Another Brighton extravaganza is planned...

FATBOY SLIM has revealed to NME.COM that the chances of staging his controversial free BRIGHTON beach party next year are “50-50”.

He insists that local residents want Normstock III to take place despite this summer’s event – officially called the Big Beach Boutique – nearly ending in disaster when 250,000 people flocked to the free party on Brighton beach in July. Only 60,000 were expected, resulting in chaos.

NME was flooded with accounts of the night and, despite the crowding, many said that media reports had exaggerated the problems. A majority of NME.COM readers agreed that the event should happen again in 2003 – and Fatboy Slim, aka Norman Cook, wants to make it happen.

He said: “It’s about 50-50. In Brighton there’s a positive attitude. The idea was to have a laugh. When I go shopping in Waitrose, everyone says to me ‘You’ve got to do it again’. The thing is I can’t do it again unless I can guarantee safety.”

The DJ added that he will not make fans pay for the party to limit crowds. “It has to be free,” he told NME.COM. “But it might be ticket only or something like that. But I can’t do it again if it’s going to put people at risk. We will try and make Normstock III happen.”

At least 100 people were injured at the party on July 14, with emergency services struggling to keep control amid chaotic scenes on the seafront. Two deaths in Brighton that day were later found to be unrelated to the party.