The Outlook Orchestra 2017


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Written by Jarrod Sergent

Nine years ago, a group of dub enthusiasts/music promoters from Leeds decided to host an epic event that blended the likes of dub, hip hop, grime and reggae into one mind melting party. The abandoned Fort Punta Christo, just outside Pula, Croatia was selected as the perfect location for such an event. Of course it was, spend the days soaking up the warmth of Croatian August summer sun. Followed by nights surrounded by carefully crafted stone, over 100 years old, and the encompassing sounds of some of the world’s most progressive dub artists. Attendance at Outlook Festival has grown from around 1000 in the early years, catering to, mainly London based, summer holiday party seekers, to the now upwards of 14,000 festival goers from across the planet. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Outlook Festival and in honour of this outstanding accomplishment, a special Outlook Orchestra performance is to be be held at London’s Southbank Centre

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The word ‘Orchestra’ will incite images of cascading red velvet chairs, various fine wines and gold brimmed monocles to the hum of, expertly played, instruments held by people deep into their 40s or older, for most, me too. This however, is not one of those events. With a line-up including some of the best local and international MC’s and DJ’s in the dub/jungle scene, this is sure to be a party to remember.

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The line-up includes the likes of New York born lyricist, Pharoahe Monch, sure to kill the mic with his masterfully unorthodox brand of off-beat bar delivery. Plus, Islington native, Congo Natty aka. Rebel MC will be dropping his own brand of London based dub-jungle into the mix. With over 30 years in the industry and a throng of live shows under his belt, the whole crowd will be grooving to the vibes of this dub godfather. Another hometown act, the four-piece hip hop/dubstep group known as, Foreign Beggars, will be sure to make an impact with their unique blend of the two genres. Having worked with some of the biggest acts in the dubstep landscape and amassing an array of incredible tracks, the guys are set to blow the crowd away for sure. These are just a few of the amazing artists billed to play this gig with others including the likes of Dawn Penn, Newham Generals, Flowdan, Killer P and many more. The 20-piece orchestra behind the acts including two drummers, plus, extensive horn and string sections, will be the body behind the show with Mad Professor & Adrian Sherwood tying the whole thing together with their masterful mixing skills.

The Outlook Orchestra gig is set for Thursday the 12th January at the Royal Festival Hall in Southbank. Get the tickets here.

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