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Outlook Festival pictures 2017
Outlook festival pictures by David Gasson
Review of Outlook Festival written by Hannah Smith
Outlook Festival Takes Opening Show to Dizzee-ing Height
How do you celebrate a decade of success? By throwing a party to remember; and that’s exactly what Outlook did this year. Ten years have passed since the first Outlook festival came to Croatia & this anniversary was celebrated in extravagant style by the hosting of an event with an extensive & hugely exciting line up .
The opening night
The historic Roman amphitheatre in Pula was the venue for a memorable opening night. After an old skool warm-up by Andrew Hinchliffee it was the turn of American DJ & record producer DJ Shadow to take to the decks. He didn’t disappoint the growing party crowd.
He delivered a unique & inspiring set consisting entirely of his own music in a melody of differing ways coupled with a stunning visual show. He merged elements of hip hop, funk, ambient, jazz, soul & rock to create a new genre-bending sound.The appreciative audience were given samples of his earlier work in the guise of the huge `Six Days` & the recent, more political `Nobody Speak` which features Run The Jewels . Taken from the current album `The Mountain Will Fall’ .Additional images of DJ Shadow at the Outlook festival.
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The Outlook Orchestra
The Outlook Orchestra ,a bespoke ensemble of 20 of the UK’s finest musicians led by BASCA award-winning composer Tommy Evans performed & played whatever was required.
Joining the orchestra
The Orchestra were joined by some of the greatest vocalists & MCs on the current scene. They linked Jamaican reggae & London grime perfectly via hip hop, garage, drum & bass & dubstep. They played tribute to some of the biggest tracks recognised worldwide across the dance floors of sound systems.The first to take to the stage & join the orchestra was American rapper Pharoahe Monch. Known for his complex lyrics & delivery. He was followed swiftly by UK rapper Jehst.
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The influential artist continued his performance with South London’s Loyle Carner . Following a two track input from the critically acclaimed UK trio Foreign Beggars, it was time for one of the true pioneers of British music to perform.
The MOBO award winning Roots Manuva gave a memorable rendition of his track ‘All Things To All Men` followed by the fantastic `Dreamy Days`.
Garage music was safely represented by Jenna G’s honest cover of MJ Coles `Sincere`. Jesse Appiah continued with covers from Burial and Roy Davis Jr. A more gentle interlude came in the guise of Submotion Orchestra’s lead singer Ruby Wood and her sumptuous vocals on her solo “All Yours” .This was followed by an equally divine version of `Alicia`,originally by Mala.
Grime scene veterans Newham Generals gave an appropriate version of Breakage’s “Hard”, refusing to soften down their music in the light of renewed mainstream interest.
They were followed by the equally strong pairing of Brixton MC, Killa P and Roll Deep’s founding member Flowdan . They performed the genre-defining dubstep track `Skeng` by The Bug.
Jamaican singer-songwriter Horace Andy gave a fine performance of his break-through single “Skylarking”. Followed by `Cus Cus` & a crowd pleasing mash-up of `Money Money/ Ain’t No Sunshine`.
With the skies beginning to break and the ominous threat of rain in the air General Levy, another veteran of urban music gave a flawless and crowd involving performance. Including his self-penned classics “Pull Up’ and “Incredible”.
Congo Natty took to the stage together with Jungle underground sensations Nanci Correia and Phoebe aka Iron Dread. Londoner Congo Natty aka Rebel Mc successfully integrated modern dance music with reggae artists such as Barrington Levy and Dennis Brown to create the precursor to a style of music eventually known as Jungle. Together they performed “Get Ready” followed by “Notorious” .
Last but by no means least, one of the original Queens of reggae, Dawn Penn, treated the audience to a very special rendition of the instantly recognisable “No, No, No”. This was a perfect end to this section of Outlook’s monumental opening show.It paved the way magnificently for the final act of the night.
With the anticipation at critical level, the platinum-selling MC & producer Dizzee Rascal entered the stage to deafening applause.With DJ MK on the decks, Dizzee Rascal & his crew showed just why they are largely responsible for the worldwide resurgence of grime .
Dizzee Rascal is accredited for leading the way and inspiring a new generation of artists. His performance showed that he was a true master as he showcased work from his latest album “Raskit”.The transfixed crowd reacted with full enthusiasm to a taste of the new material with the most memorable being “Space” and “Make It Last”.
Dizzee gave a high energy, faultless performance . He held the crowd despite the heavy downpour towards the end of the set that would have been a challenge for a less talented and experienced act. This most epic of shows was drawn to a conclusion by an unforgettable rendition of “Fix Up, Look Sharp” from his Mercury Prize winning first album “Boy In Da Corner” .Additional images of Dizzee Rascal at the Outlook festival .
.After the opening night
After the opening night spectacular show, Outlook moves to the beach for 4 days and to Fort Punto Christo .
Location and date of these festival captures
During the Outlook Festival between 06 ~11 09.17
Other things to do
Together with the infamous boat parties, there were many informative workshops available with discussions and interviews taking place in the Knowledge Centre .This allowed musicians to discuss their work & answer questions to captive audiences.
On the beach and at the stages
The unsettled sometimes testing weather did not hinder the party spirit .Despite a few occasions where the stages were required to be evacuated the organisers maintained a smooth running event. After heavy downpours during Thursdays performance from Ghostface Killah & Raekwon, the sun made an appearance the following day. LTJ Bukem together with DJ Marky and Fabio were joined by MC’s Lowqui, GQ and DRS to provide an ecstatic audience with some of the best drum & bass sets of the festival.
The beach stage was definitively the place to be with these great DJs taking the crowd from the afternoons sunshine into the glowing sunset of the early evenings.
Outlook by night
As darkness fell the clearing stage played host to an unforgettable performance by the fabulous Gentleman’s Dub Club. The opening concert’s MC, Jonathon Scratchley returned with the full band to deliver an outstanding set.For more images of Gentleman’s Dub Club performing at the Outlook festival you can view the full
Gentleman’s Dub Club
The band were joined by some very special guests including Lady Chann and Eva Lazarus. Each gave outstanding performances matching the boys energy & providing a hugely welcome addition .For more images of “Lady Chann” performing at the Outlook festival you can view the full
Eva Lazerus later told us how she is excited to appear on the latest album release by “The Gentleman’s Dub Club”.
Outlook festival ten wonderful years
Lead vocalist Jonathon Scratchly and the band gave an unforgettable and, at times, emotional performance. They expressed their gratitude for ten wonderful Outlook festival years and remembered friends lost.
All the members of the band came to the front of the stage regularly and engaged with the crowd and at one point, the lead singer climbed the safety barrier and dived into the crowd for some good old fashioned crowd surfing and, as the saying goes, “The crowd went wild”.
Outlook Festival’s 10th anniversary
Outlook Festival’s 10th anniversary celebration proved to be an unforgettable experience, a show of unique proportions and of the finest musical quality. It is clear to see why Outlook has grown to become the largest SoundSystem Culture festival in Europe as it continues to bring together some of the biggest names from the most cutting edge and vibrant dance scenes around whilst maintaining its integrity, love and respect for music in its purest form.
Written by Hannah Smith
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