Kate Bush set to return to the stage for first time since 1979

Kate Bush is set to make a return to the stage after a 35 year-absence from touring. Credit: SJM Concerts

Singer Kate Bush is set to return to the stage around 35 years after announcing her retirement from touring.

The 55-year-old will perform in the 15-date tour, called Before The Dawn, at the Hammersmith Apollo in August.

Over the years her reappearances have been sporadic as various theories about her absence from the stage circulated.

Her perfectionism, a fear of flying and the death of tour crew member, lighting director Bill Duffield, during a show were all rumoured to be factors in her withdrawal from public life.

Bush became the first female singer to top the UK charts. Credit: PA Wire

However, Bush spoke of her desire to return to the stage in an interview with Mojo Magazine three years ago, saying she would love to play again before she became "too ancient".

She explained that her years of silence on the touring circuit were simply down to the sheer exertion of the ordeal.

Kate Bush receiving her CBE last year. Credit: PA Wire

She was 19-years-old when she became the first female singer to top the UK charts, with her single 'Wuthering Heights'.

The singer and songwriter was awarded a CBE for her services to music last year.

Tickets for the shows go on sale next Friday.