With most festivals and music concerts cancelled over the next few months, what’s next for music in the post-pandemic world?
Not much, according to Fatboy Slim. Or rather, not yet.
The international celebrity DJ says he thinks parties and raves will be the “last thing” allowed after coronavirus restrictions are lifted.
Speaking to Sky’s Sarah-Jane Mee on the In This Together Podcast, he spoke of his concerns around his work plans this summer.
He said: “My job involves the opposite of social distancing – so that was the first casualty.
“Before we got locked down, I got my head around the fact I wouldn’t be working this summer, which is one of those things you have to deal with.”
He added: “One thing I’m sure of… is the shutters will come up slowly and in increments… and I’m figuring what I do will be the last thing that’s allowed and that’s appropriate again.”
But, rather than sit and mope, Fatboy Slim – whose real name is Norman Cook – is busy planning his latest project.
The 56-year-old’s hosting a free party for NHS frontline staff in his hometown Brighton once it’s “safe to do so”.
Tickets sold out in less than three minutes.
It all started from a video he initially meant as a light-hearted thank you gesture.
But NHS workers, he told Mee, were keen to hold him to account and encouraged him to put on a party.
Cook says the party is his way of showing gratitude towards “the real humans behind the NHS”.
He says during “desperate times” people look for a sense of community – and he wanted to help people, particularly health care workers – feel connected through music.
Cook told Mee he’s always supported the NHS – especially after how well they took care of his father who was in intensive care years ago.
He said: “I’ve always been a big fan of the NHS and always tried to be as vocal as possible in helping the government to understand how much we should be looking after the NHS.
“An awful lot of politicians who didn’t think the NHS was that important, now realise how important it can be in our lives… some of them very, very directly.”
Cook says that aside from the positive message of Clap for our Carers, he hopes the COVID-19 outbreak will reinforce to the public and politicians alike the true value of the NHS.
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