With a packed touring schedule that takes the legendary DJ all over the world, the Fatboy Slim crew is well versed at rolling into unfamiliar venues around the globe and delivering his inimitable brand of high-energy performance. As part of that adaptability, Jake Vernum, Production Manager, has become accustomed to dealing with whatever is thrown his way – something which stood him in good stead when it came to Fatboy Slim’s long-awaited Dubai return at Zero Gravity on 20 May.
Like many shows over the past couple of years, Fatboy Slim’s return to Dubai for the first time since he headlined Party in the Park in 2019 had been on the cards for quite some time, only to experience numerous postponements due to COVID-19. With the performance set to place on the beach and the UAE’s blisteringly hot summer season fast approaching, everyone was keen for the event to take place as planned. However, just a week before show day, the entire country was rocked by the news that its President, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, had passed away.
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