Brighton: 'Too Soon' For Fatboy's Third Beach Party

Council officials in Brighton, England, are being urged to shelve plans for a repeat of DJ/producer Fatboy Slim's free summer beach concert this summer, Billboard Bulletin reports.

Council officials in Brighton, England, are being urged to shelve plans for a repeat of DJ/producer Fatboy Slim's free summer beach concert this summer, Billboard Bulletin reports.

Local services and transport facilities were overwhelmed in July when the second annual ticketless "Big Beach Boutique" drew a massive crowd of 250,000 to Brighton beach, when only 60,000 had been expected. The party was marred by the accidental death of a woman, who suffered head injuries from a fall after the concert, and the apparently unrelated death of a man due to a heart attack. Additionally, huge piles of rubbish took days to clear from the beach.

In a report, the city council warns, "It is generally felt that the summer of 2003 would be too soon to stage another large-scale music spectacular on Brighton Beach." However, it adds, "no one is ruling out the potential for such an event to take place in future years." The recommendations of the report will be discussed at a city council meeting tomorrow (Dec. 19).

An album chronicling Fatboy Slim's 2001 concert on the beach, dubbed "Live on Brighton Beach," was released in July by Ministry of Sound/MCA. It debuted at No. 9 on Billboard's Top Electronic Albums tally.
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