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Lytham Festival: Nile Rodgers and Chic

Nile Rodgers at Lytham Festival
Nile Rodgers at Lytham Festival
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Hit-maker, member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and cancer survivor - Nile Rodgers laid it all on the line during another night to remember at Lytham Festival.

For 90 minutes from opener Everybody Dance to finale Good Times the crowd enjoyed a masterclass of music you want to move to.

Bananarama at Lytham Festival

Bananarama at Lytham Festival

Nile Rodgers has penned or produced probably more chart -toppers than anyone else on the planet over the decades, working with stars ranging from Diana Ross to David Bowie.

As darkness enveloped The Green and mirror ball lighting flicked across the stage screens it was like we were all part of one heaving dance floor .

A quick fire medley of number ones included I'm Coming Out, Upside Down and We Are Family before the band launched into Madonna's Like A Virgin and Duran Duran's Notorious, both produced by Rodgers.

He told the crowd : "I'm thrilled to be in Lytham with you tonight and so far it's been nothing but a party !"

Chic singer Kimberly Davis's amazing vocals proved what a class live act this is as she belted out hit after hit including Le Freak which 40 years after its release remains a disco sensation, and the more recent Get Lucky.

Lytham (which drummer Ralph Rolle had great fun trying to pronounce ) has never enjoyed a New York vibe quite like this one.

And it was a lucky night for some members of the crowd who ended it on stage dancing with Nile and the band.

A great way to finish a night which had been launched by Soul II Soul before Bananarama came on stage like a whirlwind blasting out the likes of Robert de Niro's Waiting, Venus and Cruel Summer from their catalogue of hits.