Nile Rodgers says Chic will play at Coachella 2016
Few festivals inspire as much speculation swirling around the lineup as Coachella, which overtakes Southern California’s Coachella Valley for two consecutive April weekends each year. The long-running music and arts festival culls legendary acts and cutting-edge new talent across rock, hip-hop, and dance, so virtually any artist could feasibly be booked.
The first announced act of 2016 was probably not supposed to be revealed, but the artist himself, iconic musician and producer Nile Rodgers disclosed in a New York Times feature that his disco-funk band Chic is slotted to play at Coachella next spring. Chic was responsible for some of the biggest hits of the 1970s, including “Everybody Dance,” “Le Freak,” and “Good Times.” After topping the charts when they were first released, the tracks had a resurgence in popularity when they were sampled by rappers like Notorious B.I.G. and LL Cool J decades later. The article reads
[Rodgers] is helping to score Hugh Jackman’s new one-man show, and it’s going to be “insane.” Coachella called him and booked Chic to perform at the festival for the first time next spring, right around the time he is due to hit 64. How “awesome” is that?
The Coachella lineup is typically released early in January. General admission weekend passes go on sale shortly after.