Outlook’s latest announcements have added an extra layer to the already towering lineup, with big bookings across a plethora of genres cementing the festival as one of Croatia’s shiniest jewels once again in 2016. The festival will run from the 31st of August until the 4th of September, and is certain to be a highlight of bass fans’ summer calendars - just as it has been every year since its expansion in 2011.
Recent additions to the lineup; Reprazement’s main man Roni Size reunites with Krust to resurrect the pair’s legendary Full Cycle Records label, assisted by a similarly decorated peer on the mic in Dynamite MC. They’ll be joined in providing legendary status by dubstep’s king Benga, a man welcomed back in celebration of his instrumental role in the festival’s early years. Anyone looking for an additional dose of dub need look no further than Gentleman’s Dub Club, whilst a fix of D&B will be on offer from the likes of Alix Perez and DJ Hype, not to mention Lenzman and SCAR of Metalheadz fame.
Moving further through the newly declared acts, Zed Bias will open up his garage collection and the explosive Hypercolour Records sends forth Scratcha DVA and Ikonika, whilst Novelist steps out in support of the grime revival. British Hip Hop contingent High Focus Records will also offer some of the country’s finest lyrical talent as they join the party alongside Norman Jay, Hatcha, Abra, Zero T and Swedish dancehall from Million Stylez.
The festival will open with concerts starring from Damian Marley and Slum Village, live from the extraordinary setting that is the 2000 year old Roman amphitheatre that has become synonymous with the Outlook brand. The festival’s reputation is growing every year, and it’s no surprise that the best vocalists and artists flock to the picturesque location to take to the stage. Artful Dodger, MJ Cola, Henry Wu, Hodge, Hiatus Kaiyote and Joey Bada$$ are among the names who’ve signed up this year.
Soundsystem culture remains a central pillar of the festival’s identity, and Mungo’s Hifi returns alongside OBF Soundsystem to provide some of the foundations for the festival’s dub and reggae specialties. Shanti D, Dan Man, Rider Shafique, Earl Gateshead, Charlie P,Dubble, Danny T & Tradesman are added to the lineup alongside Sinai Sound, joining Iration Steppas, Jah Shaka and Channel One as they are charged with making those mighty speakers rumble and roar.
We could spend hours outlining the spectacularly long list of artists making up the full list, but with tickets expected to sell out in record time you’ll probably want to get yours sooner rather than later. If you think you’ve got time, check out the full lineup here.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photos courtesy of Benga