Pictures from the last four days of On The Beach Festival in Brighton

AFTER four days of partying, the On The Beach Festival has come to an end.

Since Thursday, thousands of fans have gathered on Brighton’s seafront to see some of the country’s most iconic acts.

International megastar Fatboy Slim returned to the beach for two electrifying shows to celebrate 20 years since his famous performance at Big Beach Boutique in 2002.

DJ Norman Cook was responsible for one of the biggest outdoor parties to date after a quarter of a million people flocked to the city’s shores two decades ago.

The Argus: Photo: Mike BurnellPhoto: Mike Burnell

On Thursday, revelers from across the country and the world flocked to this temporary mecca of dance music.

As Eats Everything left the stage, the tension built until a cacophony of cheers erupted when Fatboy 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: Photo: Mike BurnellPhoto: Mike Burnell

Flames and smoke cannons shot up from the stage, the place was buzzing and Fatboy had just as much fun as everyone else as he worked through a smattering of his own material while mixing club anthems for a brilliant set.

The Argus met Fatboy on Friday afternoon, fresh from his Thursday show as he prepared for round two.

He said: “The main excitement about these beach concerts and the reason we’re trying to keep doing this is that it’s a celebration of my relationship with the city. I’m proud of the city I live in and I love it.

“It’s a two-way love affair. I love the city and the city seems to love me. To be so accepted and respected in your own home is really nice and it really works for me.

The Argus: People were at a bus stop on Friday trying to get a good viewPeople were at a bus stop on Friday trying to get a good view

“Whenever I play at Brighton I feel like I’m just playing at a house party in front of my friends because I feel comfortable doing it.

“Thursday night to just herd all these people onto the beach, lead them into a community of nonsense and escape. It’s kind of religious, a shaky religion.”

The third day of the festival promised, and certainly delivered, a continuation of stellar dance music.

The Argus: Crowds gather for Carl Cox performanceCrowds gather for the Carl Cox performance

Led by Hove-based house and techno DJ Carl Cox, the line-up was a huge offering – Nic Fanciulli, Chelina Manuhutu, Russell Small – all invited to play by Cox himself.

The day was filled with sunshine and joy on the pebbles, and as more people arrived, beer and laughter filled the air.

Booming, deep bass lines echoed across the banks, while air horns and the shouts of vendors selling bucket hats completed the soundscape.

After three sold-out gigs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the festival ended on Sunday.The Argus: Crowds enjoy Wilkinson on SundayCrowds enjoy Wilkinson on Sunday

Drum and bass DJ and record producer Andy C headlined the gig and was joined by a host of other talent.

Sub Focus, Wilkinson, Shy FX, Dimension, Friction, Harriet Jaxxon and Stature all took the stage.

Reporter Zac Sherratt, who was present for all four days of the event, said Sunday was the busiest so early in the day.

“It’s really crowded down here, but the atmosphere is absolutely electric – you can hardly move in front because it’s so crowded,” he said.

As Andy C took the stage, Zac said, “It’s really electric, it’s sizzling, and it feels like one of those moments that will never be repeated.”

We would like to thank readers for following our live coverage over the past few days and we hope festival-goers enjoyed the event. Pictures from the last four days of On The Beach Festival in Brighton

Fry Electronics Team

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