Kylie Minogue has announced plans for a Las Vegas residency, which is set to get underway in November.
The run of shows at Voltaire nightclub at The Venetian in Nevada’s entertainment capital will represent a major US comeback for Minogue, who has not performed in the States since 2011. The run begins on November 3, with tickets on sale on August 9. It is expected to comprise a dozen shows.
For Minogue, who is enjoying a career renaissance on the back of the success of May’s hit single ‘Padam Padam’, the Vegas run has been a long time coming. “I’ve performed a couple of times at Vegas, but as part of a tour, and particularly when I did the Showgirl tour in 2004 – at that time we said, ‘oh, this feels like a Vegas show,’” she explained at a news conference in Los Angeles.
She went on to mount the Aphrodite: Les Folies tour in 2011, which saw her most recent US performances and which wrapped up its American leg in Vegas with a sold-out performance at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. That show, she recalled, involved “so many waterworks, in like precision fountains,” which led to her management suggesting the kind of residency she’ll now undertake. “My team at the time kept saying, ‘Why isn’t this in Vegas? We’ve got to do it at some point.’”
With the Voltaire a smaller venue than the kind of auditoriums usually favoured by artists in residency in Vegas, Minogue is able to promise fans an intimate show – although promises that it will remain suitably theatrical. “I want it to be the kind of essence of what a Kylie show has become, enough glamour and abandon,” she said. “I’ve got some versions of songs that have not been heard, like reinterpretations of songs, which is exciting. Live bed dances, amazing costumes. That’s the base, and then we’ll see what surprises we can come up with.”
It will be the culmination of a career-long goal for Minogue. “I was thinking years ago I want to do it when I’m younger like, I don’t want to do it when I’m at the sunset of my career. So, I think I’ve got it right somewhere in the middle where I feel like I’ve earned the right to and have the experience to really enjoy being there.”
Her sixteenth studio album, Tension, is due out on September 22, with ‘Padam Padam’, the lead single, having reached number eight on the UK chart, making it her first top ten hit since ‘All the Lovers’ in 2010. She is expected to tour UK arenas in 2024.