HUNDREDS of people dressed as Kate Bush from her music video for the song Wuthering Heights descended on a tricky, windy Dublin park on Saturday.
Wuthering Heights Day Dublin 2022 – aka The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever – took place at Fairview Park in the Irish capital, returning after a three-year hiatus due to Covid-19.
The event celebrates Bush’s 1978 debut single and sees fans recreate her dance from the clip while wearing equally striking red outfits.
Both song and dance were inspired by Emily Brontë’s 1847 novel Wuthering Heights, which chronicles the tumultuous relationship between Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw.
The event is one of many held annually around the world on July 30 – the birthday of Bush and Brontë.
The first such event, The Ultimate Kate Bush Experience, took place in Brighton in 2013, organized by theatrical dance group Shambush!
It has inspired other Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever events around the world including Ireland, Britain, USA, Australia, Germany and many more.
Saturday’s event in Dublin was organized by volunteers on a not-for-profit basis.
The €5 entry fee covered insurance and additional costs, with the remaining money going to Women’s Aid.
This year’s event raised €3,000 for the organisation, which has worked in Ireland to end domestic violence against women and children since 1974.
The day started at 1 p.m., with a band rehearsal, performance and picnic.
Written by Bush when she was just 18, Wuthering Heights reached No. 1 in several countries, including Britain and Ireland.
After a critically acclaimed career, the second-generation Irishwoman topped the charts in both countries for the second time earlier this year with Running Up That Hill.
Originally released in 1985, the song enjoyed a resurgence in popularity after being featured in the hit Netflix series, Stranger Things.