Fatboy Slim to release documentary on infamous Brighton Beach concert

Virgin Radio

27 Jan 2023, 14:25

Fatboy Slim

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Fatboy Slim is releasing a documentary about his notorious Brighton Beach Boutique II concert, over twenty years later.

In 2002, more than 250,000 people flocked to Brighton Beach in Sussex to watch the DJ take to the decks in his second free open-air concert.

They had only expected around 40,000 people to attend, and things quickly descended into chaos when over six times that amount turned up. What happened at that concert went on to change the way events were organised in the UK.

Now, Norman Cook (AKA Fatboy Slim) and those working at the seafront concert have shared their story of how things unfolded in a Sky Original titled Right Here, Right Now.

The crowd at Brighton Beach Boutique II

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A description for the documentary reads: "Norman, and those who were on the front line of this seismic historical moment talk us through the process and the obstacles; The immense difficulties and struggles that the local police faced with such an unexpected amount of descendants on the city, the councillors and residents that opposed the controversial event and many of those who participated in what Norman has described as a 'Woodstock moment.'"

The DJ also admitted he was on “autopilot” during that set and says he barely remembers anything about it.

He added: “It wasn’t the most relaxed I’d been, because I was aware that we were potentially, if anything went wrong, we could be in a lot of trouble safety-wise.

“What I do remember is just feeding off the energy of the crowd.”

A number of celebrities, including Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Vernon Kay and John Simm will also feature in the documentary to give their own accounts of being at the concert.

Speaking more about the project, Cook said: "It has been wonderful with the fullness of time and some hindsight, to revisit such a seismic event in both mine and my hometown's history. Warts and all, the story told in full.... Watch, sleep, rave, repeat."

Fatboy Slim: Right Here Right Now will premiere on Sky Documentaries and NOW on 4th February at 10pm.