GREENWICH SUMMER SOUNDS at the Old Royal Naval College
There is surely no song that better sums up the joy of an outdoor festival than Good Times. And there aren’t many that are more guaranteed to get a crowd dancing than the disco classic Le Freak.
What a treat for us, then, that Nile Rodgers and his band Chic are opening this year’s Greenwich Summer Sounds in the grounds of the fabulous Old Royal Naval College in July.
Writer, producer and guitarist Rodgers will doubtless be playing an array of hits from his amazing back catalogue, which also includes collaborations ranging from David Bowie to Lady Gaga. And his mix of skill, style and stagecraft will be setting the tone for what promises to be a sensational week of music covering every imaginable contemporary genre.
As if a Chic singalong isn’t enough, Sir Tom Jones headlines on the 6th to show once again that even at 83 he can still belt them out and bring the house down. He’s sold more than 100million records in his seven-decade career and this is going to be another unmissable opportunity to see why he’s universally revered as a bona fide living legend.
For those who love hiphop, Sir Tom’s one-time The Voice sparring partner will.i.am leaps into the spotlight with the Black Eyed Peas on the 7th for an evening of high-energy pop-rap.
And the festival signs off with the peerless Kaiser Chiefs, whose anthemic playlist includes such crowd-pleasing barnstormers as I Predict A Riot, Oh My God and Ruby.
What a fabulous constellation of stars! But the support acts are pretty wonderful too - DJ and producer MistaJam on the 4th, pop trio Scouting For Girls on the 6th, horn virtuoso Ellie Sax on the 7th and festival favourites The View on the 8th.
That’s as good a line-up as you can hope to see anywhere this summer, I reckon. Further details and ticket info at https://www.greenwichsummersounds.com/