I think it would be fair to say the return of Kate Bush to the live stage after 35 years was the cultural event of 2014. The excitement and mystery surrounding the show only heightened the anticipation of the lucky few to get tickets to see the legend live.
Kate walked on stage barefooted with her band at 7.45pm and from the moment the audience clapped eyes on her they were enchanted by this still stunningly beautiful woman with a voice that would make Gods weep with joy. Throughout the entire performance, Kate radiated a quiet confidence and warmth showing no sign of nerves or stage fright.
The show was divided in three parts. First, a traditional 6 song set with her band including spine tingling versions of “Running Up That Hill” and “King Of The Mountain”. The second part was the complete song suite of “The Ninth Wave” from ‘The Hounds Of Love’ album. After a short interval Kate returned to treat the audience to “A Sky Of Honey” from ‘Aerial’s’ second disc before closing with 2 encores including a captivating version of “Among The Angels” from ’50 Words For Snow’ and a rousing version of “Cloudbusting”. I don’t think I could possibly attempt to explain the elaborate staging but I believe it has been recorded for DVD release and I can’t recommend purchasing a copy highly enough.
The lasting memory of this concert was pure joy and celebration of an artist who has never disappointed with one of the greatest bodies of work. The audience lapped up every note and beautiful staged drama. Kate Bush beamed and excelled throughout every single moment. Without a doubt, the greatest live experience of my life.