On July 13th, 2002, UK dance music history was made when 250,000 ravers descended on Brighton Beach for a party. The event was widely regarded as Brighton’s Woodstock moment, which brought the sprawling coastal town to a complete standstill for a day. It was expected by Police and the organiser Norman Cook, aka Fatboy Slim, that around 60,000 revellers would hit the beach. A cocktail of fortunate weather and Fatboy Slim’s rising stardom caused the entire beachfront to come to a halt, with so many people attending that they began climbing the pier and doing anything else they could to get a better look at the stage.
The mythology surrounding the event has continued to grow, and the legacy left behind has been passed down the generations. On The Beach is taking over the torch this year, on the 20th anniversary of the event, and has created a safe, ticketed event to mimic what came before it.
Taking place on Friday 22nd July, On The Beach will welcome Fatboy Slim as its headliner on the same, hallowed beach where it all began. The veteran music superstar’s return to his home turf, Brighton Beach, is set to be an event that can be appreciated by all ages – if you went 20 years ago, this is the chance to relive that memory forever etched into your dreams, and if you are a young adult, this is your chance to experience that small bit of history.
Fatboy Slim’s contributions to dance music over the years make him a true pioneer of the genre and one of the most respected musicians in his field. From his early underground hits to his new mainstream chart toppers, he has held the Guinness World Record for most Top 40 hits and won nine MTV Video Music Awards and two Brit Awards. Not bad for someone that grew notorious at a time when dance music was just starting.
His Brighton beach endeavour was not his only foray into large scale events, having famously closed the London Olympics in 2012, played at the house of commons, and of course, headlining the world-famous Glastonbury. Norman doesn’t do small, his super-sized life shows are everything you expect from a modern DJ. Having been in the game for 30 years, his household status doesn’t come from the radio or Spotify, it comes from the generations of incredible records.
The return of Big Beach Boutique is set to be one of the year’s most memorable parties, and is sold out for both days. If you want to be in line for any more dates that get added, then make sure you sign up here!
On The Beach have also announced two more massive lineups for that weekend, transforming Brighton beachfront into a festival arena. The shows will feature the likes of Carl Cox and special guests playing on Saturday, July 23rd, and drum & bass pioneers Andy C, Sub Focus, Wilkinson, Shy FX, Dimension, Friction, and Harriet Jaxxon playing on Sunday, July 24th. You can find out more at On The Beach’s Facebook page.