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Kiss Me Once Tour

The Kiss Me Once Tour was the fourteenth concert tour by Australian singer Kylie Minogue, launched in 2014 to promote her twelfth studio album Kiss Me Once
Kiss Me Once Tour
Kiss Me Once Tour
Tour by Kylie Minogue
Associated album Kiss Me Once
Start date 24 September 2014
End date 18 July 2015
Legs 3
Shows 36 in Europe
5 in Australia
1 in Asia
42 in Total
Kylie Minogue tour chronology
Anti Tour
(2012)
Kiss Me Once Tour
(2014-15)
Kylie Summer 2015 square
(2015)

The "Kiss Me Once Tour" is the fourteenth concert tour by Kylie Minogue, in support of her twelfth studio album, Kiss Me Once (2014). The tour began on 24 September 2014 in the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. The first leg compromises of shows in Europe, including a performance at the iTunes Festival. In March 2015, the show moved to Australia. At the end of 2014, the tour placed 96th on Pollstar's "Top 100 Worldwide Tours", earning $17 million from 28 shows in Europe.

Background Edit

In July 2013, Kylie confirmed the plans for an upcoming tour on Twitter, in response to an article in The Mirror's 3am column. After the confirmation there was a rumour Kylie would perform in Malakasa, Greece. Thereafter, it was finally followed by the announcement for the official Kiss Me Once Tour dates for the European leg, with rehearsals starting around late March. On 30 June, The Voice Australia confirmed tour dates for her Australian leg. In August, a mini concert was held at Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel in Ibiza, Spain, serving as a testing event before the tour had officially got started. It featured seven songs, all of them also performed later on in the tour itself. On 8 September, Kylie started teasing fans by posting photos from rehearsals at her official website as well as her official accounts on social networks like Twitter and Instagram.

First details about the tour were announced around one month before tour started, during launch promotion of Glacéau Smartwater, of which Kylie is the official ambassador; also the crew members were announced, on 13 September, including Kylie's longtime partners creative director William Baker, musical director Steve Anderson, and choreographer Ashley Wallen, the latter previously had served as a dancer in Kylie's 1998 Intimate & Live Tour. In the days leading to the first show, it was announced there would be six songs performed from Kiss Me Once, a further 18 songs from the rest of her career (including a "medley or two" and an entire section consisting solely of some of her 80's hits), plus an "unexpected cover", which was revealed on opening night to INXS's "Need You Tonight". About the 80's section (which was found to contain the medley announced at the same time), Kylie stated, "We've got access to the actual PWL sounds", and, about her feelings about touring on the whole, she explained:

On 22 September, Kylie announced via her Facebook page three support acts for the opening dates of her tour: FehrPlay opened for Kylie at her opening Liverpool date, and several dates after. Copyright opened for Kylie on her Manchester date, and chart-topping DJ Oliver Heldens supported her at two London dates, as well as performing at Kylie's sold out Cardiff show.

The costume designs were made by Jean Paul Gaultier, Dolce & Gabbana, Julien Macdonald, and Marchesa.

Before the main show, a short film by Baker titled "Sleepwalker" featured 3 unreleased Kylie and Fernando Garibay songs, "Glow," "Wait" and "Break This Heartbreak". All three songs were made available for free download via Kylie's official SoundCloud channel along with another unreleased Garibay song titled "Chasing Ghosts" which featured as an interlude before the 80's medley. On 28 September, a 47-second teaser of "Sleepwalker" was made available to be seen on Garibay's YouTube account. On 19 November 2014, the short film in its entirely was made available to be seen on Kylie's account on YouTube.

