Before the Dawn (unreleased footage of Kate Bush concert; 2014)
Before the Dawn was a 2014 concert residency performed at London's Hammersmith Apollo by British musician Kate Bush. Some of the performances were recorded with the intention of producing a concert film and a live album. While the live album was released in 2016, Bush decided not to release the concert film, meaning that none of the recorded video footage of the shows can currently be viewed.
Before the Dawn was Kate Bush's first live concert in 35 years, taking the form of a multimedia theatrical experience which utilised dance, puppets, 3D animations and magic tricks. The show proved immensely successful: tickets sold out in under 15 minutes and reviews were universally positive.
People attending the shows on September 16th and 17th were told that the venue's seating arrangements would be adjusted on those days so that the venue could "film the show for a DVD release", confirming that recordings of the show were planned to be made and sold.
The live CD was eventually released on November 25th, 2016, though there was no concert film to accompany it. In an interview with NME, Kate Bush confirmed that the show "was filmed" and "has been archived" but that no DVD would be released of it, claiming that "the CD is, in a way, much more representative of being at the shows than a DVD". When asked if she might ever release the DVD, she responded "There might be something at some point, but there’s certainly no plans at the moment. I want to very much move on and do something new".
It is unclear from Kate Bush's comments whether any of the concert film has been edited or if all that exists is the raw footage.
Viewable Show Assets
A video for the song "And Dream of Sheep (Live)" was released on November 21st, 2016 to advertise the CD. It uses footage that was filmed for the concert and got "projected onto a large oval screen which hung above the stage" during the performance. It contains none of the recorded footage from the concerts though.
- Kate Bush fansite which collates a lot of information about the concert and its reception. Retrieved 27 May '20
- Article from Smooth Radio confirming the announcement of a live DVD. Retrieved 27 May '20
- Amazon.com page for the Before the Dawn CD. Retrieved 27 May '20
- NME interview with Kate Bush about the lack of DVD release. Retrieved 27 May '20
- The video for "And Dream of Sheep (Live)" featuring material used in the concert. Retrieved 27 May '20