|Tour by Kylie Minogue|
Promotional poster for the tour
|Start date||18 September 2018|
|End date||17 March 2019|
|No. of shows||33|
|Supporting act(s)||Sonic Yootha|
|Kylie Minogue concert chronology|
The Golden Tour was the fifteenth concert tour by Australian recording artist Kylie Minogue, in support of her fourteenth studio album, Golden (2018). The tour began on 18 September 2018 in Newcastle, England at the Metro Radio Arena and concluded on 17 March 2019 in Mount Cotton, Australia, consisting of 26 shows in Europe and seven shows in Australia.
To coincide with the expected release of the album, Kylie Presents: Golden was announced, a promotional tour consisting of a series of concerts in smaller venues. A new arena tour was announced shortly after on 23 February 2018, with UK and Ireland dates being confirmed. Whilst discussing the development of the tour in July of the same year, Minogue stated:
|“||We know we've got a good starting point with songs from this album, and everything else on top of that is… that's where the difficulties start. Which older songs do we choose? And how many surprise moments that are a little more obscure do we put in for super fans? It's a fun, yet slightly stressful part of the process.||”|
In an interview on Good Morning Britain, Minogue explained that the shows would be split into "two halves", with an interval and a narrative throughout. She continued to say the setlist was mostly concrete at that point, mentioning "Raining Glitter" and "Lost Without You" as definite performances. Minogue’s costumes for the tour were designed by Ralph & Russo, Kolchagov Barba, Paco Rabanne, Jitrois, Stevie Stewart and Wrangler.
Shortly before the tour commenced in September, Sonic Yootha were announced as the support act for the UK and Ireland dates, and the previously announced European dates of the Kylie Presents Golden promotional tour would be incorporated into the Golden Tour. On 7 November, Minogue announced six Australian dates for the Golden Tour, three of which were part of the "A Day on the Green" festival.
The show opens with a guitar instrumental and a howling wind sound effect, showing a projection of a desert at night. A troupe of dancers in cowboy outfits walk onto the stage, before Minogue rises out of the floor sat atop of a stack of luggage, singing "Golden". Lights brighten to reveal the "g"-shaped staging and a "glittering golden runway", with Minogue then performing "Get Outta My Way" and "Better the Devil You Know". "One Last Kiss" was performed at the opening night in Newcastle, but removed from the set list after.
The second section begins with an interlude of "Blue Velvet", with the video screen showing Minogue singing the song at a bar. She emerges, dressed in an all-white ensemble, to continue the rest of the song. Minogue then performs "Confide in Me" and "I Believe in You", in place of "Breathe" (performed only at Newcastle). A short acapella of "Where the Wild Roses Grow" is then performed as Minogue passes a rose through the crowd to the back of the venue, followed by "In Your Eyes". The second act then concludes with a performance of "A Lifetime to Repair", with the singer stood atop of a pool table surrounded by her dancers.
The third section begins with a performance of "Shelby '68" and "Radio On", with Minogue explaining the backstory behind both songs to the audience. A rendition of "Wow" is then performed, followed by a mash-up of "Can't Get You Out of My Head" and "The Chain". During this, Minogue wears a bespoke denim jacket, with an image of her and the name of the city being performed in embroidered into the back. A telephone box prop near the stage ramp rings and the lights go out, indicating the start of the twenty-minute interval, during which a giant silver glitter ball illuminates the venue.
After the interval, the dancers rise from the stage atop of illuminated motorcycles and Minogue appears at the top of the stage ramp. She performs "Slow", starting the fourth section of the show. Minogue and her backing vocalists then go on to perform "Kids", before the lights are dimmed and a rendition of "The One" is performed. Minogue then sings "Stop Me from Falling", where the section concludes.
The fifth section begins with a medley of "Wouldn't Change a Thing" and "I'll Still Be Loving You", where Minogue performs whilst moving around the stage with a male dancer, followed by "Especially for You". She then performs "Lost Without You", complete with a laser show, and "All the Lovers". The section finishes with the conclusion of this song, following the use of rainbow coloured lights and multiple confetti drops.
The video screens then show the logo of the penultimate "Studio 54" section, with Minogue entering through the stage doors wearing a bespoke golden dress, featuring 120,000 Preciosa crystals. She performs a medley consisting of then-unreleased song "New York City", "Raining Glitter" and "On a Night Like This". A chugging stream train sound effect then follows, as Minogue performs a disco rendition of "The Loco-Motion". Concluding the section, "Spinning Around" is performed, with golden ribbons fired across the audience.
