Kylie Minogue first started discussing her plans for an Anti-Tour many months ago on twitter. As part of her 25 anniversary celebrations she confirmed she was planning a series of intimate gigs where she would perform b-sides and rarities.
I knew then that these concerts would be something very special. It is virtually unheard of that a performer of her calibre would do such a thing. With this in mind you can imagine my excitement when we managed to pick up last minute tickets to her show at London’s Hammersmith Apollo.
We had standing tickets and arrived within reasonable time to secure a good place in the auditorium. The beauty of having Kylie perform in such a small venue is that there is no such thing as a bad view.
Despite the tickets claiming that there was no support act we were treated to a DJ set lasting over an hour. The DJ warmed up the crowd playing a mix of dance remix of gay anthems and a few Kylie tracks for good measure.
Miss Minogue herself took to the stage just after 8:30pm. Wearing a vintage Pam Hogg hat and a vintage Sigue Sigue Sputnik top the star looked relaxed and ready to party. This was a far cry from the usual feathers and sparkles that have become somewhat of a trademark of Kylie’s shows.
Backed by a band and three backing singers, Kylie took the crowd back through her career. Of course there were no big hits here, as the pop Princess exclaimed herself, “You won’t be hearing any La, La, La tonight!” We were however treated to fan favourites “Got to be certain” and “It’s no secret”.
As the show was full of songs that Kylie had not performed live for years (if at all) it was unsurprising that she was assisted by some lyric sheets. It was a unique experience to see her stripped back, we were able to concentrate on the most important thing – her voice. One of the highlights was “Give Me Just A Little More Time”. Kylie confessed that she had only decided to perform the song a couple of hours before and it was endearing to see her struggle with the words.
Personally I had been most excited about hearing some of my favourite Kylie songs being performed live. Songs like “Cherry Bomb”, “Disco Down”, and “Bittersweet Goodbye”. These were songs that I never thought I’d see her perform live. It was an experience I will cherish.