Kate Bush has thanked fans for what they described as a "powerful, intimate" comeback tour. The legendary singer-songwriter took up residency at the Hammersmith Apollo for her Before the Dawn shows - her first live outings for 35 years and a return to the venue where she effectively retired in 1979.

Kate BushKate Bush sold 80,000 tickets in just 15 minutes back in March,

Writing on her official website, Bush said she could never have "dreamed of" the audience reception she received during the shows, saying that although it was "quite a surreal journey" to return to the stage, she did it to be close to her fans once more.

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"One of the main reasons for wanting to perform live again was to have contact with that audience," she wrote, "They took my breath away. Every single night they were so behind us. You could feel their support from the minute we walked on stage."

"I just never imagined it would be possible to connect with an audience on such a powerful and intimate level; to feel such, well quite frankly, love. It was like this at every single show.

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"Thank you so very much to everyone who came to the shows and became part of that shared experience. It was a truly special and wonderful feeling for all of us."

During an interview with the BBC earlier this month, Bush confirmed that it would be "a whole" before she sings in front of a crowd again, though has not ruled out the possibility of future dates - perhaps outside of London.

More than 80,000 tickets for the 22 shows at the Hammersmith Apollo sold out in less than 15 minutes after going on sale in March. 

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