Fatboy Slim to hold huge party on beach

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DJ Fatboy Slim is planning to stage a massive beach party in Brighton on New Year's Day, it was revealed today.

The Hove-based DJ, real name Norman Cook, provoked fears over public safety the last time he held a gig on the East Sussex city's beach in July 2002.

Revellers converged for the party in numbers which vastly exceeded expectations, and during the event a woman fell to her death from railings.

Public transport was overwhelmed while emergency services had to weave through crowded streets as the party attracted 250,000 people instead of the anticipated 60,000.

In the aftermath of the free event, there was anger among locals when council staff, helped by the show's organisers, spent days clearing up huge piles of rubbish on the beach, including broken bottles.

Only 20,000 people will be admitted to this New Year's event, titled Big Beach Boutique 3.

It will be ticket-only and open to people who have a BN postcode, subject to a licence being agreed.

The internationally-acclaimed DJ told the Brighton Argus: "I can't believe it is finally happening but it is. I can promise the people of Brighton this is going to be one hell of a show."

He added: "Every time I have been shopping in Brighton for the past four years at least, one person has come up to me and asked when I'll be doing it again.

"Every time I have had to say I can't because I've been banned. It's such a relief not to have to say that any more."

Brighton and Hove City Council leader Simon Burgess said today: "We have really tried our damnedest to make this happen.

"It's the type of fun event that people want to associate Brighton and Hove with.

"There was a lot of concern about what happened last time, but that being said, it went incredibly well.

"The council and the police have come to this fairly cautiously without losing sight of the fact that we want it to be fun."

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