From Lauryn Hill to Goldie, DJ Premier to David Rodigan, Outlook’s lineup for 2014 promises the Croatian festival’s highest peak. Every year we consider other options, wonder if it’s time to explore other festivals and broaden our horizons, every year they release an even greater lineup and all of those thoughts are quickly burnt away. The sense that the thumping bass music gyrating the walls of Pula’s old abandoned forts, moats and beaches is second to no other is undoubtable, a musical excitement heightened only by the thousands of like minded party-goers around you and the childlike wonder inspired by the crumbling staircases, dungeons and moats of the setting. I’ve heard it called many things between our extended family and campsite neighbours throughout the three years I’ve spent there; ‘Blessington World of Adventures’, ‘Heaven Mk. II’ and ‘Sunny Side Up’ in particular cut through the foggy memories of drunken laughter and perhaps the sum it up better than I ever could.
So now, six short weeks before it’s arrival, thoughts turn to the Adriatic beaches and lively campsite that have become the surroundings of summers yearly highlight. They turn to the heavy live funk of Gentleman’s Dub Club and the smooth soul of Phaeleh, Goldie and the ever present and always ridiculous representation of d&b and the bolstered Uk Hip Hop lineup featuring the likes of High Focus, Sonnyjim and London Zoo. Most of all, they turn to those four behemothic names; Ms Lauryn Hill, Busta Rhymes, Barrington Levy and DJ Premier. The extent of this lineup is, as ever, mind boggling and only slightly summed up by viewing the whole thing here.
Check out our review of Outlook 2013 here and I think it becomes painstakingly obvious just how good a time this festival provides. So hopefully we’ll catch you kicking up dust as the bass permeates through the dungeons walls around you, pointing appreciative fingers to ocean skies from one of the many boat parties or simply kicking back on the beach letting the sea wash away last nights sins. That’s damn well where you can find us this September. Long may it continue. Head over to the Outlook website here for more information and to pick up tickets.