Starting off the back of an idea shared by three men from Leeds, the premise for Outlook Festival was born. Originally held on the same site as The Garden Festival in May 2008, located in Tisno, Croatia. The first run of the festival was able to amount 1500 attendees with just only four months of promotion.
It was in 2010 when Outlook decided to move to Font Punta Christo, a beautiful structure built by the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy to defend the city of Pula at the end of 19th century – the eye-watering city has 3000 of history.
Outlook Festival prioritises sounds that originate from the streets of New York block parties, the basements of Jamaican music studios, and the electricity of London Carnivals. Featuring on the line-up are artists emerging out of; Hip-Hop, Grime, Reggae, Drum ‘n’ Bass, Garage and Dubstep. By making this festival a celebration of non-commercial music, Outlook earned its placard ‘Sound System Culture’.
It was in the late 2000s when the popularity of dubstep played an instrumental part in the uprising of Outlook. In some ways, Grime music is the new phenomenon that has struck the festival as of late. With this year featuring the biggest collection of MC’s.
The Outlook Orchestra first played at the Southbank Centre to a sold out crowd will be remaking an appearance at the opening ceremony, at the amphitheatre. The group will be enlarged by Croatian string players from the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra.
Outlook Festival’s opening concert will also be hosting a vast variety of vocalists. With the likes of; Roots Manuva, Horace Andy, Dawn Penn, Akala, Loyle Carner and General Levy. Additionally, Dizzie Rascal has curated a live set, exclusively for Outlook. A performance that is said to demonstrate a much rawer sound than we know.
Looking back at my first and only time at Outlook, it was one to remember; Action Bronson blessed us with his presence and laid down tracks from his album, Mr Wonderful.
It was whilst performing ‘Easy Rider’ that my flatmate breached the barrier of a heavily guarded stage, only to be welcomed by a Clothesline from the ‘Fuck That’s Delicious’ originator – Heres the video to prove it, skip to 3:30mins to see it all unfold.
Outlook doesn’t sell out like other festivals who book “commercially viable” artists to sell tickets. Every artist really fits into the framework of the festival; they represent the festival’s purpose. Therefore, the line-up rules the flow of the festival, “The line-up is the backbone and soul of the festival,” said Noah Ball and Johnny Scratchley, for the Independent earlier this year. The bill of artist shapes the crowd that attends the festival.
The line-up includes street starlet Jorja Smith, Stones Throw Record signee MNDSGN, rap messiah Jon Wayne and R&B and breakthrough artist Princess Nokia, to name a few. If these names weren’t enough, Manchester ‘Mad MC’ Bugzy Malone will be performing at Outlook for the first time. Grime godfather Wiley, D Double E and Footsie will also be in attendance.
Ahead of the 10th anniversary, we have a mix from DJ Marky. One of the most technically skilled selectors who truly lives and breathes music across all genres, DJ Marky has gone from an avid record collector and music enthusiast in his native Brazil to an internationally revered DJ and producer, label head of his own Innerground Records, and owner of the event series DJ Marky & Friends. His knack for seamlessly blending high tempo club heaters is second to none. From igniting dancefloors across the globe to producing some of the most seminal Drum & Bass tracks to date, he continues to amass an unsurpassable list of achievements, all driven by his dedication and unique flair.