Kate Bush announced plans to perform 15 shows in London in August and September 2014, her first live shows since 1979. The shows sold out so quickly that a further 7 were immediately added, with all shows selling out in 15 minutes. Kate’s own website crashed with the demand.
The first night of the shows prompted a complete media frenzy with the U.K.’s Evening Standarddeclaring that the show was "an extraordinary mix of magical ideas, stunning visuals, attention to detail and remarkable music – she was so obviously, so unambiguously brilliant, it made last night something to tell the grandchildren about.”
Later that year the show won the special Editor’s award at the highly prestigious London Theatre Awards, the only contemporary music show to do so.
On December 2nd, 2016, the live album "Before The Dawn” will be released in a 3-DISC CD deluxe edition and a deluxe 4-DISC 180-GRAM vinyl edition. The conceptual heart of the show is reflected in the CD format, which is split around the two integral pieces – ‘The Ninth Wave’ and ‘A Sky Of Honey’.
CD1 ends with the pivotal track ‘King Of The Mountain’ which bridges into ‘The Ninth Wave’ suite of songs on CD2.