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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.

DJ Shadow

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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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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Influential artists

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.

Roots Manuva

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

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.

Killa P

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.

Horace Andy

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`.

General Levy

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” .

Dawn Penn

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.

The headliner

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 he showed just why they are largely responsible for the worldwide resurgence of grime .

Dizzee Rascal

The artist 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”.

 High energy

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 him performing 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.

Clearing satge

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

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.

Crowd surfing

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 Sound System 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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