Rated 4 out of
Quirky, eerie, authentic – a joy for super fans
After the Ziggy Stardust gig, I had fairly high expectations from the new Immersive Music concept, and even though I wasn't a super Kate Bush fan, I got some tickets and brought a few friends along. One of them was actually quite a big fan so it was interesting to see her reaction.
The characters at the venue were brilliant in their creepy, weird and hilarious roles, I loved the hula girl and her antics..! I'm glad I wasn't quizzed any trivia as I knew very little of the album, it was quite embarrassing to stand in the karaoke booth (one of the best immersive bits that got me in the spontaneous mindset – which is really key at these events) and not know the lyrics to Wuthering Heights..! Especially when one of the band members was singing with us..!
The food was a nice touch as I hadn't had dinner – the outdoor area could've used a few heaters! Brrr! The vibe was generally more relaxed than the Ziggy gig (sorry for constant comparison!), people were chatting a lot and chilling downstairs, where a guy was playing really cool renditions of Kate Bush songs (so I was told!) on equipment that were definitely not around in the 80s. Otherwise it felt like an authentic 80s low tech gig venue atmosphere, reminded me of the small-town gigs I used to go to back in the day (big names, small venues). Maybe a little bit too low tech at points, I thought the lighting could've been improved.
Until the band came on, I hadn't really had any moments where I felt connected to the event, but there's something about a live band that just snaps you in place and suddenly you're no longer 'at a gig', but your experiencing the artist's music and I have to say, the fact that each song was played in the exact order which Kate put them on the album, made it even more important. I suddenly 'got' what the company is trying to do, an experience we no longer can have (like Bowie) or something the original artist has never done. I was blown away by the vocals and the skills of Cloudbusting, my friend said that at some points it was better than the real thing! They were totally in the zone and it was clear these people live to perform Kate's songs. So much passion and love for the music.
I was on the dance floor all night and even stayed for the greatest hits at the end, singing along to Wuthering Heights like a fan, among the super fans who I couldn't stop looking at – they were absolutely in some kind of Kate nirvana. Men in the 60s singing and dancing, filming their wives dressed as Kate was priceless. Oh yeah, it was weird to see phones and cameras being used as I've been used to having them taken off me at Secret cinema!
All in all it was great fun, the people made it totally worthwhile, I'm hoping they'll do an album which I can attend as a super fan too and get the full nine yards experience.
Date published: 2017-05-02