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Festival Focus #11: Outlook

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Outlook 2014 credit Dan Medhurst The Moat
Photography by Dan Medhurst

Outlook Festival returns to the idyllic landscape of Pula, Croatia this September. Bringing the finest bass music artists from across the globe to the serene shores of the Adriatic Sea for its eighth successive year.

Whether it’s drum & bass, reggae, dubstep, techno, grime or any of the plethora of styles that take your interest, you’ll be suitably accounted for across the nine different stages and plentiful boat parties.

This year in particular sees a number of huge label takeovers, in some of the most prestigious arenas of all. The Moat, the godfather of all the stages, plays host to a Critical Music and Swamp 81 themed night, as well as the festival finale for 20 years of Renegade Hardware, which combines as a triple threat that simply cannot be matched. Add to this, the Noisia Invites and DMZ concoction set to destroy the relatively new arena, The Clearing, and the Mungo Hifi stage playing host to Deep Medi and Exit Records alongside the Scottish Dub pioneers and it’s without a doubt the most insane festival lineup of the year.

Outlook 2014 credit Dan Medhurst amphitheatre action

This all goes without mentioning the now traditional opening ceremony, hosted at a 2000 capacity roman amphitheater, which will see SBTRKT, Jurrasic 5, Roni Size, Gentleman’s Dub Club and Trojan Sound System complete the bill on the Tuesday night.

Outlook 2014 credit Dan Medhurst happy times

It’s not just the main stages that it’s about; Outlook is a complete self-encompassing experience, with an eclectic mix of incredible things to experience. You can grab a questionably strong cocktail from the beach-side bars and relax in the sea, or if you’re feeling more adventurous rent a kayak/boat and explore what the bay has to offer; which may or may not include a man living out at a lighthouse, with his own bar and home brew cookies - oh and some water sports too. In between all of this you have the 50 different boat parties that set sail from Thursday until Monday.

In short, Outlook is set once again to bring utopia to the Croatian coast and represent the finest in worldwide bass music culture.