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Re: Kate Bush UK shows

Postby Neil Jung » 19 Sep 2014, 13:18

I'm going tonight. Did a search for #katebush on Twitter, found a tweet only 30 minutes old from someone who has a spare and responded. He seemed relieved to have found someone who wanted it! It's a £60 ticket in the circle, but needless to say, I'm thrilled.
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Re: Kate Bush UK shows

Postby Polishgirl » 19 Sep 2014, 13:20

Neil Jung wrote:I'm going tonight. Did a search for #katebush on Twitter, found a tweet only 30 minutes old from someone who has a spare and responded. He seemed relieved to have found someone who wanted it! It's a £60 ticket in the circle, but needless to say, I'm thrilled.


We were at the back of the stalls, but had a peek at the stage from the circle, and it looked like a good view - there's a decent rake to the floor...

Enjoy! :D
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Re: Kate Bush UK shows

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Neil Jung wrote:I'm going tonight. Did a search for #katebush on Twitter, found a tweet only 30 minutes old from someone who has a spare and responded. He seemed relieved to have found someone who wanted it! It's a £60 ticket in the circle, but needless to say, I'm thrilled.



Excellent Mike!! You will be thrilled.
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Re: Kate Bush UK shows

Postby Minnie the Minx » 19 Sep 2014, 13:29

Unbelievable Mike! What night does Smamfy go?
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Re: Kate Bush UK shows

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Neil Jung wrote:I'm going tonight. Did a search for #katebush on Twitter, found a tweet only 30 minutes old from someone who has a spare and responded. He seemed relieved to have found someone who wanted it! It's a £60 ticket in the circle, but needless to say, I'm thrilled.


Excellent news you lucky bugger.

I would have asked you to buy a program for me but saw this too late.

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Re: Kate Bush UK shows

Postby Neil Jung » 20 Sep 2014, 00:17

Just back home, having been delayed by my losing my Blackberry. Sadly someone had handed it in. The man next to me had arrived from Rio this afternoon and kept falling asleep! I met a German lady too and some lads from Leeds, one of whom had paid £400 to see the concert a week or so ago. He was a big fan. As for my review, I shall sleep (on it) and dream of sheep.
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Re: Kate Bush UK shows

Postby Neil Jung » 20 Sep 2014, 10:29

I don't think I can add any worthwhile perspective beyond the beautifully written reviews already written here. I enjoyed it very much. Kate sang beautifully and seemed genuinely touched by the audience's love for her, her music and the efforts made to present such an unusual and visually interesting concert. The band were excellent, the sound balance was such that her vocals were never drowned out. As I was right at the back of the circle, which is a long way back, and people in front kept leaning forward, it was hard to see clearly everything that was happening on stage plus it was seriously hot up there, so I'd have happily paid more to be downstairs. For me the most joyful part was the final encore of Cloudbusting when we the audience were as one with the performers and sang the yeah yeah yoh backing for what seemed like forever but still wasn't long enough.
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Re: Kate Bush UK shows

Postby Diamond Dog » 20 Sep 2014, 10:38

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Fabulous Mike - I'm so pleased you got to see her.

I think I may have misled others...I was about six rows back from the circle (not the stalls) so just in front of where you were. It wasn't perfect and it was bloody hot - but, oddly enough, I'm glad she didn't have a screen for easier viewing...I think that would have detracted from the intimacy of the gig.
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Re: Kate Bush UK shows

Postby Neil Jung » 20 Sep 2014, 11:43

Odd thing. I held it together pretty well last night. But playing Cloudbusting, Running Up That Hill and Sky Of Honey to Emma this morning, I keep welling up. *dabs eyes, mans up*
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Re: Kate Bush UK shows

Postby Neil Jung » 20 Sep 2014, 11:56

There are some very good quality recordings of the concerts on your favourite P2P site, should you be interested. slsk.net is mine; I've never had any problems with malware or other nasties on it.
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Re: Kate Bush UK shows

Postby brotherlouie » 20 Sep 2014, 17:56

I'm not - as you probably know - a huge fan (though I like the 'relevant' songs well enough, as it happens) - but I've loved reading all your stories.

What I'm amazed at is that, for all the media attention, we've not heard anything about Kate Bush having lunch in London while this residency is happening. That might sound trivial, but I do admire her ability to not be in the media, except on her terms. I remember reading an interview around the time Aerial came out and she was accused, gently, of being a recluse and she replied that she was like a normal person who does the washing and so on. Not reclusive, just not in the public eye. Like a normal person. Good answer.

