Some bands have countless tribute acts. Every town can, it seems, boast a facsimile Beatles and at least two Elvises. Many tribute acts are fan projects and only a handful make it big time. The Bootleg Beatles perhaps, Bjorn Again and the Australian Pink Floyd Show definitely. Most of the best ones help fill the void left by an artist who simply cannot be seen live any more.
For an artist to have made sufficient impact to inspire impersonators yet only ever conducted one major tour of their own is very rare. Now consider a performer so gifted and elusive that few even have the audacity to take on her work. Enter Kate Bush. Enter the remarkable Maaike Breijman.
Our idols' appeal so often comes from their uniqueness, their inimitability. Few are as special as Kate Bush, a woman who penned, in just a few hours, Wuthering Heights - one of the most memorable and iconic English pop songs of all time - when she was just 18 years old. Maaike Breijman may not possess that level of prodigious talent but her vocal and dance performances in the role of Kate Bush are nonetheless remarkably evocative and hugely accomplished. Breijman, who was just 2 years old when Bush's debut album The Kick Inside was released, has put together the 'Wow' show to celebrate the singer-songwriter's greatest works and most memorable dance routines.
Wow, A Celebration of the Music & Artistry of Kate Bush, opens at The Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool on 22nd February 2013, followed by shows in Bradford, Glasgow, Gateshead, Manchester, Leicester, Basingstoke, Llandudno, York and finally London's Shepherds Bush Empire on 10th March. We have tickets for all three dates available now, priced from £17.50 (for Llandudno), rising to £21.50 for London.
You can check out a clip of Maaike performing a couple of Kate's songs above.