She’s long been been the toast of UK pop, but Kylie Minogue put to bed any fears that she is a spent force, with an “astounding” performance in front of 3000 people at the iTunes festival at London’s Roundhouse in Camden.
Although clearly it helps to have huge fans reviewing your show.
Minogue delivered a 90-minute set of her hits accompanied by a slick iTunes festival backscreen and light show a conveyor belt of sexy dancers in provocative outfits (one of which made the unfortunate Colombian cycling team’s kit look prudish).
Fans and reviewers were left breathless – literally and figuratively: “A collective gasp from the audience erupted as a stunning laser light show transformed the Roundhouse into a nightclub during On A Night Like This. Simply astounding,” said an entranced Michael Pell for MTV.co.uk.
Not unexpectedly, the 46-year-old pop princess started the show pouting and horizontal, wearing a short burgundy-coloured shiny PVC dress and feathered head-dress. She was lying on a bright red sofa shaped like a pair of lips. She began on Les Sex, from her 2014 album Kiss Me Once, which made No.1 here and No.2 in the UK without shifting big numbers.
“For whatever reason, Kylie’s 12th studio album failed to set the charts alight. It certainly hasn’t been down to content,” gushed Adam Miller, for entertainmentwise.com. “But even if she can’t shift albums she can still shift tickets … and last night’s electrifying show proved exactly why.”
Miller was just getting going: “While her over 40s peers continue to desperately chase the charts, Kylie remains ahead of the game by simply being Kylie and last night’s specatcle [sic] really was a masterclass in pop perfection.”
Miller’s favourites were obviously unforgettable: “Classics including Love At First Sight, Wow, Can’t Get You Out Of My Head and our personal favourite, Slow, had the entire room in hysterics.” We know what you mean.
MTV’s Pell did find one very minor fault: “Other than the unnecessary five outfit changes, which was just time that could have been put to better use, Kylie couldn’t really have put a foot wrong”.
Miller made it crystal clear what he thinks of the younger brigade of female pop stars: “You don’t catch Kylie in her 40s stripping off to brag about her ‘Booty’ and neither does she need to rely on guest spots from whatever young rapper is the flavour of month for us to stay interested.” Ouch.
Pell helpfully pointed out the historical relevance of Minogue’s closer in this particular venue: “Paying homage to the Roundhouse’s original use as a railway engine shed, she ended her set where it all began with The Loco-Motion in a proper pinch yourself moment!”
Kylie’s glowing reviews have only been helped by the iTunes machine plugging her show hard in the past 12 hours. You can watch it here.