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Tuesday 20 August 2019

Tearful Kylie Minogue recalls missing 2005 Glastonbury after cancer diagnosis

The Australian singer has performed on the Pyramid Stage 14 years after she was due to headline the festival.

Kylie Minogue performing on the Pyramid Stage (Aaron Chown/PA)
Kylie Minogue performing on the Pyramid Stage (Aaron Chown/PA)

By Julia Hunt, PA Entertainment Correspondent

Kylie Minogue broke down in tears at Glastonbury as she recalled how she missed performing at the festival 14 years ago after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

The Australian singer, 51, was due to headline the event in 2005 but had to cancel to undergo treatment.

But on Sunday, Minogue took to the Pyramid Stage for her first full set at the event – where she was briefly joined by Coldplay star Chris Martin.

The tearful star told the audience: “In 2005 I was meant to be here.

“Circumstances meant that I did not make it.

“I wished things were different, but life is what it is.”

“We are all together in this moment,” she added.

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Kylie Minogue (Yui Mok/PA)

Minogue said it was one of the moments where she “realised not only this story but our story”, as she gestured to the crowd.

“Thirty plus years together,” the former Neighbours star said.

The singer said in 2005, when she missed the festival, she instead watched it at home.

She said: “Some of the artists covered some of my songs and that is the spirit and gracious nature of Glastonbury”.

Minogue then invited Coldplay star Chris Martin to join her on stage where they performed her hit Can’t Get You Out Of My Head.

The singer performed a mix of old and newer hits, including Especially For You, Locomotion and Love At First Sight.

She also welcomed Nick Cave on stage for a duet of their 1995 single Where The Wild Roses Grow.

Minogue later shared pictures from her set on Instagram.

“Thank you SO MUCH!” said the singer.

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“Words cannot describe what today meant to me.”

Other performers at Glastonbury on Sunday included Miley Cyrus, Billie Eilish and The Cure, who are closing the festival.

The band, fronted by Robert Smith, opened their set on the Pyramid Stage with their track Plainsong.

The Cure previously headlined the festival in 1986, 1990 and 1995.

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