Nile Rodgers praises spirit of volunteers following Grenfell fire

The hitmaker volunteered to help during his stay in London

Disco superstars Chic brought their anthems to Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage yesterday (25 June). During their set, Nile Rodgers detailed his experience volunteering as part of the Grenfall fire relief effort, calling it “the most inspirational period” of his life.

“I arrived the day after the horrible fire and a friend of mine called me up and he told me to come down and volunteer, ” he said. “I got to be honest with you, I never saw such spirit like I saw at the spirit of those volunteers. It was unreal, man.”

The musician explained that the situation was unlike the scenes of anger he saw on TV. “I saw a bunch of people full of love. They were full of hope.”

On his volunteering, he mused, “I walked into the centre and the woman, she said to me, ‘Nile Rodgers, I’m happy you’re here. Here’s a pair of gloves, do some work’. It was unbelievable. She had me packing clothing, shipping clothing, doing all sorts of things.” He continued, “Her spirit, all of those volunteers just brought a tear to my eye.”

You can stream the performance here. Rodgers comments on the Grenfell Tower fire around the 12 minute mark.