Review by Michael Hassman

Once upon a time there was a young man who fell in love with an australian car mechanic, but she chose to live her life with another man and his technicolour dream coat. So imagine my surprise that on the greatest day of the year, Brighton Pride: A day where the whole city comes together to stand in solidarity with our LGBTQ+ family, I finally get to see Kylie Minogue headlining the festival as a shining beacon of peace and love.

Kylie Minogue at Brighton Pride

The show started out strong, a stage illuminated in pink and thus the Ka Pow section began jumping straight into ‘Love at First Sight’, then leading wonderfully into ‘I Should Be So Lucky’. Music is such a powerful tool for nostalgia, taking me back to the simplicity of 80’s music videos. With these two songs I was captivated as were the crowd, alive with the energy that only such an outstanding legend can provide. The following songs kept the energy high, with fantastic choreography and wonderful crowd participation.

The first intermission was certainly interesting! A beautifully lit, triangular tuxedoed dancer strode up and down the stage before Kylie returned in a dress made by angels. The second part of the show was labelled Berlin Electro Love with songs fitting the theme tremendously; Certainly more sedated, but no less hypnotising including songs such as ‘Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi’ and ‘In Your Eyes’ (my personal favourite song of the section). The mellow electric vibes of the section could be felt in the atmosphere allowing for a moment of calm before the straight up fire that was about to ensue.

Intermission number three was called The Summer In Avalon. It was bright, bold and beautiful. Representing the colours of pride and getting the crowd ready for what can only be described as magic. The section started with ‘Slow’ that had intricate layerings of David Bowie’s ‘Fashion’ weaved into the fabric of the music. Wonderfully subtle and incredibly phenomenal. This was followed up with ‘Confide In Me’ which can only be described as hypnotic… and then it happened… the moment that made this amazing show transcend the heights of my expectations. ‘Kids’ with the crowd filling in for Robbie Williams’ parts and the show exploded. After the song ended, Kylie toasted the crowd. A toast to health, happiness and love which was the perfect summarisation of Pride. A time in our lives where we can reflect and become better people, a time that reminds us that love is so much stronger than hate.

To end the section Kylie sang ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’ starting with a beautifully haunting acoustic introduction and first verse, the crowd sang with her in a combined voice so powerful, I imagine you could hear those ‘La la la’s’ through all of Brighton.

The final section was the Wedding Disco starting with another beautiful intermission with a lovely pride twist. With this the sing-a-longs continued into ‘Especially For You’ which was shortly followed by a wonderful mega mix of her classics including ‘Better The Devil You Know’ and ‘Where The Wild Roses Grow’. There were rumours that Nick Cave would be joining her on stage tonight but alas, this was not the case.

Next was ‘The Loco-Motion’ and all of a sudden I was back in my living room dancing with my sister. It made me reflect on just how powerful a tool music truly is and just how impactful an artist like Kylie Minogue had been in my early life and just how lucky I was to experience this night. The songs continued and the crowd remained electric but the show was coming to a close and before I knew it, the park was alive with the sound of ‘All The Lovers’ – an exceptional ‘final’ song.

The encore was the perfect way to close off the night gifting us with a final two songs. Starting with ‘Dancing’ – a newer song that passed me by when it came out but a truly uplifting tune that once again got the crowd engaged and filled with life, leading to the last song of the night – ‘Spinning Around’, I don’t think she could have picked a better song. Again playing with the format of the song by creating the perfect funk fusion adding elements of Cheryl Lynn’s ‘Got To Be Real’ in to the music, a perfect end to a perfect evening and what I can only assume was a perfect European tour.

As the show came to a close and as Kylie said her goodbyes we were treated to a beautiful fireworks display closing out the day’s festivities. As I stood there watching the sky illuminate in a symphony of colours, I realised that this was not just a show, it was an experience. Seeing an artist impact every decade of my life and the others around me, I appreciated what had been witnessed today and it will be a night I will never forget.

Photo courtesy of A&P Artist Management

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