Kate Bush Just Played Her First Show In 35 Years

Kate Bush just performed her first live show in 35 years at London’s Eventim Apollo. It’s the opening night of a 22-date concert series called Before The Dawn that runs until October. When tickets went on sale back in March, they sold out in 15 minutes. For the lucky few who managed to snag tickets, Bush has asked them to leave their cameras at home (“I very much want to have contact with you as an audience, not with iphones, ipads or cameras”) so there’s a chance no video could surface from the show. (Early reports say that they “are patrolling for phones in a very intense way.”) Celebrities in attendance reportedly include Madonna, Bjork, Lily Allen, Grace Jones, and Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour. The Guardian even live blogged reports from the concert. Below are some Instagrams and tweets from the show along with the setlist. UPDATE: And video!

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“Hounds Of Love”
“Top Of The City”
“Running Up That Hill”
“King Of The Mountain”

The Ninth Wave
“And Dream Of Sheep”
“Under Ice”
“Waking The Witch”
“Watching You Without Me”
“Jig Of Life”
“Hello Earth”
“The Morning Fog”

A Sky Of Honey
“An Architect’s Dream”
“The Painter’s Link”
“Aerial Tal”
“Somewhere In Between”

“Among Angels”

Looks like at least one fan snuck a video. Watch Kate Bush perform “Among Angels,” from 2011′s 50 Words For Snow, below.

And here’s an excerpt from The Guardian’s review:

Over the course of nearly three hours, Kate Bush’s first gig for 35 years variously features dancers in lifejackets attacking the stage with axes and chainsaws; a giant machine that hovers above the auditorium, belching out dry ice and shining spotlights on the audience; giant paper aeroplanes; a surprisingly lengthy rumination on sausages, vast billowing sheets manipulated to represent waves, Bush’s 16-year-old son Bertie – clad as a 19th-century artist – telling a wooden mannequin to “piss off” and the singer herself being borne through the audience by dancers clad in costumes based on fish skeletons.

[Lead photo via Instagram.]

Comments (15)
  1. I’m going on the 17th. Very excited.

  2. interesting setlist

  3. Can’t believe she played all of A Sky of Honey, easily a career highlight but also seems like it’d be difficult to recreate live. And closing with Cloudbusting is a brilliant choice

  4. Kate Bush just played her first show in 35 years.

    In related news, jloo just sobbed the lyrics to “And Dream of Sheep” into his pillow ;_;

  5. OMG what a setlist! most hounds of love and Aerial ♥

  6. wasn’t that EXACTLY the Drowned in sound dream set list? that is uncanny.

  7. Nice setlist, but nothing from The Dreaming? :(

  8. Cool set list but I do not see any of her 90s hits from when just went by her last name like everything zen, glycerine or swallowed

  9. wait i just noticed
    “a surprisingly lengthy rumination on sausages”

  10. And the video has already been removed by the user…

    Any chance the concert was professional filmed for future release as a DVD/CD?

  11. Personally, I find “A Sky of Honey” to be pretty dull and wouldn’t be thrilled to spend half the show listening to it… but I’m also incredibly jealous of everyone who gets to experience this. The 9th Wave live sounds epics.

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