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The Recorder – Kate Bush fans celebrate The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever in Greenfield

Published: 7/31/2022 11:51:45 PM

Modified: 7/31/2022 11:48:35 PM

GREENFIELD — With people around the world being inspired by Kate Bush’s music, a group of fans gathered at Energy Park on Saturday to celebrate her work.

July 30, the British singer-songwriter’s birthday, is an international day called The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever. Fans gather in select cities to perform the dance from Bush’s 1978 music video for “Wuthering Heights,” in which she wears all red.

Some in the crowd at Energy Park have been doing Bush’s flowing dance moves since 1978; others learned the dance on Saturday.

“I was 18 years old when the video first came out. I’ve done the dance since I first saw it,” said Juniper Talbot, a dancer from West Cummington. She performed the dance on stage while others in the crowd practiced.

The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever was started in 2013 by the group Shambush in Brighton UK, where they attempted to break the world record for the most people dressed as Bush in one place. Since 2013, the event has expanded across the world. This year, there are around 45 official endorsed events happening throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East and North America.

Ryan Stratton, who recently moved to Greenfield, came to Energy Park on Saturday as a way to experience his new city.

“I first saw the video my freshman year of college in 2007,” he noted.

Claira Guidaboni, a student at Turners Falls High School, first saw Bush’s video during COVID-19 lockdowns. As soon as she saw the video, she memorized the dance by playing it on her television screen.

“I thought when everyone heard the song on ‘Stranger Things,’ teens would all come,” Guidaboni said. Kate Bush is experiencing a resurgence of popularity due to TikTok and the popular Netflix show that featured her song, “Running Up That Hill.”

While Saturday’s event drew more dancers than Greenfield’s celebration in 2019, adding up to about 100 people, most of the audience consisted of older women.

“The Kate Bush resurgence is a win for the weirdos,” said Kelly Drew, a dancer from Greenfield. Most of the dancers in attendance wore red outfits inspired by Bush, but Drew went all out in her costume by wearing a flower that Bush is seen wearing in the video, plus green eyeshadow and bright red lipstick, emulating Bush’s look.

Talbot explained Bush has never played a concert in America, so events like the one at Energy Park serves as her fans’ opportunity to “gather and applaud what she has given us.”

The event raised enough money to rent Energy Park for the day, plus an additional $250 that will be donated to Planned Parenthood.

Bella Levavi can be contacted at 413-930-4579 or blevavi@recorder.com.

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