Words: Thomas Brent.
Pula is set to host its annual musical fanfare as Outlook Festival returns for its seventh year. An army of top DJ’s and musicians will descend upon the sandy shores to offer a mix of styles including electronic, dub, dubstep, reggae, house and hip-hop.
The festival will kick off with an opening concert on the 3rd September, with Ms Lauryn Hill and Submotion Orchestra amongst the acts performing. Ms Lauryn Hill combines her soulful vocals with hip-hop to create a powerful and haunting sound. She recently released a song titled ‘Black Rage’, which is a re-working of the classic song ‘Favourite Things’ and is in answer to the current events taking place in Ferguson, Missouri. Submotion Orchestra formed in Leeds in 2009 and combine various styles including jazz, soul and ambient electronica among others. They have a new album titled Alium due out in November of this year, and it is already building a fair bit of hype.
The festival kicks off in earnest the following day and amongst the top acts this year are Daddy G from Massive Attack, Busta Rhymes, and Andy C. Massive Attack gained widespread recognition after the release of their début album Blue Lines, which cultivated a chilled, atmospheric electronica that contributed to the style that later became known as trip-hop. Daddy G (aka Grant Marshall) is a prolific DJ in his own right and will no doubt provide a thrilling set at Outlook this year.
Well known rapper Busta Rhymes will also join the party, with his instantly recognisable voice sure to be a big favourite. On a different musical spectrum is DJ and electronic music extraordinaire Andy C, who is regarded as one of the top DJ’s in the world. His lively music will keep revellers up to all hours engaged in his up-beat, rave-inducing sound.
One to look out for at this year’s festival are the fresh-faced youngsters that make up Bondax. Still only in their early 20’s the duo have found fans in the form of Nick Grimshaw and Annie Mac, and their hard-to-describe-sound is definitely one to look out for at Outlook 2014.
Nine-piece British reggae outfit Gentleman’s Dub Club are an imposing force on the stage, bristling with energy and immersing the crowd in bouncy and danceable reggae. They are regulars at festivals all over the world and it’s easy to understand why. Check out their tune ‘High Grade’ below, taken from their 2012 EP Open Your Eyes.
Bringing the Scottish element to this year’s festival is Mungo’s Hifi and Chungo-Bungo. Both hail from the booming music scene in Glasgow and have collaborated before. They will share a boat at this year’s Outlook, on one of the many boat parties that run throughout the festival. Check out one of their collaboration’s below.
There are 11 different stages and areas at this year’s festival, with hundreds of acts playing over the four days. It is the biggest bass-music festival in the world and for the four days will be a music lover’s haven, with sun, sea and an abundance of music. The past years have made it a firm favourite among fans and this current line-up is set to continue that tradition.