Review: Kylie Minogue wow Belfast as rhinestone cowboy

Kylie was performing at the SSE Arena in Belfast
Jane Hardy

Yee-haw's the only possible reaction to Kylie Minogue's rescheduled Golden Tour gig that packed out the SSE Arena last night. 

Some in the audience cleverly wore Stetsons. Her on-trend country music tendency fired up the first section which borrowed from Ms Minogue's most recent album, Golden.

Arriving onstage in glam pink, this diminutive Dolly Parton produced some disco pop with a country twist. Vocally, she seemed to be a bit Stateside. Numbers like the title track examine the usual heartbreak and disasters but remain poppy, even upbeat, because Kylie isn't a woman to mess with a winning formula. 

Of course Ms Minogue, now implausibly 50, ran through the different stages in her career. The outfits changed too and in the course of a wide-ranging setlist, we got post-Neighbours girly outfit Kylie, and even experimental Kylie. The latter popped up in the famous early '90s murder ballad Where the Wild Roses Grow, originally performed with fellow Australian rock star Nick Cave. Even without him, it chilled the auditorium as she propped up the bar in serious rhinestone decorated boots.

To the disappointment of some, there was no hotpants Kylie but we got music from the era, including arguably her most famous no 1 (and she's had 7 while selling over 10 million singles in the UK) Can't Get you Outta My Head.

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