Determined to make the final outing at Fort Punta Christo one to remember, Outlook were always going to leave no expense spared in 2019. As ever, the roster covers the full spectrum of bass music, with the last edition taking place in the medieval fort set to feature more genres than ever before.There’s jungle from Chase & Status, reggae from The Heatwave, grime from Chimpo, garage from Flava D and even house and techno from Amy Becker. Picking-out a handful of mixes from the vaults, this is the sound of Outlook festival 2019.
Drum & Bass
The colliding of two worlds - a B2B clash of the D&B titans as Exit Records’ dBridge went toe-to-toe with Metalheadz’s Goldie. One of the stand-out moments of Outlook 2018, recorded in The Garden. Those in attendance will attest - the speakers actually blew their drivers during this performance! Say no more. With a third legendary figurehead in SP:MC on mic duties, this will go down as a classic set - not just from 2018’s edition - but in Outlook’s history.
Although it has showed inroads into commercial territory the past decade, D&B is still a very misunderstood genre of music. Enter Irishman Zero T to educate the masses. Here, the Dubliner shines a light on the full spectrum of D&B - including the softer and sophisticated corners of the genre. With an assist from Visionobi, here is a mix for all states of mind.
If Goldie and dBridge’s effort above had won the plaudits, then it was their labelmates who had set the pace earlier in the festival. Exit and Metalheadz again converging behind the decks. This time it would be seasoned veterans Doc Scott and Randall going B2B with GQ on commentary.
Since its inception, Hatcha has been ever-present at Outlook. His input cannot be over-valued. The Croydon lad can be found at the epicentre of dubstep when the genre blew-up, but unlike others who have deserted the ship, Hatcha has remained and pushed it into new directions. Naturally, he’s back for one final shindig at Fort Punta Christo in 2019.
While the previously entries above all have a long-standing association with Outlook, remarkably our next one only made the splash last year. Eager to make up for lost time, Deep Medi brought the vibes as they took over The Beach for a label showcase. One of the highlights was Croat EGOLESS who rose to the occasion playing on home soil. Relive his stunning live dubstep set - part of the reason Deep Medi have been invited back this year.
Today, Channel One Sound System are amongst the most recognised purveyors of Jamaiacan sound system culture. Brothers Mikey Dread and Jah T have taken their dub reggae sound from Notting Hill Carnival to around the world. This live recording features two non-stop hours of feel good vibrations, the two-piece represent the true essence of Outlook, Kick-back and enjoy.
An early proponent of pirate radio, a founding member of Pay As You Go Cartel and the man who started Rinse FM - Slimzee’s contribution to bass music might be peerless? This year, you can catch him taking over The Moat. This 30 minute blitzkrieg will tell you what to expect.
We realise we’ve showcased men only up until this point. Underlining that the future is most definitely female, our next guest mix comes courtesy of Emerald. Emerald makes her debut at this year’s event - but that won’t phase her. She’s been steering the ship on Rinse FM’s drive time show with her evocative blend of dancehall, 2-step and UK funky.
Outlook festival takes place between Wednesday 4th - Tuesday 10 September 2019.
Various ticket types and packages are on sale now.