As the winter months close firmly in and the evenings get darker, we reminisce about Summer 2017 and our ultimate highlight: Outlook Festival, which celebrated its 10th year and provided over four days of incredible music, played through second to none sound systems. It was our 7th Outlook (like so many others, we just keep going back to Pula) and it’s safe to say, the festival hasn’t lost its charm. Here (in no particular order) are our top 10 favourite things about the decade-old festival…
Anyone who has been to Outlook Festival will tell you that going to a boat party is an essential part of the experience. What could be better than spending 3 hours on a boat with some of the best DJs, MCs and artists in the game, along with your mates, music and a few drinks? Come rain or shine, boat parties are the perfect way to spend the day and warm up for the evening to come.
September weather in Croatia can be unpredictable. And whilst most years, Pula has been blessed with endless glorious sunshine, sometimes it’s a little grey. But it takes more than a few rainclouds to stop the party. Embrace the showers, grab yourself a plastic poncho for 30 kuna and don’t let the rain stop you raving.
There’s something immersive and enthralling about the Moat stage. The intense sound, the eerie darkness, the high walls and the anticipation as you zigzag through the gates to enter. As you descend down those metal stairs, a wave of bass hits you and you know it’s going to be hard to leave. This is without a doubt our favourite Outlook stage.
The jaw-dropping amphitheatre, which is over 2000 years old, is the location for the festival’s opening concert. Since becoming part of the Outlook experience in 2013, the concert has become a huge and important part and has welcomed some music legends such as Lauryn Hill, Jurassic 5 and Damien Marley. This year, east London’s own grime royalty Dizzee Rascal.
Of course, there are times when it’s rained, but overall Outlook is almost always drenched in delicious sunshine rays. It makes the beach the perfect place to recharge your batteries during the day, and if you’re lucky you’ll catch an amazing sunset from a boat party. Whilst we love the charm of getting wellied up for a good old British festival in a muddy field, nothing can beat partying whilst getting a big dose of Vitamin D.
A ‘one time attendee’ isn’t common at Outlook. Every year, thousands pack their bags for Pula and usually it’s something they’ve done before. You’ll see people proudly rocking their Outlook 2011 t-shirts on the regular, and once you’ve been, it’s hard to stay away! When you know there’s a guarantee of good music, good sound and (usually) good weather why wouldn’t you return? You’ll see the same familiar faces each year, the Outlook family.
It’s no secret that the Outlook line-up is big. And when we say big, we mean massive. Each year presenting the perfect mix and blend of contemporary and upcoming artists, along with all the old school classic names and legends, there really is something for everyone. Covering a broad section of genres including grime, garage, drum & bass, hip-hop, reggae, dubstep and many more, the musical offer is bountiful.
Outlook prides itself on having world-class sound systems, and this has always been an important part of the festival since its conception back in 2007. Whether it’s in the Clearing, Moat, on the beach or floating across the sparkling Adriatic Sea on boat parties, you will not be let down by the sound and tunes will always be delivered in high quality.
Set within the walls of a 19th century national heritage site, Fort Punta Christo which was built to protect the main port of Pula, provides an unrivalled setting for the festival. There’s nothing quite like partying in a real abandoned site as spectacular as this. The courtyards, walls, moat, stairways and stone rooms create an atmosphere like no other and make each stage unique and impressive.
THE EXTRA BITS
Attention to detail is something that seems to get better each year at Outlook. From the introduction of the Knowledge Arena (where festival goers can participate in workshops and talks with their favourite music artists), to the entry gate art installation, and the schedule of exciting beach parties, there is always something interesting to look at, listen to or participate in. It what makes Outlook so special.
See you in 2018 for the first chapter of a new decade. For tickets and more information click here.