Croatia’s iconic celebration of bass music culture Outlook returns for its 8th year this summer from September 2nd – 6th. Taking place at the stunning Fort Punta Christo on the Adriatic coastline near Pula, Outlook has become synonymous with spearheading the region’s thriving festival scene, uniting music lovers from across the world for an unrivalled adventure under the sizzling sun and stars. The first round of artists for Outlook will be revealed at the end of January.
Outlook is one of the world’s most pioneering festivals and a leader in bass music and sound system culture. Returning for its 8th season in the majestic Fort Punta Christo and a 2000-year old Amphitheatre for the opening concert, it unites the very best artists across dub, reggae, hip-hop, drum ‘n’ bass, garage, dubstep, house, techno and electronica on the dazzling Adriatic coast. It carefully curates the most dynamic, respected and forward-thinking lineup to create a who’s who of talent, sound-tracking hazy days and pulsating nights a world away from normality. Because Outlook is not just a festival, but a mind-blowing experience bringing people from all over the world together along a thrilling, intense and mesmerising journey like nothing else. And now the first names for September 2015 can be revealed.
Madlib is a true living legend, a critically acclaimed hip-hop DJ, producer, MC and collaborator who has worked with everyone from J Dilla to Erykah Badu. Outlook sought to build a programme of music with him in as perfect an environment possible in which to hear him perform. The idea of The Madlib Carnival was born with his team, and together they and Outlook have curated a lineup featuring some of Madlib’s favourite producers and DJs across an arena for a full 10 hours of Madlib and friends doing what they do best – rocking the party. Madlib is joined by fellow luminaries Pete Rock, J Rocc and Moodyman who star at this stunning takeover.
Over on the house and techno tip, Outlook serves up some brilliant artists.
In just three years Dusky have asserted themselves as leaders of the UK underground. BBC Essential Mix of the Year contenders, DJ Magazine cover stars and headliners everywhere from Berlin’s Panorama Bar to London’s Fabric, Dusky’s story is one of constant forward motion and a uniquely universal appeal. George Fitzgerald is one of the UK’s most prominent figures in the house and bass crossover scene; the Berlin-based British DJ and producer has his much-anticipated debut album, Faded Love, coming out in April. Radio One’s Toddla T brings further genre-spanning sounds to Outlook, with plenty of bass, bounce and party vibes from around the world. On a disco tip, Norman Jay MBE is a venerable and venerated legend; a pioneer of Good Times in every respect, from his seminal Up On The Roof parties to the Notting Hill Carnival, he brings some party-time funk to Croatia. Maribou State’s Chris Davids and Liam Ivory have steadily built a glowing international reputation) as these two prime exponents of electronica continue to evolve, and Lone brings his lauded techno and house to Outlook, one of the UK’s most exciting producers.
Shy FX is one of jungle and drum and bass’s most revered names and most recently won the Red Bull Culture Clash as part of Rebel Sound; he is without question one of the original pioneers of his respective scenes.
Leading the Jungle Revolution is the amazing Congo Natty feat. Congo Dubz and Tenor Fly; the lauded Rebel MC blends African-inspired rhythms and street-tough urban sounds. The seminal work of producer pioneer
Loefah has been formative in the creation and development of the now worldwide scene of dubstep. Along with his partners, Mala and Coki, he started and continues to run the now infamous DMZ brand. Heavyweight crew the Newham Generals – aka D Double E, Footsie and DJ MS1 – bring crowd-rocking grime; as perennial Outlook faves they are always welcomed back. Shogun Records’ founder Icicle brings Entropy LIVE to Outlook. This is high-octane, relentless drum and bass which will have Fort Punta Christo shaking. AraabMuzik employs samples arranged and triggered in real time on an MPC drum machine, utilising samples from a wide variety of music, including electro, dubstep and gabber. Outlook regulars My Nu Leng draw on many varied influences, traversing the whole spectrum between pitch shifted vocals and bass heavy rumbles, with the Black Butter outfit always on point. Youngsta needs very little introduction; one of the figureheads of dubstep since the very beginning, he is a long-running resident at scene-defining club night FWD>> and the DJ who first played some of the genre’s most-loved anthems. Seminal dubstep DJ and producer Hatcha joins Artful Dodger who bring their 2-step garage to the festival too, huge crowd pleasers each time they perform.
Canadian trio BADBADNOTGOOD have already made a name for themselves with their retro fusion of jazz and hip-hop and have collaborated with Tyler, The Creator, Leland Whitty, Frank Ocean, and Ghostface Killah; their music dances across genres to spellbinding effect. The Mercury-award nominated and Ted Hughes Prize winning Kate Tempest is an enchanting song-writer, poet, playwright, novelist and singer, heralded as one of the brightest British talents around. She brings a brand new edge to Outlook. Yung Lean is widely regarded as one of Europe’s most unique rappers; the Swedish artist released his debut album, Unknown Memory, in September to great acclaim, and has been packing out stadiums around the world. Soulection are an inspired record label, radio show and niche collective of creative music makers worldwide. The LA-based crew have developed their reputations through their white label series and weekly radio shows, and it’s their eclectic parties which have elevated them higher into the underground’s echelons; the collective’s members Sango, Mr Carmack, Jay Prince, Pyrmdplaza and Hannah Faith will all take Outlook to a different level.
Support comes from Applebottom, Kurupt FM, Matt Jam Lamont, Soom T, Logan Sama, Flako, Seven Davis JR, Dubkasm, Kenny Knots, Necessary Mayham, Ishan Sound, H15 Ghost and Boofy.
OUTLOOK FESTIVAL 2014