUAL WORLD’
Hardcover 648pp: ISBN 9781861714800. Paperback 648pp: ISBN 9781861714794.

HOMEGROUND: THE KATE BUSH MAGAZINE: ANTHOLOGY TWO: ‘THE RED SHOES’ TO ‘50 WORDS FOR SNOW’
Hardcover 568pp: ISBN 9781861714824. Paperback 568pp: ISBN 9781861714817.

The books are available at Amazon, Play, Barnes & Noble, Waterstone’s and all online booksellers – or direct from the publishers Crescent Moon

Usual Retail Price: Hardcover: £49.99 / $81.99.  Paperback: £34.99 / $57.99.

Direct from the publishers Crescent Moon with free shipping in the UK:

PAPERBACKS:
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If buying direct from Crescent Moon you can pay by cheque, money order bank transfer or in the UK or US by PayPal.

If buying direct from Crescent Moon you can take advantage of a special deal if you are purchasing both volumes:

BUY BOTH BOOKS – PAPERBACKS:
£59.99 (GBP) €71.99 (Euros) $95.99 (USD) $109.99 (AUD) $109.99 (CAD)

BUY BOTH BOOKS – HARDCOVERS:
£89.99 (GBP) €107.99 (Euros) $143.99 (USD) $165.49 (AUD) $165.49 (CAD)

CRESCENT MOON PUBLISHING:
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Tel: 01622-729593 (UK)
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E-MAIL AND INTERNET:
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Website: www.crmoon.com

We hope very much that you will enjoy these volumes and that you will let us know what you think.

Krys, Peter, Dave

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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 KateBushNews.com 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.

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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 katebushnews.com 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.

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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

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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 katebushnews.com, 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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Classic Pop Magazine explores “the making of a genius”

Classic Pop magazine June/July 2014The current edition of the bi-monthly magazine, Classic Pop, features Trevor Leighton’s beautiful new portrait of Kate on the cover along with the tagline: “Kate Bush – The making of a genius.” As well as exploring Kate’s early career and the 1979 tour in detail, the feature also recommends 10 “Essential Works” and offers a “Where are they now?” summary for all of the 1979 tour personnel.

Classic Pop say: For this issue of Classic Pop we chat with the cast of musicians and producers that helped to steer our cover star Kate Bush on the way from teenage prodigy to global success!”

It features new interviews with people who have worked with Kate. Glenys Groves, (one of Kate’s Tour of Life backing singers) says “It was a very happy tour…the fun mood was down in no little part to Kate – she was great to be around.” Kevin Burke, (childhood friend of Paddy’s who played violin on the track Violin from Never For Ever), producer Andrew Powell, guitarists David Paton and Ian Bairnson, video director (The Dreaming/There Goes a Tenner) Paul Henry, drummer Stuart Elliott, and Fairlight programmer JJ Jeczalik are all interviewed about Kate’s early career years. All in all a very nice article!

Read more at the magazine’s site here.

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Theatre director Adrian Noble working with Kate

Adrian NobleIn a piece about David Suchet’s upcoming West End role in The Importance of Being Earnest, journalist Baz Bamigboye spoke to theatre director Adrian Noble. It is mentioned that Noble is “helping Kate Bush to prepare for her upcoming concerts.” Read it here.

Adrian Noble was the Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1990 to 2003. In addition to his theatre work, Adrian has also directed several successful London West End musicals including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Secret Garden.

His most recent opera productions include Cosi Fan Tutte, Le Nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni for Opera de Lyon, Macbeth at the Metropolitan Opera, Carmen for the Opera Comique, Alcina at the Vienna State Opera, Xerxes for the Theater an der Wien and Simon Boccanegra for Rome Opera.

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Win a copy of Gered Mankowitz’s “50 Years of Rock and Roll Photography”

UPDATE: 24th April 2014: The folks at Vinyl Guru have extended the closing date of the competition to May 31st. They have also now uploaded the full version of the interview to Youtube, so everyone can find the correct answer. All you need to do to enter now is listen to the full interview and post in the comments section what the question was. The winner will be drawn at random after the competition closes on May 31st.

Gered Mankowitz - 50 Years bookVinyl Guru, the online vinyl records and accessories store is launching a new website on Record Store Day on the 19th of April. Their main launch feature is an exclusive audio archive interview recorded with Kate in 1979. Gered Mankowitz is supporting the site by allowing them to use several of his iconic images of Kate and a competition prize of his latest book, ‘50 Years of Rock and Roll Photography‘.

The competition involves listening to a clip of Kate answering a question and guessing what she has been asked. The full archive interview will be available to hear on 19th April.

NB: You can watch the full clip here but please leave your entries at the Vinyl Guru website here

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David Rhodes and Sandra Marvin join Kate’s live band

David RhodesPeter Gabriel’s longtime guitarist, David Rhodes, has confirmed that he has been busy rehearsing with Kate and will be joining her for the Before the Dawn shows which start in August. From his official Facebook page this morning:

Busy times. Have just spent the last eight days rehearsing with Kate Bush. Needless to say, a delight and a pleasure. Off to New York on Tuesday to play for PG at the Rock Roll Hall Of Fame shindig.

Sandra MarvinMeanwhile singer Sandra Marvin has tweeted that she’ll be on backing vocals duties for Kate’s shows. On the day following the live shows announcement, she tweeted:

“My 3rd reason to be happy….Because my summer will be spent singing for @KateBushMusic in her UK Concerts!! EXCITED!”

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An extraordinary couple of weeks…some of the headlines

It might all eventually seem real to us! Thanks for all the emails and apologies if we’ve been useless at getting back to you, we’ve been swamped. Some of the headlines from the last fortnight gathered here (with thanks to Tom Pilcher for scanning many of them). We’re slowly getting back to what I thought we’d mainly be doing around now and that’s selling the HomeGround books! Do spread the word on the books, they are wonderful. I am so proud of Peter, Krys and Dave and what they’ve achieved. – Seán

March newspaper headlines

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