Outlook are already setting our sights on summer as the first 80 acts for this year’s festival have been revealed. And, as you can expect, the lineup features the cream of the crop when it comes to bass music all set to perform on the sun soaked Adriatic coast.
Non other than Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley will be bringing his brand of reggae infused rap to Outlook complete with unrevealed a special guests. After announcing himself on the scene in 1994, Damian Marley’s 2005 LP, Welcome To Jam rock raised his profile as one of the most innovative artists in the rap game thanks to the album’s title track and other singles such as Road To Zion. This track saw Marley paired with Illmatic Rapper Nas for the first time before the two came together to record a joint album in 2010 entitled Distant relatives. With hard hitting rhymes and the instrumentals to accompany, be prepared for Damian Marley to put on a big performance in the Mediterranean heat as he opens the festival from Pula’s historical amphitheatre.
If 2015 was the resurgence of grime, then 2016 looks as though it will be year the genre returns for good as artists both new and old from the scene join the Outlook lineup. Duo Elijah & Skilliam, DJ Q and Kano are all set to feature bringing a taste of both old a new sounds emerging from the grime scene with man of the moment Stormzy also set to appear.Three legendary selectors in the form of D&B royalty Andy C, Goldie and soundclash master David Rodigan are also set to offer an insight to their record collection. Also set to appear will be US hip-hop artists Joey Bada$$ and Regie Snow along with J Dilla’s one-time group Slum Village.
Lineup in alphabetical order:
A-F-R-O - AJ Tracey - Akala - Andy C - Angel Haze - Anna Morgan (NYC) - Ant TC1 - Artful Dodger ASM -Calibre - cas is dead - Channel One - Commix - Commodo - Congo Natty ft Iron Dread & Congo Dubz -Damian Marley - David Rodigan - DJ Betty - Dj Q - Dj Spinn - DLR - Doc Scott - Dom & Roland - Dreadsquad - DRS (live) - Dub Phizix & Strategy - Dub Smugglers Sound System - Elijah & Skilliam - Eliphino - Eva Lazarus - First Degree Burns - Flowdan - Gantz - Goldie MBE - GothTrad - GUTS - Harleighblu - Hazard - Henry Wu - Hi5 Ghost & Boofy - Hiatus Kaiyote - HODGE - Hot 8 Brass Band - Hucci - Iglooghost - Iration Steppas - Ivy Lab - Jack Sparrow - Jah Shaka - JKenzo - Joey Bada$$ - Josey Rebelle - Kabaka Pyramid - Kahn & Neek - Kaiju - Kano - Kode 9 - Lady Chann - Lady Leshurr - Levelz - Lex Luger - Little Simz - LSB - Mad Professor - Madam X - Mala - Manudigital - Marcus Intalex - Mick Jenkins - MJ Cole - Mungo’s Hifi Sound System - Noisia -Onemind (live) / DLR & Mako - Prince Fatty, Horseman & Shniece - PUSH UK - RA the Rugged Man - Randall - Rejjie Snow - Riko Dan - Sarah Farina - Section Boyz - Shy One - Silkie - Skeptical - Slum Village - Stormzy - Swindle - Tropkillaz - Tunnidge - Twinkle Brothers - Weeding Dub
Tickets for Outlook 2016 are on sale now
Words by Elliot Ryder
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