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Fatboy Slim beach party cancelled
Fatboy Slim at the 2002 event
Fatboy Slim had been planning a ticket-only event for this summer
DJ Fatboy Slim's planned summer beach party in Brighton has been cancelled after talks over the organisation of the event broke down.

A similar event in 2002 ended in chaos when an estimated 250,000 revellers turned up with many finding themselves stranded as transport ground to a halt.

One man died of a heart attack and a woman fell to her death during the free party on the beach in July 2002.

This year's event was to be ticket-only but has now been called off.

'Tried really hard'

Organisers of the event planned for this summer had met with local police, the city council and rail operator South Central in an attempt to stop the party ending in the chaos of two years ago.

Crowds at the 2002 event
An estimated 250,000 people were on the beach for the 2002 party

But on Friday it was revealed the talks had broken down and the event was being cancelled.

Sue John, of Brighton and Hove City Council, said: "The event that happened two years ago took us all by surprise.

"It took the city by storm and although it was a fantastic thing in some ways it had every danger of turning into a catastrophe.

"We cannot take the risk of that happening again."

A spokesman for Fatboy Slim's management said: "Everybody tried really hard to make this work this year but it wasn't to be.

"We hope the transport infrastructure will be in place soon so that events like this can take place in Brighton in future years."

Crowds at Brighton station after the 2002 event
Thousands of people were left stranded in Brighton station in 2002

South Central Trains, which operates most of the services into Brighton, told the BBC it was still happy to talk to the organisers of the event.

But Sussex Police said they believed Brighton beach was "not the right sort of place for an event like this".

News that the event will not be going ahead was met with disappointment by traders in the city who had hoped to make the most of the thousands of visitors.

Seafront cafe owner Glen Harman said: "When it was on two years ago, it was very good for business and, as an individual, I'm a bit frustrated.

"I think it's bad for the city as a whole because there's lots of businesses that thrive on this sort of thing."




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