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Nile Rodges & Chic: Hampton Court Palace Festival, Hampton Court, Surrey 22/8/21

Nile Rodges & Chic: Hampton Court Palace Festival, Hampton Court, Surrey 22/8/21 REVIEW
Nile Rodges & Chic: Hampton Court Palace Festival, Hampton Court, Surrey 22/8/21 REVIEW Nile Rodges & Chic: Hampton Court Palace Festival, Hampton Court, Surrey 22/8/21 REVIEW Nile Rodges & Chic: Hampton Court Palace Festival, Hampton Court, Surrey 22/8/21 REVIEW Nile Rodges & Chic: Hampton Court Palace Festival, Hampton Court, Surrey 22/8/21 REVIEW Nile Rodges & Chic: Hampton Court Palace Festival, Hampton Court, Surrey 22/8/21 REVIEW Nile Rodges & Chic: Hampton Court Palace Festival, Hampton Court, Surrey 22/8/21 REVIEW Nile Rodges & Chic: Hampton Court Palace Festival, Hampton Court, Surrey 22/8/21 REVIEW Nile Rodges & Chic: Hampton Court Palace Festival, Hampton Court, Surrey 22/8/21 REVIEW Nile Rodges & Chic: Hampton Court Palace Festival, Hampton Court, Surrey 22/8/21 REVIEW

Following the bleakest 18 months in many of our lives, the need to cut loose and enjoy ourselves has never been so urgent. Being cooped up at home isn't natural, so as soon as shows started to be announced again, fans snapped up tickets.

In recent years the summer series at Hampton Court Palace, the former home of King Henry VIII no less, has attracted some big names, and the relaunch series was no exception. For anyone in need of an uplifting evening, soul/funk/disco icons Nile Rodgers and Chic are the perfect tonic, and the courtyard of the historic castle is the perfect venue for it.

From the off the energetic guitarist has the audience on its feet, opening with a rousing rendition of "Dance Dance Dance" - an instruction the crowd would follow for the rest of the night.

From the grin across his face, it was clear Rodgers was delighted to be back on stage, and the band delivered an assured performance. "I Want Your Love" promptly followed, with the group delving through a catalogue spanning 40-plus years to entertain the sold-out audience.

As if we needed reminding of his prowess, megahits "Upside Down" and "Let's Dance" were included on the set, both tracks in the astonishing array of songs Rodgers has written and produced.

Winding forward the decades, the group also performed "Get Lucky", the huge song that saw Pharrell Williams link up with Daft Punk under the veteran songwriter's watchful eye.

It's been a long time coming, but as the crowd danced to the final track "Good Times" it did finally feel like things were looking brighter once more.

PHOTOS: DAVE BURKE
Words Dave Burke

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