Nile Rodgers: how I wrote Le Freak

The excitement is building, as Nile Rodgers’ Meltdown edges ever closer. Ahead of the legendary singer, songwriter and producer’s curation of this year’s festival we met up with the man himself to talk about the line-up he’s bringing together as well as his life in music.

And the 26th Meltdown curator didn’t disappoint, with this great story about how he and his partner Bernard Edwards came to write ‘Le Freak’. Here’s Rodgers explaining how rejection from New York’s famous Studio 54 led to the creation one of the most iconic disco anthems.

Nile Rodgers: how I wrote Le Freak | Meltdown | Southbank Centre

By not getting what we wanted, we got more than we could have ever imagined
Nile Rodgers


Nile Rodgers’ Meltdown takes place across Southbank Centre, 3 - 11 August 2019, featuring a host of exclusive collaborations and global one-offs, including CHIC, Eurythmics' Songbook, Despacio, Anitta, Thundercat, Songhoy Blues, Alfa Mist and more.

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