DJ in the House! Fatboy Slim to play gig in Parliament tonight


Click to follow
The Independent Culture

Music and politics rarely mix well, what with Radiohead's Thom Yorke recently threatening to sue David Cameron if the Tories ever use his tunes on the campaign trail. But superstar DJ Fatboy Slim has no qualms about mixing things up and is due to perform a gig tonight at the House of Commons.

The "Right Here, Right Now" star will make history as the first DJ to perform at the Houses of Parliament. The resident MPs, more used to jeering in the chamber during PMQs, will have to get into the groove.

Fatboy, real name Norman Cook, has said: "I've played some exciting and unique places around the world, from Bondi Beach to the Great Wall of China to an igloo, but playing in the House of Commons might be the most unique to date."

He added: "Music is a huge part of my life and to give something back in this way is amazing."

He will be the support act for Mr Fury, who won the competition House The House, in aid of the Last Night A DJ Saved My Life Foundation.

Mr Fury, whose real name is Bryce Moore, comes from Corby, Northamptonshire and is studying electrical engineering at Northumbria University.

He said: "It's a bit daunting to meet someone who is a living legend.

"This is a massive opportunity for me, to meet so many important people. I wouldn't be complaining if I ended up DJ-ing full time, I've done quite a bit of it in Newcastle."

Last night Mr Fury was still deciding what to put in his relatively short half-hour dance music set, which will follow a set of similar duration from Fatboy Slim.

Initially there were 200 DJs interested in the competition, who were whittled down to about 80 for 10 regional heats.

The final was last month at the Ministry of Sound nightclub in London.

Jonny Lee, founder of the Last Night A DJ Saved My Life Foundation, which encourages 16-25-year-olds to get more involved in their communities through grassroots initiatives, said: "Bryce won the competition for a number of different reasons, including his mixing skills and technical ability."

All the 10 national finalists had to devote at least four hours to a community project.

Mike Weatherley, the MP for Hove and Portslade, has said: "House The House is giving young people the chance to have a voice, to be recognised for their endeavours and to engage with their communities to create change from the grassroots up.

"Last Night A DJ Saved My Life and House The House are great examples of what the whole music industry can achieve in an innovative way."