Kate Bush to Play First Live Shows Since 1979
Kate Bush has announced she will play a series of shows later this year - 35 years after her last concert tour.
The Wuthering Heights singer made the surprise announcement on her official website.
She will play 15 shows, titled Before The Dawn, at the Hammersmith Apollo in London in August and September.
She wrote on the site: "I hope you will be able to join us and I look forward to seeing you there. Very best wishes, Kate."
Bush, 55, has given only the occasional live performance since she completed The Tour Of Life in 1979.
Over the years, theories about her absence from the stage have included her perfectionism, a fear of flying and the death of one of the tour crew, lighting director Bill Duffield, during a show.
In 2011 she told the magazine Classic Rock: "I do hope that some time I get a chance to do some shows. Maybe not a tour, but something."
For long periods she has largely withdrawn from public life to bring up her son, Bertie.
Her reappearances have been sporadic. Her 2005 album Aerial was her first release for 12 years, although in recent years her work rate has increased, with a collection of reworked songs from earlier albums called The Director's Cut, as well as a themed album of songs about snow.
Bush, who has had 25 UK Top 40 hit singles, received a CBE for services to music last year.