Rick Astley will perform this year’s New Year’s Eve gig on BBC One from the Roundhouse in London, it has been announced.
“What an honour it is to host the New Year's Eve celebration on BBC One this year”, says Astley. “It's always been part of my New Year's ritual to watch the show and take in the amazing fireworks, so to be part of it this year is fantastic! Here's to a great night”.
Jonathan Rothery, Head Of BBC Pop Music TV, adds: “Our annual New Year’s Eve performances on BBC One are about bringing some of the biggest names in music to people’s homes, wherever they are in the UK”.
Noting the artists who have appeared in recent years, including Sam Ryder, Olly Alexander, Kylie, Pet Shop Boys and Alicia Keys, he goes on: “I’m so pleased to be able to announce that Rick Astley - who has had a fantastic 2023 so far - will be soundtracking the celebrations this year. It’s a brilliant way to round off another fantastic year of live performances on the BBC”.
Meanwhile, Executive Producer For Entertainment And Music at BBC Studios, Alison Howe, comments: “After working with Rick and his team at Glastonbury, we are THRILLED to be joining forces again. Who better to see us into the new year from another iconic venue, the atmosphere is sure to be electric”.
Astley, of course, got plenty of attention for his spots at Glastonbury this year, including a stint opening the Pyramid Stage proceedings on the Saturday and a set with Blossoms singing Smiths songs.
Further details about the NYE concert, including the special guests set to join Astley on stage, will be announced in the coming weeks.