Australia’s most famous songstress has gone through almost as many reinventions as her idol and close friend Madonna since springing onto the pop scene as a teenager with I Should Be So Lucky back in 1987. We saw a more mature and introspective Kylie in the late 90s before she embraced the showgirl image that kicked off with her appearance in Moulin Rouge in 2001. A return to pure pop followed and now, she is once again dictating the sound for which 2023 will be remembered, with Padam Padam seemingly blasting from every nightclub across the globe.
What better time for Australia’s Princess of Pop and Padam to set out on an adventure that only the very biggest stars get to enjoy? November will see her embark on a two-month Las Vegas residency and never mind the fans, Kylie herself can barely wait to get started.
Couture at the casino
Having been born in the Melbourne suburb of Caulfield South, the casino scene will hold few mysteries for Kylie. This is an environment where the majority of adults regularly gamble and pokies are a fixture in every bar and café. Of course, these days, Australians are more likely to do their casino gambling online (see https://www.casinoaus.net/real-money-casinos/ for more information) but stepping into the Venetian, where there are almost 2,000 pokies and more than 200 tables will be like a step back in time.
Wherever they come from in the world, Kylie fans will need to drag themselves away from the gambling games and head for Voltaire to see their idol in action. Voltaire is a new venue within the huge entertainment complex that is the Venetian, and aims to provide the capacity of a concert hall with the intimacy of a club.
Kylie will be the first to play at Voltaire and she couldn’t be more excited about the venue. In a recent publicity interview released by the Venetian, she described Voltaire as a couture venue and said: “It’s all done with a lot of intention for the experience of us as performers, but also for everyone who comes to experience the night.”
She said that the unique venue would provide a “dreamlike space” in which she could provide a fun time for fans, and an experience that she and her backing performers could also share and enjoy, every night.
A return to center stage
We mentioned earlier that Kylie has reinvented herself several times. In between, she has been able to enjoy periods away from the direct limelight. In 2019, her performance at Glastonbury generated record viewing figures and was hailed as one of the best sets in the festival’s history. That’s praise indeed for a stage that has been graced by the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, Elton John, Neil Diamond and Dolly Parton.
Straight afterwards, she quietly stepped away from the cameras. A long-term relationship came to an end, she decided to move from London back to Melbourne to be near her family and she even launched her own wine label.
Four years later, and Padam Padam! She’s back, and the Las Vegas strip will be all the richer for her presence.