Music legend Nile Rodgers and his band Chic will be lighting up this New Year’s Eve live on BBC One as they bring a collection of hits to a music and firework spectacular in London.
For the fifth year running - and following in the footsteps of Gary Barlow, Queen + Adam Lambert, Bryan Adams and Robbie Williams - BBC One will broadcast a special live music concert before and after the fireworks display on the River Thames.
Multiple Grammy-winning composer, producer, arranger and guitarist Rogers is responsible for a string of worldwide hits including Let’s Dance by David Bowie, Diana Ross’s I’m Coming Out and Sister Sledge’s classic hit We Are Family. All of this, coupled with Rogers’ collaboration with Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams on 2013’s worldwide hit single Get Lucky makes him one of the most influential musicians of his generation.
Rodgers, who was this year inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame, said: “It’s been an incredible year for Chic in the UK, from playing in 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, added: “I am over the moon that Nile and CHIC will be heading up our New Year’s Eve celebrations. 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!”
London’s 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 Rodgers and CHIC continue the party with a raft of hits including Good Times, Le Freak and Everybody Dance.
The firework broadcast and concert was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, director of content; it will be executive produced by Guy Freeman and Cerrie Frost will be series producer. The fireworks will be executive produced by Claire Popplewell for BBC Events and produced by Victoria Simpson. The presenter will be announced in due course.