Minogue then thanks the audience and exits the stage with her dancers, as the lights dim. The video screen shows a blue, sparkling background as her band encourage the audience to chant the singer's name. She then reappears and starts the encore of the show, performing "Love at First Sight". Minogue then performs an extended version of the album's lead single, "Dancing", and concludes the show by thanking her team and audience and exiting through the stage doors.
The tour has gained acclaim from music critics. Simon Duke from The Evening Chronicle gave the opening night in Newcastle five stars with a positive review, saying that "Kylie dazzled in front of a set with visuals that looked like they’d been lifted straight from a picture perfect postcard of the Wild West". Duke stated that the "well executed and deliciously camp choreography [...] is a must see", being one of the best pop shows "ever experienced".
Adrian Caffery from The Birmingham Mail gave the Birmingham date 4 stars, stating that it was a "rollercoaster concert showcasing 30 years of Kylie [that] failed to disappoint", yet noted "there was a lot less spectacle than in previous Kylie concerts, with the extravagant stages [...] replaced by giant video screens." He concluded that "Kylie turned 50 this year, and on this evidence it’s clear she still has the Midas' touch."
Jack Hardwick from The Daily Star stated that "the pint-sized singer looked hotter than ever as she belted out some of her biggest hits" whilst "wowing fans with her killer vocals and [...] sex appeal. For the opening London date at The O2 Arena, Hardwick gave the show 4 stars, stating that Minogue "wowed fans with a stellar set-list of her biggest hits and a healthy smattering of new album tracks". He commented positively on the simplicity of the show, saying that "Kylie doesn’t need to rely on larger-than-life sets and jaw-dropping water spectacles to put on a killer show". Hardwick went on to praise Minogue's "faultless" vocals, concluding that "the show [was a] nostalgic trip down memory lane [...] [with] disco classics in the form of On a Night Like This, The Loco-Motion, Spinning Around and Love at First Sight." Gemma Sandways of The Evening Standard reviewed the same show, giving it 4 stars and stating that "there was a healthy helping of glamour [...] from the glittering gowns to the giant disco ball and metallic streamers unleashed". She concluded by saying that the "performance served as a welcome reminder of Minogue’s generosity as a performer, and of the refreshing lack of cynicism with which she has always embraced all eras of her career".
Act 1: Desert Sunrise
Act 2: The High and Dry
- "Blue Velvet" (interlude)
- "Confide in Me"
- "Where the Wild Roses Grow" (a cappella)
- "In Your Eyes"
- "A Lifetime to Repair"
Act 3: Nothing Behind Me, Everything Ahead of Me
Act 4: At the Biker Rally
Act 5: At the Picnic After the Biker Rally
- "Wouldn't Change a Thing" / "I'll Still Be Loving You"
- "Especially for You"
- "Lost Without You"
- "All the Lovers"
Act 6: Studio 54
- "New York City" / "Raining Glitter" / "On a Night Like This"
- "The Loco-Motion" (contains elements of "Bad Girls")
- "Spinning Around"
Encore: The Nashville Rider
- During the opening night in Newcastle, "Je ne sais pas pourquoi" was performed as an a cappella rendition. "One Last Kiss" was removed from the setlist after this show.
- During the show in Nottingham, "I Believe in You" was performed in place of "Breathe", and replaced it thereafter.
- During the show in Leeds, Minogue performed an impromptu rendition of the Neighbours theme song.
- For the November shows, "Get Outta My Way", "I Believe in You" and "Radio On" were not performed. The show was also reduced to five acts and an encore, with "In Your Eyes" and "A Lifetime to Repair" moved to act one, and "Shelby '68", "Wow" and "Can't Get You Out of My Head" added to act two.
- During the show in Paris, Minogue performed "2 Hearts" and "Your Disco Needs You", following audience requests during the encore.
- During the show in Vienna, Minogue performed "In My Arms" and "2 Hearts" as part of the encore.
- For the December shows, Minogue performed "Let It Snow" as part of the encore.
