January 20th marked the 40th anniversary of Kate Bush’s debut single, “Wuthering Heights”. The artist herself was able to mark the landmark pop culture moment by writing an epitaph to Emily Brontë, author of the book on which the song is based, as part of the Bradford Literature Festival early this month. But Bush’s fans recently celebrated in their own way by holding what they dubbed, The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever.
Organized by Bush fans across the world, the events saw hundreds of fans in different international cities recreating the iconic “Wuthering Heights” music video. Fans in Berlin, Melbourne, San Francisco, Dublin, Gothenburg, and more all gathered in public spaces on July 14th dressed in their best approximation of Bush’s red dress and performed the airy choreography.
“It was a tremendous day. There was a lot of drama and expressive moves. We had professional dancers at the front doing the routine although there were a lot of hardcore fans who clearly knew the moves anyway. It’s never been done before in the north of England so I thought wow, if we could pull this off and do it, what a memorable thing to be a part of.”
Check out footage and pictures from some of the Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever meet ups below.
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Sound on! Yesterday's dance practice for #mostwutheringheightsdayever or me leading a wonderful new cult? Either way, it is magical! We shall twirl joyously forever! Much love and thanks to the thousands of Cathys, and to Kat Brandenberger for organising everything for such a beautiful day! Thanks to @owen_minogue for the video so I could regram! @gogoacademy instructing 1000’s of Cathy’s through the dance moves to @katebushmusic’s classic ‘Wuthering Heights’ for the annual “Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever” ❤💃❤💃❤💃❤💃❤💃❤💃❤💃❤💃❤💃❤💃❤💃 #Melbourne #Fitzroy #WutheringHeightsDay #KateBush #Cathys #MassDanceOff #WutheringHeights #MWHDE18 #MelbournesMostWuthering – #regrann #massdancemaster #annagogo #massdance #love #joy #enjoyyourlife ❤ @melbournemostwuthering @katbrandenberger
And here’s Bush’s original video:
The piece Bush penned in honor of Brontë became one of four works engraved onto stones and placed along the route between the author’s birthplace in Thornton, England and the Brontë family home in Haworth, Yorkshire.