The pristine pebble beaches and clear blue water of the Adriatic have made Croatia the country of choice for Europe’s summer electronic and dance music festivals. Thousands upon thousands of clubbers from all over the continent flock to towns like Pula and Tisno to bask in the sun’s rays whilst being treated to some of the best music the carefully selected DJs and live acts have to offer. Since the mid 2008 when iconic Leeds dub night SubDub brought the bass-heavy Outlook Festival to Pula’s Fort Punta Christo, punters have come in their droves for a final rave in the sun before much of Europe starts to cool down and British academic years begin. Dimensions festival has ran from 2012 as the partner event to Outlook, and tailored its bookings more towards (but not limited to) house and techno, unlike the bass music, dub and grime it’s sister festival is renowned for.
For this year’s opening concert we are treated with a selection of supremely talented players from across the musical spectrum. Avante-Garde Pianist Nils Frahm will be performing, as will 80s electronic pioneers Kraftwerk who bring their much lauded 3D show to Pula’s Roman amphitheatre. They will be joined by joined by world class DJs and producers like Josey Rebelle and Moodymann, among others. Festival goers will be in for an incredible experience on the Wednesday night when the festival opens, with a such a wide ranging line up surely making the opening concert a spectacular show for those who have bought tickets.
Every year Dimensions lineup is eye-poppingly good, and this year is no different. So, here’s an attempt to pick five artists from dozens of more-than-worthy candidates that you should make a special effort to see.
The Leeds based Dimensions Directory has made a name for himself with his truly magical LGBTQ night Lovemuscle. Inspired my parties like Homoelectric and an inspiration for Manchester’s Kiss Me Again, it’s a party like no other and is as perfect now as it was when I first attended 18 months ago. His ability as a DJ is such a sight to behold, expect techno, house, disco and soul. As long as it’s pumping, Michael will play it.
Heels and Souls
The duo of Pat Forrester and Ben Croft have been throwing charity parties in London for five years that have gained them a stellar reputation. Playing out anywhere from independent radio stations, bars and clubs you can expect almost anything. Their ability to blend exotic disco, soul, house and Italo from all around the world would leave the most serious dance floor warrior grinning from ear to ear.
Willikens and Ivkovic
Their styles as individual DJs differ greatly, with Vladimir Ivkovic specialising in wrong-speed trance at 110 BPM and Willikens often straying into faster territory. Neither is totally bound to their styles however, and they play out together often, so you can expect a treat for the ears. Anybody who witnessed Vlad’s mind-bending back to back with Ivan Smagghe at Houghton festival will surely be keen to witness this one.
Active in the British electronic music scene since the 90s, Edward Upton is a veteran of the game and a talented producer anyone even slightly keen on breakbeat and electro should rush to see. Having been closely associated with a deity that is Aphex Twin, you know quality is guaranteed. He has released several albums on Aphex’s Rephlex Records that span several electronic genres, and more on his own label Breakin’ Records if you are keen to a taster of what to expect.
A DJ many festival goers will become familiar with at the opening concert, Josey has been building a reputation for herself though her popular Sunday morning Rinse FM show and her eclectic selections when playing out. She is a modest, even shy figure who has stated dislikes the attention of closing a club night and having to take the cheers of the crowd, and would be rather be slipped into the middle of the bill. You’d assume she won’t be closing the Amphitheatre then! Her record bag can contain anything from house, techno, garage and jungle so expect nothing apart from seamless mixing and muscle fatigue from dancing too hard.
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