Outlook Festival turns 10 this year and to celebrate a decade of showcasing some of the most cutting edge and forward thinking electronic music, the festival returns to the Adriatic coast bringing with it a host of revered names.
There are few destinations in the world that rival Fort Punta Christo, the location that Outlook shares with its sister festival, Dimensions, in terms of beauty and history. Nestled right on the Croatian beach, near the town of Pula, the Roman fort really is a unique place to host one of the biggest electronic music festivals in the world.
Between 7-10th September 2017, this idyllic location hosts the biggest names in Dubstep, DnB, Grime, jungle and many more. The depth of the line-up is staggering and whilst this means that there will not be a moment go by when there isn’t some top-drawer music playing, it also means that clashes are annoyingly inevitable. For the festival’s 10th birthday, all the stops have been pulled out to ensure that this decadal celebration is as special as it deserves to be. To this end, Outlook stalwarts such as Digital Mystikz, The Bug and Loefah are billed alongside up and coming artists like Loyle Carner and AJ Tracey (amongst others) , to create a festival that is equally nostalgic in retrospect and proactive in innovation.
Below are ATB’s pick of three artists to look out for at Outlook 2017.
Loyle Carner is arguably the most exciting name that UK hip-hop has seen in the previous decade. His unique sound is the perfect cocktail of old school hip hop with a UK and modern twist.
The 20 year old emcee from South Croydon has been making waves in the UK scene since 2015 when he was thrust into the mainstream, having supported Joey Bada$$ on the UK leg of his tour.
Earlier this year, Loyle Carner released his debut album, ‘Yesterday’s Gone’ was released to widespread critical acclaim. The most exciting thing about this young MC is his ability to convey the raw emotion in his lyrics with the smooth flow of his voice. His debut at Outlook this year will be one of the highlights of the week and could propel this starlet to full recognition.
Not much can be said about this Grime pioneer that has not been said already. These days the word legend is banded around far too readily, but Dizzee Rascal is one artist who merits this label. Over 13 years have passed since ‘Boy in da Corner’ introduced us to this explosive talent who would go on to be the first grime artists to become a mainstream superstar.
Despite his mainstream success, Dizzee remains connected to his Bow roots, and this can be seen in his fascinating Red Bull Music Academy that documents his journey from budding Jungle DJ, to being one of the biggest artists in the world.
Dizzee’s music is often pigeon-holed as grime, however, in reality there is much more to it. His background, growing up in East London, has meant that, from a young age, he was exposed to a rich tapestry of music, that rings through in his own tunes. It is this variance is genres, crossing the borders between Grime, DnB, Jungle and even garage that makes him a perfect headliner for Outlook 2017.
Not many people epitomise Outlook’s mission statement like this dubstep titan. One third of DMZ, with Mala and Coki, Loefah’s importance in the emergence of the genre is impossible to understate.
Yet, with the commercialisation of Dubstep, Loefah became disenchanted with the ‘scene’ that had alienated the sound that he loved. Therefore, he decided to set up a new label, with the initial aim of showcasing the roots of the dubstep movement rather than homogenised sound that had appeared when the genre left the underground.
This was the inception of Swamp81, Loefah’s clean slate that has evolved into something new and original. Swamp’s sound of heavy bass music, even at times crossing over to Techno, coupled with an emcee spitting bars was the perfect tonic to renovate a dubstep scene that had become stale in Lo’s eyes.
This punchy sound is perfect for the bass-heavy speakers at Outlook and although the stage breakdown is yet to be announced, a long Loefah set in the moat is a positively mouth-watering prospect.