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The 8th edition of Outlook festival ended just few days ago. It was held in an abounded Fort Punta Christo on the outskirts of Pula.

Opening of the festival was held in more then 2000 years old amphitheatre in Pula.

Artists performing on the opening were:

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Photo by Ross Silcocks

Jurassic 5 took us on a hip hop musical journey. They introduced most of their songs plus some hip hop history.

Next on stage was SBTKRT. His live performance was amazing. It could be example how LIVE ACT should look and sound.

After SBTKRT, Gentleman’s Dub Club took over the stage. GDC can be described as a fan’s favourite on Outlook festival. Their performance was full of energy as always. Small reminder – they are releasing their new album on 29th of November.

Last on stage were Roni Size Reprazent. He returned to stage after being away for more then 10 years. Their performance was solid.

THE FORT

The real festival started on Thursday 3.9. @ The Beach & Fort Punta Christo.

Daytime activities on the festival offer:

  • beach parties: 13h – 20h
  • several boat parties
  • Knowledge arena  – during the day offers workshops with Ableton and Native Instruments. In the evening talks with festival headliners like: Loefah, Noisia…

Across the abandoned 19th century fortress which overlooks the Adriatic Sea, there were stand out shows and sets from a scintillating range of talent. From Boy Better Know rocking The Harbour and Beenie Man drawing an entranced crowd, to Run The Jewels’ hype-hyped mania and Kate Tempest’s magical lyricism, to the insane Wavey Garms boat party and the larger than life Big Narstie captaining the Just Jam voyage, who also hosted The Void with Oneman and Elijah and Skilliam. There was a hip-hopping master class from the Madlib Carnival at The Clearing, which saw for the very first time Moodymann, Pete Rock, Madlib and J Rocc all together, whilst DJ EZ incited amazing scenes at the beach to a packed crowd rocking under the sun, over to DMZ and Renegade Hardware bringing huge crews, satirical kings Kurupt FM hosting The Garden Stage. Outlook featured over 300 artists across 12 stages, 50 boat parties, plus secret shows, beach parties, label showcases and so much more.

The Knowledge Arena really came into its own this year, with workshops, showcases and interviews with artists performing at Outlook including an Icicle and Mefjus masterclass and keynote speeches from DMZ’s Mala and Coki, and Noisia offered illuminating insight too. As much as the festival is about the programming of its artists, the Knowledge Arena again offered an intimate chance to be up close and personal to some iconic names, as well as being able to experiment with the latest technologies in music production. 

And a brand new addition to Outlook, The Sound System Culture Conference, brought together a series of thematic discussions and networking events taking place each day at the festival, attracting over 700 delegates. A global network of sound system crews, producers, DJs and event organisers came together to share their knowledge and experiences in discussions and networking events.

Outlook Festival also streamed live across the weekend, working with Just Jam who broadcast Hatcha and Norman Jay whilst RBMA streamed the amazing Badbadnotgood live and Seven Davis JR from the Beach Stage. The festival also curated its own in-house streaming across several stages; with more content than ever before captured, everyone will be able to relive the magic again over the coming weeks.

Registration for OUTLOOK FESTIVAL 2016 is open – LINK

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Photo by: Ross Silcocks

At the end of the day Outlook festival is definitely one of must visit festivals.

What makes it different of other festivals is:

  • location
  • people
  • music
  • soundsystems

It would be really hard to get a better location for the festival as this one. The fort looks like it was made for the festival. Outlook festival is one of the few festivals, where majority of the visitors comes because of the music. Proof of that is DMZ night in Mungo’s arena, where people waited more the 2 hours to get inside of Mungo’s Arena. Outlook Festival is very popular among the artists. It is one of the few festivals, where music can be played on the it should be.

Check DJ MAG selection of 10 tracks that ruled Outlook festival  – LINK

Hoping to see many more Outlook Festivals in Pula.