- For the March shows, the November set list was performed with the inclusion of "Get Outta My Way".
|18 September 2018||Newcastle||England||Metro Radio Arena||Sonic Yootha||7,579 / 9,899||$710,213|
|20 September 2018||Nottingham||Motorpoint Arena||7,722 / 8,000||$692,803|
|21 September 2018||Birmingham||Genting Arena||11,501 / 13,196||$1,077,040|
|22 September 2018||Bournemouth||Bournemouth International Centre||—||—|
|24 September 2018||Cardiff||Wales||Motorpoint Arena||—||—|
|26 September 2018||London||England||The O2 Arena||30,100 / 43,227||$3,368,900|
|27 September 2018|
|28 September 2018|
|30 September 2018||Glasgow||Scotland||SSE Hydro||11,206 / 11,443||$1,041,470|
|1 October 2018||Manchester||England||Manchester Arena||10,716 / 13,811||$998,705|
|3 October 2018||Liverpool||Echo Arena||8,114 / 10,079||$763,083|
|4 October 2018||Leeds||First Direct Arena||11,419 / 11,711||$1,022,690|
|8 November 2018||Brussels||Belgium||Cirque Royal||—||—|
|9 November 2018||Paris||France||La Seine Musicale||—||—|
|10 November 2018||Zürich||Switzerland||Samsung Hall||—||—|
|12 November 2018||Padua||Italy||Gran Teatro Geox||1,835 / 4,200||$322,137|
|13 November 2018||Munich||Germany||Zenith Munich||—||—|
|14 November 2018||Vienna||Austria||Bank Austria Halle||—||—|
|18 November 2018||Frankfurt||Germany||Jahrhunderthalle||—||—|
|19 November 2018||Berlin||Tempodrom||—||—|
|20 November 2018||Cologne||Palladium||—||—|
|22 November 2018||Amsterdam||Netherlands||AFAS Live||4,058 / 5,500||$271,279|
|23 November 2018||Copenhagen||Denmark||Royal Danish Theatre||—||—|
|24 November 2018||Hamburg||Germany||Mehr! Theater||—||—|
|3 December 2018[a]||Dublin||Ireland||3Arena||7,606 / 12,256||$756,588|
|5 December 2018[b]||Belfast||Northern Ireland||SSE Arena||5,290 / 8,741||$480,665|
|5 March 2019||Sydney||Australia||ICC Sydney Theatre||Jake Shears
|12,659 / 12,996||$1,401,030|
|6 March 2019|
|9 March 2019[c]||Perth||Sir James Mitchell Park||Jake Shears
|8,584 / 9,379||$970,290|
|11 March 2019||Adelaide||Adelaide Entertainment Centre||Jake Shears||4,933 / 7,000||$462,349|
|13 March 2019||Melbourne||Sidney Myer Music Bowl||10,903 / 10,903||$875,757|
|16 March 2019[d]||Hunter Valley||Bimbadgen||Jake Shears
|11,000 / 11,000||$1,161,300|
|17 March 2019[e]||Mount Cotton||Sirromet Wines||13,000 / 13,000||$1,347,330|
|TOTAL||178,225 / 216,341 (82.4%)||$17,523,629|
|6 November 2018||Esch-sur-Alzette||Luxembourg||Rockhal||Scheduling conflicts|
Adapted from the tour programme credits.
- Kylie Minogue – creative director
- Rob Sinclair – creative director
- Steve Anderson – musical director
- Blue Leach – multi camera director
- Ashley Wallen – choreographer
- Rob Sinclair – production, lighting designer
- Tully Bloom – personal assistant
- Christian Vermaak – hair and makeup
- Emma Banks – hair and makeup
- Chris Ibbs – hair and makeup
- Tony Evans – head of security
- Christian Gulino – band leader, keyboards
- Tom Meadows – drums
- Luke Fitton – guitar
- Luke Higins – guitar
- Jamie Sefton – bass
- Adetoun Anibi – backing vocals
- Abbie Osmon – backing vocals
- Jenny Griffin – dance captain
- Katie Collins – dancer
- Shaun Niles – dancer
- Anders Neilsen – dancer
- Kane Horn – dancer
- Yves Cueni – dancer
- Jake Leigh – dancer
- Ben Hukin – dancer
- Frank Strachan – costume stylist
- Sascha Lilic – fashion consultant
- Ralph & Russo – costume design
- Jitrois – costume design
- Gamba Shoes – costume design
- Paco Rabanne – costume design
- Stevie Stewart – costume design
- Rellik – costume design
- Kolchagov Barba – costume design
- Preciosa – costume design
- Deborah Tallentire – costume design
- Davida Helmets – costume design
- London Embroidery Studio – costume design
- Wrangler – costume design
- Alida Herbst – costume design
- Carine Gilson – costume design
- Ali Pike – associate lighting designer
