Kate Bush’s birthday was celebrated on Saturday, and when we say “celebrated,” we’re not kidding. Because across the world – from Uppsala in Sweden to Dunedin on New Zealand’s South Island – fans have come together for the annual event known as The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever.
Wuthering Heights’ Biggest Day was originally inspired by an event held at the Brighton Fringe Festival in 2013, and has grown into an international event, as “Cathys” gathers in parks and squares around the world, dressed as Bush was in the second of two videos shot to accompany the release of the first single The Wuthering Heights in 1978 (in the first video, she was dressed in white rather than red).
This year’s festivities have been given an added boost by the extraordinary upsurge in interest in Bush’s Run up that hill since its appearance in the culminating episode of the current series of stranger things, with many celebrants following the traditional choreographed performance of The Wuthering Heights with a real race on a real hill.
While the most tormented day ever is a time to celebrate hitmaker Bush’s wizarding genius, there’s a serious side to all the shenanigans.
“The Wuthering Sisterhood donates many volunteer hours in their hometowns to bring something joyful to their own communities, often raising money for local women’s causes,” says Samantha, organizer of the Berlin event.
The event proved particularly popular in Australia, where Bush’s birthday was celebrated in Adelaide, Bega Valley, Blue Mountains, Brisbane, Bunbury, Cairns, Canberra, Frankston, Fremantle, Gippsland, Gold Coast, Hobart, Lanunceston , Mona Vale, Newcastle, Sydney. and Warrnambool.
We’ve embedded various cheery highlights from The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever from around the world below.