Millie Minogue to headline Port Douglas’ Hot and Steamy Festival


Party people get ready, there is less than one month until the inaugural Hot and Steamy Festival hits Port Douglas with showgirl superstar Millie Minogue set to headline the event.

Affectionately dubbed ‘the third Minogue sister’, showgirl and cabaret phenomenon, Millie Minogue, along with a list of local and national DJs have just been announced to join the Hot and Steamy line up between February 14 to 17.

The Hot & Steamy Festival is set to position itself as the premier LGBTQI+ festival in the region but event organisers say gay, lesbian, or straight, everyone is welcome to join it what will essentially be a big party.

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The Festival will see a host of events set in iconic spots around Port Douglas including Salsa Bar & Grill for the Taste in the Tropics Lunch, The Sugar Wharf for a Sunset T-Dance, Jimmy Rum’s Mixing Lounge for the After Party, the Port Douglas Yacht Club for the Hello, Sailor! Dance Party and Niramaya Villas & Spa for the SOAKED Pool Party.

Millie Minogue will make a special guest appearance at the Sugar Wharf T-Dance on Friday, February 14, as well as a full performance at the SOAKED Pool Party on Sunday, February 16.

Millie, a Kyle Minogue impersonator, said she found an unlikely career path channelling Australia’s most loved Pop Princess at a time when classic tunes like Dusty Springfield’s Son of A Preacher Man and Shirley Bassey’s Hey, Big Spender were on high rotation. Millie set herself apart with a lighter, brighter and younger vibe.

“Beautiful young entertainers were dressing up as 60-year-old – equally beautiful – women, and I wanted to channel something that was a bit younger, cuter and sexier,” Millie said.

“Kylie, like Cher and Madonna, has a natural showmanship.

“She epitomises fun and oozes confidence. Isn’t that what we all aspire to?” She said.

No stranger to Port Douglas, Millie is excited to be involved with this event and in a place that she has a personal attachment to.

“I haven’t been to Port Douglas since I was a hairdressing apprentice in the Pixie and Christopher Skase days, so I simply cannot wait.

The top end of Queensland needs to have more events like this. We’ll definitely make it a good one so that calendars will be marked for next year before they’ve even left. It’s a festival in tropical paradise - get those gold hot pants ready,” she said.

FNQ drag performer Donna Perignonn DQ is also a highlight to the festival’s entertainment bill.

Donna and her dancing drag daughters will be featuring at the nautical-themed dance party, Hello, Sailor! at the Port Douglas Yacht Club on Saturday 15 February.

“We are super excited to be involved with Hot & Steamy 2020. The LGBTQI+ community have been waiting a long time for an event of this calibre to be created in the region, so to be a part of it is absolutely an honour. Get your best sailor’s outfits on, we’re bringing the Navy to Port Douglas,” Donna said.

Tickets are on sale now at Port Douglas Hot and Steamy Festival.

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