Hot off the back of a performance at this weekend’s Isle of Wight Festival, music icon Nile Rodgers delivers a show like no other at the Scarborough Open Air Theatre.

This evening’s Nile Rodgers and Chic concert is just one of the many shows featured on the Scarborough Open Air Theatre’s star-studded summer line up. The likes of Britney Spears, The Stereophonics, Emeli Sande, Bastille and Alfie Boe will all grace the stage of Europe’s largest open-air theatre over the coming weeks.

With glorious sun-kissed weather and the added bonus of England’s 6-1 win against Panama in the World Cup, the Scarborough crowd are most certainly in high spirits this evening.

Taking to the stage armed with his trademark Fender Stratocaster and bedecked in a white beret and matching blazer Nile Rodgers kicks off the show with a triple whammy of “Everybody Dance”, “Dance, Dance, Dance” and “I Want Your Love”. Nile is joined onstage throughout the concert by his incredible seven-piece band who comes together seamlessly and effortlessly all night long.

The hits continue to flow during a Sister Sledge/Diana Ross medley featuring “I’m Coming Out”, “Upside Down”, “He’s The Greatest Dancer” and “We Are Family”. Vocalist Kimberley Davis demonstrates some astounding vocal acrobatics during the latter. This consistent run of back to back classics sets the tone for the night ahead; the whole venue up on their feet from the off.

Obviously, Nile Rodgers has worked with legendary artists from a whole raft of musical styles and genres including the likes of Avicii, Lady Gaga, Pharell Williams and Duran Duran, to name but a few. His influence is unparalleled and his work continues to scale the charts in the present day. Tonight’s show draws upon Nile Rodgers vast songbook including his work alongside some of the greatest musical names of the last fifty years.

Vocalist Folami takes centre stage during a beautiful rendition of Madonna’s “Like A Virgin” before a brief power cut slows down the proceedings momentarily; the crowd appear to be unfazed and carry on singing wholeheartedly until normal service is quickly resumed.

A soulful reworking of Rodgers collaboration with Daft Punk in the shape of “Get Lucky” is one of the many standout moments of the set. Drummer Ralph Rolle rallies the crowd with chants of “6-1” before taking the lead on a spellbinding rendition of “Let’s Dance”. Of course, Rodgers both played on and produced the aforementioned number for the late great David Bowie back in 1983.

As Chic hurtles towards the end of the show they wheel out a crowd-pleasing airing of disco hit “Le Freak” before closing out the show with the anthemic “Good Times” and The Sugarhill Gang’s “Rappers Delight”.

With a career spanning almost 50 years, Nile Rodgers continues to go from strength to strength and is showing no signs of slowing down.

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Event Date: 24-June-2018

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.