Critical reception Edit

The tour gained positive reviews from music critics. The Mirror gave a positive review of Kylie's opening night in Liverpool, saying that she "powered through a greatest hits set that included "Wow", "Step Back in Time", "Spinning Around", "On a Night Like This" and "Slow"". However, they stated the highlight was "an unexpected treat which is unlikely to happen at any other date on the tour. Kylie super-fan Paul St. German threw his Liverpool Loves Kylie T-shirt onto the stage... in return, Kylie promised to sing a request for St. German. The stan chose "Especially for You". Dave Simpson from The Guardian gave the same show 4 stars, stating "however over the top it gets, the show is minimal enough to focus the attention on her charisma and music", concluding that "[i]t defies belief that she is 46 and has endured a bout of cancer, but the secret of her longevity is obvious: everyone, including the artist, exits grinning from ear to ear"./

Daisy Wyatt from The Independent gave the opening London date 4 stars, stating that "the pint-sized pop star exudes energy and charisma - even if she is too keen to prove to a younger audience that she still has it". Wyatt compared Kylie to fellow popstars, saying that "she saunters around in a leather outfit Rihanna would not think twice about wearing" and her "dancers twerk while a Beyoncé-inspired black and white video of Kylie flashes in the background". She concludes that "her shining stage presence sees her through and is likely to keep her going for another decade". Lewis Corner from Digital Spy gave the first London date 3.5/5 stars, stating that "Minogue shows no sign of stopping yet". He goes on to say that "the hits have aged [...] well. "On a Night Like This" soared with its impressive laser show. Of course, "Can't Get You Out of My Head", "Kids" and "Love at First Sight" appealed to the middle generation of Kylie fans and still retain their sense of forward-thinking pop that makes them the best soundtrack of the late '90s/early '00s." Corner concluded that "the Kiss Me Once Tour may be a more stripped-down affair when it comes to a Kylie production, but her glamour, charisma and strong vocal performance made sure it didn't fall completely flat." Alice Vincent from The Telegraph gave the concert a mixed review, saying that she is "both entertained and alarmed by Kylie's robotically polished performance at The O2". She goes on to explain that "The Kiss Me Once Tour is a textbook "Good Time": lasers; a series of outfits that, like Russian dolls, get increasingly smaller; gyrating dancers and, at the centre of it all, tiny Kylie, delivering hit after hit". More critically, Vincent said that it was "unsettling to see Minogue promote her more recent songs trussed up in an outfit better suited toTaylor Swift ... she held less allure than an Ann Summers catalogue as she sang "Les Sex" and "Sexy Love" over thudding club beats", although she wrapped the review stating "with a set-list as good as hers, none of this seemed to matter much: two hours whizzed by in the shake of a tasseled headpiece".

Concert synopsis Edit

Before the show, a short video, shot by William Baker, entitled "Sleepwalker", was shown, containing three unreleased-at-the-time songs recorded with Fernando Garibay: "Glow", "Wait" and "Break This Heartbreak" respectively.

The show opened with a video sequence with excerpts of "Breathe", the video screen showing Kylie behind glass with water drops. Kylie then rose out of the floor lying on a set of illuminated lips, singing "Les Sex". The lips, screens and dancers costumes for the section were inspired by Salvador Dalí. Kylie ssng a short version of "Les Sex", missing out verse two and went on to sing "In My Arms" and "Timebomb". After "Timebomb", Kylie performed "Sexy Love", followed by a new remix of "Wow". However, after the first five shows (Liverpool, Manchester and London) "Sexy Love" was removed and Kylie sang "Wow" after "Timebomb", closing the act.

The second section began a remix of "Step Back in Time", which sampled the bass line from "Rapper's Delight". This then led into a new remix of "Spinning Around", and then "Your Disco Needs You". After talking to the audience, Kylie performed a new remix of "On a Night Like This", and finished with "Slow". A video interlude was then shown featuring another Garibay song: "Chasing Ghosts".

The third section was a medley, entitled "Dollshouse", containing five of Kylie's songs from her PWL days. It began with a ballad opening of "Enjoy Yourself", seeing the dancers emerge looking like Ken and Barbie. Kylie then rose out of the stage and performed "Hand on Your Heart", "Never Too Late", "Got to Be Certain" and "I Should Be So Lucky", taking off a layer of clothing for each song and being left with a garter and corset to sing "I Should Be So Lucky" from a bath paying tribute to the music video's bath scene.

