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Fatboy Slim on free concert: It felt nice to do something to thank key workers

The DJ will stage a gig in Brighton in October.

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Norman Cook, better known as Fatboy Slim, is to stage a free concert in his home town of Brighton for thousands of emergency services workers (Yui Mok/PA)

Norman Cook, better known as Fatboy Slim, is to stage a free concert in his home town of Brighton for thousands of emergency services workers (Yui Mok/PA)

Norman Cook, better known as Fatboy Slim, is to stage a free concert in his home town of Brighton for thousands of emergency services workers (Yui Mok/PA)

Fatboy Slim has said the country needs “an anthem like We’ll Meet Again to lift us, to get us through this”.

The DJ, real name Norman Cook, was speaking after announcing that he is to stage a free concert in his home town of Brighton for thousands of emergency services workers.

He told ITV’s Good Morning Britain: “My job is mainly about escapism and frivolity but also it’s kind of the opposite of social distancing.

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Fat Boy Slim (Norman Cook) will host a free concert in Brighton later this year (David Jensen/PA)

Fat Boy Slim (Norman Cook) will host a free concert in Brighton later this year (David Jensen/PA)

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Fat Boy Slim (Norman Cook) will host a free concert in Brighton later this year (David Jensen/PA)

“You know everything about my job is about people coming together in large, unhealthy clusters so I’m kind of fairly redundant right now, but I did want to do something and obviously escapism and frivolity is something that’s short on the ground and so it just felt nice to do something to thank the key workers.

“I mean it started, some friends of mine who work for the NHS said ‘Will you do a little film just to cheer people up?’ and then I jokingly said at the end of it ‘When this is all over we should have a big party and dance together’, and they kind of took me up on that.”

The concert is due to be held at the Brighton Centre in October and Cook has extended the invitation to NHS, police, fire and ambulance workers.

Cook also spoke to ITV presenters Ben Shephard and Ranvir Singh about the power of music during the pandemic.

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Recently, friends of mine who work in the @nhswebsite asked me to send a video message to thank and cheer on the frontline troops and in it I, (half) jokingly said, we should all have a big party together when this is all over. As so many people responded to the comment, I thought, ‘why not?’ By the time life returns to normal we will all want to celebrate together and, I would like to do my bit to reward and thank everyone who has been holding our lives together in these most difficult of times. So I extend an invitation to all NHS doctors, nurses, support workers, porters and cleaners plus all blue light staff, ambulance, police and fire service (and importantly to their plus ones) to let their hair down with me and dance off the cobwebs to rejoice in the end of this emergency. The gig will take place on Wednesday October 28th 2020 at The Brighton Centre Tickets will be available at 7pm on Friday 17th April from here: lnk.to/FBSNHS #FatboySlim #NHS #Brighton #ProtectTheNHS

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“Music has always just been a very powerful way of bringing a sense of community and a sense of togetherness. Even though it’s not physical togetherness, you can unite loving a song or enjoying a song; you can feel in touch with the artist who made it or the other people who like it without actually physically being in the room with them.

“So I think music has always been very important to lift people’s spirits or rally us together. It is, I suppose, just as important right now. What I think this country needs is an anthem like We’ll Meet Again to lift us, to get us through this”.

– The concert will take place on October 28, with 5,000 tickets available free of charge, on Ticketmaster from 7pm on Friday April 17.

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