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Re: Kate Bush UK shows

Postby Neil Jung » 20 Sep 2014, 19:06

It would be good to see her interviewed sensitively about her feelings on the critical and commercial success of the current batch of shows (so not by Jonathan Ross) but I doubt it will happen.
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Re: Kate Bush UK shows

Postby Polishgirl » 20 Sep 2014, 20:42

So, a few days on, and my lasting impressions as follows:

First, my gripes. They are minor, and I always have to have something to moan about, but, in the interests of giving a rounded account of my doings, here they are:

a) The wooden puppet thing- ( obv, this is only personal - I'm sure loads of people loved it). For me, it was a bit twee and didn't really contribute anything to Sky of Honey. I do understand what it was meant to be doing, and the puppeteer in charge of it was incredibly skillful, but it made me grind my teeth a bit. I wouldn't have lost anything from the sequence if it had never appeared.

b) The drawn-out artist bit with Bertie singing. He's not a bad singer at all, but, when we've had Kate Bush singing like the most melodic angel God ever invented, there's no comparison. I'd have preferred that track as an instrumental, I think.

c) Jig Of Life. I cried - of course - but it wasn't quite vital, quite loud and primal enough - like the band was restraining itself. I was expecting large sections of the audience to be pogoing around - and perhaps they did on other nights - it needed more pagan muscle.

Whinging over - it was still overwhelmingly wonderful. I can't really add much to what my fellow KB fans have said already and so eloquently, so I'll keep it short( or maybe not), but what stays with me :

The atmosphere in the foyers beforehand. I don't think I've ever been in a crowd of people who were uniformly so excited, so happy, so full of anticipation. We got talking to a group of women, and one of them said that she was so pleased to be there, Kate Bush could have come onstage and done a poo, and she'd still be thrilled.

The sound quality throughout was sublime, and that just added to the beauty of KB's vocal purity. What particularly impressed me was that, unlike a lot of female singers, she can belt out her notes but never sound like she's shouting or straining. I was transported by her singing.

The band! OH MY GOD!! I found it impossible, at times, to take my eyes off the drummer - Omar Hakim- in particular. How they kept it up, I just don't know. Her music is so intricate that it demands everything of everybody playing and singing with her. There was an instinctive togetherness amongst them that must only come with the best musicians.

Some of the stage effects were simply breathtaking. The lighting was incredible, from the panels reflecting sunshine or chainmail or fire, to the giant harvest moon set amongst a net of stars, with waves lapping at her feet. The bit ( I think it's "Under Ice") where they're trying to rescue her, and she's turned into a blackbird. The giant, slow-motion birds in flight, in Sky Of Honey, and the gigantic door at the start of that, which opens up onto flurries of snow. The helicopter and searchlights during The Ninth Wave.

Song-wise - Hounds of Love - the drumbeat was so deep and insistent, you could feel it rising up through your body, the momentum building throughout. Top Of The City was the performance of a woman overtaken by passion. Maybe my favourite, now, as I think back, was Under Ice.... it was creepy and beautiful and desperate and calm all at once. The catch of the shivering in her voice, as she's filmed in the water( according to the programme, she did get a mild bout of hypothermia whilst filming it).

When it comes down to it, I am a Hounds of Love girl, through and through. I never dreamt that I would get to see The Ninth Wave live. Being there, being part of it, shouting myself hoarse and clapping till my hands went numb along with everybody else as we tried to show our appreciation ( it never felt like enough)- just magic.
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Re: Kate Bush UK shows

Postby Diamond Dog » 21 Sep 2014, 10:30

Marvellous Pippa, marvellous... *big thumpbs up*

A good review here too - backs up what many of us have said....

http://thetalkhouse.com/music/talks/iai ... hes-talks/

The DVD is going to be HUGE.
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Re: Kate Bush UK shows

Postby trans-chigley express » 21 Sep 2014, 13:22

Polishgirl wrote:
The sound quality throughout was sublime, and that just added to the beauty of KB's vocal purity. What particularly impressed me was that, unlike a lot of female singers, she can belt out her notes but never sound like she's shouting or straining. I was transported by her singing.



I suppose the fact that she hasn't performed live for the vast majority of her career has kept her voice in such good condition. I've been listening to the bootleg and really enjoying it. Despite the limitations of the sound quality it does capture some of the atmosphere. Lovely write up Pippa.

