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O2 Wireless Festival: Fatboy Slim announced as headliner

Fatboy Slim

Story by Jack Foley

FATBOY Slim – aka Norman Cook – will headline the Main Stage of this year’s O2 Wireless Festival on Saturday, July 5, 2008.

The ever-popular DJ – responsible for hits such as Praise You, Right Here, Right Now and Weapon Of Choice – will be joined by dance act Underworld and soul and funk legend Bootsy Collins as part of this year’s line-up.

Now in its fourth year, the O2 Wireless Festival takes place in the unique location of London’s Hyde Park over four days and four stages every day.

Norman Cook commented: “For a long while I’ve wanted to play outdoors in London, but I just couldn’t find a beach! Hopefully, we can bring some of the spirit of the Brighton shows into the heart of London town.”

Underworld, meanwhile, are among the undisputed kings of the dance world. Responsible for hits such as Born Slippy and King Of Snake, Rick Smith and Karl Hyde remain an innovative presence on the UK music scene and released their fifth studio album, Oblivion With Bells, in October last year to widespread acclaim.

Finally, Bootsy Collins represents one of the world’s most colourful and extravagant artists. He will be bringing his band to Hyde Park showcasing a career that has travelled through collaborations with the likes of James Brown, Maceo Parker and Malcolm McLaren whilst introducing the world to Funkadelic and Parliament (with George Clinton) and Bootsy’s Rubber Band.

This year’s Wireless Festival also sees the return of the second and third stages with more surprises to be announced as the event gets closer. Last year’s line-up included Kate Nash, CSS, The Cribs, The Pigeon Detectives and Robyn took to the smaller stages.

O2 customers will also have the chance to enjoy an unforgettable festival experience with access to their own exclusive VIP areas using the latest mobile technology. The O2 blueroom provides superb views of the main stage and inside O2 music fans can enjoy their own private stage with exclusive live performances throughout the festival.

Sally Cowdry, Marketing Director of O2 UK, commented: “Now in its fourth year, the O2 Wireless Festival continues to go from strength to strength and this year’s line-up further cements its reputation as one of the UK’s top music events. Once again, we will be providing a unique VIP experience for O2 customers, including advanced access to tickets, special areas on site and lots more.”

Tickets for this year’s festival are on sale from Monday, February 18 at 9am and are available at a special ‘Early Bird’ price of £40 for a limited period only (all tickets are subject to booking fee).

O2 WIRELESS FESTIVAL, HYDE PARK, LONDON. Gates open at 12 midday

Saturday, July 5 – Fatboy Slim plus Underworld + Bootsy Collins and many more acts to be announced.

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