We are less than a month away from the extravaganza known as Outlook Festival, and it is gearing up to be the best edition of the end-of-summer event in it’s short history. With an extensive line-up ranging from Kano and Little Simz to Hiatus Kaiyote and Damien Marley, the abandoned Roman fort in Stinjan, on the outskirts of Pula, is going to be lit up between 31st August-4th September.
We have been racking our brains as to which acts we are most looking forward to see, such is the madness that is the official line-up. But here are just five acts that you will want to witness when on the grand stage of Outlook.
Tugg Set pioneer and all round bad boy Novelist is arguably one of the most influential artists in the UK right now. Lyrically dope and politically woke, the 19-year-old Lewisham kid has shown a wisdom beyond his years time and time again. Not only this, but his ability to lock off a performance only gets better every time he touches the stage. The musical equivalent to a revolution will be triggered when N-O-V reaches the grand stage.
What is there to say abut Kano that hasn’t already been said? The East London MC is one of the greatest the UK has ever seen and he has enjoyed something of a renaissance of late, thanks in no small part to his fiery radio sets and his ‘Made In The Manor’ album that dropped in March. His fifth studio album is one we will look back on in the future as one of the grime scene’s seminal bodies of work and has shown that KA is still every bit of nice as when he first emerged. Album highlight ‘3 Wheel Ups’ will be bound to cause a riot at Outlook, and we are more than ready for the moshpits that will no doubt be made.
Big Stormz has been ripping stages up and down the world for most of the year, bringing a carnal energy and emotion that immediately grabs the crowd and make them his in a second. The South London rapper has been pumping out bangers all year, from ‘Shut Up’ and WickedSkengman 4′ to ‘Standard’ and ‘Scary’, making his on stage repertoire unmissable. It will definitely be a problem when The Problem hits the Outlook stage.
Little Simz stays on her grind, and that grind has led her to become arguably the shining light in the UK’s now burgeoning hip hop scene. Debut album ‘A Curious Tale of Trials and Persons’ not only met expectations of her first album, but also surpassed them as Simbi’s honest, sincere and direct approach to her music shone through on all cylinders. An imposing presence on stage also, expect the North London MC to slew at Outlook.
At Outlook 2016, Mick Jenkins is going to encourage you to drink more water [which is probably advised anyway to due to the high temperatures over in Croatia], but not before he delivers a brilliant performance. The Chicago man has a solid body of work, from 2014’s ‘The Water[s]’ to 2015’s ‘Wave[s]’ and has introspective and life-affirming bars for days. If that’s what you’re into, Jenkins is right up your street.
Words by Yemi Abiade.