Review: Kim Wilde at Ipswich Regent

Kim Wilde. Picture: STEVE ULLATHORNE

Kim Wilde. Picture: STEVE ULLATHORNE - Credit: Archant

Kim Wilde’s return to the UK touring circuit has been a long time in coming, but it was definitely worth the wait.

Opening her ‘Here Come the Aliens’ tour at Ipswich Regent Kim looked confident and relaxed on stage: her sparkling cat suit glistening as she whipped up the crowd with a mixture of charts hits and new material.

There is sometimes the concern that artists sharing new material in such a long career are unhappy or reluctant to air older songs.

That wasn’t the case for Kim Wilde: her set list was varied and appealed to all types of fan from the obsessive to the more casual.

Her new material proved to be a hit with the audience with her distinctive voice still coming across through a more grown up sound.


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The show was a real family affair as her brother Ricky and his daughter Scarlett formed an integral part of both the new album and Kim’s band on the night.

A quick note must be made on the stage lighting which perfectly emulated what an alien craft could look like without being too over the top.

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By the end of the night Kim - now draped with a fabulous silver cape - had the entire crowd on its feet in a rousing and slightly more rock-based version of Kids in America.

A great evening to be sure.

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