It’s hard to believe Kylie Minogue is celebrating her 26th year in the industry. Still residing as music’s forever-current pop princess, this disco diva sashayed her way to Dublin’s 3Arena on Saturday with her Kiss Me Once tour in tow. While not the overly camp-tastic event like her previous live offerings, this certainly didn’t disappoint on any front.
Opening the show, a sea of blue haze descended on the stage as Kylie made her dramatic entrance riding a pair of red-hot lips, surrounded by quirky dancers and belting out her cheeky album track Les Sex in a suitably flirtatious ensemble. It set the tone nicely for the night as the Australian songstress seamlessly raced through selections from her illustrious discography and seductively strutted around her catwalk in signature glitzy costumes.
Highlight performances included a powerful and laser soaked rendition of On A Night Like This, an emotional All The Lovers which saw couples immediately embrace in the crowd, and the gleefully cheeky I Should Be So Lucky; which was re-enacted in the now iconic bathtub from her nostalgic video. Each section was beautifully rendered in front of a huge screen showcasing a litany colour-pop images and vivacious graphics. Props were sparse on this tour as Minogue instead opted for theatrical light shows and a single scaffolding-like structure at the back of the stage (sorry, no water fountains this time around!) It was stripped back Kylie but still a treat for the senses nonetheless.
The most surprising thing about the concert though was Ms. Minogue’s vocals. Honestly my expectations were low, expecting an auto-tuned extravaganza but Kylie could certainly belt it out and with considerable aplomb too. This was most apparent in her vastly underrated Euro pop anthem Your Disco Needs You, hitting every single one of the song’s operatic high notes.
Kylie commands the stage so beautifully too, and knows how to bring the crowd into her world. Whether leading the audience in an a cappella version of Can’t Get You Out Of My Head or coyly asking if we’ll do the Locomotion with her, Kylie is a pro like no other. She took ample time to address her adoring fans as well, reading signs, singing happy birthday to one star-struck girl and even delivering a rather impressive impromptu version of Tears On My Pillow at another fan’s request. It was a mesmerizing and spellbinding experience to say the least.
As the concert came to a close, Kylie remarked that the night had gone so quickly… and it had. Two hours, 24 songs and 7 costume changes later I left the 3Arena charged and elated. If I had any gripe with the show it was that it was perhaps too perfect, in that annoying interview ‘what is your greatest weakness’ kind of way. Every section was flawless from routines to vocals. Even the stock platitudes were delivered at all the right times as Kylie beamed at her crowd announcing her love for our fair city. But that was it. In essence, the music maven has just become so good at what she does, it is apparent on stage. Nevertheless, the Kiss Me Once concert was certainly a resounding success in my eyes and left me wondering how much better Kylie Minogue can still get.
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