Fatboy Slim reflects on ‘historic’ Brighton Beach concert 20 years ago

Fatboy Slim said it felt like his free show at Brighton Beach in 2002 was a “historic” moment as he celebrated his 20th anniversary with the release of a special box set.

Mr. DJ, whose real name is Norman Cook, hosted the Big Beach Boutique party for more than 250,000 people 20 years ago, with some calling it “the biggest event the UK has ever seen”.

To mark the occasion, he announced the upcoming release of a box set called Right Here, Right Then which includes multiple recordings of the original Brighton set.

Reminiscing about the 2002 concert, Cook said: “No event like it has ever happened before or since. Living in Brighton, there are still echoes of it all over the city.

“The city will never forget what happened that night and it feels like a gathering of all the tribes.”

He continued: “What I really noticed the most was how well people behaved because you look at how overwhelming we were in numbers, if there was anything wrong, if there are any fights, moves or panics, if anything happens. If we’re wrong, we’ll be in a lot of trouble. But everyone exists beautifully.

“Locals in Brighton let people sleep on their floors, fed people and dressed them and it was a Woodstock moment like everyone put on deck.

“It has a sense of history. Now that it’s 20 years old, it has a sense of history.”

The musician noted he was “too stressed” about crowd safety to fully enjoy the experience at the time but he says he can now look back and recall the moment. affectionately.

He added: “I can look back at the footage, remember those tunes, those sunsets, the coast of my hometown looks like a carnival in Brazil, so many beauties have the time of their lives. them, I have never felt such mad joy. – has an abandoned structure. “

The commemorative box set will pay homage to the event with the set’s recordings as well as a new DJ mix, a DVD of the original concert, a 48-page book with photos and a foreword to the music. doctor.

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Cook describes the upcoming album as “half nostalgia and half present”.

“It’s the one I played 20 years ago, and the one I played 10 years ago if you buy the premium version,” he explains.

“Add to that a new movie… it’s trying to evoke the same emotions with different tunes but you can use it as an interesting comparison.

“Now in the digital age, it’s much easier to combine things. In those days, everything had to be mixed by hand. We now have more weapons at our disposal.”

Cook rose to fame as Fatboy Slim in 1996 with the release of the album Better Living Through Chemistry and his other hits include the 1999 singles Right Here, Right Now and Praise You.

The upcoming commemorative box set Right Here, Right Then will be released on September 2nd on BMG.

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