“Before the Night”: The 2014 HomeGround Kate Party

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Following 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.

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 fronted by long-time Kate fan and HomeGround reader, Lisa Oliver. The band will be performing a set mixing some of Kate’s most well-known songs with fan favourites.

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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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 Exectutive 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”

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 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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Site Exclusive! Brian Cloughley designs a beautiful Tour of Life infographic

This may have passed some of you by in the Before the Dawn madness of the last couple of weeks, but our immensely talented designer friend, Brian Cloughley, has put together a beautiful infographic celebrating the Tour of Life in 1979 (which is 35 years ago now). Thanks Brian!

Check out more of Brian’s work, including other fantastic visuals he has created for katebushnews.com at his page here.

Kate tour infographic

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April Fools!!!!! Report: Kate “transforming” Eventim Apollo into “controlled water environment” for concerts

The following ‘report’ was fabricated by myself, Seán, earlier this morning. Thanks for taking it in the spirit it was intended! Obviously myself and HomeGround promise as always never to rely on rumour or unverified sources to bring you the latest Kate Bush news. Anyway, here is the FALSE report I posted this morning, for April Fools Day – Seán

A source this morning reports that Kate is working with the management of the Eventim Apollo to turn the venue into what is being described as a “controlled water environment” for part of her London shows. The Apollo, formerly the Hammersmith Odeon, seats more than 3,500 people and will require an extensive re-fit including under seat tubing for “splash effects” as well as an enormous “tropical” roof sprinkler system. Meetings are said to be taking place with at least one leading US film effects company to synchronise these effects at key points during portions of the show believed to be taken from ‘The Ninth Wave’ suite of songs.

Unconfirmed reports also suggest the production team have been instructed by Kate to hire an unprecedented amount of working life jackets for her run of shows which begin on August 26th and run for 22 nights. More on this development as we get it.

Other Kate-related April Fool pranks that we heard of included:

Radio Carmarthenshire & Scarlet FM Presenter Jay Curtis decided to announce on his radio show that singer Kate Bush had announced a further one-off special gig in Carmarthenshire this year, in addition to the 22 shows previously announced at the Apollo, Hammersmith, in London. Thousands of listeners gathered at a local ticket office to buy the tickets…

eFestivals claiming Metallica were to headline Glastonbury, playing Kate Bush songs: Gigwise they reported that the metal icons would be headlining Worthy Farm, claiming that Michael Eavis called them up to say: “Then it came to me, a way to have them headline and not be too metal, by not playing their own material. So that was it, proper job, Metallica will be headlining The Pyramid Stage this year, doing the classic Kate Bush album ‘Hounds Of Love’ in full, plus a selection of hits from Kate Bush’s back catalogue. Personally I’m shaking in my shorts with excitement!”

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Kate Bush – Before the Dawn Live: Twenty Two Dates Sell Out in 15 Minutes!

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London Bridge Station this afternoon (Credit Colin Seimer)

“And now here we are. The first Kate Bush concerts since 1979. We can’t imagine what they’ll be like. All we can know is that they’ll be unlike anything anyone has seen before. And at the heart of them will be some of the most extraordinary, brilliant, moving, astonishing and incomparable pop songs of all time. And they’ll be sung and played and danced by a genius. That’s why everyone wants a Kate Bush ticket.”

(Tim Chipping on Holy Moly)

Kate’s PR has tweeted that the tickets for Kate’s live shows in August to October 2014 basically sold out this morning in 15 minutes. However a few hours later persistent fans were still surfing the Eventim site picking up the last few tickets dropping back for sale after their original purchasers could not complete the transaction for one reason or another.

Kate said this morning: “I’m completely overwhelmed by the response to the shows. Thank you so much to everyone. Looking forward to seeing you all later this year”.

Not all fans were able to purchase a ticket in the morning rush, though it is now quite clear that many reselling agencies were quite succesful. Unfortunately, despite stringent reselling safeguards, some ticket resellers are already seeking up to £2,500 for a single resold ticket. Plus extortionate “booking fees”.

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Watch Dave Cross from HomeGround Magazine on Sky News!

Dave Cross of HomeGround appeared on Sky News this morning to discuss the excitement (and mayhem!) just before Kate’s tickets went on general sale. Well done, Dave – you were great!

Dave on Sky News

Watch Dave’s interview on the Sky News Sunrise programme here

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Kate adds 7 more dates to Before the Dawn live shows!

From the Guardian website:

“Kate Bush has added a further seven shows to her residency at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith. She will now be playing 22 gigs in all.

The extra nights are 20, 23, 24, 26,27 and 30 September, and 1 October.

Tickets go on general sale on Friday 28 March, limited to four per person. Fans who registered with Bush’s website were eligible to apply for a pre-sale allocation of tickets, all of which were sold within 30 minutes today.”

