Both Dizzee Rascal and Ladyhawke said BBL was one of the best gigs they had ever done, with Dizzee’s turbo charged anthem ‘Bonkers’ setting the arena alight to close his Thursday night headline set with thousands of revellers bouncing with euphoria following Ladyhawkes stunning sun drenched set
Celia Norowzian, co-founder of Beach Break Live said “I still can't quite believe the event happened. It has literally been the most emotionally and physically challenging weeks of our lives. On Monday the 8th, just 7 days before ticket holders were set to arrive we had exhausted all possibilities and were facing the end of Beach Break Live. In a last surge of hope and energy we found ourselves driving through the night 325 miles across the country to Kent. By Tuesday afternoon the event was back on... we just had the small hurdle of building it in only 5 days! It was totally insane. We can't thank the crew, artists and ticket holders enough for the over whelming support and extra effort from everyone. What this journey created was by far the best atmosphere we've ever had at Beach Break and a real feeling of something special. Thanks for keeping the faith!”
Last year Celia Norowzian and Ian Forshew, founders of Beach Break Live were the stars of a BBC documentary about the highs and lows of making a festival and this years Beach Break Live was the ultimate turbulent ride. Industry and ticket holder support for BBL 09 has been immense as the festival HQ has been flooded with letters and calls of support from people amazed by how organisers managed to turn the situation around when they lost their site just a week before the show.
The crew were undeterred and after locating Port Lympe Safari Park as the new site the beaches were built! Complete with palm trees, volleyball nets and the whitest sand to be found in any Kentish zoo, festival goers were playing beach games in their bikinis in no time!
The massive success of BBL 09 was unprecedented, a huge congratulations goes out to everyone who made this happen. Bring on 2010!
BEACH BREAK LIVE 09 LINE UP:
DIZZEE RASCAL/ THE ZUTONS/ MYSTERY JETS/ FRIENDLY FIRES/ LADYHAWKE/ HADOUKEN / DAN LE SAC VS SCROOBIUS PIP / THE WHIP/ CUBAN BROTHERS/ WILL AND THE PEOPLE / RED LIGHT COMPANY/ DAN BLACK/ VV BROWN/ ESSER/ DELPHIC/ OFFICIAL SECRETS ACT / FLASHGUNS/ ZARIF/ RODNEY BRANNIGAN/ ALESSI’S ARK/ OU EST LE SWIMMING POOL?/ THE HITCHCOCK RULES/ VICES/ YEARNER BABIES/ 8 FOLD/ SPIRES/ THREE SEEDS IN PARIS/ ROKHSAN/ FRE3 PEACE/ THE DIRTY DISCO
CHASE & STATUS FT. RAGE, TAKURA AND PLAN B/ DJ YODA/ SCRATCH PERVERTS/ KRAFTY KUTS/ CASPA & RUSKO/ TAYO / COUNT & SINDEN/ CRAZE AND KLEVER/ FREESTYLERS (DJ SET)/ JACK BEATS/ THE NEXTMEN / DEEKLINE / DYNAMITE MC/ MC WREC/ URBAN KNIGHTS/ RADIOACTIVE MAN/ UTAH JAZZ/ TRG/ MARC ROBERTS / DEKKER AND JOHAN