After his stunning debut as part of the opening weekend, Ushuaia gets set to welcome back Fatboy Slim to Bossa beach. Not a stranger to a beach party, Brighton and Rio can testify to that. Fatboy Slim is perfectly suited for the imposing stage overlooking the Ushuaia pool, his ability to take a massive crowd and rock it like it’s a couple of hundred clubbers in an intimate setting has seen him headline festivals all over the world. Having seen him smash Ibiza Rocks last year we can’t wait to see what he does to the open air venue on the other side of the island.
The line up is a particularly strong one, including Australian sisters Nervo, who have been in residence in Ushuaia on a Monday ever since David Guetta finished his summer stint. Unfortunately by the time we get to Ushuaia they have already played. As we queue to get in Jaguar Skills is finishing his set, dropping heavy bass driven monsters that has the huge crowd roaring. His MC is whipping them into a frenzy before the imminent arrival of Fatboy Slim and when he drops Madness ‘One Step Beyond’ the place goes crazy! There is a real festival feel to Ushuaia, everyone is smiling and there is a real sense of fun amongst the capacity crowd. I’m not sure if it’s September, the fact that the weather has cooled down considerably, the forthcoming superstar DJ or all of the above but the atmosphere is slightly different to other Ushuaia parties.
Ushuaia is packed; from the front of the dancefloor out it’s a sea of faces as far as the eye can see, Fatboy Slim waits patiently at the bottom of the stairs leading to the stage as the pre-show announcement kicks in, the crowd bursts into life as the introduction comes to a close and as he takes centre stage, into full view for the first time, the place erupts. ‘What The F**k’ bursts from the speakers, the energy level in the crowd kicks up a few gears and we’re off. A Fatboy Slim show is a roller coaster ride of chunky beats, massive basslines, the odd breakdown or three and some very cleverly worked in pop snippets, which has Ushuaia rocking from start to finish. He is a polished performer who clearly loves what he does as he bounces his way through two hours on the famous stage. Throughout his performance he drops nuggets from his catalogue of hits, each tune raising a huge roar of approval, ‘Right Here Right Now’ causing particular mayhem amongst the army of fans in front of him. An edit if Adele’s ‘Rolling In The Deep’ with what sounded like Donna Summer ‘I Feel Love’ is also well received, and the breakdown with Fatboys version of the Doors ‘Bird Of Prey’ provides yet another high point. Bright yellow Fatboy Slim beach balls have been thrown into the crowd and are making their way back and forward through the arena as the crowd inside Ushuaia enjoys one of the last big parties of this summer.
Fatboy Slim is the ultimate entertainer, he has a unique understanding of how to smash the dancefloor, no matter what size it is, the new breed of DJ/ producers that find themselves in front of this size of crowd more and more, would do well to check out one of his performances, Ushuaia has seen numerous amazing parties this summer but this one has raised the bar. As the piano loop from ‘Praise You’ kicks in, the huge cannons above the stage deliver a blanket of dry ice across the crowd, flames shoot up from in front of the crowd and the eruption that follows could probably be heard inside the plane passing overhead as it comes into land. Fatboy Slim soaks up the adulation for the last time from the Ushuaia crowd before leaving the stage that he was born to play.