Chic arrived in 1976, in a New York City that was already caught in the grip of disco fever. The brainchild of bassist Bernard Edwards and guitarist Niles Rodgers the band went on to produce more stonewall disco classics than any other act.
Their immense back catalogue, with songs like “Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)”, “Everybody Dance”, “Le Freak”, “I Want Your Love” and “Good Times” reads like the soundtrack to a whole generation and it’s influence on further generations cannot be underestimated with the likes of Johnny Marr, Queen and Blondie all citing the band as providing major inspiration.
Between 1976 and 1983 Chic were disco funk’s Kings and Queens, the scene’s most enduring act they outlasted virtually every other band before eventually disbanding in the death throes of the anti-disco backlash.
Niles Rodgers went on to become a production legend, producing albums for the likes David Bowie, Madonna, Duran Duran, Diana Ross, Grace Jones, the list is virtually endless and filled with the worlds finest performers and greatest albums.
After a brief reformation in the early nineties Niles reformed Chic permanently in 1998 and they have continued to perform around the world ever since and now it’s time to dig those flares, platforms and smiles out as they make their way to our perfect little corner of the world to add a little disco bounce to proceedings at Bestival 2013, all together now “Ahhhh Freak Out!”.