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  • 28 March 2014, 7:07

Kate Bush Tour Tickets Set To Go On Sale

Tickets go on sale later for Kate Bush's first live shows in 35 years.

The Wuthering Heights singer announced last week she would be playing 15 dates at London's Hammersmith Apollo, starting on August 26.

She has since added seven more shows to the run, such was the demand for pre-sale tickets.

"I actually thought it was a joke," said diehard fan Neil Williams about the moment he discovered Bush was to perform live again.

"Then my friend who works in ticket sales said 'No, it's true', so I literally went around texting everyone, calling everyone.

"Nobody really cared as much as me, but it didn't stop me texting the whole world and then crying down the phone to my mum, who also didn't really care, but was very supportive."

Bush's first and only live tour was in 1979 when she was 20 years old.

Her decision to abandon touring has long fuelled rumours about her health.

But she has since released eight albums and has continued to influence artists like Madonna, Florence Welch and Lady Gaga.

Hanna Hanra, founding editor of Beat magazine, said: "Kate Bush was the first to make proper videos and she dictated her own career rather than let her management or record label do that for her.

"It was very unusual and certainly set a precedent for other women in the record industry."

Over the course of her 22-night residency at the Hammersmith Apollo, Bush will perform to about 80,000 people.

The singer might have been out of sight for over three decades, but she has not been out of mind.

She was nominated for a Brit Award and an Ivor Novello for her 2011 album 50 Words For Snow.

Bush, whose hits also include Running Up That Hill and Babooshka, has given no indication as to what songs she might play or whether she will attempt to recreate the flamboyant and physically demanding performances she put in as a young woman.

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