Kylie Minogue returns to live work with a guest appearance at the opening of Essential, Manchester's new gay club...

Fans queued for hours last night (June 9) for the chance to see Kylie Minogue play live at the opening of a new gay nightclub in MANCHESTER.

Billed as Manchester‘s first ‘superclub’, Essential, on Minshull Street in the city’s gay village is the brainchild of former Take That svengali Nigel Martin-Smith. The 2,500 capacity venue is intended to give Manchester a large scale venue to match Cream and Gatecrasher, as well as providing a predominantly ‘gay space’ following protests within the gay community about the dilution of the Canal Street area.

Kylie, who recently announced her return to the disco-pop of her roots, was expected to debut songs from her forthcoming album ‘Light Years’ (Parlophone), due in the autumn. It was the first time Kylie has appeared live since parting company with former label deconstruction. She did not tour around the release of her last eponymous album in 1997.

Queues stretched for hundreds of metres for hours before doors opened, as no advance tickets were available in an effort to keep the event as open as possible.

Bod, a fan who had been waiting for over two hours, told “I’d go to the end of the earth to see Kylie.”

Fans were also pleased at Minogue‘s return to disco. Another hopeful, Mike, summed up the mood. “We love her. We’ve waited for ages, because we just wanted to get all her old PWL stuff back. Her new stuff’s really, really good, but you can’t beat ‘I Should Be So Lucky’. She’s a big part of our lives.”

Asked whether Kylie could be beaten on the gay scene, the response was clear. “No, she’s the biggest icon by far.”

Kylie Minogue‘s new single ‘Spinning Around’, written by Paula Abdul, is out on Monday.

Other acts lined up for the opening weeks of Essential are Adam Rickitt and Nicki French.