Kylie Minogue kicked off her ‘Kiss Me Once’ world tour last night (24 September) at Echo Arena Liverpool.
The venue, which celebrated its 500th event with the concert, also presented Kylie with its Icon Award.
She is only the second to receive the honour, after Sir Paul McCartney won the inaugural award in 2011.
“I’m really excited to be starting my world tour in a city with such a famous musical heritage,” Kylie said. “I’m thrilled to receive this award from Echo Arena and wish the team many congratulations on the 500th event.”
The Australian star has embarked on a 31-date tour of 15 countries to support her latest album, Kiss Me Once.
“We are honoured that Kylie chose to come to Echo Arena Liverpool to kick off such a huge world tour and wanted to show our appreciation by presenting her with out Icon Award,” said Bob Prattey, CEO of ACC Liverpool, which houses Echo Arena and the BT Convention Centre.
“It also coincides nicely with our 500th event at the arena, so it is a good opportunity to reflect on our many fantastic highlights over the past six years and look forward to many to come,” he added.
ACC Liverpool is welcoming the Exhibition Centre Liverpool from next year. Echo Arena itself has already hosted Beyonce, George Michael, the Davis Cup, the MTV Europe Music Awards, and the MOBOs. Around 3.5 million visitors since its opening.
Pictured: Bob Prattey, CEO of ACC Liverpool, and Kylie Minogue