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Bush is 'delighted' at stage return with first concerts in 35 years

Singer Kate Bush is to return to the stage 35 years after her one and only tour and said she was "delighted" to be performing a series of shows.

She will play a 15-date residency at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, which was the location where she effectively retired from touring after just six weeks on the road in 1979.


The 55-year-old made a surprise announcement about the Before The Dawn shows yesterday, with the first taking place on August 26.

Fans had all but given up of seeing her live but in a message on her website, she said: "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."

Bush had talked loosely about a desire to return to playing live three years ago, saying she would love to play again before she became "too ancient".

She was just 20 when she completed The Tour Of Life with three dates at what was then called the Hammersmith Odeon, after topping the charts with Wuthering Heights the previous year, becoming the first woman to go to number one singing one of her own songs.

Over the years, theories about her absence from the stage have included her perfectionism, a fear of flying and the death of one of the tour crew, lighting director Bill Duffield, during a show.

But in a rare interview with Mojo magazine in 2011 to mark a comeback from one of her lengthy recording silences, she explained that her years of absence from the touring circuit were simply down to the sheer exertion of the ordeal.

"It was enormously enjoyable. But physically it was absolutely exhausting," she said.


For long periods she has largely withdrawn from public life to bring up her son, Bertie.

Her reappearances have been sporadic. Her 2005 album Aerial was her first for 12 years, although in recent years her workrate has become a little more prolific with a collection of reworked songs from earlier albums called The Director's Cut, as well as a themed album of songs about snow.

Tickets for the shows at what is officially called the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, go on sale next Friday.