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Kylie, our favourite act at the Odyssey

Pop princess Kylie Minogue was last night voted the hottest act at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast this year.

According to research by the award-winning venue, Kylie, who turned 40 this year, staged the best show of 2008.

The survey was compiled to celebrate the Odyssey’s eighth birthday.

Kylie was joined in the top 10 by fellow female artists Girls Aloud, featuring Londonderry’s Nadine Coyle, and R’n’B sensation Rihanna.

Arena favourites Westlife came second in the popularity stakes followed by rockers Oasis, while Mamma Mia! proved a hit with all ages.

An impressive 59% of those surveyed have visited the Odyssey more than five times in 2008. Westlife, who have played a record number of shows at the Odyssey, attracted the most repeat visitors to one event this year.

Other acts which featured in the top 10 were Nickleback and Boyzone in joint sixth place, Kanye West in 7th, Whitesnake, Dep Leppard (8th) and Lee Evans and McFly (joint 10th).

The success of the Arena looks set to continue with 2009 dates already in high demand. Girls Aloud are set to return alongside the legendary Lionel Ritchie and local band Snow Patrol. Other highlights include extreme sport event Masters of Dirt and family shows Cirque du Soleil and Cbeebies.

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