The fourth section started with a dance interlude of "Skirt". Kylie then performed a cover of INXS's "Need You Tonight", as a tribute to her late ex-boyfriend Michael Hutchence, rising out of the floor on a table dressed in a PVC Trench coat and hat along with her four male dancers also dressed in black trench coats and visors as a reference to the "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" music video. She then went on to sing "Sexercize" before an interlude was performed using excerpts of "Nu-Di-Ty" and "Sexercize" and a sample of Lil Louis song "French Kiss", dubbed the "Nu-Di-Ty Segue" which involves the male dancers removing their trench coats and pants. A new remix of "Can't Get You Out of My Head" is then performed, where Kylie re-emerged wearing a William Wilde latex garcon dress. She then introduced the band whilst closing the act with a rendition of "Kids".

The fifth section began with a video interlude, with visuals similar to the one at the beginning of the show, showing Kylie behind a sheet of glass covered in rain. Kylie then emerged wearing a blue dress with no shoes. She performed the duet "Beautiful" by herself walking down the catwalk. She then went on to close the section with title track "Kiss Me Once".

The sixth section began with the Steve Anderson remix of "Get Outta My Way". Kylie rose out of the stage wearing a showgirl costume that was black on one side and silver on the other. She then sang a new remix of "Love at First Sight". After this she took requests from the audience before singing "All the Lovers". During the three O2 Arena shows in London, Kylie sang the Abbey Road version of "The Loco-Motion" as a request after "Love at First Sight". After these shows it was performed between "Love at First Sight" and "All the Lovers".

Kylie performed a one-song encore of "Into the Blue". For the first seven shows, she wore a blue dress by Julien McDonald, but after this she wore another William Wilde garcon dress, this time in blue.

Commercial performance Edit

On Pollstar 's "2014 Year-end Top 100 Worldwide Tours" list, Kylie ranked at number ninety-six with $17 million in gross and 186,813 tickets sold for 28 shows in Europe.

All 22,000 tickets for Kylie's performance on June 19, 2015 in Suffolk sold out in a record-breaking 30 minutes. Staff at Newmarket Racecourse say that they've been stunned by the "unprecedented" demand for Kylie Minogue tickets.

Set listEdit

Before each show, a short film, directed by William Baker and starring Kylie, entitled Sleepwalker, was shown containing three songs: "Glow", "Wait" and "Break This Heartbreak", all recorded with Fernando Garibay

Ushuaïa Performance

1. "Spinning Around"
2. "Into the Blue"
3. "Can't Get You Out of My Head"
4. "Skirt" (Dance interlude)
5. "Sexercize"
6. "Love at First Sight"
7. "All the Lovers"

Opening Nights

Act One: First Kiss
1. "Breathe" (Video intro with excerpts and elements of "Les Sex")
2. "Les Sex"
3. "In My Arms"
4. "Timebomb"
5. "Sexy Love"
6. "Wow"

Act Two: Secret Kiss
7. "Bauhaus Disco" (Dance interlude)
8. "Step Back in Time"
9. "Spinning Around"
10. "Your Disco Needs You"
11. "On a Night Like This"
12. "Slow"

Act Three: Dizzy Kiss
13. "Chasing Ghosts" (Video interlude)
14. "Dollshouse Medley": "Enjoy Yourself" / "Hand on Your Heart" / "Never Too Late" / "Got to Be Certain" / "I Should Be So Lucky"

Act Four: Lick Kiss
15. "Skirt" (Dance interlude)
16. "Need You Tonight" (INXS cover)
17. "Sexercize"
18. "Nu-Di-Ty Segue" (Interlude containing excerpts "Sexercize" along with elements of "Can't Get You Out of My Head")
19. "Can't Get You Out of My Head"(With elements of "Sexercize" and "Mr. President")
20. "Kids"

Act Five: Aussie Kiss
21. "Beautiful"
22. "Kiss Me Once"
23. "Get Outta My Way"
24. "Love at First Sight"
25. "All the Lovers"

Encore
26. "Into the Blue"

Europe

Act One: First Kiss
1. "Breathe" (Video intro with excerpts and elements of "Les Sex")
2. "Les Sex"
3. "In My Arms"
4. "Timebomb"
5. "Wow"

Act Two: Secret Kiss
6. "Bauhaus Disco" (Dance interlude)
7. "Step Back in Time"
8. "Spinning Around"
9. "Your Disco Needs You"
10. "On a Night Like This"
11. "Slow"

