With an opening party set in a 2000-year old amphitheatre and stages located in tunnels of an ancient fort, Outlook festival really is situated in one of the most meteoric locations. Since 2010, people have been able to enjoy this spectacular venue when they attend the festival, treated to wondrous views wherever they look. Turn one way and you are greeted by the tranquil waters of Pula bay whilst on the other side there is no escaping the overwhelming serenity offered by the Brijuni islands, comprising one of Croatia’s eight national parks. Whether you want to see one of the UK’s hottest grime exports such as Wiley or enjoy a scintillating show by a DnB heavyweight like Break Outlook has once again assembled an impressively diverse cast of artists to perform in Croatia.
David Rodigan & The Outlook Orchestra
When you are given the chance to see such an iconic figure and reggae lover David Rodigan showcase his ability to select the most authentic records that in itself is a joy to behold. Decide to watch him whilst in Croatia and you will be presented with the added treat of a 20-piece orchestra, providing a rather sumptuous interpretation of some of the most popular dance records. Set to open the festival in the Roman amphitheatre, seeing this man and his support cast perform really will offer a magical introduction to the event.
You will be hard pressed to find a British musician better at championing a real experimental sound than Bonobo. Whilst he first started out conjuring a delectable mix of electronica and hip hop, the Brighton-born artist has since favoured a more jazz-infused sound, intertwined with a smattering of other pleasant genres like folk. His live performances never fail in striking a fervent cord with the audience, every song carefully selected to induce the most emotive reaction. If ever you wondered what complete serenity actually sounds like then make sure to check out Bonobo during your visit to Outlook.
A true figurehead in the world of reggae, Jah Shaka has forged a reputation as a truly dynamic artist within the genre, cultivating huge attraction through his Jamaican sound system. You only have to look at the formidable list of admirers from contrasting genres, including Basement Jaxx and The Slits, to understand just how much of a lasting impression this man’s music has had. Combine his unique style and the mass of spiritual content and it is fairly simple to see why his performances still generate so much intrigue four decades after first starting out as a musician.
Making a name for herself with some hefty mix tapes, Lady Leshurr has since become an emerging force in the UK grime and hip hop domain. Alongside male artists like Stormzy and Giggs, this Solihull-born musician is also making waves, teaming up with established names like Timbaland, who are fully aware of her talents behind a mic. Being able to effortlessly integrate humour into the songs that she writes is a huge reason why so many prominent names want to work with her. If you want to see a bold and charismatic rapper whilst you are attending Outlook then look no further than this woman.
Anybody and everybody who has a soft spot for drum and bass will know all about the behemoth imprint that is V Recordings and the man at the helm, Bryan Gee. Spending a large part of his earlier career brought up on acid house and pirate radio, Gee has continually rejected pre-existing boundaries when it comes to making music. Being able to consistently make abstract records is a testament to this man’s talent. The fact that people still clamber to see this artist perform in the front of the decks more than two decades later offers the greatest reflection to his gargantuan standing within the scene.
Outlook Festival takes place at Croatia's Fort Punta Christo in Pula between Wednesday 5th and Monday 10th September.
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