Blackpool rocks once again over ‘freedom weekend’

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Blackpool celebrated its first major event since the pandemic began last weekend as Fat Boy Slim brought the seaside town back to life during Blackpool Rocks The Return.


After 18 months of Covid cancellations, the northwest resort returned to its rightful place as the region’s entertainment capital, with 57 year-old Norman Cook, the man behind Fat Boy Slim, showing that the older generation can still party with the best of them. Hits such as Praise You, Rockefeller Skank, and Weapon of Choice filled the warm Blackpool air, reverberating around the North Pier.

“Any lingering fears for the uncertainty of confined spaces and large gatherings dissipated as revellers went full throttle into dance mode,” wrote a reporter for the local paper. “There on out, the legendary producer tantalised his audience, which could be described as intimate given the usual stature of his gigs. At times it felt like being in the studio in Hove, the next the feel of the Ibiza sunset at the end of the North Pier.

“Ahead of his Blackpool visit, he promised ‘something special’ and in the moment it certainly felt a privilege to experience the familiar sounds of Rockafeller Skank.”

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