A brand new documentary recounting the biggest outdoor party to have ever taken place in the UK, Fatboy Slim’s Big Beach Boutique II, has aired for the first time on Sky.
The film marks two decades since the event, which took place on July 13, 2002, hitting record-breaking numbers in its turnout. According to reports, a quarter of a million people watched Fatbooy Slim’s performance on Brighton beach, far exceeding the expected 40,000 turnout.
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“It has been wonderful with the fullness of time and some hindsight, to revisit such a seismic event in both mine and my hometown’s history,” says Fatboy Slim, AKA Norman Cook, on the new documentary.
“Warts and all, the story told in full…. Watch, sleep, rave, repeat,” he said. Right Here, Right Now chronicles the story surrounding Big Beach Boutique II through interviews and original footage from the event, described by Norman as a “Woodstock moment”.
The documentary also highlights police struggles as hundreds of thousands of people descended on Brighton beach, as well as interviews with councillors and locals who opposed the gathering.
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Amongst those interviewed, some first-hand witness accounts from the likes of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Vernon Kay, John Simm, and Mixmag’s Managing Director Nick Stevenson.
The documentary also includes video interviews on the day of the event, and compiles clippings from newspapers, magazines, and other publications from every angle, both negative and positive.
Right Here, Right Now is out now on Sky Documentaries and NOW TV. Find out more about the documentary here.
Gemma Ross is Mixmag’s Editorial Assistant, follow her on Twitter
Written by: Tim Hopkins