Cook has played at some of the world’s biggest parties during a career spanning four decades – but his show in a marquee on the House of Commons terrace bar last night was a much smaller affair.
Speaking before the gig, he said: ‘I’ve played some exciting and unique places around the world, from Bondi Beach to the Great Wall of China to an igloo, but playing in the House of Commons might be the most unique to date.’
The legendary turntablist was the warm-up for the main DJ, 22-year-old Mr Fury, who won the House The House competition in aid of the Last Night A DJ Saved My Life Foundation.
Mr Fury, whose real name is Bryce Moore, comes from Corby, Northamptonshire and is studying electrical engineering at Northumbria University.
Initially there were 200 DJs interested in the competition, but they were whittled down to 80 for 10 regional heats. The final to decide who would play the Houses of Parliament was held last month at the Ministry of Sound nightclub in London.
Jonny Lee, founder of the Last Night A DJ Saved My Life Foundation, which encourages 16- to 25-year-olds to get more involved in their communities through grassroots initiatives, said: ‘Bryce won the competition for a number of different reasons, including his mixing skills and technical ability.’
Mike Weatherley, the MP for Hove and Portslade, said: ‘House The House is giving young people the chance to have a voice, to be recognised for their endeavours and to engage with their communities to create change from the grassroots up.
‘Last Night A DJ Saved My Life and House The House are great examples of what the whole music industry can achieve in an innovative way.’