Kylie Minogue is set to play the iconic Legends set at Glastonbury on Sunday afternoon, but her turn on the Pyramid Stage is a long time coming. Kylie was originally set to headline the festival in 2005, until a breast cancer diagnosis meant she had to pull out. Solo female headliners at Glastonbury are pretty rare occurrence — the next woman to have the honour was Beyoncé in 2011 — and in an interview with The Mirror, Kylie opened up about how it felt to cancel, and exactly what we can expect from her long overdue return to the iconic music festival.
"Will there be tears? Absolutely. Let's just say I will be wearing waterproof mascara," the Aussie singer joked. Kylie was only 36 when she was diagnosed with cancer, and she cancelled multiple appearances in order to receive treatment. She watched Glastonbury at home with her parents in Melbourne, explaining, "I really thought I missed my opportunity and, as the years went by, I said to myself, 'Well this just isn't going to happen.'"
But few careers endure the way Kylie's has, and 14 years on, she's finally fulfilling her dream. Last year, her 14th studio album, Golden, went to number 1 in the UK, and she has a greatest hits compilation coming out this week, just in time to fuel all the nostalgia that her Glasto gig is sure to stir up. Kylie has promised plenty of her hits will feature in the set, joking, "We're not going to muck about" and there are also rumours of some surprise duets. Her Neighbours costar and former flame Jason Donovan famously joined Kylie onstage at Radio 2 Live last year, and though he's currently performing in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at the London Palladium, Sunday is his night off (!) so we may be blessed with an "Especially For You" moment. Kylie's also collaborated with the likes of Nick Cave, Robbie Williams, Taio Cruz, and Scissor Sisters, so there's really no end to the possibilities of who might make a surprise appearance . . . maybe little sister Dannii might pop by, too?
Kylie's set hits the Pyramid Stage at 3.45 p.m. on Sunday, with TV coverage on BBC 1 starting at 6 p.m.