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Kylie, review

Georgina Hague witnesses pop perfection at the MEN Arena

Written by . Published on April 6th 2011.

Kylie, review

IT’S the ultimate pop occasion– Saturday night out with Kylie.

Ms Minogue’s Aphrodite: Les Follies tour rolled into the city this weekend, like a glittery juggernaut with a budget the size of China.

Not a bad launch-pad for support act The Ultra Girls, either, with their sassy style and strong stage presence. The girls were the perfect warm up act for Minogue, getting the crowd geared up with songs from their forthcoming album plus a fun mash up of Blur’s ‘Song 2’ and Pink’s’ ‘Get the Party Started.’ It’s hard to believe these girls were knocked out of X Factor by Jedward. One to keep an eye out for.

Then it was time for the spectacular main show, which started with the big reveal – an elaborate stage set with a Grecian theme, complete with scantily clad men, who were lowered from the ceiling on drapes, Cirque du Solei-style.

Then it was time for Kylie to appear, dressed as a mythical Greek goddess from a golden sea shell, belting out Aphrodite. It’s easy to see why, even after 25 years, Kylie is still pop royalty.

As well as songs from the ‘Aphrodite’ album, Kylie has plenty of crowd pleasers in her locker, including ‘Spinning Around’, Stock Aitken and Waterman-penned ‘What Do I Have To Do?’ and the dark, more credible ‘Confide in Me.’

There were plenty of twists on classics – such as a jazzy version of ‘Slow’ – and an inspired cover of Eurythmics’ ‘Looking for an Angel’, accompanied by another man suspended from the ceiling, this time wearing a big set of wings.

After a mellow mid-section, it was time to bring out the big guns and the belting “Better the Devil You Know”, which ramped the crowd up to whatever comes above fever pitch.

The show came to an almighty climax, featuring synchronised swimmers, fountains of water exploding from the stage into the crowd and, in there somewhere, Kylie singing ‘All the Lovers.’ A blockbuster ending.

Pop isn’t always cool, but it should be fun – and that’s what Kylie delivered with her latest show. There was plenty of glitz and glamour, right down to the, Dolce & Gabbana-designed stage costumes.

Kylie’s still worth the ticket price alone. Wow, Wow, Wow.

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Anthony HowarthApril 5th 2011.

I can't Freaking wait!!!

andyApril 5th 2011.

this was fantastice

AnonymousApril 5th 2011.

I have to admit to be a very sad person who got so drunk before the concert I can't remember much of it. My stepdaughter paid for it for Mother's Day but then plied me with drink and to my shame I couldn't remember much of it and had to ask her if it was a good concert!

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