Nile Rodgers set for 2013 UK tour

Pop icon and serial hit producer performs at Summerhall and Wickerman Festival 2013

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This article is from 2013.

Nile Rodgers set for 2013 UK tour

Nile Rodgers isn’t the most famous person in the world, but he knows plenty of them. These two very special summer appearances on Scottish soil will most likely not sell out as swiftly as, for example, one of his former collaborators announcing a theoretical date at the O2 in London, but for those of us paying attention it feels like the summer of Nile. He’s the dreadlocked one playing guitar on Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ while his association with old mate David Bowie had people discussing him when The Next Day surfaced.

A few facts about Rodgers are indisputable: he produced and, in a few notable cases, wrote some of the finest pop music of the disco and post-disco era (Sister Sledge’s We Are Family album, Sheila and B Devotion’s sublime ‘Spacer’, Diana Ross’ ‘Upside Down’ and ‘I’m Coming Out’, Duran Duran’s ‘The Reflex’ and ‘The Wild Boys’, and almost all of Like a Virgin). Admittedly, he’s had a hand in some turkeys (yes, we mean Mick Jagger’s She’s the Boss), yet he and the late Bernard Edwards’ transcendent partnership with the mighty Chic, one of music’s most eminently rediscoverable bands, has endured.

In collaboration with Belgian artist Jean Pierre Muller, the show at Summerhall will be a premiere spoken word, music and art collaboration featuring Rodgers ‘singing, talking and acting his way through an account of the cultural and social life of Harlem from the time of the Harlem Renaissance in the 20s to the present day.’ Those who were at his Edinburgh International Book Festival appearances last year will know what an unmissable raconteur he is. And those who saw him play RockNess with a revived Chic earlier in 2012 would suggest you don’t miss their excellent show at Wickerman either.

Summerhall, Edinburgh, Fri 21 & Sat 22 Jun; Wickerman Festival, East Kirkcarswell, near Dundrennan, Fri 26 Jul

This article is from 2013.

Chic featuring Nile Rodgers

Disco and 70s grooves from the man who gave us 'Good Times', 'Le Freak', 'Everybody Dance', 'We Are Family', 'He's the Greatest Dancer' and 'Lost in Music'.

Eventim Hammersmith Apollo, London W6

Fri 23 Dec

£42 / 0844 249 4300

The Wickerman Festival

The Wickerman festival is quite probably the world’s only family-friendly music event inspired by a cult horror film about human sacrifice. Located in the prime Wicker Man territory of Dundrennan in Dumfries & Galloway, the festival’s unique selling point is its annual climactic burning of a bespoke wicker man (sans a…

Nile Rodgers with Jean Pierre Muller

Master guitarist/producer/songwriter Nile Rodgers has brought the funk to collaborators as diverse as Sister Sledge and Daft Punk. Tonight’s show is a special collaboration between Rodgers and Belgian artist Jean Pierre Muller for 'Indigo Night', a music and art project that brings to life the musical and cultural history…

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