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DJ Fatboy heads Brazil beach show
Fatboy Slim
Fatboy Slim is one of the dance scene's most successful artists
UK dance artist Fatboy Slim is to headline as DJ at a free beach party in Brazil for 200,000 people.

The Brighton-based artist will play a set at Flamengo Beach, Rio de Janeiro, on 7 March.

Two years ago a beach party for 250,000 fans in Brighton, UK, ended in chaos with security officials struggling to control the larger-than-expected crowd.

The show was barred last year because of safety fears after emergency crews had difficulty negotiating the crowds.

Four times more people than expected converged on the city, and public transport was overwhelmed.

A 26-year-old Australian nurse, Karen Manders, fell 20 feet from railings after the event and later died from her injuries. An inquest heard she had been drinking and taking ecstasy.

Locals' anger

A man in his 40s also died, after suffering a heart attack. His death was treated as coincidental to the event.

Afterwards there was anger among locals when Brighton council staff, helped by the show's organisers, spent days clearing up rubbish including broken bottles.

At the time Fatboy Slim - real name Norman Cook - spoke of his hopes to take the party on an international tour.

After details of the Rio show were confirmed, he said: "It looks like I'm going to be getting sand in my record box again."

Also on the bill will be UK DJ Jon Carter, and Brazilian DJs Marky and Patife. Winners of the Carnival Samba School will also be part of the show.

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