Why did Kylie Minogue pull out of headlining Glastonbury in 2005?

9 September 2019, 14:24 | Updated: 10 September 2019, 13:17

Glastonbury Festival 2019 - Day Five
Glastonbury Festival 2019 - Day Five. Picture: Getty

As the Aussie singer's slot is named the most watched Glastonbury performance of all time, we look back at why Kylie was forced to cancel the first time around.

Kylie Minogue played the Sunday Legends set at Glastonbury 2019, joining the list of world-famous stars to take up the coveted slot including Lionel Ritchie, Dolly Parton and Barry Gibb.

Now, it's been announced that the Princess of Pop's Pyramid Stage set is the most watched Glastonbury performance ever, smashing headline performances from Ed Sheeran, Adele and Beyonce with a peak of 3.9million people watching the closing part of her set at once.

The record-breaking set saw the Can't Get You Out Of My Head legend play a selection of hits from throughout her 30-year music career, and featured guest appearances from Coldplay's Chris Martin and Nick Cave.

The slot was particularly poignant or the 51-year-old Aussie star, who was supposed to play the festival back in 2005.

Find out why she was forced to cancel her slot here...

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Why was Kylie forced to cancel her appearance at Glastonbury 2005?

Kylie was due to headline the Pyramid Stage 14 years ago as part of her Showgirl tour, but had to cancel her performance just due to a breast cancer diagnosis.

As reported by NME at the time, a statement released on 17 May 2005 read: "Kylie Minogue has had to pull out of her headlining appearance at this year’s Glastonbury Festival due to ill health. This follows the confirmation early this morning that she has been diagnosed with early breast cancer and that she will undergo immediate treatment. Consequently, her Australian tour, which was due to open in Sydney this Thursday, May 19, will not be able to proceed as planned."

Kylie added: "I was so looking forward to bringing the Showgirl tour to Australia and to Glastonbury, and am sorry to have to disappoint my fans. Nevertheless, hopefully all will work out fine and I’ll be back with you all again soon”.

Glastonbury Festival organisers also said in a statement: “Glastonbury Festival was saddened to hear the news that Kylie Minogue has been diagnosed with breast cancer…our thoughts are with Kylie at this very difficult time.”

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Who replaced Kylie in 2005?

The Spinning Around singer was replaced by British electronic duo Basement Jaxx, who then completed the line-up of headliners with The White Stripes and Coldplay.

It was during the latter's headline set on the Pyramid stage that Chris Martin chose to pay homage to Minogue by covering her Can't Get You Out Of My Head single - a cover that Martin and Minogue then reprieved in 2019.

Addressing the crowd before their rendition, the Coldplay frontman said: "... Kylie Minogue had that thing going on, and we thought, 'everybody's sort of paid to see Kylie as well, so shouldn't we sort of salute absent friends?'

"And that's why we're going to do this..."

Watch them perform Kylie's 2001 track:

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What happened at Kylie's Glastonbury 2019 slot?

14 years later saw Kylie return to play the Pyramid Stage - this time in the Legends slot.

Her retrospective 18-track-setlist featured the likes of I Should Be so Lucky, Spinning Around, Locomotion and a special appearance from Nick Cave for their duet Where Wild Roses Grow- which she played for the first time in full in her show since 1995.

The pop princess was also accompanied by Chris Martin on her Can't Get You Out Of My Head hit - a nod to Coldplay's performance in Kylie's absence back in 2005.

Kylie Minogue and Chris Martin perform on the Pyramid stage during day five of Glastonbury
Kylie Minogue and Chris Martin perform on the Pyramid stage during day five of Glastonbury. Picture: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images

See Kylie's Glastonbury 2019 tea time setlist here:

Act I

1. Love at First Sight

2. I Should Be So Lucky

3. On a Night Like This

Act II

4. Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi

5. Hand on Your Heart

6. Where the Wild Roses Grow (with Nick Cave - the first time fully performed in a Kylie show since 1995)


7. Slow (With elements of "Fashion" by David Bowie)

8. Confide in Me

9. Kids (Robbie Williams collaboration)

10. Can't Get You Out of My Head (with Chris Martin)

Act IV

- Suddenly (Angry Anderson song)

11. Especially for You (Jason Donovan cover)

12. Shocked

13. Step Back in Time

14. Better the Devil You Know

16. The Loco-Motion (Carole King cover)

16. All the Lovers

17. Dancing

18. Spinning Around

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