FATBOY SLIM brought the south coast town of BRIGHTON to a complete standstill yesterday (July 13) when over 200,000 people turned up a free dance event – almost four times as many as expected.
Organisers of the Big Beat Boutique had expected 60,000 revellers to show up for the beach party. However, tens of thousands more gathered and crammed onto the space between the town’s two piers. The rest spilled out onto local streets.
Transport services ground to a halt as the good weather saw roads rammed and Brighton’s public transport services completely overwhelmed. Tailbacks built up running back ten miles into the seaside resort.
While the event passed off peacefully, thousands crammed the town’s train station last night in a bid to get home. Rail operators laid on four extra trains to cope with the numbers but even this was not enough and they were forced to bring in buses during the early hours of this morning.
Sussex Ambulance Service says the size of the crowd had forced it to call in local lifeboat crew to ferry revellers in need of medical attention to Brighton Marina. It was shorter and quicker than attempts to force a way through the crowd on land. The BBC reports that around 100 people were admitted to hospital with a range of injuries. There were no reports of violence or public disorder at the event.