BLONDE KATE

After a show like the one we did last week in Bromsgrove, we desperately needed a show that went smoother. No slipping chairs, no ghosts to mess with our electronic devices and no surprise elements (no offense to the lovely newly engaged couple!). Even though the audience never knew, it was really, really hard work for us that night.

Our revenge night was last Saturday in the MillArts Centre in Banbury. I was a bit worried it might be another tough night; our own light engineer Zak is still on tour with Elvis Costello (just like last week), plus the June shows are split between regular backing vocalist Jerney and her dep Arianne. I have no doubt in the abilities of either of them, but it had been a while since Arianne has done one of our shows (she was at the show in Redhill last October). And as for myself: I had had three shows and a bunch of rehearsals and meetings in both Holland and the UK in only a couple of days and I was essentially knackered, despite (or maybe just because) the 12 hour sleep I managed to get the night before.

Due to some of the band members having some sort of stomach bug, I drove to the venue with sound engineer Ben and guitarist Liam (who was also suffering from not feeling great, but that was more of the self-inflicted kind). After our usual traffic jam delay near Birmingham, we arrived at the theatre slightly later than planned, where we received a warm welcome. We were soon joined by the rest of the band and our temporary light engineer James, for whom a theatre show like this is something completely different than what he normally does (which is lights at massive venues with lots of people, booze and drugs with bands like Massive Attack and Placebo).

The MillArts Centre has a flat floor theatre, which was quite comforting to me, the girl who falls off stages, the day after Dave Grohl broke his leg falling off a stage in Götenborg. And because of where the speakers were, I was basically restricted to the stage and the stairs in the middle of the audience.

Without any real or weird problems (other than one of the magic tricks I use during the show having disappeared), we could start the show. When I started singing Wow, I could feel the energy in the audience was so positive it had already made my day. Halfway through the song, I noticed a little girl on the second row singing along with me, and she continued to do so throughout the whole show! I had instantly decided she was going to get the yo-yo in the second set.

The show went by in what felt like a minute and a half, and when speaking to the audience afterwards, it was confirmed to me that that first song had instantly hit the audience. There were just too many lovely people to describe here… Some recurring faces, a couple of birthday girls, the young girl (who was the reason her parents were there), a lovely woman I had managed to get all emotional and so many more!

After it seemed everyone had gone, when I was still chatting with someone of the theatre, one of the volunteers signalled to me to silently follow her outside. I had no idea why, but it became clear very soon. A group of about ten people were still standing outside, listening to a 16-year old blonde girl with a clear voice singing Wuthering Heights. I joined them and when they noticed me, I danced to her singing.

After another chat it was finally time to pack up and go back to Liverpool. It was a good night.

Arianne practicing putting on her 'Lily' outfit

2 comments

  • Keith P

    Keith P

    I thought "Wow!" was a lovely way to open the show too - even better than "Moving", which is a beautiful song too.. My wife and I thought Banbury's performance was even better than when we saw the band in Windsor. Which is not something we were expecting as we enjoyed that show enormously. We're instant fans and are looking forward to seeing "Dreaming of Kate" in Bracknell next week too! Thanks to all.

    I thought "Wow!" was a lovely way to open the show too - even better than "Moving", which is a beautiful song too.. My wife and I thought Banbury's performance was even better than when we saw the band in Windsor. Which is not something we were expecting as we enjoyed that show enormously. We're instant fans and are looking forward to seeing "Dreaming of Kate" in Bracknell next week too! Thanks to all.

  • David G

    David G Banbury show

    I wasn't sure what to expect given the unique style of Kate Bush, but we thought the show, including the choreography, was excellent and we both agreed we would see the show next time it was in Banbury.

    I wasn't sure what to expect given the unique style of Kate Bush, but we thought the show, including the choreography, was excellent and we both agreed we would see the show next time it was in Banbury.

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