What the critics said about ‘Before The Dawn’:
“The most influential and respected British female artist of the last 40 years – ‘Before The Dawn’ is remarkable.” The Guardian
“Bush’s return to the stage is a staggering triumph.” Metro
“British music’s most significant female artist.” Evening Standard
“Some powerful magic has restored Kate Bush to us.” Observer
“A triumphant return by one of our greatest, most original and influential music stars.” The Sun
“Stunning, undoubtedly the most ambitious and genuinely moving piece of theatrical pop ever seen on a British stage.” The Independent
“This visionary performance is worlds apart.” The Times
In March 2014, Kate Bush announced plans to perform 15 shows in London in August and September that year, her first live shows since 1979. The shows sold out so quickly that a further 7 were immediately added, with all shows selling out in 15 minutes. Kate’s own website crashed with the demand.
The first night of the shows prompted a complete media frenzy with the U.K.’s Evening Standard declaring that the show was “an extraordinary mix of magical ideas, stunning visuals, attention to detail and remarkable music – she was so obviously, so unambiguously brilliant, it made last night something to tell the grandchildren about.”
Later that year the show won the special Editor’s Award at the highly prestigious London Theatre Awards, the only contemporary music show to do so.
On December 2nd, 2016, the live album “Before The Dawn” will be released in 3-DISC CD package. The conceptual heart of the show is reflected in the CD format, which is split around the two integral pieces – ‘The Ninth Wave’ and ‘A Sky Of Honey’.
The full CD track list is below.
Hounds of Love
Top of the City
Never Be Mine
Running Up That Hill
King of the Mountain
Astronomer's Call (Spoken monologue)
And Dream of Sheep
Waking the Witch
Watching Them Without Her (dialogue)
Watching You Without Me
Jig Of Life
The Morning Fog
An Architect's Dream
The Painter's Link
Somewhere In Between
The album was produced by Kate Bush. Nothing on the record was re-recorded or overdubbed.
Following the first week of performances eight of Kate Bush’s albums charted simultaneously within the UK Top 40, making her the only female artist in history to achieve this feat.