Loaded magazine eagerly trekked down to sunny Croatia for the 6th year of Outlook Festival.
Situated in Fort Punta Christo and surrounded beaches, the venue is a unique dramatic wonderland littered with ruins, tunnels, beaches and boats equipped with wicked sound systems pumping out crystal clear beats without interference from surrounding stages.
The festival also hosts daily boat parties, which sail around the Adriatic Sea for up to three hours at a time; each boat’s beats busted out by different artist and musical genres. There’s a plethora of stages to explore:
- The Harbour
- Fort Punta Christo
- Fort Arena 1
- The Moat
- Outside The Fort
- Mungo’s Arena
- The Courtyard
- The Dungeon
- Noah’s Ballroom
- Beach Parties
- Boat Parties
Outlook also caters for people who wish to camp by providing expansive camping grounds, only accessible by those who have purchase camping wristbands. The camping grounds are well equipped with loads of food stalls, seating areas, and mini shops that sell essentials you may have forgotten. Campers are also permitted to bring their own food and drinks onto the campsite., and are allowed to camp from 25th August to 5th September.
The opening night unloaded fantastic performances by two headlining legends – Grandmaster Flash, and The Original Wailers. Situated in a 2000-year-old amphitheater in Pula Arena, it was a sublime setting to witness such great acts in such electric ambience.
With that appetizer under our belts, we were more than ready to experience the buffet of acts (over 400 to be precise) playing in and around the 150 year old Fort Punta Christo, a 1km stretch of beach, and 48 intimate boat parties.
Friday night, everyone was looking fresh and excited to be in sunny Croatia at a wicked festival in an amazing location, the vibe was “rip-your-balls-off excited”.
We ventured into the Fort, which was an old ruin – it featured an expansive outdoor area with a large stage and winding tunnels underground. I ventured into one of these dark sandstone tunnels known as the dungeon, and I was immediately glad I did. There were some wicked drum and bass singers spinning turntables at the same time spewing out a plethora of words that complemented the beats. The energy in the room was astoundingly electric! I never wanted to leave.
Saturday night – The Pharcyde I was a little disappointed with, all they seemed to do was jump around the stage and holler “awww shit” a lot. I guess they appealed to the old school crowd who were fans back in the day, but I definitely wasn’t impressed! Following that, Mos Def made a surprise appearance and really redeemed the hole in the atmosphere Pharcyde left. But above all, the absolute highlight for Saturday evening for me was definitely Andy C. If the venue had a roof, it would’ve been blown right off with the fat basslines and massive kicks, and filthy drum and bass beats he was dropping. I’ve never seen a crowd go so mental in years!
After crawling through the door early morning after Andy C’s set we managed to sneak in a few hours sleep before heading off to one of the boat parties featuring Audio Warfare VS Yard Rock. Another stellar day in Croatia, and a somewhat tired crowd, who livened up as soon as the beats kicked in and the boat set sail! The bar was fully stocked, the sun was shining and every person on the boat was having the best time!
Absolutely exhausted after the boat party we snuck in another hours sleep to energize us for the final night. Half alive, we witnessed Gentleman’s dub club, which was a crazy energetic lively set; energy we wished we’d had that’s for sure! Luckily we were still going for LTJ Bukem, who was impressive as usual! By 5am Monday we were more than ready to call it a night and say goodbye to Outlook, which can only be described in two words. Fucking outstanding!
- Photography: Dan Medhurst