A TOP DJ is looking forward to rocking Brighton beach with the launch of this year’s big screen now days away

BBC Radio 6 Music DJ, Gilles Peterson will be joining thousands of music lovers on Saturday, July 29, to celebrate the start of Brighton’s Big Screen.

Peterson will be the headline act for the Launch Party and will be performing his set from 9pm to 11pm after finishing his BBC Radio 6 show in London earlier in the evening.

He will be accompanied on stage by his MC, Earl Zinger.

Peterson, who started his career in the pirate radio movement in South London during the early 1980s, is well established in the music industry.

He said: “I’m honoured to be able to rock the old beach.”

Films start on Friday, July 28 and run until August 28. They include Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the Harry Potter spin-off, on July 28.

Other family favourites include Ratatouille, Finding Dory, Moana and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

To add to this, there is also a documentary Brighton2Paris Charity Cycle Ride 2017 - On August 1.

Bill Murray, MD for Brighton’s Big Screen said: “We are really excited to have Gilles headlining for us but also such an array of fantastic musicians and DJs performing throughout the day and night. This is such an exciting opportunity and we are really looking forward to the event.”

Musicologist Russ Dewbury will be performing Jazzbop.

Heroes of acid jazz, Freak Power (originally founded by bassist Norman Cook AKA Fatboy Slim) have reformed especially for this event and DJ Collective Soul City Worldwide will be playing funk, soul and disco.

The Juke of York, who recently supported Fatboy Slim at the O2, will be playing “some soulful summer vibes”.

BBC Radio 3 presenter and Jazz vocalist Claire Martin (OBE), seven time winner at the British Jazz awards will be performing with her live band and up-and-coming vocalist Tori Allen Martin, who recently featured on BBC live lounge, and the Starr Trust Singers will kick off the proceedings.

At the end of July the big screen site will also include the British Street Food Awards with vendors from across London and the South, with foodie films on the same day.

The opening day on Saturday starts at 12pm and runs through until 11pm. Tickets cost £30.

Film tickets cost £2.50 for children and adults £4, senior citizens is £2.50. Grandstand undercover tickets are £8. For a VIP double bed under cover with drink and food tickets are £25 per person.

For tickets visit brightonsbigscreen.com