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Preview: Cloudbusting at Whitley Bay Playhouse

Cloudbusting - The Music of Kate Bush
Whitley Bay Playhouse
Friday 2nd June 2017

The new 2-hour concert showcases the band's recent performance of the Hounds of Love album against a dazzling selection of hits such as Wuthering Heights, Babooshka and This Woman’s Work.

Mandy Watson as the voice of Kate doesn’t disappoint. She encompasses Kate's range with uncanny yet effortless accuracy and explores the emotional core of the songs without ever resorting to caricature. 

As Kate’s own drummer from 1979’s Tour Of Life Preston Heyman commented after sharing the stage with Cloudbusting for their Hounds of Love anniversary show; ‘Mandy’s vocals were so good, I could have been listening to Kate herself!’

Sound engineer on Hounds of Love and Abbey Road chief engineer Haydn Bendall invited Cloudbusting to perform at a prestigious industry event where rock biographer Mick Wall went on to call their performance ‘absolutely, surreally, brilliant.’

Kate’s longtime musical collaborator and bassist Del Palmer commented that the band's versions of the songs were ‘the closest by far’ that he'd ever heard. Such is Cloudbusting’s standing in the Kate Bush community that they have been invited back for the fourth time to headline the international Homeground Kate Bush Convention. 

The five-piece band’s authentic musical arrangements are complemented by eye-popping 3D-mapped projections and a backdrop of original videography created and contributed by Kate-inspired artists from around the world. 

‘Hounds of Love performed by Cloudbusting’ is an intensely emotional journey through the hits such as Running Up That Hill, Hounds of Love and Cloudbusting culminating in the crescendo of the album’s famous flip-side, The Ninth Wave.

The music of Kate Bush is as popular and relevant today as it ever was. It is rare to find a current artist who doesn’t cite Kate as a major musical influence. In 2014, she secured a place in musical history with eight simultaneous entries in the UK Albums Chart and a 22 date residency in Hammersmith which sold out in minutes.

Cloudbusting’s remarkable stage show brings Kate’s music to spectacular life - their recent 50 date UK tour prompted Bush fans everywhere to flood their website and Facebook page with passionate praise and requests to return. A major promoter has secured a 30 date tour of Europe and the band are gearing up for a year of spreading the Kate love internationally. In the words of Kate herself: ’Let’s exchange the experience!’

‘Mandy Watson, the voice of Kate; she’s remarkable, a genuine gateway to Kate’s own sound while allowing just enough of her own engaging personality to peek through.’ The Latest

Tickets priced at £19, £17.50 conc. are on sale
Tickets are available from the Box Office open Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm, Saturday 10.30am – 2.30pm plus until show start on event days. Tickets can also be purchased on the booking hotline 0844 248 1588* or online at

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