Back in March, when the tickets for Kate Bush's live shows went on sale, my friend Claire and I were both poised online to try and buy some. We agreed that in the unlikely event that one of us was successful, we'd let the other have a ticket.
The tickets sold out in a 15 minute frenzy, leaving many, many fans disappointed, and I am still amazed that I was one of the lucky ones.
So on Saturday, off we went to London for the gig of a lifetime.
we spent a couple of happy hours strolling around the Victoria and Albert Museum.
The cafe is a delightfully grand space.
It appears I only took photos of ceilings and lights... Oh well.
Art is not a mirror to reflect the world. Rather it is a hammer with which to shape it.
A meal; then on to the Apollo in Hammersmith for Before The Dawn.
Kate Bush is an artist I had never expected to see perform live, since she famously toured just once before, in 1979.
I am so, so delighted to have seen this concert; there are countless reviews available online, but I thought I would link to this one by Tracy Thorn, since Claire spotted her in the audience on Saturday night. (I didn't; typically, I was at the bar when she walked past.)
So did Before The Dawn live up to the hype?
Completely; it was wonderful, the best live performance I have ever seen.
Bush's voice is beautiful. The quality of musicianship, the imaginative staging, the story telling, the powerful and passionate music, all these elements guarantee that those who were there will never forget the experience. This was never going to be a Greatest Hits kind of gig; here is an artist who has always taken creative risks, and continues to do so.
Next day, we got back to Kings Cross/St Pancras in plenty of time before our train home, and sat in the sunshine enjoying the redevelopments in the area.
I'm still trying to discover my One Thing.
Railway architecture, both Victorian and modern. I love it.
I thought I should throw a frock in the mix - it's expected!
1970s Mackerness cotton maxi dress - Ebay
Denim jacket (sorry, I know it gets boring), shoes, necklace and bangles - charity shopped
Carpet bag - gift
Charlie - hand-me-down
So it's back to earth now; back to the routine, the day-to-day, the drill.
Some moments that I've had, some moments of pleasure.