She’s given us Love and Kisses, helped us Put the Needle on It and made us Begin to Wonder… Whether or not she’d ever release any new material, that is. But now, eight years after her last studio album, Dannii Minogue is back. And not a moment too soon,
“Dannii! Dannii! Dannii!”
We’re backstage at Manchester Pride with our favourite Minogue sister – shhhh! Don’t tell the other one! – and the walls of our little hideaway are practically shaking from the noise of thousands upon thousands of fans packing out the city’s gay village and chanting for the woman herself.
“Oh my Gooooooood!” she squeals, somewhat nervously. It’s less than 30 minutes before she’s due to take to the stage. “Little do they know know I’m right here!”
Right here is, of course, backstage with GT giving a very rare and a very exclusive interview about life, love and the future for, arguably, the queen of club music.
“Right, focus, I forgot what I was saying...”
Funnily enough, we were asking Dannii how it feels to be back. Back in the UK, her home away from home, and back to the unquestionable adulation of her fans. Less than 24 hours before our interview, she played her first UK gig in NINE years to another adoring crowd in London. A warmup for her set in Manchester – certainly the most anticipated of the entire Pride season.
“It was a homecoming,” she smiles, proudly. “My brother was there, he’d flown in from Australia, and he always used to come to my gigs when he lived in London. I had a mate there who I’ve been friends with for years. It was a homecoming with friends and a homecoming with fans. I guess there’s a lot of memories for people who’ve grown up with my music, but there’s fans who’re just coming on board now.”
Dannii’s right. A glance into the crowd shows faces of all ages, genders, sexual orientations and backgrounds.
“Being back in the UK,” Dannii continues, “has been about everybody gathering together, enjoying music, celebrating equality and just giving a bit of tits, tinsel and sequins.”
Tits, tinsel and sequins. With our collective journalism degrees, we don’t think we could’ve summed up Dannii’s triumphant return better ourselves. In both London and Manchester, Dannii commands the stage in a sequinned, bubblegum pink jumpsuit, adorned with pink fur. And our expert adjudicators have confirmed that, yes, tits are very much present, too.
With all the style-over-substance pop stars who’ve come and gone int he nine years since Dannii was last on our shores, it’s a huge relief to have an unabashed, no-nonsense, brazen pop star back on stage. It begs the question, though, is this jaunt just a bit of foreplay, or can we expect Dannii back in our lives a bit more regularly.
“Well,” she starts, a million dollar smile spreading across her face, unable to contain her excitement, “I’ve been in the studio in LA, in Sydney and in London, just putting stuff together so I can release some new music…”