Over the years, it seems the music media will either absolutely love disco or absolutely despise it. You either can’t move for riffy dance floor numbers or you’re out burning Donna Summer records in the street. Disco is once again at a peak now helped in no small part to the resurgence of Nile Rodgers of Chic.
Following early successes (Chic, C’est Chic & Risque) Nile Rodgers sunk into depression and heroin abuse, maybe a natural reaction to the relentlessly euphoric nature of disco. But he’s back now, in case you hadn’t noticed he’s been doing some collaborating with Daft Punk and others. As a result of all this he has picked up three Grammys and a BRIT this year and is now headlining festivals around the world, including Bestival.
Rob da Bank says: “Ever since I first booked Chic and Nile for Bestival a few years back they have hands down been the best live band we’ve ever had at Bestival and Camp Bestival. And once people start realising how many hits Nile has written and produced for artists ranging from Madonna and David Bowie through to Daft Punk’s Get Lucky you realise this is just one huge disco jukebox that is gonna keep firing out the hits all night! Everybody Dance!”
Speaking about his headline set Nile Rodgers said: “I’m so excited to be back at Bestival, this time in the prestigious Sunday night headliner slot following legends Stevie Wonder and Elton John. Expect an extra special Desert Island Disco set from myself and Chic! Looking forward to seeing you all in September”
Following a precedent set by Fatboy Slim aboard HMS Bestival last year; Chic will be performing a themed show called the Desert Island Disco Finale, exclusive to Bestival. With an awe-inspiring litany of pop music’s greatest hits from “Le Freak (Aw Freak Out)” and “Good Times” to “Let’s Dance” and “Like A Virgin”.