Fatboy Slim (A-Z #42)

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On Saturday 20 July 2002, Brighton was brought to the brink of disaster when 250,000 people attended a party on the beach hosted by local resident Norman Cook.

The free event – ‘The Big Beach Boutique’ – featuring Mr Cook’s alter-ego ‘Fatboy Slim’ was expected to attract 60,000. But word of mouth coupled with a rising heatwave saw wave upon wave of people descend on the city. The emergency services couldn’t cope, public transport ground to a halt and traffic on virtually every route in and out of the city was brought to a standstill. It was a truly memorable event!