Boat parties, castles,  Rudimental live and a legendary Heatwave set… they are just some of the many highlights from the Outlook Festival 2012. Boasting over 350 acts ranging from dubstep, d&b, reggae, grime and jungle, (breathe) it’s no wonder Outlook Festival in Pula, Croatia is billed as Europe’s biggest dance festival. Whilst I would love to include ALL of the festival highlights in this post, here are my five highlights of one of the best music events I have ever been to...

1.    Rudimental tear up the set - we felt the love!  

Backed by the likes of Zane Lowe and many 1Xtra DJ’s, we were expecting big things from Rudimental at Outlook this year - and they didn’t disappoint. The four-piece, fronted by one of the most energetic hypemen I’ve witnessed  - DJ Locksmith - took the audience on an eclectic set from old school hip-hop to house, before finishing with the anthem of the summer ‘Feel The Love’ featuring John Newman.

2.    Boat Parties

Adding sunshine to any festival is a bonus, but adding 100+ boat parties to the occasion is a recipe for success. Setting off for three hours a time, each boat took a trip round the beautiful Adriatic Sea with a host of the finest DJ’s setting out to take back the meaning of getting “wavey”. The Black Butter boat was epic, whilst the likes of Rinse FM, Jamaica Boat and the renowned all you can drink Booze Cruise featuring Skream all got rave reviews from anyone who managed to get on. For some it was far too good to be true - tickets were like gold dust. 

3.    True Tiger's all-star performance 

Bringing a host of MC’s down for their set, DJ collective True Tiger were always going to be live; but the mainstage was torn to pieces when the Newham Generals joined in for ‘1 Spliff’ along with P Money for the classic ‘Slang Like This’. Word is their boat party was also not to be missed… (even though I missed it). True Tiger have wasted no time since getting back from Croatia, releasing a free mixtape entitled ‘Eye Of The Tiger Vol 2’, which you can download now.

4.    Raving In A Castle 

Having a festival set in a disused castle adds a whole different dimension to things, whether you’re getting deep in a dark and dingy dungeon or dubstepping in a narrow bass-filled moat - Outlook made even the most modest skankers feel like they were a medieval boss in the place. As 6am hit, the only place in the castle to end the night at was Noah’s Ballroom - a roofless pit with a sound system in the middle.  

5.    The Heatwave  

That’s right; the final highlight had to go to UK bashment hype merchants The Heatwave, who brought the carnival vibe all the way to Croatia. Having missed the carnival to attend Outlook, they didn’t disappoint as they lit up the rave with their mix of dancehall, grime, dubstep and all things funky.

If you were there and think differently – what were your highlights?  

Words: Ben Anderson (@teambanders)





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