Kylie Minogue wows at LGBT parade concert

Kylie Minogue has performed to a sell out crowd at Brighton's Pride festival.
Kylie Minogue has performed to a sell out crowd at Brighton's Pride festival.

Kylie Minogue has headlined the concert at Britain's annual Brighton Pride LGBT parade and festival, performing to a rapturous sell-out crowd of 55,000 celebrating same-sex marriage.

The Australian popstar wrapped up her UK tour on Saturday night with a glitzy finale, at Preston Park after tens of thousands of revellers dressed in rainbow colours and elaborate costumes and descended on the seaside city.

The crowd rejoiced when Minogue's dance troupe portrayed a gay wedding while she performed Especially For You at the south coast festival.

The hit is synonymous with the famed 1987 wedding scene in television soap Neighbours when Kylie's character Charlene married Scott, played by Jason Donovan.

The 51-year-old's rendition of the song followed its topical reprisal in the soap last year when a gay wedding took place for the first time on Ramsay Street, marking the historic news of Australia's legalisation of same-sex marriage.

Showering the crowd with kisses and heartfelt messages, she announced a toast to "health, happiness and love" before telling fans the "wonderful day" was a time for celebration but also "reflection".

Accompanied by a live band and backing singers, Kylie opened the show with Love At First Sight before racing through an hour-and-a-half set packed with most of her big hits including crowd favourites I Should Be So Lucky, Can't Get You Out of My Head, Kids and Loco-Motion.

She also found time for five costume changes: a glittery blue jump suit, fluorescent pink patent boiler suit and multi-coloured metallic-style pleated dress.

Minogue thanked everyone for their "love and support" in her finale as she closed the show with Spinning Around.

The performance followed her appearance at Glastonbury Festival in June, 14 years after she had to cancel her set there because of breast cancer.

Australian Associated Press