This year, between the 31st of August and the 4th of September, Outlook festival will take hold for a ninth year in a row. The event will once again kick off with the traditional Opening Concert in one of the biggest intact Roman arenas in the world. In the monumental building that has survived for two millennia listeners will be glad to hear Damian Marley, ASM, Iration Steppas and Slum Village. Another thing nobody should miss out on are the The Boat Parties, that we wrote about a couple of days ago.
The main event will continue for 4 consecutive days in the abandoned military fort Punta Christo in the vicinity of Pula (Croatia). The military base was built during the 19th century when it served as a stronghold for the Austrian army. Currently, the round fort is home of Outlook Festival and its close cousin Dimension Festival. The inside of the venue has been divided into numerous different parts, each having its own stage where various artists will perform:
As the list of artists is immense, we're not going to name each one of the artists. By contrast, we are going to give you a short insight on the different stages and arenas that are situated in Fort Punta Christo.
Our tour will begin with probably the audience's most well-known part of the fort- The Moat, which, according to us, is the most powerful bass stage in the world. The moat has a depth of about 50 meters, at one end lies the stage, powered by a ground-shattering sound system, followed by not one, not two, but three extra rows of speakers. The Moat's length is about 100 meters, which are being stuffed with bass throughout the whole event. If you are taking advice, here is one from us: The Moat is...hm ... a moat, so the space is not properly ventilated. Wearing a protective mask will definitely help you skip all respiratory problems that continue for a couple of days after the event. Anything will do: a bandana, a towel, light scarf, real masks, etc. Another mandatory defense is that of the hearing aid. Note that although The Moat is the dustiest and loudest stage of all, these tips are relative for all other stages as well. Do not forget your ear plugs!
Entering the festival's area, you will find yourself in the middle of a large space where the Knowledge Arena, Press Area, several different booths, Food & Drinks area and other interesting daily attractions are situated. Immediately after this you will get to The Clearing - a huge space, where the real festival arena begins. The place is in the middle of the fort, the Harbour Stage and the camp zone. Surrounded by the forest, it can host up to 3 000 visitors. Although the sound may not be as saturated here, this is definitely the biggest stage of all (after the Harbour Stage of course) and we can easily say it is notably бbroader than the aforementioned moat.
Apart from The Moat, part of the essential fort are a couple of other stages: Mungo's Arena, The Stables (Fort Area 1) and Noah's Ballroom. Mungo's Arena is (obviously) named after the legendary sound system Mungo's Hi-Fi. The stage, of course, is dubbed by its name givers, a prerequisite for many sleepless unforgettable nights while the second floor of the stage gives you a breathtaking view over the stage itself. The second floor is also where the only bar in the vicinity is situated, so if you wish to freshen yourself with a beer or two- prepare for the stares (which are not that many, really). Fort Area 1 is situated above The Moat, as the two scenes are separated by a displacement. A perfectly wired stage (not sure why we continue to repeat that as Outlook is a sound system festival), with great visualizations and even greater emotions. The smallest stage of all turns out to be the newest. We're speaking of Noah's Ballroom, named after one of the festival's pillars - Noah Ball. This round space with a closed ceiling (the only indoor stage btw) has a capacity of .... 80 people (just not to be rude). However, keep your eyes peel when it comes to this stage as the sets here are the most memorable while the ques are the longest. Sooo... be quick!
The Void can be found outside the fort, right next to it. An interesting stage for all types of party emotions. The Void's programme is always diverse, the amount of dust is low, sounding ... great, as always! The venue's capacity of about 1 000 is almost always full, while musical variety is promised. The Garden is one of the festival's new stages. It is very close to The Void and last year this was the place where you could here more out-of-the-box performances. Capacity is not big, yet enough to gather loads of fans that came to enjoy the festivals wide range of musical acts. Our last stop is the well-known Harbour Stage, which is basically the Main Stage at Outlook Festival. The huge scene is situated at the beach (where all party boats set sail) and is home of the not-so-many, yet powerful, live acts at the festival. It could be said that this is the most commercial stage of all, yet only if there is such a thing as "commercial music" at Outlook.
During the day, the party starts early at the second beach scene- Beach Area. The music is always fresh and the performances are a bit lazy and quite melodic. Near this stage is where the Outlook Sound System Culture Conference will take part for a second consecutive year, bringing a big number of lectors and participants for a discussion revolving around the progress of sound systems around the world. Other interesting discussions and workshops will be held at the Knowlege Arena, where the program always offers interesting topics for the most curious visitors.
Shortly, this is Outlook!
Wait for our review after the festival itself and hopefully we will see each other there!