You know that legendary intro for Protect Ya Neck by Wu-Tang Clan? “Wu-Tang Again? Ahhh yeah. Again and again”. Well a similar thing happens to me every spring when friends start to query my summer plans. Except mine goes something like “Outlook Festival again? Ahhh yeah. Again and again”. We reviewed Outlook Festival in 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 and additionally went in 2011 before our website was live. One of our photographs from our 2012 visit even made the official merchandise (💅💅💅) so it’s safe to say we’re huge fans of the festival that is a huge celebration of sound system culture. Every year when the line up is announced I feel like the line up is curated for me personally and if it isn’t broken then don’t fix it. The festival itself is held in and around the site of Fort Punta Christo in Croatia on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. So not only do you get an incredible line up of music, a truly unique venue (The Moat is our favourite but head to our Facebook page for more of our photos documenting our experience) but you also get mediterranean sunshine on a beach.
This year Outlook Festival celebrates its 10th birthday and has reflected the second rising of grime in the artists that are due to play. The likes of Dizzee Rascal, Wiley, P Money and Newham Generals are the huge grime names that stand out but the Outlook crew has once again ensured there is something for everyone. How about this for showcasing hip hop talent: DJ Shadow, Ghostface Killah, Giggs, Pharoahe Monch, Roots Manuva, Loyle Carner, Foreign Beggars, Akala, Jonwayne, MNDSGN, Jehst, High Focus Records (including Fliptrix, Dirty Dike & Ocean Wisdom), The Mouse Outfit, DJ Mr Thing and the homeboy Chris P Cuts. That’s not even the exhaustive list.
The absolute living legend Horace Andy will be hitting the stage as well. The Jamaican has been sampled more times than you can imagine and his contribution to reggae music history cannot be overstated. He has been making music for decades but is probably best known on our shores for his work with Massive Attack. Definitely not one to miss. The Outlook Orchestra (read our review of their South Bank performance here) also make an appearance at the opening concert and we can’t to see them rock the crowd at Pula’s incredible 2000 year old amphitheatre. As always drum and bass also features heavily on the line up for all your late night raving needs. Goldie, Friction, DJ Marky, LTJ Bukem, Calibre, Alix Perez and Icicle are the big drum and bass names that jump out but again this not an exhaustive list of DJs that will get you dancing until the early hours.
Other notable mentions on the line up are Jorja Smith (who is well on her way to becoming a huge star, she even featured on Drake‘s More Life), Bugzy Malone (holding it down for Manchester grime), Digital Mystikz (introduction not even needed), Levelz, Sir Spyro (“Sounds of the sir”, enough said), Swindle (this guy is a musical wizard and can’t praise him enough) and lastly Flirta D (grime’s original human sound effects machine).
For their 10th birthday Outlook Festival have truly outdone themselves and gone all out to ensure every genre of music that falls under the umbrella of sound system culture is catered for. The biggest struggle will be deciding who to choose to see with the inevitable set time clashes that will ensue with such a heavyweight lineup. If you would like to join us on the Adriatic coast between 6th – 10th September BUY TICKETS HERE and if you want to see the line up in full be sure to check it out HERE.