Kate Bush is on course to score her first UK Number One album in 30 years

The singer's 'Before The Dawn' London residency in 2014 marked her first full live shows since 1979's 'The Tour Of Life'

Kate Bush is on course to score her first UK Number One album in almost 30 years.

Her latest live LP – ‘Before The Dawn’ – is currently top of the midweek album chart. It is 5,000 sales ahead of current Number One, Little Mix’s ‘Glory Days’.

The live album features recordings from her 2014 Hammersmith Apollo London residency. Bush’s last chart-topper was compilation album ‘The Whole Story’, which took the top spot in 1987.


The singer recently explained why she has performed live so infrequently during her career.

The singer’s 22-date ‘Before The Dawn’ residency at London’s Hammersmith Apollo in 2014 were her first full live shows in 35 years. She previously performed 28 shows across Europe on 1979’s ‘The Tour Of Life’.

Asked about her lengthy hiatus from the stage, Bush said: “It wasn’t designed that way, because I really enjoyed the first set of shows we did [in 1979]. The plan at the time was that I was going to do another two albums’ worth of fresh material, and then do another show.”

She continued: “But of course, by the time I got to the end of what was ‘The Dreaming’ album, it had gone off on a slight tilt, because I’d become so much more involved in the recording process.

“And also, every time I finish an album, I go into visual projects, and even if they’re quite short pieces, they’re still a huge amount of work to put together. So I started to veer away from the thing of being a live performing artist, to one of being a recording artist with attached visuals.”


Bush’s eagerly-anticipated ‘Before The Dawn’ live album was released on Friday (November 25). She has recently spoken about the possibility of releasing a live DVD of her 2014 London residency too.

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