Reclusive singer Kate Bush has thanked her fans and confessed she is "overwhelmed" after selling out her 22 comeback concerts in less than 15 minutes.

The Wuthering Heights hitmaker, who has not toured since 1979, announced earlier this month (Mar14) that she would be playing a residency at London's Hammersmith Apollo from August (14) through to October (14).

Tickets for the shows went on sale online on Friday (28Mar14) and all 77,000 were snapped up in less than 15 minutes.

Reacting to news of the lightning-quick sales, Bush says, "I'm completely overwhelmed by the response to the shows. Thank you so much to everyone. Looking forward to seeing you all later this year."

Bush begins her 22-night run on 26 August (14).