Glastonbury are back this weekend after a three-year hiatus. But not only the music festival is experiencing a comeback.
This year’s festival coincides with a resurgence in popularity for 1980s artist Kate Bush, whose single ‘Running Up That Hill’ broke records 37 years after its release and topped the UK Singles Chart.
The 1985 song found a new audience after being featured prominently in the final season of the Netflix hit series stranger thingspublished on May 27th.
The singer’s renaissance has left Glastonbury-goers wishing for a Bush performance, perhaps as one of the secret sets, and they are now wondering if she’s ever performed at the Worthy Farm Festival before.
Indeed, Bush has never performed at Glastonbury – and it is highly unlikely that she will be performing this year or in the future. She has performed live very rarely throughout her career due to the anxiety she faces on stage.
Their only tour, the Tour of Life, ran across the UK and Europe for six weeks in April and May 1979. 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 hired Bush, recounted The guard that touring “was just too hard…I think [Bush] liked it but the equation didn’t work…I could see by the end of the show that it was completely wiped out.
Most recently, Bush returned to London’s Hammersmith Apollo between August 26 and October 1, 2014 for a 22-night residency called Before the Dawn. The star told BBC 6 Music at the time that she was “nervous every night” about the residency.
“The hardest thing for me was being in the now all the time, because I naturally tend to race ahead in my mind… But I was so scared that if my mind wandered, I wouldn’t remember when I got back to where I was” , she said.
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The singer also declined an invitation to perform at the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.
In a new interview about the resurgence of Running Up That Hill on BBC Radio 4 woman hour, Bush spoke about the meaning of the song.
“I really like it when people hear a song and take what they want from it. But originally it was written as the idea of a man and woman swapping places with each other. Just to feel what it was like, from the other side,” Bush explained.
She also explained why she prefers the original song title and why it was changed.
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