Outlook Holds Fort In Pula

What’s claimed to be Europe’s largest dubstep and soundsystem festival has found a new home just off the Croatian coast at Pula.

The Outlook Festival, which was started by five UK-based promoters in 2008, has moved about 100 miles north from Petrcane to an abandoned fort built in the 19th century.

“As venues go it really needs to be seen to be believed. People are going to spend the first day at the festival picking their jaws up off the floor. It could easily be something from a lost world and will make an astonishing location,” said Outlook director Noah Ball.

“The Garden in Petrcane is a stunning location for a festival, but after the first Outlook we realised that the crowd needed somewhere a little more remote that could deal with our increased sound system requirements.

“At the same time it was important for us to stay in Croatia and find somewhere as special as The Garden. Luckily we’ve found Punta Christo near Pula,” he explained.

Ball still helps run Soundwave Festival on the old 2,500-capacity Outlook site at Petrcane, close to Zadar, a fishing village on the peninsula where the Dalmatian coast meets the Adriatic Sea.

Another reason for the move was the need to make room for another 1,000 fans, because Outlook sells out quickly.
Half the tickets for this year’s event have already been snapped up.

Apart from being specialist dance music festivals, both fests organise boat trips to take full advantage of the spectacular views afforded by the Croatian coastline.

The Outlook lineup Sept. 2-5 includes Roots Manuva, The Bug, Digital Mystikz, Benji B, Macka B, Congo Natty and BBC Radio 1 presenter Mary Anne Hobbs.