Chic - the best gig of 2013

Nile Rodgers fans at The Venue 2013 on sunday night as disco ruled Derry on ce again.. Picture Martin McKeown. 28.7.13
Nile Rodgers fans at The Venue 2013 on sunday night as disco ruled Derry on ce again.. Picture Martin McKeown. 28.7.13

Derry donned its gladrags and turned back time on Sunday night with the largest party the Venue has hosted this year.

Disco kings, Nile Rodgers and Chic took to the stage of a sold out Ebrington Venue and no one was left disappointed. Superstar Nile Rodgers was so impressed he admitted he would love to play here - every week!

It might have taken in excess of 20 years for this New York band to arrive in Derry but it was certainly worth the wait, full credit to promoters Celtronic for this coup.

Rodgers, resplendent in his trademark white suit, strutted on stage and made Derry go, well, mental. The band’s long intro served only to increase the anticipation of what at that stage, was already being described as Derry’s gig of the year.

We knew it was going to be good, few can have imagined it was going to be THAT good.

The intro was followed up by ‘Everybody Dance,’ and we did. So much, that the floor itself moved as no one managed to stand still. Not that you’d want to when the hits are this strong.

Few bands can boast as strong a set list as the legendary songwriter Nile Rodgers has compiled. There were no fillers, no chance to nip to the bar, though 45 
minute long queues ensured this was a fool’s errand 

Rodger’s discography includes hits for Diana Ross, Madonna and David Bowie and ‘I’m Coming Out’ ‘Like a Virgin’ and ‘Let’s Dance’ all featured. Of particular note was the Chic medley of number one songs, “These are my songs,” boasted Nile before asking his adoring audience to “Break down Chic style.”

Derry proved so good at this, that before offering to move here, Nile said: “I’m delighted to bring some culture to the city of culture.”

“I’m not joking,” he said, “We could come here and play every week as a club band in Derry.”

It would be SOME club.

The evening was rounded off by yet more dancing, in fact non-stop dancing, and the hit of this year ‘Get Lucky.’

Anyone lucky enough to have secured a ticket could indeed count themselves lucky. The ‘best gig ever?’ debate was already being hotly discussed before revellers had even reached the Peace Bridge. Certainly it is front runner for the title of gig of 2013.

Chic are on an Irish tour in October, as yet there is no Derry date but surely that could be arranged. Last night’s gig attracted fans as far away as Sligo, and many, many ‘disco’ers’ had donned fancy dress: Imagine how good a Hallowe’en night Chic ball would be...

Chic play The Ulster Hall, Belfast October 23; Milk Market, Galway on October 27, and Vicar Street, Dublin on October 29 and 3o.