Covid: Fatboy Slim denounces the lack of support for the event industry Brighton News

FATBOY Slim says he felt the government “didn’t care” whether the nighttime economy survived the Covid-19 pandemic.

DJ Hove told The Argus that it wasn’t until the government announced a series of Covid-safe pilot events that he felt returning the live events had been a priority.

Fatboy, real name Norman Cook, performed at The First Dance event in Liverpool where revelers, all of whom were to produce negative coronavirus tests, were not required to wear face covers or clothing. social distancing for the first time since before the lockdown began.

The Argus: Revelers at Circus Nightclub in Liverpool for Covid-safe pilot eventRevelers at Circus Nightclub in Liverpool for Covid-safe pilot event

Only nine cases were found among 6,000 clubbers over two nights.

Norman says that to his fellow DJs and promoters it sounded like “the most glorious light at the end of the tunnel.”

He said: “Just to feel that the government genuinely cared about the nightlife industry was welcome. Throughout the pandemic, we have always known that we were sort of the last industry that would be back in place, as it is evident that social distancing is impossible by doing what we do.

The Argus: Fatboy Slim said he was excited to perform againFatboy Slim said he was delighted to be back on stage

“But I felt like the government really didn’t care about us and our survival or not.

“So just the fact that they invested the time, money, and thought into organizing an event to see how it would go, and it was a spectacular success.”

Crowds packed into the Bramley-Moore Dock warehouse, dancing shoulder to shoulder for the first time in over a year.

Club goers were seen kissing and kissing, some sitting on each other’s shoulders for a better view of the stage.

Despite having spent over a year away from the stage, Norman says it didn’t take long for him to regain his rhythm to perform live again.

He said: “It’s funny because I think everyone was quite anxious that it was going to sound strange because we haven’t behaved like this as human beings for so long.

“But I can promise you that it was very easy to fall back on the idea of ​​kissing strangers and it’s not a scary prospect.”

“It took me about two minutes before I walked in to think ‘oh I remember that is beautiful’.

“The weird thing though, and the strangest thing that came out of it, was that we all lost our voices in two hours because our vocal cords just weren’t up to par and used to shout on loud music, get excited and have fun. ”

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This notice was published: 2021-06-07 16:30:00

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