With less than a month remaining until Kylie takes the spotlight at Radio 2 in the Park in Leicester on Sunday, 17 September, Radio 2 is honouring the UK’s cherished pop sensation by introducing the all-new podcast series titled “Eras: Kylie Minogue.” Alongside this, two exclusive interviews featuring Kylie, Radio 2’s DJs Zoe Ball and Scott Mills are being launched.
On Friday, 1 September, Kylie will grace The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show to discuss what her fans can anticipate from her upcoming headline performance at Radio 2 in the Park. Joining her will be actor Daisy May Cooper and entrepreneur Steven Bartlett for Zoe’s Friends Round Friday. Tune in live from 8 am.
The podcast “Eras: Kylie Minogue,” debuting on BBC Sounds and globally on RSS on Monday, 28 August, will chronicle Kylie’s illustrious career through its defining chapters. Hosted by Scott Mills, each chapter will be narrated by fans and commentators, enriched with exclusive content from the BBC archive.
Radio 2 has revealed that for the ultimate fifth episode of “Eras,” Kylie will engage in an exclusive and comprehensive conversation with Scott Mills. This in-depth dialogue will reflect on her 35 years reigning atop the music charts, her remarkable talent for reinvention, and what her fans can eagerly anticipate in the forthcoming Kylie era following her triumphs in 2023. This episode will be accessible on BBC Sounds on Friday, 8 September.
Across the initial four episodes of “Eras,” listeners will hear from renowned admirers including Jessie Ware (who collaborated with Kylie on the single “Kiss of Life” released in October 2021), David Tennant (who shared the screen with Kylie in a special Christmas episode of Doctor Who in 2007, viewed by over 13 million viewers), Jack Savoretti (who joined forces with Kylie for their 2018 song “Music’s Too Sad Without You”), Jake Shears (who teamed up with Kylie for her 2004 single “I Believe in You,” as well as her 2010 album “Aphrodite” and their 2018 song “Voices”), Olly Alexander, fellow Radio 2 in the Park performer Beverley Knight, Tia Kofi, Jaime Winstone, Cathy Dennis (who co-wrote Kylie’s 2001 hit, “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head”), and Emily Eavis. Radio 2 presenters Rylan Clark, Dermot O’Leary, Fearne Cotton, Owain Wyn Evans, and Michelle Visage will also contribute to the dialogue, exploring what has rendered Kylie and her career so emblematic.
In Episode One, “She Should Be So Lucky,” fresh interviews and BBC Archive material unveil a star who’s finding her footing, yet always maintains her stance. Intelligent, confident, and in collaboration with synthpop moguls Stock, Aitken, and Waterman, Kylie discovers the value of remarkable collaborators, along with the influence of her own persona. However, the advent of Britpop is on the horizon.
Episode Two, “She Don’t Need Anyone,” traces Kylie’s alliance with the indie label Deconstruction Records and a phase marked by experimentation – a new appearance, a novel ethos, and a slew of unexpected partnerships with M-People, Pet Shop Boys, Manic Street Preachers, and Nick Cave.
In Episode 3, “She Can’t Get You Out of Her Head,” Scott delves into Kylie’s third era of glimmering dance-pop, where hits like “Spinning Around” and “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” dominate radio airwaves across the Atlantic. However, in 2005, a startling breast cancer diagnosis truncated the music journey. Kylie’s illness and recuperation unfold in the public eye.
Episode 4, “She Hears It and She Knows,” examines Kylie’s latest era during the past decade, during which she directs her time-honoured talents towards fresh musical challenges, spanning from country music to Covid-era home studios to “Padam Padam,” the undeniable sound of Summer ’23.
“Eras: Kylie Minogue” will be accessible for listening on BBC Sounds starting from 28 August.