Out on the wiley, windy moors of…ummm…Grant Park, something particularly English will be happening on July 14. The third annual “Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever” will see fans of iconic British musician Kate Bush don read dresses to recreate the music video for her most famous song.
More than 20 cities around the world partake in this bit of fun, and 2018 is particularly special since it’s the 40th anniversary of the tune, which was inspired by Emily Bronte’s novel of obsessive love.
The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 8:30 a.m. and a practice session will happen at 9:30 a.m. (there are numerous videos on YouTube to help you get started on the choreography, as well). The official dance begins at 10:30 a.m. Red dresses are encouraged and all ages, genders and abilities are welcome to take part.
The idea for the performance art came from Intown resident Kim Manning, a former DJ at Georgia State University’s Album 88, who is a fan of Bush’s music. Manning spotted a number of videos on YouTube showing similar recreations of Bush’s music video in the UK, Australia and other parts of the world.
“Atlanta is kind of a nerdy town and people like to dress up and be goofy,” Manning said. “After seeing the videos online, I thought we should try and do it here.”
Kate Bush shot to stardom as a teenager in 1978 upon the release of “Wuthering Heights” and went on to release avant grade albums through the 80s, 90s and 00s. Her most well-known album, “Hounds of Love,” spawned her only hit single in the US, “Running Up That Hill.” Her song “This Woman’s Work” was featured in John Hughes’ “She’s Having A Baby” and later became a hit for Maxwell. After only a handful of live performances over the past 35 years, Bush put on a 22-night residency in London in late 2014 that sold out in seconds and received rapturous reviews.
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