Fatboy Slim plays 2-hour set at Lagoonfest on Hove seafront

Posted On 10 Sep 2018 at 3:49 pm

Fatboy Slim played a two-hour set at Hove Lagoon after officially opening Lagoonfest on Saturday (8 September).

Thousands of people turned out for the first Lagoonfest on Hove seafront

An estimated 6,000 people turned out for the community festival, with a big crowd enjoying the closing playlist put together by the popular DJ, whose real name is Norman Cook.

He lives near the Lagoon and owns the Big Beach Café where planning for the festival took place and where the meetings held by the Friends of Hove Lagoon are hosted.

The fundraising event was held to celebrate the seafront venue and pay for improvements, including plants on the slope below Kingsway.

The mayor of Brighton and Hove, Councillor Dee Simson, started the paddle board race – and the dog show, organised by Tristan Mills, from Adonis, was at full capacity.

As befits an event with music from Fatboy Slim, the artwork for the first Lagoonfest was provided by local street artist Casette Lord.

On the music front, there was also a 1950s DJ set by Jivin’ Jim Dandy – plus theatre, a children’s area and more than 50 stalls.

Shoreham Port, building supplies firm Chandlers and Brighton and Newhaven Fish Sales provided sponsorship.

Dean Jackson Waste helped clear up the rubbish, with one of the organisers saying that the Lagoon was cleaner after the event than before.

Councillor Robert Nemeth, who chairs the Friends of Hove Lagoon, said: “When we formed the Friends just two years back, we had no idea that we would return the Lagoon to its rightful place as Hove’s premier seafront attraction so quickly.

“The achievement is testament to the hard work and dedication of so many volunteers and supporters living near by.

“Special thanks goes to Liz Ward and Sue Johnson for all that they did in making Lagoonfest run so smoothly.

Liz Ward, Norman Cook (aka Fatboy Slim), Councillor Robert Nemeth and Sue Johnson

“It’s worth mentioning too that Norman Cook has been a supporter from day one and, through the Big Beach Café, has been fabulous in making the Lagoon a wonderful place for all to visit.

“If we do another event next year – and that does seem to be the plan – we will struggle to beat this one.”

  1. Christopher Hawtree Reply

    A very enjoyable time. Cheering that the rain just before eleven cleared and sunshine followed. Much talk, some of it with a wonderful array of dogs who are so much a part of the scene in our town of Hove. They know a good place when they find it.

  2. Sue Johnson, Secretary Friends of Hove Lagoon Reply

    A few things to add. Andy our CityClean guy is superb and keeps our Lagoon very clean. Cassette Lord made an amazing artwork at LagoonFest just for us and we will be selling it along with another original piece donated by bespoke furniture maker Ben Baker of f-isforfurniture. Watch out forvpublicity. Finally a big Shout out to Sadie Graham of Whatbox creative who designed all the artwork for LagoonFest.

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