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Kylie makes a splash at Burswood
Kylie Minogue departs Perth bound for Hong Kong.

Kylie Minogue’s first Perth show in five years was worth the wait for 13,000 fans at Burswood Dome last night.

The most lavish tour of the pop princess’ career finally came to town for the final and biggest Australian gig of her Aphrodite: Les Folies world tour.

The Greek-themed show played more like Cirque du Kylie than your standard pop concert with barely dressed dancers and aerialists, massive props and even fountains that shot water from the stage. Lots and lots of water.

The $25 million production featured a central "splash zone" for a few hundred fans happy to part with $400 and get wet.

The 43-year-old superstar arrived in a giant gold clam shell – a tribute to Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus, the Roman equivalent of Aphrodite – before cavorting with Trojan warriors, riding a giant Pegasus statue and then a chariot pulled by four muscle-bound male dancers.

Despite her diminutive stature, Minogue, adorned in a series of outfits designed especially for her by Dolce & Gabbana, kept our focus within the extravagant staging.

There were songs, too, mostly Euro-pop numbers drawn from last year’s Aphrodite album and her golden run since Spinning Around in those short shorts at the start of the millennium.

Early favourites included the high-energy Wow, 1991 hit What Do I Have to Do? and the sultry renditions of Slow and Confide in Me.


"It's been a while since I've been here but all you need to know is that I love you," Minogue told her adoring fans.

Since kicking off in Europe in February and then going around the globe, Aphrodite has been a nice little Grecian earner for the pop star and is tipped by many to be her final major concert tour.

Minogue is working on a musical based on her 24-year pop career and has spoken about doing stripped-back performances at smaller venues.

One thing is certain; the former Neighbours star will have a very tough time topping this spectacular.

The Aphrodite tour continues through South-East Asia and South Africa until next month.

Photo: Lincoln Baker

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