Outlook Festival is the largest Soundsystem Culture festival in Europe, bringing together the biggest names from the most vibrant and cutting edge dance scenes around. During four days at the end of summer, the festival is set in an abandoned fort perched above the Adriatic sea, next to a beach right near Pula, Croatia. When we talk about bass music we don’t mean the bastardised commercial version currently being sold to children, we mean underground dancefloor music, whether it be house, techno, dubstep, reggae, dub, hiphop, garage, grime, electronica, etc. As Duke Ellington puts it “There are two kinds of music. Good music, and the other kind.”
Now approaching its tenth year, Outlook has grown rapidly and is going from strength to strength. Anyone who has come to any of the last nine Outlooks will tell you how amazing the vibe was, how wicked the music was, how beautiful the smiling people were and how stunning the setting is.
Ever since we first laid eyes on the Fort we hatched a plan to one day take over the moat and adapt it into the long stretching venue it is now. Once you plunge into this 100m long strip you’ll feel the sounds of the bass reverberate off the 7m high walls that tower over the DJ and crowd alike. One of the most impressive arenas since 2011.
In a clearing just outside the walls of the fort, this lovely green area has all the hallmarks of a ‘normal’ festival stage. That may have been the case until we turned on the sound system and rolled out the line-up. At almost 1000 capacity this arena has always proved extremely popular and provides a great platform for a broad range of artists from across the bass music spectrum.
Set in the heart of the peninsular midway between the campsite, the fort and the harbour sits a glade in the forest with an immense sound system and enough room for 3000 dancing bodies. First used as a stage in 2012, the Clearing quickly became a firm favourite with people due to its atmosphere and musical programming.
This perfectly sized 1200 capacity open air arena is home to the epic Mungo’s Hifi Soundsystem that’s taken every year from Scotland to Croatia for the duration of the festival. The Arena plays host to some of the most atmospheric showcases of the festival. It was only shortly before the 2010 festival that this area had been cleared of the tonnes of soil and vegetation that once ruled areas of this fort.
Formerly known as Fort Arena 1. As you walk up the path to the fort, through the festival entrance and closer to the ground-shaking sounds, you are first met by the 20 ft walls that encase The Stables Arena, its epic light show and weighty soundsystem.
A circular pit with a Soundsystem in it – simple. The highlight of the past three festivals for many people, this arena truly represents a lot of what many love about Outlook. While the pressure of the system mounts with every drop it is easy to forget where you are as you get absorbed in the crumbling walls of the 18th Century fort.
A beautiful cleared area hidden amongst the trees, slightly away from the hustle of the fort, The Garden was first used as a stage in 2014.
Located between the Fort and festival campsite and opened to all festival attendees from Midday until 8pm, the Beach is the venue for most of the daytime activities. Beach parties pushing strictly sunshine-soaked sounds take place every day from midday until sunset when the party will move up to the Fort. Think BBQ’s and bars for food and drinks, snorkeling and other water based activities, and beautiful people enjoying the sunshine – the perfect place to relax, swim or sunbathe and shake the hangover from the night before with a soothing soundtrack.