Pop princess Kylie Minogue performed at the Royal Albert Hall four times before making her headline debut on Friday 11 December 2015, with one of her earliest appearances being at an intriguing event on 7 July 1996 entitled A Hip Mass: The Superjam – First International Poetry Day.
This nine-hour event was devoted to poetry, verse and performance, and featured poets and songwriters including John Cooper Clarke, Patti Smith, Damon Albarn, Simon Armitage and Carol Ann Duffy.
Kylie was a late addition to the lineup, brought on to the stage by Nick Cave with whom she had released Where the Wild Roses Grow just nine months previously. On Cave’s advice she read the lyrics to I Should Be So Lucky , which went down a storm to the massed crowd and critics alike.
‘… [Kylie] shook off her Stock, Aitken and Waterman pop image when she performed a tongue-in-cheek spoken word version of I Should Be So Lucky. ‘Indie Kylie’, the NME star, was born.’
The Great Wen