Act Three: Dizzy Kiss
12. "Chasing Ghosts" (Video interlude)
13. "Dollshouse Medley": "Enjoy Yourself" / "Hand on Your Heart" / "Never Too Late" / "Got to Be Certain" / "I Should Be So Lucky"

Act Four: Lick Kiss
14. "Skirt" (Dance interlude)
15. "Need You Tonight" (INXS cover)
16. "Sexercize"
17. "Nu-Di-Ty Segue" (Interlude containing excerpts "Sexercize" along with elements of "Can't Get You Out of My Head")
19. "Can't Get You Out of My Head"(With elements of "Sexercize" and "Mr. President")
19. "Kids"

Act Five: Aussie Kiss
20. "Beautiful"
21. "Kiss Me Once"
22. "Get Outta My Way"
23. "Love at First Sight"
24. "The Loco-Motion"
25. "All the Lovers"

Encore
26. "Into the Blue"

Australia

Act One: First Kiss
1. "Breathe" (Video intro with excerpts and elements of "Les Sex")
2. "Les Sex"
3. "In My Arms"
4. "Timebomb"
5. "Wow"

Act Two: Secret Kiss
6. "Bauhaus Disco" (Dance interlude)
7. "Step Back in Time"
8. "Spinning Around"
9. "Your Disco Needs You"
10. "On a Night Like This"
11. "Right Here, Right Now"(Performed with Giorgio Moroder)<
12. "I Feel Love"(Donna Summer cover, performed with Giorgio Moroder)
13. "Slow"

Act Three: Dizzy Kiss
14. "Chasing Ghosts" (Video interlude)
15. "Dollshouse Medley": "Enjoy Yourself" / "Hand on Your Heart" / "Never Too Late" / "Got to Be Certain" / "I Should Be So Lucky"

Act Four: Lick Kiss
16. "Skirt" (Dance interlude)
17. "Need You Tonight" (INXS cover)
18. "Sexercize"
19. "Nu-Di-Ty Segue" (Interlude containing excerpts "Sexercize" along with elements of "Can't Get You Out of My Head")
20. "Can't Get You Out of My Head"(With elements of "Sexercize" and "Mr. President")
21. "Kids"

Act Five: Aussie Kiss
22. "Beautiful"
23. "Kiss Me Once"
24. "Get Outta My Way"
25. "Love at First Sight"
26. "The Loco-Motion"
27. "All the Lovers"

Encore
28. "Into the Blue"

2014 Festivals

Act One: First Kiss
1. "Breathe" (Video intro with excerpts and elements of "Les Sex")
2. "Les Sex"
3. "In My Arms"
4. "Sexy Love" (iTunes only)
5. "Wow"

Act Two: Secret Kiss
6. "Bauhaus Disco" (Dance interlude)
7. "Step Back in Time"
8. "Spinning Around"
9. "Your Disco Needs You"
10. "On a Night Like This"
11. "Slow"

Act Three: Lick Kiss
12. "Skirt" (Dance interlude)
13. "Sexercize"
14. "Nu-Di-Ty Segue" (Interlude containing excerpts "Sexercize" along with elements of "Can't Get You Out of My Head")
15. "Can't Get You Out of My Head"(With elements of "Sexercize" and "Mr. President")
16. "Beautiful"
17. "Kiss Me Once"

Act Four: Aussie Kiss
18. "Get Outta My Way"
19. "Love at First Sight"
20. "All the Lovers"

Encore

21. "Into the Blue"
22. "The Loco-Motion" (Performed after "Love at First Sight" in Monte Carlo)

Act One: First Kiss
1. "Breathe" (Video intro with excerpts and elements of "Better the Devil You Know")
2. "Better the Devil You Know"
3. "In Your Eyes"
4. "In My Arms"
5. "Timebomb"
6. "Wow"

Act Two: Secret Kiss
7. "Bauhaus Disco" (Dance interlude)
8. "Step Back in Time"
9. "Spinning Around"
10. "On a Night Like This"
11. "Right Here, Right Now"
12. "Slow"

Act Three: Aussie Kiss
13. "Need You Tonight" (INXS cover)
14. "Can't Get You Out of My Head"
15. "Get Outta My Way"
16. "Love at First Sight"
17. "I Should Be So Lucky"
18. "The Loco-Motion"
19. "All the Lovers"

