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The Recorder – Kate Bush fans celebrate the most tormented day ever in Greenfield

GREENFIELD — With people around the world inspired by the music of Kate Bush, 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 Energy Park crowd have been performing Bush’s fluid dance moves since 1978; others learned the dance on Saturdays.

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

The Most Troubled Day Ever was kicked off in 2013 by the Shambush Group 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 spread across the world. This year, around 45 official events are taking place across Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East and North America.

Ryan Stratton, who recently moved to Greenfield, came to Energy Park on Saturday to discover 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 the COVID-19 shutdowns. 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,’ the teenagers would all come,” Guidaboni said. Kate Bush is enjoying a resurgence in popularity thanks 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, totaling around 100 people, most of the audience was made up of older women.

“Kate Bush’s resurgence is a win for the crackpots,” said Kelly Drew, a dancer from Greenfield. Most of the dancers in attendance wore red Bush-inspired outfits, but Drew went all out in his costume by wearing a flower that Bush wears in the video, along with green eyeshadow and bright red lipstick, mimicking Bush’s look.

Talbot explained that Bush has never performed in America before, so events like Energy Park are a chance for her fans to “come together 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 reached at 413-930-4579 or blevavi@recorder.com.

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