You know that life-affirming feeling you get when you stand in front of a really beautiful landscape? Or that huge joy you feel when a DJ drops a song you love into the middle of an amazing set?
Imagine spending four days with these two emotions on repeat and you’ll have an idea of what it’s like to be at Outlook Festival.
The site, Fort Punta Christo in Pula, Croatia, is pretty hard to beat. The campsite and festival site are bordered by private beaches, so you can sunbathe all day whilst listening to one of the reggae sets being played on the beach. Or, you can hop onto one of the boat parties for a few hours and have a dance out at sea.
The festival site itself is in an actual fort with a moat, dungeons and a ballroom. Seeing Blawan play in a 300-year-old, 100-foot-long, five-metre deep-drained moat was something very special indeed.
Despite hours of careful timetabling, once on site it’s all too tempting to run amok, finding noises that catch your interest. This strategy led to some amazing discoveries: American synthy house masters Sepulcure for instance, as well as Lee Scratch Perry, the 76-year-old who kick-started everything that is now dub in the early 70s.
The two more typical festival stages by the harbour were just as special as the quirky fort stages. Due to absolutely flawless sound engineering, everyone from reggae band The Twinkle Brothers to dubstep heroes DMZ (who bought along quite a drunk Loefah for the occasion) sounded as good as they ever had on these two stages.
For anyone who dismisses dubstep as the aggressive audio mess Skrillex and Knife Party are famous for, please try and find Vivek’s set from the last night – he found everything that is good and right with the genre and poured it into a two hour set. Perfection.
If you’re not the “indie-band-in-a-wet-English-field” type of festival-goer, then head to Outlook. At least once.