Entering the stage draped over a giant pair of neon lips, Kylie Minogue kicked off her Kiss Me Once tour as she meant to go on.
Now on her 14th stadium tour, Kylie’s opening night at the O2 was polished, slick and finely tuned.
Perhaps tellingly, Kiss Me Once featured only six songs from her latest cut, relying on the rest of her impressive back catalogue to get the crowd on its feet (which she succeeded in doing by second song, 2007’s In My Arms). What we got instead played out more like a Greatest Hits tour, satisfying both old and new fans alike.
Surprisingly, the staging for an arena the size was relatively sparse, while the pop princess delivered only the most basic of steps alongside her handful of backing dancers. Somehow, this worked well – and it’s a testament to Kylie that she managed to hold an audience as big as the O2 in the palm of her hand without much else supporting her.
In fact, there was no reliance on gimmicks, provocative antics or shock tactics throughout the set – when a back catalogue is this infectious, there really isn’t any need.
Can’t Get You Out Of My Head, Spinning Around, Wow, and Love At First Sight kept the crowd on their feet, while Slow, All The Lovers, and an impressive falsetto at the end of Your Disco Needs You proved her live vocals remained on point.
The only cover of the night came in the form of INXS’ Need You Tonight – a provocative tribute to former flame, the late Michael Hutchence.
Rather than ignore her bubblegum pop beginnings, Kylie thoroughly embraced it. Her rendition of ‘I Should Be So Lucky’ while sitting in a bubble bath surrounded by topless men in pink towels was unapologetically camp – and lapped up by the crowd.
At 46, Kylie still showed no signs of a desire to cover up anytime soon – showing off her perfect pins and age defying body in an array of skimpy outfits throughout the show.
Unlike her younger female counterparts, however, Kylie’s look managed to stay on the right side of mischievous, rather than smutty.
Sweet, sexy, and as ever with Kylie, a little cheeky. The two-hour set sped by, leaving fans more than satisfied. She’s still got it, does our Kylie.