Music July 2013

Brighton Rocks Chiba Beach

Fatboy Slim leads British DJs and record crowd at annual dance festival

Photos: Akiyoshi Ishigami, Gaku Maeda, Kotaro, Masanori Naruse

Under a clear blue sky on a long stretch of beach at Makuhari Seaside Park in Chiba Prefecture, the Big Beach Festival ’13 brought thousands of music lovers together to indulge in the music of some of the world’s best DJs.

Held on 1 June, over 25,000 people—the biggest audience yet—attended the annual festival, considered one of Tokyo’s biggest dance events of the year.

British DJ, musician and record producer Fatboy Slim held his first Big Beach Boutique in 2001 in his hometown of Brighton. In 2009, he brought the festival to Japan.

Supported by the British Embassy Tokyo, the festival had a strong link to the UK with mostly British acts. Including Fatboy Slim, Basement Jaxx, Erol Alkan, Maya Jane Coles and Sasha, they performed on three stages.

For those needing a little respite from the music, there was a range of food to try and numerous thirst-quenching drinks.
But, even better: beds were set up in the bar area for those needing a little nap if it all got a bit too much.