Kate Bush fans at Sydney Park make The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever

Burton said the event attracted people from all walks of life as they, “and sometimes their pets, dress head to foot in red and gather in their shared appreciation of good music and a good time”.

Attendee Kate Hancock recalled watching the music video for Wuthering Heights as a little girl and “just absolutely loving it”.

“For me, it’s quite nostalgic,” she said. “It’s a pretty special song. I just remember looking at the red dress and loving it.”

Hancock, from Marrickville, said she was impressed by the number of people who had shown up in red dresses.

“It takes a bit of courage to get dressed up, particularly a lot of men,” she said. “I mean, the men look amazing with their big beards. I’m impressed.”

Sporting a black wig, red dress and stubbly beard, Damian McNeil was the spitting image of Bush as he spun around on the muddy ground, arms waving wildly in unison with the hundreds of other Cathys.


McNeil, a teacher from Engadine, said he had waited three years to attend the event with his colleagues.

“I was a big fan of the song,” he said. “As you get older, you become more nostalgic about what was in your past.”

Jackie Lloyd was also keen to perform the exuberant choreography in costume despite having a broken femur, which meant she used a cane.

“I’ve had a rod put in so this is the first time I’ve done exercise without a cane,” she said.

A fan of Bronte’s novel, Lloyd from Miranda, said she loved Bush’s song “and the silly dancing”.

“I always thought she was ridiculous and I loved that about her.”


Bush has enjoyed a resurgence this year thanks to the Netflix series Stranger Thingswhich features her song Running Up That Hillpropelling it to the top of the charts.

Burton said this year’s event had attracted a “new bunch of Cathys who have caught the Stranger Things bug too as well as the usual suspects”.

“The world is better with more Kate Bush fans in it,” she said. “The ’80s was a golden time for creative expression and the arts, especially music like punk, pop and new romantic.”

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