Fatboy Slim shows support for Brighton Hippodrome

BRIGHTON-LOVER and hit DJ Fatboy Slim have lauded the restoration work on a run-down venue to bring it back to life.

In an open letter, Norman Cook said he was looking forward to the start of work to convert the Hippodrome in Brighton’s Middle Street into a working venue.

As revealed in The Argus, the Hove DJ has confirmed that they are interested in being the first to play the venue when it opens on November 22, 2024.

“For so many years we Brightonians have wandered by its crumbling facade, wondering what state it is in and if it will ever open again, and praying that one day the wrecking ball of development won’t swing and it’s in would turn a boring cosmopolitan into apartments,” he said.

“Part of the appeal of Brighton, both for visitors and residents, is our unique Regency and Victorian history, but in order to preserve the city’s character it is important that we also preserve its more recent history.

The Argus: An aerial view showing the hippodrome's new roofAn aerial view showing the hippodrome’s new roof

“The Hippodrome is a potentially stunning reminder of the role of vaudeville and diversity in our rich history, not to mention elephant-based circus theatre. All of this is before we even get to The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix.”

On a recent visit to the venue, The Argus saw work being done on the restoration.

Workers have been seen applying gold embellishments to the intricate designs that adorn the dome skylights, while project managers ensure that every possible original element is carefully restored.

“It is remarkable that most of the building’s structural beauty is in recoverable condition, as are its memories,” Norman said.

“I’m not the only Brighton resident who is grateful and relieved that it is being lovingly restored and not bulldozed. It will be a further enrichment and a living, breathing museum of our eventful past.

The Argus: Fatboy Slim recently introduced Albion's new kitFatboy Slim recently unveiled Albion’s new jersey

“Congratulations to the developers who have chosen to preserve and breathe new life into this beautiful building, and to the council for recognizing that special parts of our city are worth preserving.”

Matsim Group bought the building in October 2020 and plans to reopen it as a multipurpose live venue.

Built in 1897, the site has changed uses many times over the years – and it is hoped that the Hippodrome will finally reopen in 2024.

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