Rockin' The Boat – Outlook Festival 2015

So, this past Wednesday 27th May held witness to an annual scramble for the highly prized and strictly limited places on the Outlook Boat Parties. At 8pm British Summer Time the festival released tickets for its 43 sort after parties, spanning Thursday 3rd ’til Sunday 6th of September, from the most revered event collectives, soundsystems and labels across the entire spectrum of bass music.

Outlook boat parties 2015 - flyer (1)This notoriously adrenaline-filled event has become well known for its capacity to leave a large portion of the 4,500 Outlook goers with either acute rage as the website’s server quakes due to a flurry of refreshing browsers to discover the seafaring adventure of their dreams has sold out in a matter of seconds, or alternatively, jumping with ecstatic joy to have secured a handful of tickets for your desired bash – Gleaming smack, bang in the middle of your shopping cart. It’s a tense yet exhilerating unofficial opening to the summer games, of sorts…

The organisers this year really pulled it out of the bag too; compiling a stellar array of consistently solid crews to host each fun-filled four hour cruise across the Adriatric and back…

19011_10152792056336227_6781560558912741996_nDrum and bass-wise, there was a selectively high standard on offer with boat parties from prestige labels Exit, Critical Music, Renegade Hardware and Dispatch Vs. Symmetry, plus Noisia Invites, Detonate, Jungle Jam, Something Big, and on the fringe of things; Ivy Lab’s 20/20, Dub Phizix & Strategy’s Well Good Boat Party and the Work It party featuring a special hip-hop set from be-grilled Metalheadz legend, Goldie.

Now, I’m not going to beat around the bush.. If you slept on this and didn’t get in there on release, you don’t need me to tell you that you probably wont be able to get you hands on your first choice. Critical Music, Exit, Noisia Invites, Dispatch Vs. Symmetry, plus Dub Phizix and Strategy’s Well Good Boat Party? Nah. However, there are a few gems left on sale for you to choose from and they are by no means sub-standard.

Here’s a helpful run down of the drum and bass boat parties remaining for you Outlook ravers…

something bigSOMETHING BIG: Dark tech titans Icicle and Skeptical set sail with Ant TC1 and MC Fokus on Friday 4th September. If you’ve missed out on the Dispatch Recordings Vs Symmetry boat party – This is the one for you.

detonateDETONATE: Nottingham’s prime drum and bass event pulls out the stops with Critical Music boss Kasra, Cyberfunk honcho and Symmetry regular Xtrah, Dispatch familia Gerra & Stone and Detonate DJ’s, Transit Mafia.. This one is perfect for those mourning the loss of a Critical Music or Dispatch Vs. Symmetry boat party spot.

20:2020/20: The first night of the festival to ease you in; this one isn’t strictly drum and bass but for those with experimental leanings can be 100% certain that the Ivy Lab boys; Sabre, Stray and Halogenix, alongside Astrophonica boss Fracture and the grime-cum-glitch stylings of Jon Phonics will be just the ticket – I’ll see you on there!

hardwareRENEGADE HARDWARE: Saving arguably the most tantalising ’til last, do not sleep on the remaining tickets for this Saturday boat party! It’s a surprise that there are in fact any left for this ridiculous lineup. Join the party on a hot summer evening with scene heavyweights Loxy and Ink, Keaton, Ant TC1, Cold Fusion and MC Stapleton for a festival highlight that’ll be hard to forget.

Maybe D&B ain’t your thing? With a vast array of dubstep, UK garage, dub, reggae, grime, bashment and more; you can check the rest of the remaining boat parties here.

Outlook - boat party girls - credit Jack Pasco

Festival Only tickets for the 4 day party in the Croatian sunshine come at a snip of £140, but you can check the website for handy accommodation, flights and deposit plans too…


Feel like making more of a holiday out of it? Why not arrive a little earlier and head down to Pula’s Fort Punta Christo for sister festival Dimensions; featuring a weekend of techno, house, disco, jazz, electronica, funk and more from 26th – 30th August. Treat yourself!

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