On The Beach Festival welcomes Fatboy Slim

One of the biggest DJs in the world will cement his place in music history later today at one of the most anticipated gigs of the decade.

Fatboy Slim will play the first of two nights in Brighton tonight as he headlines On The Beach Festival 20 years after his historic Beach Boutique 2 which brought 250,000 revelers to the city.

When the sun goes down and the pints start flowing, here’s everything you need to know for a weekend of dance music to remember.

Fatboy Slim will headline the festival tonight and tomorrow after a packed roster of electronic music’s top artists played each of the days, while Saturday’s Carl Cox is leading the line-up and drum and bass master Andy C ends the weekend on Sunday.

The Argus: The DJ Outing 2002The DJ excursion 2002

The festival, located on the pebbles next to historic Madeira Drive, opens to the public at 1pm and closes at 10pm each day. Last admission is at 6:00 p.m.

The festival is strictly for those over the age of 18 and attendees are reminded to exercise caution due to the heat and the nearby water.

The RNLI has issued a warning ahead of the festival, urging people not to swim after drinking alcohol.

It also said people should check tide times and keep a close eye on their surroundings, as tides can change surprisingly quickly.

Southern Rail said while the sold-out festival will not require additional train services, Brighton Station will have a queuing system for a Michael Buble concert at the County Cricket Ground in Hove because of the extra number of people.

The Argus: The scene in 2002 when Fatboy Slim was playing on Brighton BeachThe scene in 2002 when Fatboy Slim played on Brighton Beach

Although the beach festival is a ticketed event, there are fears thousands could flood the city to catch a glimpse of Fatboy Slim as he did at his concert 20 years ago.

The Coast Guard has a management plan in place so that people surfacing in boats close to shore are addressed.

Brighton and Hove City Council said there will be double fences along Marine Parade so people are advised that if they are on that stretch of road and no one else they will not be able to see or hear the event very well on the shore outside the arena.

The city council particularly emphasized that people who do not have a ticket should not go to the area.

Revelers should also do their best to ensure no rubbish is dumped on the beach. Garbage collection will be organised, paid for by the organiser.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “Sussex Police have been working closely with organizers of On the Beach Festival ahead of the event to support their plans.

“Organizers have a robust safety plan in place and would be best placed to offer guidance on event-specific safety.

“In accordance with the published guidelines of the organizers, anyone who does not have a ticket to the event is asked not to attend as there will be no day ticket sales.

“We expect the open spaces will also be busy after the hot weather and ask the public to look out for one another, stay off the water if you’ve been drinking and know your limits.

“Officials will be patrolling the seafront and town center as usual throughout the event and over the weekend to ensure the safety of the public.

“To report crimes or concerns contact police online or on 101, but in an emergency dial 999.”

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