For those unfamiliar with Outlook Festival, it takes place on the site of the long-abandoned Fort Punta Christa in Pula, Croatia – the end of this summer will see the 5th Outlook Festival unfold, which will be its 3rd in this location. Before getting into too many details, check out this awe-inspiring official video montage from Outlook 2011.
As you can see, it’s as much a seaside summer vacation destination as it is a top notch music festival stacked with international headliners. For instance, they do 4-hour boat cruise parties stacked with different crews of artists starting Thursday through ’til Sunday, take a look at the line up for the boat parties from last year here.
Looks like they have up to 3 boats that they use and can all be out at the same time, so for example, last year you would have had to pick & choose whether you want to go out on the Deep Medi showcase boat cruise with Mala, Silkie vs. Quest, Goth-Trad & Sgt. Pokes, or on the SubDub cruise with the Iration Steppas, the Hessle ship with Ben UFO, Pearson Sound, Pangaea & Untold or the Swamp81 sailing with Loefah, Oneman & Boddika.
Now let’s look at the line up for 2012 so far, as they’ve recently announced their first wave of confirmed talent. Their number one headliner, Fat Freddy’s Drop, points to the diversity present at Outlook. Sure, they have all the cutting edge bass music headliners in the dubstep (Skream, DMZ, Joker, Kromestar, Hatcha & N-Type), drum & bass (Andy C, Friction, Marky, Congo Natty & even jungle legend Remarc), and future bass (Kode 9, Pearson Sound, & Addison Groove, while Roska & Disclosure were just confirmed) spectrums, but they also heavily represent the original reggae-dub vibe with veterans such as Jah Shaka, the Iration Steppas & Earl Gateshead of the Trojan Sound System as well as today’s heavyweights, namely Mungo’s Hi-Fi, Brother Culture, Gentleman’s Dub Club & The Heatwave. They’ve even got some choice hip hop acts this year, including Phife from A Tribe Called Quest, and the Souls of Mischief. The first two waves of performing artists have been announced, check out the line-up for Outlook 2012 so far here.
Gentleman’s Dub Club – “Emergency” live at Outlook Festival 2011 on main stage
Also, keep in mind that there are over 90 Outlook launch parties in 5 continents, so if Croatia seems like too much of a mission, there might be something closer that will have that festive vibe. For instance, there’s a huge launch party in Tokyo with a slew of acts from the festival, and a comparatively small launch party in Granada, Spain at a clubnight that I played about two years ago, featuring David Boomah & Aries of Chopstick Dubplate. Though unfortunately, there aren’t any launch parties in North America as of yet.
Iration Steppas live at Outlook 2011 on Mungo’s Arena stage
Ticket, accomodation & travel info are found on the website, complete with details on how to get from the UK to the festival site – this year they have set up the Sunshine bus shuttles from London and from Manchester, which is likely the cheapest & greenest way to get there. They also have airport shuttles set up to get you to the festival site from the 6 closest airports. With tickets priced at £135, you are getting a nice bang for your buck, in the form of a 4 day oceanside festival, stacked with the finest international headliners. Watch out for more info about Outlook & 2012’s artists to come.