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When Kate Bush announced she was returning to the stage for a limited run of shows in late 2014, it generated a digital sensation seismic enough to threaten to slow the internet. The 22 Before The Dawn dates in London’s modestly proportioned Hammersmith Apollo became one of the hottest live draws in the world that year and, despite Kate’s best efforts, tickets were soon changing hands for hundreds of pounds. After a wave of critical acclaim that later characterised reviews of the performances, fans were hoping this might signal the start of a new era of more regular output but, perhaps inevitably, the singer retreated to her private world and little – save a 2016 live release of recordings from the residency – has been heard since. It follows a familiar pattern for one of the UK’s most critically revered female artists, who was named Catherine at her birth in 1958. The Kent-born grammar schoolgirl started experimenting with music at an early age and, by the time she was a teenager, had already written some of the songs that would make her famous. Kate’s family, who had a long-standing involvement in music, encouraged her to produce some demos of her songs and a tape of them found their way into the hands of David Gilmour of Pink Floyd. He funded a professional recording of the best tracks and this got her signed to EMI in 1976.
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