Kate Bush Makes a Deal With Fans: No Photos

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 08.19.14 in News

A returning legend has joined the ranks of artists who ask fans not to hold up cameras at their live shows.

In March, Kate Bush announced her first tour dates in 35 years. With her “Before the Dawn” series set to kick off on August 26, the U.K. art-rock icon has issued a statement on her website asking fans not to take photographs or record video at the sold-out shows. In the note, she explains that she chose London’s “intimate” Hammersmith Apollo for a reason, adding, “I very much want to have contact with you as an audience, not with iPhones, iPads or cameras.”

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Savages and Jack White are among the acts prominently taking a stance against photos and video at their live shows. The issue can become a heated one: At a recent Peter Frampton show, the British rock veteran took a man’s phone and tossed it backstage, according to OnStage Magazine.

You can read Bush’s full statement below.

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Many thanks to everyone who sent such lovely wishes for my birthday. I had a wonderful day.
We’re all very excited about the upcoming shows and are working very hard in preparation. It’s going very well indeed.
I have a request for all of you who are coming to the shows:
We have purposefully chosen an intimate theatre setting rather than a large venue or stadium. It would mean a great deal to me if you would please refrain from taking photos or filming during the shows. I very much want to have contact with you as an audience, not with iphones, ipads or cameras. I know it’s a lot to ask but it would allow us to all share in the experience together.
Looking forward to seeing you there.
Respectfully yours, Kate.