Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Unveils Dannii Minogue’s Performance
A little over a month has passed since Dannii Minogue performed at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Party. You may recall this particular writer overjoyed with the prospect of seeing the return of a dance icon. Performances at the annual party are usually over the top, colorful, extravagant and, of course, camp. Minogue’s performance was unlike any other — a throwback to her older jams that also showed why she’s still an effective powerhouse in dance music.
Famed drag queen Vanity Faire starts the spectacle off in the most amazing way. Seeing both of the Minogue sister is a religious experience and Vanity, dressed in a nun’s pink garb, opens with a fun introduction. “We believe in love. We believe in equality. And we believe in disco!” The outrageous opening features dancers with oversized hats (resembling records) before Minogue appears. The first few bars of Minogue’s 1990 single, “Success,” play and the dance icon fully appears singing the line “Are you ready?” Without waiting for a response, the show truly gets going. “Put the Needle on It” begins, though with Ian Masterson as the musical director for the performance, the song has shifted from its electropop sound to a house mix. The breakdown features a fun dance segment before moving on. “Baby Love” and “Love and Kisses” introduce the crowd to Minogue’s early work. The latter has guitar riffs that transition into a mash-up of Minogue’s “This Is It” and Clean Bandit’s “Real Love.” It’s a celebration of love that brings everyone into the moment.
Minogue descends from the stage to change things up and moves into her latest single, “Summer of Love,” which she joins with a small excerpt of “All I Wanna Do.” Ditching the pink, feathery jumpsuit from before, Dannii emerges from the smoke in a black corset and fishnets. The house track suits the party well, and the overwhelming love felt by the performers and the audience is palpable. Minogue effortlessly performs the iconic “I Begin to Wonder,” singing the chorus from “Perfection” during a brief instrumental. As the show draws to a close, an orchestral mix of “Disremembrance” begins. The heavy-hitting dance song strikes a chord with me as Minogue belts the familiar line I’ve come to know and love: “Will you remember me?” The ingenious mash-up of of the 1998 single along with the trance classic “Who Do You Love Now” is a highlight of the performance. Although it was a brief moment, the question she poses to the audience rejuvenates her, and not remembering Dannii Minogue seems impossible. “Summer of Love” is out next week, and this slew of remixes makes it clear that we can expect a lot more from Disco Dannii.