Is there a person among us who hasn't been dreaming of the first gig they'd go to after all this madness ends?
And when picturing the dream act to headline said gig, it doesn't get much more iconic than Fatboy Slim.
The megastar is set to Eat, Sleep, Rave and Repeat on our own wee island in 2022, with a show at Dublin's 3 Arena on March 16th and the SSE Arena in Belfast on March 18th.
The DJ, musician, songwriter and producer has been on a journey filled with twists and turns throughout his career, but as he says himself - “Everything I do revolves around being a DJ. Over the years I’ve dabbled with being a songwriter, a bassist, a pop star, and I occasionally remix and I occasionally produce . I occasionally curate art . I occasionally curate film soundtracks . But it all revolves around being a DJ.”
He's been a DJ for over forty years and says he's led by a thirst for the collective unity and community that comes with a shared musical experience. In preparation to bring audiences together through the medium of iconic bangers, he follows some very specific and essential steps - he dons a Hawaiian shirt, removes his shoes, and has his manager slap him hard on both cheeks. You couldn't make it up, lads.
It’s telling myself, and everybody, that I’m not Norman anymore, I’m Fatboy. The Hawaiian shirt and the bare feet is a good way of demarcating which one I am. If I’m slightly confused, I look down to my shirt and say, ‘No, you’re not Norman’. It may be a superstition, but it’s a reminder to myself: when I’ve got my shirt on, I have to give it my all as a performer and a showman and, you know, as a professional idiot. And when I haven’t got the shirt on, I have to concentrate on being a functional father and a human being.
If you'd like to see this ritual take place and enjoy an aul boogie while you're at it, tickets for Fatboy Slim's Irish dates go on sale this Friday the 24th of September. Be ready to nab one from 9am from the Ticketmaster WEBSITE.
Header image via Instagram/officialfatboyslim