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Big beach party draws thousands

Fatboy Slim on stage
Fatboy Slim got 15 electric shocks on his New Year's Eve party

Thousands of revellers descended on Brighton seafront for a beach party organised by DJ Fatboy Slim.

About 20,000 people, the majority from the East Sussex city, bought tickets for the sell-out Big Beach Boutique 4 event on Madeira Drive.

Fatboy Slim, or Norman Cook, topped the bill in his home city on Saturday evening following Beardyman, Danny Tanaglia and Layo and Bushwacka.

His last beach party in Brighton was on a rain-soaked New Year's Day in 2007.

The DJ then received 15 electric shocks while on stage in the wet conditions.

His inaugural gig on the city's beach in July 2002 provoked safety fears when public transport was overwhelmed and emergency services had to weave through crowded streets because the party attracted 250,000 people instead of the anticipated 60,000.

The one thing I can guarantee is that it will be better than New Year's Day, it couldn't really be worse
Norman Cook

This year tickets were mainly limited to people in the Brighton area and a search policy has been implemented to prevent glass, alcohol and drugs being taken into the area.

The concert is a finale of summer events for Cook who has performed 38 gigs this year, including major music shows across Europe almost every weekend.

"This is my last date of the whole summer season and that's good news for two reasons - A, I'll be very excited and celebrating and B, the show is pretty tight now. I think people are going to really enjoy it," he said.

"The one thing I can guarantee is that it will be better than New Year's Day, it couldn't really be worse."

Potential over-crowding

People without tickets were urged not to turn up for the event.

A Brighton and Hove City Council spokesman said: "This is a ticket-only event and it is sold out so people hanging around either trying to get in or trying to listen to the music could cause congestion on the roads and pavements and potentially cause over-crowding around the area.

"By all means people should get outside and enjoy the sunshine, but we would ask them to think responsibly and not cause any problems to the police and the council who are trying to facilitate the event."

A team of litterpickers paid for by the promoters are expected to clear the site by noon on Monday.

However, community leaders described Cook as a major promotional asset for the city.

Brighton and Hove City Council leader Mary Mears added: "He is one of our own. We are so proud of him for bringing this to us.




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