The Recorder – Greenfield’s The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever is part of a global phenomenon

Published: 07/27/2022 14:12:15

In 2019, Kate Bush fanatics traveled to Greenfield from all over the Northeast to celebrate their work on The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever; it will happen again this Saturday at Energy Park.

“It’s a beautiful time to gather with others in the spirit of greatness and Kate Bush,” said Désirée Lowit, one of the organizers of the event.

Bush is a British singer-songwriter who rose to prominence in the late 1970s. In 1978, at the age of 18, Bush released her debut single “Wuthering Heights” and became the first female artist in the UK to have an original song reach number one on the charts. She published one iconic video dancing to the song wearing all red.

This event, along with other events around the world, will celebrate this song with a hundred or more people performing their dance and dressing up like Bush in the video.

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

The dance starts at 5:30 p.m. in the Energy Park. The organizers set aside an hour to teach and practice the dance. The actual performance begins at 6:45 p.m.

“No one needs to know the dance. It’s very much in the spirit of Kate Bush wearing red and dancing,” Lowit explained.

The dance is not an easy task as it mainly consists of flowing arm movements. Vanessa Brewster, another organizer of the event, named each dance move with descriptions or lyrics to help memorize each move from the video.

Entry costs a suggested $5. This covers the price of reserving the Energy Park for the event, any additional funds raised will be donated to Planned Parenthood.

Looky Here, a gallery a block down from Energy Park, is sponsoring the day. 10Forward, a dance club also in the area, is hosting an after party.

10Forward will perform The Kate Bush Factor documentary and Loculus Dance Collective will perform a dance at the after party. Acts from touring bands and DJs follow. There is no entry fee for disguised persons.

In 2019, people from New York and Boston traveled to the Greenfield event because it was the only one held in the Northeast, according to Sarah Lynn Delano, owner of 10Forward. This year, the next event will be held in Philadelphia, so travelers are expected to come this time as well.

Bush has gained popularity because her song “Running Up That Hill” is featured in the new season of the popular Netflix series Stranger Things. The song then trended on TikTok and started a resurgence of interest in her music. This newfound interest is sure to have an impact on the number of people dancing this year.

Lowit explained that listening to “Wuthering Heights” repeatedly while coping with a breakup brought a new meaning and love to Bush and the song. Everyone has a different association with the 1978 hit, but everyone will be dancing together this Saturday.

Bella Levavi can be reached at 413-930-4579 or [email protected]

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