Will Kate Bush perform at Glastonbury Festival this year?

Glastonbury return this weekend after a three-year hiatus. But the music festival isn’t the only thing making a comeback.

This year’s festival coincides with a resurgence in popularity for 80s artist Kate Bush, whose single ‘Running Up That Hill’ broke records topping the UK charts 37 years after its release.

The 1985 song found a new audience after being featured prominently in the final season of the hit Netflix series stranger thingspublished on May 27.

The singer’s revival has Glastonbury attendees wanting a Bush cameo, perhaps as one of the secret sets, and they’re now wondering if she’s ever performed at the Worthy Farm festival before.

Bush has never actually played at Glastonbury – and she’s highly unlikely to make an appearance this year or in the future. She has performed live very rarely during her career due to the anxiety she faces onstage.

Kate Bush: Before The Dawn live at the Hammersmith Apollo, 2014

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His only tour, the Tour of Life, lasted six weeks in April and May 1979 across the UK and Europe. As such, “Running Up That Hill” has only been heard live a handful of times. She played it at The Secret Policeman’s Third Ball in 1987 accompanied by Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour.

Bob Mercer, the late music industry executive who signed Bush, said The Guardian that the tour was “just too hard…I think [Bush] I liked it but the equation didn’t work… I could see at the end of the show that she was completely destroyed.”

More recently, Bush returned for a 22-night residency, named Before the Dawn, at the London Hammersmith Apollo between August 26 and October 1, 2014. The star told BBC 6 Music at the time that she was “nervous every evening” of the residence. .

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“The hardest thing for me was to be continuously in the present because I naturally tend to go forward in my mind… But I was so terrified that if my mind wandered when I came back, I wouldn’t remember where I was,” she said.

The singer also turned down an invitation to perform at the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony.

In a new interview about the resurgence of ‘Running Up That Hill’ on BBC Radio 4 woman’s hour, Bush spoke about the meaning of the song.

“I really like when people hear a song and get what they want out of it. But originally it was written as the idea of ​​a man and a woman exchanging with each other. other. Just to feel what it was, on the other side,” Bush explained.

She also explained why she prefers the song’s original title and why it was changed.

Jan G. Gilbert