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02 August 2022

Nile Rodgers & Chic Announce Gigs In London And Manchester

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Nile Rodgers & Chic have announced details of two ‘End Of Summer Party’ gigs in London and Manchester for later this year.

The funk and disco hitmakers will play the O2 Academy Brixton in London on 19 September and the O2 Victoria Warehouse in Manchester on 21 September. Tickets go on sale this Friday (5 August) at 10am BST via Ticketmaster.

Nile Rodgers said: “After the blues of COVID we’ve had an incredible summer in the UK getting up front and close with all of our incredible fans. What better way to celebrate the last day of summer and the first day of autumn than with our final UK shows of the year at Brixton and Manchester.”

Rodgers also invited the England women’s football team to join him onstage in celebration of their victory in EURO 2022, “We want to invite all the Lionesses who’ve made the whole country so proud to get up on stage for what will truly be Good Times!”

Nile Rodgers was recently interviewed by Rolling Stone about his favourite dance songs. When asked what makes a good dance song, Rodgers replied, ““I think if the combination of ingredients of a song sparks a primal response, like it makes people want to dance — they don’t need to know what the song is about or anything like that, just the groove or the vibe — that’s what makes a great dance song. It’s just that thing that just hits you.

Among his picks was Prince‘s Let’s Go Crazy, about which Rodgers said, “I’ve played this with him. That was, wow, the night of my life. We had a blast.”

Rodgers also picked one of his own productions, Sister Sledge’s We Are Family, saying, “Of course, I’ve got to throw in one of my songs. I have to put We Are Family on my list, and it’s not necessarily our best dance record but it’s probably the one that makes everybody go bananas. Once again, it’s the diva quality of Kathy [Sledge], and when the band breaks down and she just goes off and that was one take. She was inspired by the track, she just lit into it. She just jumped right into the track. And I’ve seen it all my life or since I’ve written it: DJs will play We Are Family and the dance floor gets packed.

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