Review: Kylie Minogue, Edinburgh Castle

There aren’t many pop stars whose career can span over 30 years and still manage to sell out consecutive nights at an 8,600-capacity venue – but then not every pop star has gained the same legendary status as Kylie Minogue.

And the 51-year-old proved how it’s done last night on the final night of her two-date showcase at Edinburgh Castle. For Edinburgh fans it had been a long time coming, as the Aussie superstar hadn’t performed in the Capital since 1991. As you’d expect, her return couldn’t have been more welcomed.

Fortunately for Kylie, a Monday night concert doesn’t hold back the crowds in Scotland and she even pointed out the tremendous amount of glitter adorning the faces of die-hard fans across the stadium.

She interacted a lot with the crowd, too, making it quickly very apparent that these fans had come from near and far to see the pop star, with some even travelling from her native Melbourne to catch her in action. Kylie even pointed out that she recognised some from her gig the night before.

But whether fans knew what to expect or not, Kylie’s show delivered hit after hit of fan favourites and electro-pop anthems, including 80s classics Especially For You, The Loco-Motion and Hand On Your Heart, plus Confide In Me and Better The Devil You Know from the 90s.

Of course, she also covered her more recent chart hits, including In Your Eyes, All The Lovers and even Kids, the song she dueted with Robbie Williams on. Robbie, of course, was not there and was replaced by her exceptional backing singers. David Bowie’s music also made a cameo as Kylie performed a mashup of her hit Slow with Bowie’s Fashion.

Speaking of fashion, it’s not just Kylie’s music that’s made her an icon. From her white ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’ hooded dress to her more flamboyant (and very fabulous) carnival-esque Showgirl costumes, the pop star’s outfits have become as recognisable as her hits.

Last night she delivered in style too, with jumpsuits, sparkly dresses and one stunning pink flowing gown that brought all the glitz and glamour you’d want at a Kylie concert.

She’s more than just a pop star, though, and it was quite apparent just how much the Aussie means to her Scottish fanbase. She looked visibly charmed as fan momentum meant endless clapping and cheering, with the hope that she’ll come back to the city sooner than before.

Words: Aimee Stanton

Photo: Danna Thomson

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