Nile Rodgers on the balcony at Central Hall Westminster. Nile and CHIC performed in front of a packed audience at Central Hall Westminster on New Year’s Eve 2017 (photo credit: Jill Furmonvsky) .
A live audience of over 2,000 were joined by millions of TV viewers when Central Hall Westminster provided the backdrop to a televised BBC New Year’s Eve performance by Nile Rodgers & CHIC.
Playing to a packed crowd in the venue’s Great Hall, music legend Nile Rodgers and his world-famous band CHIC created a New Year’s Eve celebration to remember which was broadcast live on BBC One before and after the London fireworks display. Introduced by presenter Roman Kemp, Nile celebrated 40 years in the business with a special performance by CHIC, playing a string of hits including Good Times and Le Freak. The concert, which also included a rendition of Pharrell Williams’ Get Lucky, was described by TV reviewers as ‘sensational’.
This was the fifth year in a row that the BBC selected the central London venue for its annual New Year’s Eve concert which heralds the world-famous fireworks display over the River Thames. Previous performers taking to the stage in the 2,200 capacity Great Hall have included Gary Barlow, Queen + Adam Lambert and Robbie Williams.
Paul Southern, Managing Director of Central Hall Westminster, comments: “We were honoured to be part of the BBC New Year’s Eve celebration for the fifth year in a row. There was an incredible atmosphere in the Great Hall and this concert marked the start of another successful year at our venue.”
Nile, who was this year inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, said “It’s been an incredible 12 months for us in the UK. I thought playing to 200,000 people at Glastonbury could not be beaten but getting to put a cherry on 2017 and kicking off 2018 in London at the historic Central Hall Westminster in front of a BBC television audience of millions has been incredible. I wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous new year and would like to express my sincere gratitude for all of your love and support!”
Notes to Editors:
About Central Hall Westminster
Central Hall Westminster (CHW) is central London’s largest purpose-built conference and events centre, combining historical elegance with cutting-edge technical capabilities. The unique Edwardian landmark building situated adjacent to Westminster Abbey is the home of a culturally diverse Methodist Church and has engaged high profile conferences, special events and local business meetings since 1912.
With a maximum capacity of 2,400, Central Hall Westminster offers 22 event spaces, including:
The architectural features of the building include the iconic dome, spacious entrance foyers and hallways, marble flooring and a sweeping Grand staircase, the design of which is based on the Paris Opera House.
New Year’s Eve on BBC One
The firework broadcast and concert was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, BBC Director of Content. Nile Rodgers and CHIC: Good Times parts 1 and 2 were executive produced by Guy Freeman and Cerrie Frost was the series producer. The fireworks were executive produced by Claire Popplewell and produced by Victoria Simpson. The presenter was Roman Kemp.
Nile has Produced and or written and recorded a string of hits, including; He’s The Greatest Dancer, We Are Family, Thinking Of You, Lost In Music and Frankie for Sister Sledge; Upside Down and I’m Coming Out for Diana Ross; Let’s Dance, Modern Love, and China Girl for David Bowie; Like A Virgin and Material Girl for Madonna, Notorious for Duran Duran, plus Get Lucky and Lose Yourself To Dance for Daft Punk et al amongst many others.
Nile has had an amazing 2017 so far, which will culminate in the New Year’s Eve event on BBC One. Within the last 12 months, Nile has received British GQ’s Man Of The Year "Icon" Award, has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, played Glastonbury to 200,000 people in front of Ed Sheeran. Earlier in the year BBC Four screened a 3-part documentary entitled Nile Rodgers "How To Make It In The Music Business.”
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