The lowdown: Outlook festival is one of the largest European bass and sound festivals that takes place in a former navel Fort Punta Christo near the city of Pula, Croatia. Focuses on current and well-known names in the world of dub, dubstep, drum'n'bass, reggae, dancehall, jungle, hip-hop calling its self the King of bass-led parties.
While the Glastonbury Festival has mud puddles, supernova star bands, and color-haired wellie stompers, the Outlook Festival boasts bikini-clad, flip-flop, bubble blowing, and dub head sound seekers. My choice this year has to be to opt for the sun and put away my wellies.
An easy choice really, given that it’s a 5-day festival placed in the most beautiful location of an old abandoned fortress on Croatia’s coastline. Let’s then add into the mix, that I am, in fact, an old-school drum and bass head and that the line-up for the festival’s ninth year is simply MASSIVE! You have the godfathers of drum and bass in full effect: Goldie, Mad Professor, Andy C, Artful Dodger, the reformation of original Jungalists, and drum and bass pioneers, Roni Size and DJ Krust, presenting Full Cycle featuring Dynamite MC.
It's probably not a place for swooning, coffee sipping, city hipster couples. Outlook is a festival built on the foundations of dub and reggae, so I'm pretty certain there will be tons of dreaded, bare-footed, and easy going people, who are simply just there to enjoy the sound systems vibrations.
The king of dubstep, Benga, returns this year; dubstep mainstays Youngsta and Hatcha for sets with speaker-shaking baselines; crate-digger Norman Jay MBE presents a soul-searching journey between house, hip-hop and every genre between, whilst Playaz’s Potential Batboy will venture through jungle rhythms. Japanese reggae duo Part2Style will bring their trademark hi-energy dub creations. Damien Marley, also known to the world as ¨Junior Gong¨, opens the festival with Slum Village, Iration Steppas Official, and ASM in a 2,000 year-old amphitheater. Think that's impressive?
Well, I’ve just taken a look at the venue’s stages, and if the line-up doesn't blow your mind, then some of these locations just might. ‘The Moat’ places it’s DJ stage above the crowd in a long stretch with 100 meters of 7 meter high stone walls on either side, which has the sound blasting through simulating a vibrating tunnel of bass beats. There’s also ‘Noah’s Ballroom’, this is the one I can't wait to gravitate to as it's basically a circular stone pit with a sound system attached to the the insides of the walls.
Imagine listening to the dub drops under the stars in an 18th century kind of over-sized well. Hopefully, they will put some suntan lotion in the basket. I’m packing my ear plugs, bikini and sunglasses; that’s about it. Tip to true music lovers: small festivals don't stay this great for long, if you’re not able to make it this year, I’d pre-book your ticket for the next year, as this one is already sold out! - See you out there - Freddi c