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05th Oct 2023

Fatboy Slim to play legendary gig in Derry later this month

Katy Thornton

As Orla McCool would say, it’s going to be cracker.

Huge news, as legendary DJ Fatboy Slim is set to return to Derry for a gig this month.

Derry electronic dance music promoter Jika Jika took to Instagram to announce the news following some heavy hinting on socials earlier in the week.

Their announcement for the gig reads as such:

“It’s 1997 and every man, woman and their dog is trying desperately to grab tickets to an unmissable gig – headlined by no other than legendary DJ Fatboy Slim.. Fast forward to 2023 and the party of the century is actually happening!! Electronic music icon, Fatboy Slim plays Derry City for the first time ever on Saturday 21st October.”

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What perhaps makes this more exciting is the final season of Derry Girls, which aired in 2022, had a whole episode focusing on Fatboy Slim headlining an event in Derry, and the absolute chaos that ensued as a result.

Fans will remember the girls purchasing the last five tickets available, only for a brawl to break out, leading to a stressed out James to tear the tickets up, which of course means Michelle has to lie on national television to secure more tickets – it’s an iconic episode, even by this show’s standards, made all the better by their urgency to see Fatboy Slim.

In a particularly funny scene, the Derry Girls are discussing how the DJ is “bigger than God” and a “genius” on the same level as Beethoven, except, according to Orla, “good”.

Tickets officially go on sale on Thursday October 5 at 10am – don’t rely on pulling a Michelle and lie on national television with hopes of getting yours (although in her defence, James had put her in a fairly desperate position).

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