Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) with Liverpool Gin has announced multiple Grammy-winning composer, producer, arranger and guitarist Nile Rodgers as its Saturday headliner, along with his pioneering band CHIC.
They join the already confirmed De La Soul, SIGMA and Disco Classical with special guest Sister Sledge featuring Kathy Sledge, who close the festival on the Sunday night. The booking ensures both nights of LIMF will be soundtracked by some of the world’s best feel-good dance music.
As the co-founder of CHIC, Nile Rodgers pioneered a musical language, becoming the most prolific artist in disco and generating chart-topping hits like ‘Le Freak’, ‘Everybody Dance’ and ‘I Want Your Love’. The iconic musician also sparked the advent of hip-hop with his 1971 track ‘Good Times’, one of the most sampled songs of all time. Since then, Rodgers’ productions for artists like David Bowie, Diana Ross, and Madonna have sold over 500 million albums and 75 million singles worldwide, while his innovative, trendsetting collaborations with Daft Punk, Avicii, Sigala, Disclosure, and Sam Smith reflect the vanguard of contemporary music. On Saturday 20th July, Rodgers and CHIC will be taking to LIMF’s Central Stage in Liverpool’s Sefton Park, to grace the audience with tracks from his incomparable back-catalogue in a performance that’s not to be missed.
NILE RODGERS SAID OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT: “Liverpool has been the site of some of my greatest moments as an artist from our triumphant concerts there, where we are made to feel like we are from Anfield or the Old Swan to being honoured by Sir Paul McCartney at LIPA.
We cannot wait to be back to Merseyside not once, but twice this summer!”
LIMF turns seven this summer and elsewhere over the weekend, the festival welcomes some of the world’s biggest artists, as well as a diverse set of emerging musicians promising to take the industry by storm.
Acts already announced include hip-hop legends De La Soul, the chart-topping Ella Eyre, multi-Grammy nominee Kenny Dope and an exclusive 3Beat @ 30 30th Anniversary live performance featuring two-time Brit nominees and platinum-selling SIGMA, along with M-22, Geko and Anton Powers. Rising stars at the festival include NAO, SG Lewis, Grace Carter and Kara Marni, as well as local talents LUNA, Raheem Alameen and KYAMI of the festival’s talent development programme, LIMF Academy, who’ll be sharing the stage with the festival’s biggest acts.
Other emerging local acts will be appearing on the festival’s Music City Stage, including PizzaGirl, Eyesore & The Jinx, Sub Blue and Bill Nickson, as well as a special Unesco Collaboration.
Liverpool International Music Festival with Liverpool Gin takes place on 20th & 21st July. For more details and tickets visit www.limfestival.com.