Festival season is nigh! This summer Fatboy Slim will celebrate the fifth edition of Big Beach Bootique in his hometown of Brighton, UK. Featuring a supporting cast that includes Carl Cox, Nero, DJ Fresh and more, the two-day event will be housed at the brand new American Express Stadium, a nod to Albion soccer fans and a celebration of the city’s continuing development. Leading up to the festival in June, Fatboy Slim will be hosting ten hour-long mix shows on London’s Xfm, the last one scheduled for the weekend of the festival. “If I could play a ten hour set, this would probably be the ten hour set,” he explains at the beginning of the first show.
Fatboy opens up with his magnum opus “Praise You,” layering the vocals from the Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy For The Devil” on top for an extra kick of nostalgia. Later on, between a flawless mix of Adele’s “Rumours” a capella with Elite Force and a Clash-meets-Jonathan Ulysees bouncy big-room house blend, Fatboy takes a moment to expound his love of the mashup. “I have always been a fan of the mashup, I think because I was there when it started and it evolved, it’s sort of dear to my heart,” he says. “I think it’s a great way for a DJ to be creative, to turn people on, to tease people.” Besides the mashups and a couple of dance-rock relics (Firebeatz anybody?), most of the mix digs into Fatboy’s progressive house and techno crates, including songs by DJ Zinc, John Dahlbläck and Arveene and Misk. “The inspiration for these shows is to in my mind work out the sets I’m going to play at Big Beach that day, and generally mess around with the flavors of what might happen in a football stadium in June.”