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Re: Kate Bush UK shows

Postby clive gash » 21 Sep 2014, 19:18

There once was a gig by Kate Bush
whose first half was superb, at a push.
An insipid part two,
and the crowd...quite a few
should be kicked in the cunt or the mush.
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Re: Kate Bush UK shows

Postby Minnie the Minx » 21 Sep 2014, 19:34

Diamond Dog wrote:Marvellous Pippa, marvellous... *big thumpbs up*

A good review here too - backs up what many of us have said....

http://thetalkhouse.com/music/talks/iai ... hes-talks/

The DVD is going to be HUGE.


That was a good read! Thanks for the link.
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Re: Kate Bush UK shows

Postby Minnie the Minx » 21 Sep 2014, 19:40

Polishgirl wrote:So, a few days on, and my lasting impressions as follows:

First, my gripes. They are minor, and I always have to have something to moan about, but, in the interests of giving a rounded account of my doings, here they are:

a) The wooden puppet thing- ( obv, this is only personal - I'm sure loads of people loved it). For me, it was a bit twee and didn't really contribute anything to Sky of Honey. I do understand what it was meant to be doing, and the puppeteer in charge of it was incredibly skillful, but it made me grind my teeth a bit. I wouldn't have lost anything from the sequence if it had never appeared.

b) The drawn-out artist bit with Bertie singing. He's not a bad singer at all, but, when we've had Kate Bush singing like the most melodic angel God ever invented, there's no comparison. I'd have preferred that track as an instrumental, I think.

c) Jig Of Life. I cried - of course - but it wasn't quite vital, quite loud and primal enough - like the band was restraining itself. I was expecting large sections of the audience to be pogoing around - and perhaps they did on other nights - it needed more pagan muscle.

Whinging over - it was still overwhelmingly wonderful. I can't really add much to what my fellow KB fans have said already and so eloquently, so I'll keep it short( or maybe not), but what stays with me :

The atmosphere in the foyers beforehand. I don't think I've ever been in a crowd of people who were uniformly so excited, so happy, so full of anticipation. We got talking to a group of women, and one of them said that she was so pleased to be there, Kate Bush could have come onstage and done a poo, and she'd still be thrilled.

The sound quality throughout was sublime, and that just added to the beauty of KB's vocal purity. What particularly impressed me was that, unlike a lot of female singers, she can belt out her notes but never sound like she's shouting or straining. I was transported by her singing.

The band! OH MY GOD!! I found it impossible, at times, to take my eyes off the drummer - Omar Hakim- in particular. How they kept it up, I just don't know. Her music is so intricate that it demands everything of everybody playing and singing with her. There was an instinctive togetherness amongst them that must only come with the best musicians.

Some of the stage effects were simply breathtaking. The lighting was incredible, from the panels reflecting sunshine or chainmail or fire, to the giant harvest moon set amongst a net of stars, with waves lapping at her feet. The bit ( I think it's "Under Ice") where they're trying to rescue her, and she's turned into a blackbird. The giant, slow-motion birds in flight, in Sky Of Honey, and the gigantic door at the start of that, which opens up onto flurries of snow. The helicopter and searchlights during The Ninth Wave.

Song-wise - Hounds of Love - the drumbeat was so deep and insistent, you could feel it rising up through your body, the momentum building throughout. Top Of The City was the performance of a woman overtaken by passion. Maybe my favourite, now, as I think back, was Under Ice.... it was creepy and beautiful and desperate and calm all at once. The catch of the shivering in her voice, as she's filmed in the water( according to the programme, she did get a mild bout of hypothermia whilst filming it).

When it comes down to it, I am a Hounds of Love girl, through and through. I never dreamt that I would get to see The Ninth Wave live. Being there, being part of it, shouting myself hoarse and clapping till my hands went numb along with everybody else as we tried to show our appreciation ( it never felt like enough)- just magic.



It was a civilised audience wasn't it. No UK Subs crowd, that's for sure :D
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Re: Kate Bush UK shows

Postby LMG » 22 Sep 2014, 18:13

LMG wrote:Ah well.

Nearly every major small(ish) venue event I have been to has been from obtaining tickets WELL after the so-called 'sold-out' date, from the venue or official vendor site, at face value. The Stooges at the Festival Hall last year, Bob Dylan in a cinema theatre in my hometown, the original Black Sabbath at the Astoria, and Kate Bush at the Oxford New Theatre 35 years ago...



...and Kate Bush again at the Eventim Apollo on Wednesday 17th September.

After going to the venue and waiting for returns four times, I was fifth time lucky after bunking off work midday and queuing since half past one.

Got quite a good seat, actually, fourth row and a little off centre but directly in front of Kate. When she got taken off by fishheaded pallbearers during the 9th Wave, I could have reached out and tickled her feet.

Luckily I remembered just in time that would have spoiled the DVD being filmed that evening.
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