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Kate Bush punctuates sold-out tour with two Q Award nods (Updated)

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UPDATE: Bush sold out her 22 London shows in less than 15 minutes, but she’s not just popular with her fans – she’s also a critical success. The Q Awards, the U.K.’s annual music awards, announced this year’s honorees Tuesday and Bush scored two nods, one for Best Live Act and the other for Best Act in the World Today.

ORIGINAL STORY: Kate Bush is returning to the stage after a 35-year hiatus, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be able to see the English singer live: Tickets to her 22 U.K. shows sold out in less than 15 minutes, according to NPR.

Bush toured for nearly two months in the ’70s before unofficially retiring from the live scene in 1979. She announced a return to the stage in March, and is currently following through on it with a string of 22 shows at London’s Hammersmith Apollo that kicked off Aug. 26.

NPR’s Christopher Werth got to attend one of the shows, and though he couldn’t record inside the venue, he gave listeners an idea of what was inside: “I can tell you there was a shipwreck, a lot of moving stage sets, and an entire race of fish people,” Werth said on Morning Edition. ”Kate even turns into a bird at one point.”

After releasing “Wuthering Heights” in 1978, Bush became the first woman to top the U.K. charts with a self-written song. Despite not touring, she continued to have a successful career—at the moment, she has 11 albums on the U.K. Top 100.