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Central Hall Westminster hosts Nile Rodgers and Chic for New Year concert

Pop legends bring the party to millions as Westminster venue hosts BBC New Year's Eve show for fifth year running

Pictured: Nile Rodgers

A live audience of more than 2,000 were joined by millions of TV viewers when Central Hall Westminster provided the backdrop to a televised BBC New Year’s Eve performance by Nile Rodgers and Chic.

Playing to a packed crowd in the venue’s Great Hall, music legend Nile Rodgers and his band Chic created a New Year’s Eve celebration that was broadcast live on BBC One before and after the London fireworks display. Rodgers and his band played a string of hits including Good Times, Le Freak and Daft Punk’s Get Lucky.

This was the fifth year in a row that the BBC has selected the central London venue for its annual New Year’s Eve concert, which heralds the fireworks display over the River Thames. Previous performers taking to the stage in the 2,200 capacity Great Hall have included Gary Barlow, Queen + Adam Lambert and Robbie Williams.

Paul Southern, MD of Central Hall Westminster, said: “We were honoured to be part of the BBC New Year’s Eve celebration for the fifth year in a row. There was an incredible atmosphere in the Great Hall and this concert marked the start of another successful year at our venue.”

Rodgers said: “It’s been an incredible 12 months for us in the UK. I thought playing to 200,000 people at Glastonbury could not be beaten but getting to put a cherry on 2017 and kicking off 2018 in London at the historic Central Hall Westminster in front of a BBC television audience of millions has been incredible. I wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous new year and would like to express my sincere gratitude for all of your love and support.”

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