Smith kicked off his set with 'Nirvana', before surprising fans by welcoming Nile Rodgers on stage for a rendition of 'Together'.
"This is really surreal for me right now to have all these people here," Smith said in response to the size of the crowd, before playing 'Leave Your Lover'.
He then continued with new single 'I'm Not The Only One', 'Restart' and chart-topping hit 'La La La'.
However, it was a performance of 'Lay Me Down', one of Smith's earliest tracks, that received a massive response.
Smith rounded off his set with his number one single 'Money On My Mind' - interpolated with a segment of Cece Peniston's '90s dance anthem 'Finally'- a stripped down rendition of his Disclosure collaboration 'Latch', and his global ballad 'Stay With Me'.
The Killers will headline the Virgin Media stage at V Festival in Chelmsford this evening, while Justin Timberlake will top the bill at Weston Park, Staffordshire.
21 May 2014
As IMS (International Music Summit) in Ibiza is now underway, thousands of the industry's finest will head to the White Isle to talk dance music, but who will soundtrack this epic occasion? Of course it's Nile Rodgers.
David Bowie's iconic album, "Let's Dance" was released on April 14, 1983. Produced by Nile Rodgers & David Bowie, it had 3 smash singles and some of David's (and Nile's too) best work.
Happy Birthday... Let's Dance (this is when you turn it up!)
Disco genius Nile Rodgers will bring Chic to Bestival this year as Sunday’s headliner.
The pop legends will join Beck, Foals and Outkast at the Isle of Wight festival this September, which for 2014 has gone for a ‘Desert Island Disco’ theme.
Rodgers said: “I’m so excited to be back at Bestival, this time in the prestigious Sunday night headliner slot following legends Stevie Wonder and Elton John. Expect an extra special Desert Island Disco set from myself and Chic! Looking forward to seeing you all in September.”
Pony-tailed festival bossman Rob da Bank added: “Ever since I first booked Chic and Nile for Bestival a few years back they have hands down been the best live band we’ve ever had at Bestival and Camp Bestival. And once people start realising how many hits Nile has written and produced for artists ranging from Madonna and David Bowie through to Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ you realise this is just one huge disco jukebox that is gonna keep firing out the hits all night!”
Other acts on the bill this year include Disclosure, Major Lazer, Caribou and this week’s FACT mixers Wild Beasts.
Bestival takes place from September 4-7 on the Isle of Wight – head to the festival’s website for tickets and more information.
Rodgers has maintained his strong form in recent months, racking up collaborations with Disclosure and Tensnake and delivering a must-watch performance at the Grammys with Pharrell, Stevie Wonder and Daft Punk. [via NME]
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by Xaque Gruber
Fresh from winning three Grammy Awards for his work with Daft Punk on their ubiquitous smash, "Get Lucky," legendary songwriter/musician/producer, Nile Rodgers, chatted about life, art and a new honor: his being selected for ICON MANN's "28 Men of Change," a groundbreaking initiative that shines a light on Black male professional leaders and philanthropists, which airs on BET throughout Black History Month. This places Rodgers in the company of fellow ICON MANN honorees Steve McQueen, Nick Cannon, Forest Whitaker, Swizz Beatz and Lee Daniels.
While everyone loves and respects Rodgers' musical contributions, many may not realize the impressive mark he has made in the philanthropic world with his We Are Family Foundation (WAFF) named for the 1979 Sister Sledge anthem he wrote and produced with his late, beloved partner and CHIC bandmate, Bernard Edwards. WAFF strives to solve some of our biggest problems through global projects that promote peace, and appreciation of cultural diversity.