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Rick Astley to ‘Rick-Roll’ BBC One into 2024

Rick Astley, pictured by Peter Neill

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Rick Astley to ‘Rick-Roll’ BBC One into 2024

Pop Legend Rick Astley is set to rock us into the new year on the Beeb. 

Rick Astley has been announced as the face of this year’s New Year’s Eve concert on BBC One.

Rick Astley:

“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.”

The singer is best known and loved for his 1980s chart-topper “Never Going To Give You Up”. He will build audience excitement to mark the end of what has been an incredible 2023 before ‘Rick-Rolling’ us into 2024.

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.

The festivities will continue after BBC One goes live to London for the traditional epic fireworks display.

Jonathan Rothery, Head of BBC Pop Music TV:

“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.”

Rick follows on from Sam Ryder, who brought in 2023 at last year’s event while previous years have featured the likes of Years & Years, Alicia Keys and Craig David. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on Tuesday 14th November 2023, priced at £35 plus booking fee. Minimum age 18 years.

The programme is scheduled to air on BBC One England with some nations opting out, notably BBC One Scotland who present their own programming.

Tickets can be purchased online from www.ticketmaster.co.uk .

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