It's hard to imagine that Kate Bush will play 22 gigs at London Hammersmith Apollo without a snippet of footage making its way onto YouTube, but that is what the 56-year-old singer-songwriter has asked of her fans ahead of the landmark shows in the capital. Bush said it was "mean a great deal" if people did not use phones, tablets or cameras during the shows.

Kate BushKate Bush has asked fans to refrain from using mobile devices

Writing on her website, she said she was "very excited" about the shows and was "working very hard in preparation."

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She said: "I have a request for all of you who are coming to the shows. We have purposefully chosen an intimate theatre setting rather than a large venue or stadium. It would mean a great deal to me if you would please refrain from taking photos or filming during the shows.

"I very much want to have contact with you as an audience, not with iPhones, iPads or cameras. I know it's a lot to ask but it would allow us to all share in the experience together."

Kate BushKate Bush will play 22 shows in London

The London shows mark Kate Bush's return to the stage after three decades away. She effectively retired at the same venue after six weeks on the road in 1979. Just 20-years-old at the time, Bush completed her 'Tour of Life' trek in London after topping the charts with Wuthering Heights.

As the Guardian reports, she isn't the first musician to criticize gig-goers who want to document shows on their mobile devices. 

The Who frontman Roger Daltrey recently said: "I feel sorry for them, I really feel sorry for them. Looking at life through a screen and not being in the moment totally - if you're doing that, you're 50% there, right? It's weird. I find it weird."