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The dance artist electrifies crowd after mixing the climate activist’s UN speech slogan with his club favourite
Wed 9 Oct 2019 03.00 BST
Shares 128 Play Video 1:36 Fatboy Slim samples Greta Thunberg’s speech to the UN during UK concert – video
Fatboy Slim has paid tribute to Greta Thunberg in a performance in Gateshead over the weekend, mixing her speech to the United Nations
The mash-up opens with Thunberg’s voice, delivering her blistering speech to world leaders about the climate crisis over the synth melody. Advertisement
“People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction. And all you can talk about is money,” the 16-year-old is heard saying. “You are failing us, and the young people are starting to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are upon you. If world leaders choose to fail us, my generation will never forgive them Greta Thunberg [image: Greta Thunberg]
“We will not let you get away with this. Right here, right now is where we draw the line. The world is waking up. And change is coming, whether you like it or not.”
The sample of Thunberg saying “right here, right now” is used throughout the song.
The mash-up originally appeared on social media in late September, after musician David Scott from The Kiffness made and shared it to images of ice bergs breaking up.
David Scott (@TheKiffness)
Scott Jackson, 40, from Middlesbrough, filmed the mash-up at the Gateshead show. Advertisement
Jackson, who said he found Thunberg’s speech “incredibly powerful and emotive” said he had seen a short clip of the remix during the week and loved it, so wanted to film how it sounded in a large arena.
“The mash-up is superb,” he said. “The way she says ‘right here, right now’ fits his original perfectly.” Sign up for the Sleeve Notes email: music news, bold reviews and unexpected extras
“The crowd could sense something special was in the air as it started, sensing something big was about to go down and it certainly did!”
Thunberg’s speech was the most striking and talked-about event at the recent meeting of world leaders at the United Nations in New York.
Donald Trump tweeted a video of an emotional Thunberg delivering the speech, with an apparently sarcastic comment
But world leaders and artists rallied in support of the teenage activist, including Billie Eilish, Janelle Monáe, Ellie Goulding, Mark Ruffalo and Leonardo DiCaprio, who all tweeted clips of Thunberg’s speech or in praise of it.