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Chic & Nile Rodgers Delight At iTunes Festival

REVIEW: Disco legends bring a taste of the 70s to the Roundhouse...

Fabulous, spectacular and unashamedly glamorous are the words that come to mind after Nile Rodgers and Chic brought nothing but Good Times to the iTunes Festival last night (September 14).

Feeling: Whilst some crowds at previous shows have been a little tame, the audience didn't hold back for Camden's biggest disco. You couldn't move for shaking hips and flying hands in this groovy celebration of life.

The Look: Nile looked a million dollars and was absolutely flawless, all eyes were on the hitmaker's monochrome striped trousers teamed with a black suit, elsewhere gold, white and glitter for perhaps the most stylish backing band to have graced the North London venue.

Tunes: A Saturday night party with hits from music's golden age absolutely blew the roof off the Roundhouse. Disco's extensive back catalogue had a crowd of all ages singing their hearts out. Le Freak, Good Times, Upside Down, you get the feeling the Seventies could have been a lot different without this man.

Banter: Rodgers had the crowd hanging onto his every word throughout, his voice like music, a mixture of laughs, cheers and all round hysteria came when he decided to let the crowd in on a “little secret.” The little secret was Bowie's Let's Dance, Sister Sledge's We Are Family, Diana Ross' Upside Down, were of course all Nile!

Special Guests:
In the presence of musical royalty there was no one who could steal the show from Chic and Nile. Soul songstress, Janelle Monae did however join the legends on stage for Good Times - along with what looked like absolutely everyone from backstage - in probably the biggest stage invasion the iTunes Festival has seen.

Sweat Factor:
Bodies-upon-bodies, all grooving and shaking to the beat. Saturday night fever was in full swing from the get go, this was disco reborn.

Chic and Nile Rodgers will undoubtedly go down as one of the highlights of the iTunes Festival, full of nothing but surprises and unpredictable delights. As the show came to an end, Nile thanked the audience for giving him the best year of his life and you could see that he truly meant what he said. What came next was nothing short of a labour of love to, as Get Lucky played out what was left of an enchanting evening, we realised how truly lucky we really were to be there.

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By Theo Watt @mtvuknews

Pictures: © iTunes Festival