A 19th century fort, the Adriatic sea, plenty of sunshine and a festival celebrating bass music and soundsystem culture. We’ve become regular visitors to the Croatian coast for the amazing sound systems at Outlook Festival, in fact we’ve visited a total of four times and 2015 will be our fifth. We know we’ll be visiting again in 2015 because Outlook Festival have just announced the initial line up of artists that will grace their amazing stages and in line with their previous outings they have outdone themselves (that’s not the first time we’ve said that). We had a great time last year (review here) with some incredible acts performing including Ms Lauryn Hill, Action Bronson, Submotion Orchestra, DJ Premier and Fatima. Bearing in mind that this is only the first wave of acts, hitting Outlook’s stages in September will be Run The Jewels, Pete Rock, Jeru The Damaja, Boy Better Know, Wiley, Flatbush Zombies and The Beatnuts.
The incredible duo of El-P and Killer Mike coming together as Run The Jewels has been one of the best things to happen to rap music in recent years. If you don’t believe us then download their two albums, which are both free, and listen for yourself. The energy they bring to their live performances is really something else and is bound to go down a treat. Outlook has always had a grime streak in terms of the music that DJs played at the festival but this year the genre leading clique Boy Better Know (JME, Skepta, Jammer, Frisco, Shorty and DJ Maximum) will be performing live. Alongside BBK will be the godfather of grime himself Wiley. Pete Rock, Jeru The Damaja and The Beatnuts frankly require no introduction, they have spent years in the game with some truly classic records under their belts. Flatbush Zombies, the rap trio from Brooklyn, have been making some serious waves in the last few years with their unique style.
Other acts on the bill thus far include dubstep pioneers Digital Mytikz, garage legend DJ EZ, Metalheadz head honcho Goldie, Mount Kimbie (DJ set), David Rodigan and Exit Records founder dBridge. That’s a lot of bang for your buck considering the ticket is only £151 including the booking fee. Various travel and accommodation options will be announced soon so keep an eye on their website. If you want some more first hand experience of what goes down at the festival, read our review of Outlook Festival 2014 here.