Encore
20. "Into the Blue"

NotesEdit

• "Timebomb" was originally slated as the opening number, but was replaced by "Les Sex".
• During the early stages of development, Kylie had stated that she had been thinking of ways that she could perform "Mr. President" in the show; ultimately, it was not included in the final set list, but did have elements of it featured in the performance of "Can't Get You Out of My Head".
• Both "If Only" and "I Was Gonna Cancel" were both rehearsed, with choreography, but were cut from the final set list.
• "In Your Eyes" was originally part of the set list, with a new arrangement, but was cut at the last minute.
• "Break This Heartbreak", one of the songs shown in the "Sleepwalker" video, was also slated to be included in the show, with a glass coffin as a prop in the performance, with the "Sleepwalker" footage used as screen projection; it was said that this was the dancers' favourite part of the show, but was ultimately discarded.
• "Better the Devil You Know" was also initially part of the set list, with Kylie confirming it saying that had "been brought down a semitone" when discussing the 80s medley prior to the start of the tour; it was however, cut.
• "In My Arms" had originally been part of the encore, but was moved to the second song in the set.
• "Sexy Love" was originally included in the set list of the show, and was performed between "Timebomb" and "Wow". It was performed from September 24 to October 1 2014, and was cut from the show thereafter.

Tour DatesEdit

Date City Country Venue
Leg 1 — Europe
22 August 2014 Ibiza Spain Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel
24 September 2014 Liverpool England Echo Arena
26 September 2014 Manchester Manchester Arena
27 September 2014 [a] London The Roundhouse
29 September 2014 The O2 Arena
30 September 2014
1 October 2014
3 October 2014 Cardiff Wales Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
4 October 2014 Nottingham England Capital FM Arena Nottingham
5 October 2014
7 October 2014 Birmingham National Indoor Arena
11 October 2014 Monte Carlo Monaco Salle Des Étoiles
13 October 2014 Madrid Spain Palacio de Deportes
14 October 2014 Barcelona Palau Sant Jordi
15 October 2014 Montpellier France Park&Suites Arena
18 October 2014 Budapest Hungary Budapest Sports Arena
19 October 2014 Bratislava Slovakia Zimný štadión Ondreja Nepelu
21 October 2014 Prague Czech Republic O2 Arena
30 October 2014 Łódź Poland Atlas Arena
31 October 2014 Kaunas Lithuania Žalgiris Arena
2 November 2014 Riga Latvia Arena Riga
5 November 2014 Lille France Zénith de Lille Grand Palais
6 November 2014 Brussels Belgium Palais 12
8 November 2014 Dublin Ireland The O2
9 November 2014 Belfast Northern Ireland Odyssey Arena
11 November 2014 Newcastle England Metro Radio Arena
12 November 2014 Glasgow Scotland SSE Hydro
13 November 2014 Sheffield England Motorpoint Arena Sheffield
15 November 2014 Paris France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
17 November 2014 Zurich Switzerland Hallenstadion
Leg 2 — Australia
14 March 2015 Perth Australia Perth Arena
17 March 2015 Adelaide Adelaide Entertainment Centre
18 March 2015 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena
20 March 2015 Sydney Sydney Entertainment Centre
21 March 2015 Brisbane Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Leg 3 — Asia
28 March 2015 [b] Duabi United Arab Emirates Meydan Racecourse
Notes

^a The 27 September 2014 concert in London, England at The Roundhouse is a part of iTunes Festival.
^b The 28 March 2015 concert in Dubai, United Arab Emirates at Meydan Racecourse is a part of Dubai World Cup.

Cancelled shows Edit

List of cancelled concerts, showing date, city, country, venue and reason for cancellation
Date City Country Venue Reason
22 October 2014 Cologne Germany Lanxess Arena Financial difficulties of the German promoter for the show
23 October 2014 Vienna Austria Wiener Stadthalle Scheduling conflicts
25 October 2014 Munich Germany Olympiahalle Financial difficulties of the German promoter for the show
27 October 2014 Berlin O2 World
28 October 2014 Hamburg O2 World Hamburg

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