Monday, October 2, 2017 - 12:15
Music legend Nile Rodgers and his world-famous band CHIC will be taking to the stage at Central Hall Westminster this New Year’s Eve.
The event, to be broadcast live to millions on BBC One, will mark the fifth year running that the BBC has chosen the iconic central London venue for their New Year’s Eve broadcast. Previous performances to welcome the start of a new year have included Robbie Williams, Bryan Adams, Queen + Adam Lambert and Gary Barlow.
Tickets to the special live music concert held before and after the world-renowned fireworks display on the River Thames, are due to be released soon and are expected to sell out in minutes.
Multiple Grammy-winning composer, producer, arranger, and guitarist Nile Rodgers is responsible for a string of worldwide hits including Let’s Dance by David Bowie, Diana Ross’ I’m Coming Out and Sister Sledge’s classic hit We Are Family. All of this, coupled with Rodgers’ collaboration with Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams on 2013’s worldwide hit single Get Lucky, makes him undoubtedly one of the most influential musicians of his generation.
Nile Rodgers & CHIC are one of the most prominent and enduring bands on the scene today. The group's pared down funk and dance vibes have proven to be some of the most distinctive and emblematic music of our time with #1 hits including Le Freak, Good Times as well as Everybody Dance and Dance, Dance, Dance.
Paul Southern, Managing Director of Central Hall Westminster, comments: “We are absolutely thrilled to be part of the BBC New Year’s Eve celebration for the fifth year in a row. Our magnificent Great Hall, which seats over 2,000, will provide a fitting backdrop for the live performance to be broadcast. We have hosted numerous high profile performances at our venue over the past year, confirming Central Hall’s position as the leading concert venue for central London.”
Nile, who was this year inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, said: “It’s been an incredible year for CHIC in the UK, from playing to 200,000 plus people at Glastonbury to our recent sold out arena shows in London and Liverpool. This is a great way to end our 40th year in a spectacular fashion and kick off a new year that will start with the release of the first new CHIC music in years and the new album. Good Times are coming in 2018!”
Guy Freeman, Editor Special Events for the BBC, said: “I am over the moon that Nile & CHIC will be heading up our New Year’s Eve celebrations at Central Hall Westminster. With a host of timeless disco party classics on their setlist, I am sure that living rooms up and down the land will be boogieing along until the wee small hours!”
Of course, the live music is just part of the party as a festival of fireworks fills the night sky over the River Thames in London as Big Ben strikes midnight.
London’s famous firework display will be choreographed to fit a specially edited medley of music. The celebrations along the Thames will end with a traditional rendition of Auld Lang Syne, before the action switches back inside as Nile and CHIC continue the party at Central Hall with a raft of hits including Good Times, Le Freak and Everybody Dance.
A limited number of tickets will be available from Friday 24th November check out the BBC for more information.