Rick Astley

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When: Saturday 22 September 2018
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

You lucky people! On Saturday 22 September Rick Astley will be appearing at the Tivoli Vredenburg!

Rick has had an up and down career in the UK, with his most famous hit “Never Gonna Give You Up”. The song was a worldwide number-one hit, initially in the singer’s native United Kingdom in 1987, where it stayed at the top of the chart for five weeks and was the best-selling single of that year. It eventually topped the charts in 25 countries, including the United States and the Netherlands.

Earlier this year, Astley posted a video on Twitter announcing his upcoming album Beautiful Life, soon set for release. Astley has also released a single of the same name.

This performance in Utrecht is part of his tour titled #BeautifulLife. Tour Beautiful Life ended up being released earlier than previously said, with its release date on 13 July 2018.

One interesting fact about Rick Astley is that in 2007, Astley became the subject of a viral Internet meme known as rickrolling. In this prank, Web users were tricked into seeing Rick Astley’s video “Never Gonna Give You Up” when they followed a link that claimed to be something else. Views of this video on various websites were in the hundreds of millions. The phenomenon became so popular that on 1 April 2008, YouTube pranked its users by making every single featured video on its front page a rickroll.

With luck he will sing this song as his encore!

Image credit: “Rick Astley” (CC BY 2.0) by m-alo

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Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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