A live show by the dance music stalwart Fatboy Slim is always a mesmerising, dynamic and joyous affair and his gig at the sold-out Bournemouth International Centre in Dorset was no exception.

If you have ever been fortunate to go and see Fatboy Slim live, you will know that the set is not just a unique and fulfilling sonic experience, but a striking visual spectacle too.

The staging was incredibly atmospheric from start to finish. Norman (AKA Fatboy Slim) came on stage to a remix of ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ by Queen with the crowd’s anticipation reaching heady levels of fever pitch after two fantastic sets by the support acts Syreeta and Sasha Gigi which added a real sense of anticipation to proceedings.

If the burning question of the day was ‘what do the faces of Rita Ora, David Bowie, Gary Lineker, Iggy Pop and a rotating procession of other famous faces have in common?’

Then the answer surely has to be that they appear as part of the visceral visual display at this mind-blowing gig on a rainy Saturday night in Bournemouth.

This parade of famous faces sat alongside alongside powerful messages such as ‘I just came for the music’. Throw in some acid house smiley faces, striking lasers and dancing boys with disco balls on their heads, and the seaside town of Bournemouth was certainly ready to party!

As well as a stunning showcase of some of Fatboy Slim’s most loved hits including ‘Right Here, Right Now’, ‘The Rockafeller Skank’, ‘Eat Sleep Rave Repeat’, ‘Renegade Master’ and a euphoric reworked version of his seminal 1999 track ‘Praise You’ with vocals from the sublime Rita Ora.

The new version entitled ‘Praising You’ features new verses which effortlessly sits alongside the original track’s famous anthemic chorus.

Norman’s energetic set included remixes of uplifting tracks from the Bee Gees, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Cornershop, Underworld and a rogue rendition of Los Del Rio’s ‘Macarena’, with the superstar DJ was relentless in his pursuit of delivering banger after banger and he had the crowd in the palm of his hand.

Fatboy Slim’s euphoric gig in Bournemouth was an unmissable, immersive and electrifying experience which not only showcased his impressive back catalogue but also his charismatic stage presence and outstanding showmanship.


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