- Jenny Griffin – associate choreographer
- Noel Jones, Peter Graham – sound recording
- Nev Bull – video programmer
- Luke Rolls – draftsman
- Michael Al-Far – render artist
- Nicola Mills – storyline
- George Sinclair – creative producer
- Blink Inc – video content
- Kirsten McFie – video content producer
- Paige Kauffman – US video content producer
- Thomas English – director of photography
- Edwin Eversole – director of photography
- Rupa Rathod – lead editor, motion graphics
- Richard Cullen – technical director
- Kevin Ramser – motion graphics
- Simon Davies – art director
- Kevin Pruce – FDH sound engineer
- Gavin Tempany – monitor engineer
- Will Sanderson – playback tech
- Nick Sizer – drum tech
- Mark 'McKinty' Gordon – guitar tech
- Phil Murphy – stage manager
- Lee Freeman – assistant stage manager
- Frank Strachan – wardrobe
- Anne-Marie Bigby – head of wardrobe
- Kerry West – assistant head of wardrobe
- Josh Thomas – RF tech
- Jonny Buck – audio crew tech
- Don Parks – system tech
- Beth O'Leary – monitor tech
- Mark O'Neill – PA
- Tom Gardener – PA
- Ali Pike – lighting operator
- Ben Cash – lighting programmer
- Aidan McCabe – lighting crew chief
- Jacob Black – lighting crew
- Michael Sanchez – lighting crew
- John Hetherton – lighting crew
- Matt Morris – lighting crew
- Jonty Rivers – zactrack
- Aaron Veness – zactrack
- Andy Joyes – video crew chief, LED tech
- Nev Bull – media server operator
- Briony Margetts – racks/system engineer
- Matt Peers – LED tech
- Lee Hunter – LED tech
- John Brandon – LED tech
- Chris Johnson – LED tech
- Matt Doughty – LED tech
- Matt Brown – camera operator
- Jamie Cowlin – camera operator
- Danny Sheldon – camera operator
- Seth Griffiths – lasers, special effects
- Bradley Saunders – lasers, special effects
- Andy Roberts – rigger
- Domonick Warrington – rigger, Kinesys
- Rick Worsfold – head carpenter
- Pete Geary – set carpenter
- Jackson Wheeler – set carpenter
- Jack Crane – set carpenter
- Charlie Pollington – physio
- David Lopez-Edwards – backstage filming
- Simon Raynor – catering
- Steffy Head – catering
- Lincoln Jefferson – catering
- Cherry Pashby – catering
- Stuart Butler – catering
- Eddie McQueen – catering
- Graham Brumhead – bus driver
- Richard Deane – bus driver
- Mike Fields – bus driver
- Ian Staveley – bus driver
- Tony Ackroyd – bus driver
- Kevin Watson – bus driver
- Andy Copping – promotion
- Steve Horner – promotion
- Simon Moran – promotion
- Cathy Wilson – promotion
- Peter Aiken – promotion
- Graham Miller – video
- Matthew Ilott – lighting
- Ben Brookes – staging
- Matt Kaye – staging
- Ewan Ashburn – staging
- Wendy Deans – catering
- Robin Conway – sound
- Paul Timmins – sound
- Marc Webber – lasers, special effects
- Howard Eaton Lighting – props
- Lily Mollgaard – props
- Dave Simmons – props
- Lisa Buckley – props
- Andy Gray – bussing
- David Coumbe – trucking
- Matt Jackson – trucking
- Paul Walker – trucking
- Ian Patterson – travel
- Maria Taylor – travel
- Izzi Robinson – travel
- Tim Cox – accreditation
- Nigel Jones – legal
- David Cushion – accounting
- Lottie Prosser – accounting
- Rima Bavalia – accounting
- The 3 December 2018 show in Dublin, Ireland at the 3Arena was originally scheduled to take place 7 October 2018.
- The 5 December 2018 show in Belfast, Northern Ireland at the SSE Arena was originally scheduled to take place 8 October 2018.
- The 9 March 2019 show in Perth, Australia at the Sir James Mitchell Park was part of "A Day on the Green" concert series.
- The 16 March 2019 show in Hunter Valley, Australia at Bimbadgen was part of "A Day on the Green" concert series.
- The 17 March 2019 show in Mount Cotton, Australia at Sirromet Wines was part of "A Day on the Green" concert series.
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