Kate Bush will play more than 20 shows during her comeback tour later this year.

The Hounds of Love singer last performed in 1979, but has confirmed she will play 22 nights at Hammersmith's Eventim Apollo in London starting in August.

"I am delighted to announce that we will be performing some live shows this coming August and September," Bush wrote on her official website.

"I hope you will be able to join us and I look forward to seeing you there."


Due to pre-sale demand, seven shows were added to the original tour dates.

A press release confirming the news read: "Kate decided to add the extra shows in a bid to make sure as many people who wish to see a show can do so.

"This follows massive pre-sale demand from fans who had pre-registered on www.katebush.com; a specific allocation of tickets was reserved for this purpose and these sold-out in 30 minutes."

The 55-year-old pop singer said several years ago that she hoped to return to the concert stage before she becomes "too ancient" to carry it off. She had toured in her 20s but stopped at an early age, later saying it had become physically exhausting.

The singer has largely stayed out of the public eye for decades but has released occasional new material.

Bush's Before the Dawn tour starts on August 26 and runs until October 1.