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Deciphering the distinction between the huge number of increasingly popular Croatian dance music festivals is a daunting one. Each website seems to host a sharply edited promotional video of glittering shots of turquoise sea, eclipsing light shows and punchy bass driven music, but how do you know which one is for you?
Spearheading the heavyweights is Outlook, earning the title of Europe’s largest bass music festival through seven years of hosting in an abandoned fort 10 miles from Pula.
2014’s line-up is both epic and cleverly curated, headliners Lauryn Hill, Busta Rhymes, Bondax, Congo Natty and Andy C exemplifying the unique blend of dubstep, reggae, hip hop, garage, house, techno and electronica so characteristic of Outlook (and many acts you won’t find anywhere else on this year’s festival circuit). Other appearances include UK underground favourites Snakehips, Special Request (Paul Woolford), Floating Points, Boddika and Paleman. With 400 artists performing between the 3rd and 7th September, you’re sure to stumble across new discoveries whilst exploring arenas set up in tunnels, moats, clearings, forests, harbours, boats and beaches.
Outlook’s organisers have mastered marrying size with intimacy to perfection, coordinating a program of acts so original and exclusive. If the idea of rolling a beach holiday and festival into one sounds appealing, you can’t go wrong with the festival that pioneered the combination in the first place.Nancy Saul