Kate Bush: Tribute act ticket sales are ‘running up that hill’ for Belfast Empire gig

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Ticket sales for a Kate Bush ‘homage’ act set for the Empire Music Hall in Belfast have seen a spike this month, due to youthful followers discovering her music via Netflix present Stranger Things, the venue’s supervisor has stated.

tephen Bradley stated the “notable surge” in sales for subsequent month’s Cloudbusting gig correlated with the worldwide success of Bush’s 1985 hit Running Up That Hill on the again of the present’s recognition.

The tune is presently primary within the UK charts and appears set to remain there for a second week, regardless of new releases from Beyoncé and Drake. The single, which peaked at quantity three within the UK charts in 1985, is sitting at quantity 5 within the US, down from quantity 4, giving Bush her first ever Top 10 hit within the States.

The tune is a key plot motif for the character Max Mayfield within the fourth sequence of sci-fi horror drama Stranger Things, bringing in an entire new technology of followers for the 63-year-old British singer-songwriter.

Cloudbusting has performed Belfast’s Empire a number of occasions beforehand, attracting a primarily older viewers who have been Bush followers first time spherical. But this time, the upcoming gig, rescheduled as a result of Covid, is drawing in youthful followers and the present is poised to promote out.

Stephen stated: “The Cloudbusting present was initially on sale early 2020 for a present in October 2020, rescheduled for July 2021 after which once more for July 2022, as a result of Covid.

“After we introduced the brand new date earlier this yr, ticket sales started to trickle via, and have been regular sufficient, however when sequence 4 of Stranger Things launched, we observed an enormous spike in sales virtually in a single day.

“We can’t inform the age of individuals shopping for tickets on-line, however the followers coming into the bar to purchase tickets in individual are a lot youthful than those that would usually attend a Cloudbusting gig on the Empire.

“There’s been a notable surge in sales and I undoubtedly suppose there’s a direct correlation between that improve and the sequence.

“Prior to the show, we had been selling a few tickets every day, but nothing quite compares, marketing-wise, to Stranger Things when it comes to boosting ticket sales.”

Cloudbusting has been championed by BBC One as one of the genuine tributes bands on the earth. Vocalist Mandy Watson is famend for not making an attempt to imitate Bush on stage, however says that when she performs her music, the characters within the songs take over.

Some of Bush’s unique collaborators play with Cloudbusting now, together with the bassist and drummer, who carried out with the singer on her legendary Tour Of Life dwell reveals 40 years in the past.

The present options a lot of Bush’s largest hits, resembling Wuthering Heights, Wow, Hounds Of Love, Babooshka, This Woman’s Work, Cloudbusting and Running Up That Hill, in addition to some lesser-known tracks, accompanied by visuals.

Stephen stated that Cloudbusting, which he describes as an “homage” act, somewhat than a tribute one, first performed the Empire round 10 years in the past and has constructed up a following since then.

The viewers was “niche” and the numbers “decent”, however with ticket sales excessive for the July 16 gig, Stephen is assured it is going to promote out.

“Realistically, we’re not going to see Kate herself on tour, but Cloudbusting is an elite act —the next best thing to Kate,” Stephen stated.

“It’s fairly an emotional efficiency and vocalist Mandy Watson is unbelievable and it’s nice to see so many followers, outdated and new, coming to see her.

“With ticket sales going the best way they are, the gig goes to be a sell-out.

“And, of course, it’s brilliant for Kate Bush that so many young people are discovering her music, my own children included. She deserves all this amazing success. She’s one of a kind.”

Tickets for the Cloudbusting present could be purchased in individual or on-line at www.thebelfastempire.com/music-hall/cloudbusting/

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