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Seán discusses Kate’s announcement on Irish Radio

I was asked to chat to Dave Fanning on RTE 2FM this morning, Ireland’s national broadcaster. Dave certainly fired plenty of questions at me but I tried to represent Kate and her fans as best as I could! You can hear it in the clip below. (with thanks to Peter for the audio clip)

Fun fact: Irish broadcasting legend, Gay Byrne, gets pulled into the conversation at one point as he wandered down the studio corridor. He famously interviewed Kate on her only Irish TV appearance on the Late Late Show in March 1978, but seems to have forgotten about it! I’ve included the clip of him chatting to Kate below…

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MASSIVE NEWS! Kate announces live residency at London’s Eventim Apollo

How wonderful it is to be able to run that headline!

Kate has announced a series of live dates in August and September at London’s Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith. This venue is the Hammersmith Odeon as was, where the Tour of Life ended 35 years ago. All details below, and we are gathering ALL the news and press reports in this post below also.

We’d like to wish Kate all the very best on this incredible new adventure – a big hug from us! Peter, Krys, Dave and Seán x

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The performances will be called “Before the Dawn” and Kate says on the official site:

“I am delighted to announce that we will be performing some live shows this coming August and September.
       I hope you will be able to join us and I look forward to seeing you there.
          We’ll keep you updated with further news on the web site.
                  Meanwhile, all details of concert dates and tickets are in the note below.
                    Very best wishes,
                             Kate”

The dates are:

AUGUST: 26th, 27th, 29th, 30th.

SEPTEMBER: 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 9th, 10th, 12th, 13th, 16th, 17th, 19th

Kate Bush 2014 by Trevor Leighton

Tickets will go on sale at 9.30 am (GMT) on the 28th March 2014 and will be available exclusively from the following agents: www.eventim.co.uk  www.gigsandtours.com
www.ticketmaster.co.uk

Please note that tickets are NOT available  from the venue Box Office.

Additional order enquiries should be directed to the Eventim customer service department at: customerservice@eventim.co.uk or 08443760021

Ticket purchases are limited to a maximum of 4 per order.  For example, you can try to purchase up to 4 tickets for just one of the 15 concerts, or 4 tickets for 4 separate shows.

Please particularly note the ticket security and resale measures: the name of the lead booker will be printed on the first ticket.  As the number of tickets is limited they will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Tickets cannot be resold or transferred under any circumstances.

The promoter says: The lead booker will be asked to present ID to gain entry into the venue. Failure to adhere the terms and conditions may result in the customer’s order being void. There are no exceptions to this rule.

Demand for tickets is likely to be enormous. Gigwise estimates that the demand will be greater than for recent gigs by Beyonce and Lady Gaga.

Here’s Seán Twomey from this very site being interviewed today on the Mark Radcliffe show on BBC6 Music!

Here’s a discussion about today’s news on the “PM” show on BBC Radio 4 today:

Here’s how the 6pm Evening News on Radio 4 reported the news:

Kate being discussed on BBC News Channel this morning:

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The BBC are reporting that the internet has gone into “meltdown” at the news, and that news is everywhere from the Bexley News Shopper to Thanhnien in Vietnam:

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The HomeGround Anthology 1982-2012 Now Published

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 will be 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:
£31.99 (GBP) €37.99 (Euros) $50.99 (USD) $59.99 (AUD) $59.99 (CAD)

HARDCOVERS:
£47.99 (GBP) €55.99 (Euros) $74.99 (USD) $86.49 (AUD) $86.49 (CAD)

If buying direct from Crescent Moon you can pay by cheque, money order bank transfer or PayPal. If you wish to pay by PayPal please contact Crescent Moon. PayPal buttons will be available shortly

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:
P.O. Box 1312, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 5XU, Great Britain

Tel: 01622-729593 (UK)
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E-MAIL AND INTERNET:
E-mail: cresmopub@yahoo.co.uk
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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Beautiful version of Running Up That Hill from last weekend’s Belfast event

Thomas Keery from Dog Kennel Productions has filmed a very fine version of Running Up That Hill from two of the participants in the recent Kate Bush tribute event marking International Women’s Day. In this clip, Fiona O’Kane and Frances Mitchell rehearse their cover of the song prior to Saturday’s event in the Oh Yeah Centre in Belfast. Just lovely. (with thanks to Thomas for getting in touch)

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Calvin Klein designer acquires a copy of “Cathy” by John Carder Bush

The second “Cathy” related post in as many weeks, this one is an article I missed from 2012 in the Wall Street Journal about how delighted Italo Zucchelli, menswear designer for Calvin Klein Collection, was to pick up a rare copy of the book for over $1,000 recently! (thanks to Gabi for sharing)

“When I saw it, I screamed,” says Mr. Zucchelli, who owns all of Ms. Bush’s albums. “I bought it immediately. I had to have that book.” Since then, the book, “Cathy” by John Carder Bush, has occupied a prominent spot on the bookshelf in his Manhattan apartment, “where I can see it.”

Read the full article at the Wall Street Journal site here. Seán says: This makes me extra grateful again for the signed copy of the book that John sent me a few years back – cheers John! Check out John’s official site here to purchase his beautifully bound novel “The Cellar Gang“.

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