Following on from six unforgettable years, this year Dimensions hosted their seventh and final dance at their home Fort Punta Christo, Croatia. It’s the highlight of the summer for the eight or so thousand attendees to grace the sun-kissed coastal site. There’s something about entering the fort for the first time and embracing the dust covered vastness, along with its sand stone exterior, that makes it stand out from every other festival on the European circuit.
For their final showdown, music was spread across seven unique stages which were programmed to perfection to suit each style of genre including house, techno, dub, reggae, disco, electro and more. This year there were upgrades to a few of the arenas, such as The Void which featured a spiral of LED factual squares giving the illusion of spinning into a black hole. Whilst over in the Clearing (main stage), screens covered the width of each side of the dance floor for maximum visual impact.
Dimensions' bookers exceeds themselves year on year, but this was surely their most diverse lineup to date. Starting with the opening concert which took place for the final time in Pula’s 2,000 year old amphitheatre on the Wednesday with headliners such as; US rapper Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals, Jeff Mills and Tony Allen, Objekt live and Hunee.
The following day (Thursday) is when the main festival site opens, and the first day of boat parties begins. As usual there were two boats in action departing three times a day. The Pickle Factory daytime boat hosted their resident Jane Fitz and Eris Drew, who amazed us with her impeccable mixing and scratching (particularly hard to pull off on an unsteady windy boat), but needless to say the vibes for this one were next level.
There was something on at all times to meet the needs of the revellers.. some would say too much choice, but we weren’t complaining because if anything it gave us an excuse to check out each stage - something we thought was mandatory with it being the last dance in The Fort. Stand out sets came from Jeff Mills in the clearing, Jane Fitz in The Moat, Zip in The Garden, Radioactive Man, Larry Heard ft. Fatima live, Craig Richards & Nicolas Lutz, Youandewan in The Ballroom and DVS1 in The Void.
It is safe to say this was an emotional send off to the fort, but hopefully not the final goodbye to Dimensions. We applaud the team and everyone involved for making the past 8 years so special, and for pulling off the mammoth operation it takes to produce an event on that scale in such an unpredictable location as The Fort… but even the storms held off this year. Bring on 2020!
There were too many highlights to mention so we’ve put together a selection of highlights in pictures below:
Photography by Jamie Adam, Rob Jones, Daisy Denham, Katie Manley and Callum Chaplin.