Kate Bush fans from around Queenstown will be dusting off their dancing shoes and flowing red dresses next Saturday for ‘The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever’.
The annual global event sees participants come together as a flash mob to recreate Bush’s iconic red outfit and choreography from her 1987 Wuthering Heights’ music video.
While a first for Queenstown, the event’s been a yearly fixture across the world after UK-based Shambush! Theatre Company first organised hundreds of people to impersonate Bush at Brighton Fringe Festival in 2013.
Then, in ’16, Berlin-based Bush fan Samantha Wareing created ‘The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever’ as a collective global event.
Queenstowner Jane McLeod decided to organise a local event after watching a Dunedin celebration last year.
‘‘This year, I couldn’t see why I would drive eight hours just to do a dance … and I thought, ‘right, I’ll just do it here’.
‘‘Queenstown is a great place to wuther.’’
This year, the event is extra special as it falls on Bush’s birthday, which McLeod says is ‘‘serendipitous’’.
A long-time fan of the singer, McLeod says the flash mob’s all about fun.
All that’s required of people is to check out the routine online, turn up in a red dress, and be ready to embody their inner ‘Cathy’ on the ‘‘moors’’ of Frankton.
‘‘I think that it should be an annual thing, and the more the merrier — it’s about joy and
Choreo instructions are on the event’s Facebook page, but McLeod will be on hand on the day to guide people.
The flash mob’s being held at Remarkables Market at 11am this coming Saturday — any koha on the day will go to Women’s Refuge.
For more info, and dance instructions, visit bit.ly/3O9u20v