Norman Quentin Cook, an English musician, DJ and record producer better known by his stage name Fatboy Slim, had a significant impact on the development of the big beat genre in the 1990s.
The DJ discussed the incident in an interview with the recently released three-part Netflix investigative documentary, Trainwreck: Woodstock ’99.
As stated in the show’s synopsis: “Unlike the peace and music promised by Woodstock 1969, its 1999 revival brought days of anger, violence and evil. Why did things turn out so horribly?
Keep reading to find out why Fatboy Slim is still worried about this specific event.
What happened in Fatboy Slim’s EDM tent?
As the 1999 edition of the Woodstock music festival burned, a Briton, Fatboy Slim, wondered what he had gotten into. The musician, real name Norman Cook, has given a detailed account of what happened on the night of his most terrifying performance.
Limp Bizkit enraged the crowd of nearly 400,000, who then tore down walls and destroyed other podiums throughout the venue. The rave shed was where the furious energy headed for late night entertainment. People were gathered in the area acting in the most hedonistic way.
Although Slim was scheduled to perform the Saturday night track at the 30th anniversary celebration of the original Peace and Love hippie festival held in upstate New York, and the concert was considered one of his most most remarkable, it turned out to be such a tragic event that is still being talked about 23 years later.
It definitely didn’t turn out the way Fatboy Slim had hoped. The documentary describes a member of staff working that night as saying he turned on his light on the floor and saw people on all fours engaging in sexual behavior.
Another staff member reported seeing several naked people lined up with their hands against a wall and a line of people behind them, saying the scene was much more debauched than the dark area of Berghain.
Woodstock ’99 investigates girl’s tent assault case
The musician still has nightmares of a girl being sexually assaulted that night, which was another horrific incident. A van rammed into the audience while Fatboy Slim was performing at Woodstock in 1999, an incident he called “terrifying”.
During her performance, Cook started playing one of her songs. He had only completed a few runs when he observed a large object moving through the hangar. At first he thought the van was just a dumb addition to the show, like the art cars in Burning Man.
It didn’t take long for this van, which had been stolen by a group of people, to crash into the crowd. Cook admits he was heartbroken by the request to pause the music so they could get the van out of the shed, but he refused as he thought since it was Woodstock it was okay to being criticized during concerts.
After that, he was not well received by the crowd, and they started throwing bottles, cups and other debris at him; it was another recurring motif for the rest of the event.
Fatboy Slim remembers the terror of Woodstock ’99
When the stage manager, AJ Srybnik, arrived he saw a person holding an “old rusty machete”, a boy who was pulling up his pants and a teenage girl who was unconscious and had had her clothes taken off.
He exclaimed, “I was amazed. It literally stole my life. A victim of sexual assault had just entered his field of vision. The girl was then taken by ambulance directly to the hospital.
What action did Fatboy Slim take? After going through such a serious situation, the musician was ordered to leave the performance, which he did. He never forgot the terrifying event that happened that night.
Net worth and Netflix series for Fatboy Slim
As Netflix began airing this terrible event as a documentary, Fatboy Slim recalled and recounted all the previously reported details. The information was requested from several other attendees that evening in order to create this Netflix episode.
Fatboy Slim, a famous British DJ and producer, is no longer focused on creating hits. Although he has engaged in art and film endeavors, he still has the DJ itch. The veteran DJ’s net worth is expected to be $20 million in 2022.