FIRST LOOK: RICK ASTLEY ROCKS NEW YEAR EVE ON BBC ONE
Celebrated Pop Legend, Rick Astley, who has been keeping us entertained for several decades with his timeless hits is set to rock us into the new year at New Year’s Eve Rocks.
Rick is best known and loved for his 1980s chart-topper Never Gonna Give You Up and following his triumphant set on the mighty Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury, where he covered Harry Styles’ hit As It Was, and AC/DC's Highway To Hell, he went onto wow the crowds at Radio 2 In The Park in Leicester.
Astley will build audience excitement to mark the end of what has been an incredible 2023 before ‘Rick-Rolling’ us into 2024.
Made by BBC Studios Entertainment, and coming from Camden’s iconic Roundhouse the dazzling TV event will see Rick joined on stage by some very special guests, with performances that will bring the house down and ring in the brand-new year.
Performing his global hits and some surprise numbers, Rick and his all-star guests will party right into 2024. This one-off TV recording of Rick Astley Rocks New Year’s Eve (working title) for BBC One will be a night to remember. The festivities will continue after BBC One goes live to London for the traditional epic fireworks display.
Rick said “What an honour it is to host the New Year's Eve celebration on BBC One this year! 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 said: “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...
"The last few years have seen performances from Sam Ryder in 2022, Olly Alexander, Kylie, Pet Shop Boys in 2021 and Alicia Keys in 2020 and 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.”
Alison Howe, Executive Producer, Entertainment and Music, BBC Studios said “After working with Rick and his team at Glastonbury, we are thrilled to be joining forces again. Who better than to see us into the new year from another iconic venue, the atmosphere is sure to be electric.”
Rick Astley Rocks New Year's Eve airs from 11:30pm on BBC One.