Outlook festival celebrates a decade in the making with a huge line-up for 2017
10 years ago the first edition of Outlook Festival took place. Today, in 2017, the brand has turned into a leading, world-renowned bass music festival attracting tens of thousands of people on the Croatian coastline each year. Since 2008 the event has been conducted in the medieval Fort Punta Christo - a magnetic place that once marked the end of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and was used against the expansion of the Ottoman Empire in Central Europe. Several centuries later the fort still stands tall, hosting one of the best festivals worldwide. For another consecutive year this edition of Outlook will bring a number of top-notch soundsystems to blow your heads off both inside and near the fort. The main part of the festival will be held between the 7th and the 10th of September, but first things are about to kick off with a traditional Opening Concert on the 6th of September, once again, back at the 2000 year-old Fort Punta Christo.
Pula's amphitheatre is among the biggest cultural and architectural reminders of the Holy Roman Empire and is the biggest construction of such kind outside Italy's borders. At the Opening Concert this year, we will be glad to hear Dizzie Rascal, who has prepared a special set for the launch of the event. We add the legendary DJ Shadow to the list of artists that will stand tall below the projectors at the one time gladiator arena; last, but not leastq, the recently formed, one-of-a-kind Outlook Orchestra of 20 will bring the vibrations of sound to life. This is not the full line-up for the event, as we are anticipating the announcement of loads of other artists in the forthcoming months. Any information on the Opening Concert at this year's Outlook can be found here: www.outlookfestival.com/amphitheatre-concert/
And now, after taking a big (BIG) breath, we move on to present the greater part of the acts that have already been announced. As you may know, Outlook Festival is a Soundsystem festival, which not only makes the presence of a significant number of dub & reggae acts mandatory, but also demands their good performances. Among the artists which were part of the first announcement, one instantly pins our interest, Adrian Sharewood - a British dub legend, responsible for the spread of dub music across the UK and the forming of the neo-dub sound. Of course, the Outlook Orchestra are also making an appearance apart from the Opening, only this time, alongside the residents from Gentleman's Dub Club. The Bug, the darkest of them all, Reggae music from Soom T, Stand High Patrol, Eva Lazarus, and Dub Dynasty, Israel's МС Miss Red seals the deal with the Caribbean sounds. Surely, we aren't going anywhere without Irration Steppaz, while the Scots from Mungo's Hi-Fi will yet again occupy one of the stages to mount their cannon-like soundsystem.
Dubstep is also well presented, as expected from Outlook, as the lineup is full of interesting names like Plastician (dubstep pioneer and host at Rinse), Deep Medi giants - Mala & Coki (Digital Mysticz), and other powerful artists from the label like Jack Sparrow, Commodo, alongside Kahn & Neek, running their own label - Bandulu. Promising line-up, and this is yet only the beginning!
The grime scene will be strongly represented by a well-formed constellation of artists like Sir Spyro, Wiley, Champion, Spooky. And what would grime be without Flowdan, Riko Dan, Killa P? Variety will be delivered to the rawness of the British sound by jazz-influenced Swindle (who, in our honest opinion presented one of the best acts during the last edition of the festival), Elijah & Skilliam and heavyweight bass lines by TDQ. Levelz will be represented by Chimpo, Dub Phizix & Strategy and many more. And judging by Twitter, Butterz will have a stage of his own
There will be a Butterz stage at Outlook— Butterz (@Butterz) January 31, 2017
Added to the list are bass experimentalists Biome, Madame X, My Nu Leng. A strong garage presence kicks off with Zed Bias and Wookie. We close the announcement by naming the DnB acts, and they are more than a reason to pack your bags. LTJ Bukem has been a pacesetter for liquid ever since they started calling it "intelligent". The all-mighty Goldie, will arrive with an army of (unannounced, yet supposed) Metalheadz, Kasra, Sam Binga & Mefjus of Critical, Spectrasoul, Calibre, DJ Marky... For sure, the list is long. All announced acts are listed bellow:
Adrian Sherwood - AJ Tracey - Akala - Big Zuu - Biome - Bugzy Malone - Bukez Finezt - Calibre - Capo Lee - Champion - Children Of Zeus - Chimpo - Chris Lorenzo - Coco - Commodo - Danny T & Tradesman - Dawn Penn - Digital Mysticz (Mala & Coki) - Disrupt (Jahtari) - DJ Marfox - DJ Marky - DJ Nigga Fox - DLR - Dub Dynasty (Alpha & Omega meets Alpha Steppa) - Dub Phizix & Strategy - Elijah & Skilliam - Elisa Do Brasil - Enei - Eva Lazarus - Finwa - Flirta D - Flowdan - Friction - General Levy - Gentleman’s Dub Club - Giggs - Goldie - Hi5 Ghost & Boofy - High Focus Records feat Fliptrix, Dirty Dike, Ed Scissortongue, Molotov & DJ Sammy B-Side - Jack Sparrow - Jehst - Jenna G (Jenna & The G's) - Jonwayne - Josey Rebelle - Kahn & Neek - Kasra - Kenny Ken - Killa P - Lady Chann - Levelz - LTJ Bukem - Macka B & The Roots Ragga Band - Madam X - Madd Again ft Zed Bias, Killa Benz, Specialist Moss & Trigga - Mala - Matt Jam Lamont - Mefjus - Miss Red - MNDSGN - Mr Thing - Murlo - My Nu Leng - Nervoso - Newham Generals: D Double E & Footsie - Nidia Minaj - Ocean Wisdom - Paleman - Pharoahe Monch - Plastician - Princess Nokia - Randall - Riko Dan - Rude Kid - Sam Binga - Signal - Sir Spyro - Skeptical - Soom T - SpectraSoul - Speng Bond - Spooky - Stand High Patrol ft Pupa Jim - Swindle - Swing Ting - The Bug - The Bug (Acid Ragga set) - The Mouse Outfit - TQD - Vital Techniques - Walton - Wiley - Wookie - Zed Bias - Zion Train
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Written by Dobri Andonov edited and translated by Alexander Angelov.