limited-edition fatboy slim goodies up for grabs
Fatboy Slim fan? Who (in Brighton & Hove) isn’t. We certainly have a Norman-shaped piece in our BOTI hearts, thanks to his music and ongoing community support. And now you can have a piece of Norm in your homes, too, as he’s auctioning off limited-edition goodies to help raise money for the Hove Lagoon planting scheme to make it a greener space.
First up, you’ll be able to bid on a limited-edition signed, hand-numbered pizza box, containing a special remastered 180g vinyl and CD of his iconic second album You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby. The man himself has also donated a T-shirt to support local group Friends of Hove Lagoon (FoHL) in raising money for the eagerly anticipated green revamp of the space.
So, what’s so special about the pizza boxes, we hear you ask. Well, any collector’s ears may prick up as we tell you they were produced earlier this year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of Norman’s iconic second album, which was recently featured in a two-part BBC Radio 2 programme. They were commissioned and signed by Fatboy Slim with the inscription “Oh we do love to be beside the seaside”. How cute is that? We’ve got just the space on a shelf in our sea-view office if you’re feeling generous…
Our good friend and local street artist Martin Middleton (aka Cassette Lord) – who recently joined us on a panel at My Brighton to talk about Brighton’s creative culture – has brought some art to the party, too, donating a classic Cassette Lord painted mural on wood, kindly donated by local building supplier Chandlers. You’ll have the chance to nab a piece of the art as it will be divided into smaller pieces and sold off separately at the auction. Looking for some fun new furniture? He’s also painted a sideboard donated by bespoke furniture designer Ben Baker of F is for Furniture. Now there’s community spirit for you.
Fatboy Slim kicked off the initial fundraising with the first LagoonFest at Hove Lagoon back in September, where they managed to raise £8,000 for the planting scheme. Brighton & Hove Council has now offered to fund some of the project and FoHL are also looking at additional sources of funding such as applying to The Rampion Fund… so, every little helps!
The auction will take place on Wednesday 12th December at 10.00am at Brighton General Auctions., but you can place a bid online from Friday 7th December if you’re super-keen, or call the auction house direct to leave a bid on 01273 917118 or 07956 296183. If you fancy having a little look at the items before placing a bid, you can do this on Tuesday 11th December between 9.00am and 6.00pm. Happy bidding!