GIG REVIEW: Cloudbusting – The Music of Kate Bush

By Carron Stacey

WHERE: The Brook, Southampton

WHEN: 21/10

“Kate” as we’ll call her, arrived on stage to rapturous applause and love from the audience, who were mostly men of a certain age, to be honest.

* Read on for reasons including why this is better than the live recording of Before The Dawn

I’m not Kate’s greatest fan (my other half could be), but I can certainly sing most of her best-known hits, so I was surprised to hear the band go off-piste slightly with a few odd, older songs.

Having recently heard a Kate Bush tribute act and not enjoyed it, I realised how amazing her voice actually is. This “Kate” does have the range; she can deliver from Running Up That Hill to Wuthering Heights.

It wouldn’t be a cliche to say that if you closed your eyes, you could imagine Kate was there. Sat In Your Lap was my favourite, extremely well recreated, both vocally and musically. The band are tight; the bassist is an awesome Peter Gabriel.

“Kate” doesn’t believe she is Kate, like some tributes. However she acknowledges the love for her writing and music, and talks intelligently and emotionally about the effect Kate has had on her. She tells stories of what her music means to her fans too, stories from familiar faces in the audience that night.

I was genuinely impressed by the whole experience and would definitely see them again. In fact, we may be booking up their London Kick Inside gig in February, with special guests! This is no corny, pub tribute band; they faithfully reproduce the amazing sound of Kate Bush. This is better than listening to the live recording of her Before the Dawn tour!

  • Picture by Carron Stacey. Tickets
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