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She Maaikes a great Kate.

Byline: ALAN POOLE

ALTHOUGH they have made her one of the most successful recording artists in history, only a fraction of Kate Bush's millions of fans have had the chance to see her perform live.

She only toured once (29 shows way back in the spring of 1979) which is a crying shame because, as Live At The Hammersmith Odeon proves, it was obviously a mesmerising experience.

But now they've got the chance to catch what sounds like the next best thing - Wow, A Celebration Of The Music & Artistry Of Kate Bush, which hits the road next month for a UK tour that includes Midland dates at Leicester's De Montfort Hall on Saturday, March 2 and Northampton's Derngate on Friday, March 8. Taking the central role is Maaike Breijman, a Dutch singer who shares the same July 30 birthday with Kate and, if the pictures are anything to go by, a startling resemblance.

The organisers are pitching for an authentic sound, producer Spike Beecham explaining: "It was important to me to treat this as if I was putting together a show for Kate Bush and our idea of what we believes he would have done with the songs she never performed live.

"We have an amazing live band, and have taken the elements of dance we found in videos and from footage of Kate's one and only tour and used these as a basis for some newly choreographed routines.

"We have also brought high production values to the show and will enhance Maaike's performance with video, lighting and set design, as well as providing a stunning vocal performance and elements of dance."

It certainly sounds an intriguing idea.

And if it's as good as they hope it is, perhaps it could develop into an act in its own right along the lines of The Australian Pink Floyd show.

ALAN POOLE

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Maaike Breijman as Kate Bush in the new show
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Date:Jan 25, 2013
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