Kate Bush Announces First Concerts in 35 Years

Art-rock royal will be running up the stage at London's Eventim Apollo

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Kyle McGovern WRITTEN BY
Kyle McGovern

Kate Bush followers rejoice! The legendary singer-songwriter has announced her first tour in 35 years. On Friday, Bush revealed plans for "Before the Dawn," a 15-date series that will take place at the Eventim Apollo in London later this year. The run of shows begins on August 26 and ends on September 19. "I hope you will be able to join us and I look forward to seeing you there," Bush writes on her website, which, according to the Telegraph, quickly crashed after the news broke.

Though Dame Bush has taken the stage for select appearances over the last few decades, Before the Dawn will be her first proper tour since 1979, when she embarked upon a six-week trek around Britain and mainland Europe. Speaking to the Guardian in 2011 (around the time her most recent album, 50 Words for Snow, was released), Bush explained that by the end of that original tour, she felt "a terrific need to retreat as a person, because I felt that my sexuality – which in a way I hadn't really had a chance to explore myself — was being given to the world in a way which I found impersonal."

The Guardian also notes that other theories as to why Bush has avoided the road include: perfectionism, a fear of flying, and the death of Bill Duffield, her lighting director, who was killed in an accident during Bush's April 2, 1979 concert at Poole Arts Centre. The '79 shows reportedly involved a total of 13 performers, 17 costume changes, and a setlist of 24 songs.

Tickets for Before the Dawn go on sale on Friday, March 28, at 9:30 a.m. GMT. Find dates below, followed by footage of one of Bush's '79 spectacles.

Kate Bush tour dates:

August 26 - London, U.K. @ Eventim Apollo
August 27 - London, U.K. @ Eventim Apollo
August 29 - London, U.K. @ Eventim Apollo
August 30 - London, U.K. @ Eventim Apollo
September 2 - London, U.K. @ Eventim Apollo
September 3 - London, U.K. @ Eventim Apollo
September 5 - London, U.K. @ Eventim Apollo
September 6 - London, U.K. @ Eventim Apollo
September 9 - London, U.K. @ Eventim Apollo
September 10 - London, U.K. @ Eventim Apollo
September 12 - London, U.K. @ Eventim Apollo
September 13 - London, U.K. @ Eventim Apollo
September 16 - London, U.K. @ Eventim Apollo
September 17 - London, U.K. @ Eventim Apollo
September 19 - London, U.K. @ Eventim Apollo

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