Fatboy Slim's frenetic fun perfectly captures the mood at Scarborough Open Air Theatre

Fatboy Slim, AKA Norman Cook, on stage during his headline set at Scarborough Open Air Theatre
-Credit: (Image: Cuffe and Taylor)

Fatboy Slim captured the feeling in the air when he took to the decks in Scarborough.

Fresh from his umpteen sets at Glastonbury, Norman Cook swapped Worthy Farm for the North Yorkshire seaside with a Saturday night party which will live long in the memory for many. The world famous DJ took the stage just minutes after England’s men progressed to the semi-finals of football’s Euro 2024.

The penalty shootout heroes all being shown on the big screens, as a tribute, during the early knockings of Fatboy’s set. During the two-hour performance, Cook mixed in Talking Heads classic Burning Down The House, Kim Carnes’ Bette Davis Eyes and a nod to his fellow superstar DJs The Chemical Brothers with Hey Boy, Hey Girl.

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During the night, the big screens captured many pop culture moments and the Scarborough Open Air Theatre crowd made their feelings known when members of the outgoing Conservative government flashed on screen. It is fair to say, the reception was a little different to that which England’s footballers received.

Rita Ora’s Praising You, a homage to the big headline act, was included in the setlist. Fatboy Slim classics Gangster Trippin’ and Right Here, Right Now had the sold out venue bouncing with everyone up on their feet in the seating section while those down below in standing danced away.

The thousands enjoying the fun at Scarborough Open Air Theatre during Fatboy Slim's set
The thousands enjoying the fun at Scarborough Open Air Theatre during Fatboy Slim's set -Credit:Cuffe and Taylor

For those of a certain vintage, Rockafeller Skank ignited memories of FIFA 99 and Dennis Bergkamp appearing on the video game’s loading screen. Former Housemartin Cook brought a joyous energy to proceedings which was reciprocated in kind.

Undoubtedly dancefloor royalty Fatboy Slim’s frenetic fun will go down as one of the highlights of the summer 2024 season at Scarborough Open Air Theatre.

Take a scroll below and see who is still to play as part of the TK MAXX Presents Scarborough Open Air Theatre summer 2024 programme:

  • July 7 - Paul Weller and Stone Foundation

  • July 11 - JLS with support from Lemar

  • July 12 - Madness and The Hoosiers

  • July 26 - James, Reverend and The Makers and Girlband

  • August 2 - Bill Bailey

  • August 8 - Korn, Wargasm and Loathe

  • August 29 - Becky Hill with support from Issey Cross

  • August 31 - Busted with support from Skinny Living and Soap

You can find all the key info you need about this summer's series here.

If you'd love to go to any of the shows above you can buy tickets through Ticketmaster.

You can find the latest event news in Yorkshire and nearby by visiting our What's On homepage. There you can also find days out guides for things to do across the region.

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