With its earliest sell-out event yet, 12,000 music lovers of bass, dub, sound systems and everything inbetween descended on Fort Punta Christo for Outlook Festival 2016. From epic performances from Damien ‘Jr Gong’ Marley and Slum Village filling out Pula’s 2000 year old amphitheatre, to Stormzy summoning biblical like thunder and lightning on the final night, year nine was one to remember.
Never has there been a more fitting headliner for Outlook than Damien ‘Jr Gong’ Marley, whose colourful performance was a highlight for many – and left the sounds of ‘Jamaica Jamaica’ echoing around the site long after the show finished. Supported by Iration Steppas, ASM and Outlook family member Eliphino all shaking the Outlook sound systems with echoes of reggae, dub and hip-hop; this years opening concert started the Outlook proceedings on a high note in the stunning Pula amphitheatre. Festival-goers and Croatian locals gathered together for a show that’ll go down in the arenas history as one of the busiest they’ve seen.
Across the weekend, Little Simz and Hiatus Kaiyote took the beach stage by storm with live performances, whilst Kano brought the sounds of the Manor to the Clearing Stage. On Saturday night Madam X, AJ Tracey and more whipped dancers into shape in the newly revamped Moat stage at the i-D takeover whilst Deep Medi showed attendees that dubstep was definitely not dead with a string of heavy B2B sets including Mala + Khan, Commodo + Gantz amongst others. Representing drum and bass, Outlook saw the whole Hospitality crew come through, a decade celebration for Med School and Goldie spinning exclusive new tracks. More live shows came from the finest in London sounds on Sundays finale, with Loyle Carner, Kurupt FM showing their K’s, Novelist, Section Boyz and of course, the Stormzy storm.
All this amongst daily boat parties, beach sets, surprise MC sets (Killa P and Flowdan we’re looking at you), workshops and talks in the Knowledge Arena and so much more. Outlook Festival unites lovers of dub, reggae, hip hop, bass and beyond for one epic celebration of sound system culture, with custom built stacks at each stage – praised by artists and punters alike.
Big thank you to all involved with the ninth edition of the festival, from the artists, security, staff, and everyone who came through – bring on the ten year celebration!