Words & Pictures: Outlook Festival 2015

Posted By: The Wild Times

Outlook is a feast for the senses. Rumbling next to a stunning backdrop of Croatia's Adriatic Sea, for 5 days and nights Outlook festival unites the world’s finest purveyors of dub, reggae, hip-hop, drum ‘n’ bass, garage, grime, dubstep, house, techno and electronica, sprawled across an abandoned 19th century fortress.



The 2015 edition attracted 15,000 revellers from across the planet to descend on the Croatian location from the 2nd - 6th September. Over 300 artists took centre stage across 12 specialist areas including a thriving Knowledge Arena, Sound System Culture Conference launches, boat parties, secret parties and much more.


 

The spectacular opening concert at the breath-taking 2000-year old Roman Amphitheatre in Pula featured SBTRKT, Jurassic 5, Roni Size Reprazent Live, Gentleman’s Dub Club, Gabriel Garzon-Montano and Trojan Sound System. Set in an ancient stone oval, the headline acts bewitched the crowds into the early hours.

 

There was a hip-hop master class served up 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 the Renegade Hardware crew locked it down. 

 

The Knowledge Arena came into its own this year, with workshops, showcases and interviews from artists who were performing at the festival including an Icicle and Mefjus masterclass and keynote speeches from DMZ’s Mala and Coki. As much as the festival is about the programming of its artists, the Knowledge Arena once 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.

 

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. 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.

 

The festival was streamed live across the weekend courtesy of 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 which is available from their website.

Outlook Festival returns in 2016 for its 9th year in Croatia. Registration is now openAll photos courtesy of Dan Medhurst

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