Fatboy Slim plays two nights on Brighton seafront

THE SECOND installment of Fatboy Slim’s Big Beach Boutique in 2002 will forever be remembered by those who were there and the envy of those who weren’t.

A quarter of a million people flocked to Brighton in mid-July to catch a glimpse of the DJ at the height of his popularity for one of the biggest parties of the century.

And in the minds of those who missed it, there will always be a nagging feeling that they will never have the chance to live in the moment. Unless they happened to be at the On the Beach Festival last night.

The Argus: The DJ wore the new Albion shirt. Photo: Eddie MitchellThe DJ wore the new Albion shirt. Photo: Eddie Mitchell

Celebrating 20 years since the famous show, Fatboy Slim headlined the festival last night and will be playing again tonight, delivering another night of dance music like no other.

The atmosphere was palpable, you could almost open your mouth and taste it. Thousands crowded in front of the seaside stage for the best view, while those planning serious moves were loosely scattered to the back.

The Argus: The show was a huge success. Photo: Eddie MitchellThe show was a great success. Photo: Eddie Mitchell

Revelers from across the country and world had flocked to this temporary dance music mecca – some bitterly disappointed they missed out on the last one, and one person told me her father told me she was going to be Fatboy when she was 17 Slim didn’t see “Because of Alcohol and Teens”. But 20 years later, she had finally made it.

And so the tension mounted as Eats Everything left the stage until a cacophony of cheers erupted when Fatboy Slim took the stage as he also unveiled Albion’s new strip by wearing the Sussex by The Sea themed shirt – a real Brighton and Hove tribute.

The Argus: Fatboy Slim on stage. Photo: Eddie MitchellFatboy Slim on stage. Photo: Eddie Mitchell

kit revealed. Introductions out of the way. It was time to dance, and so did we, for two solid hours of non-stop certified gold-plated bangers.

Flames and smoke cannons shot up from the stage, the place was buzzing, and Fatboy had just as much as everyone else in the crowd while working through a smattering of his own material while mixing club anthems for what was a truly massive set.

The Argus: People drove to the sea to see the show. Photo: Eddie MitchellPeople went to the sea to see the show. Photo: Eddie Mitchell

There were people watching the event from the Marine Parade through the perimeter fence, but certainly not like the 250,000 of 20 years ago – but the buzz around the place was no less extraordinary. What a time we had. And the lasers – oh the lasers!

So when the hangover settles or worsens, Friday rolls around and we’re left with nothing but the sweet memories of a day by the sea – and a feeling that day two of Fatboy Slim’s brief stint will be another instant classic. Fatboy Slim plays two nights on Brighton seafront

Fry Electronics Team

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