I arrived on day 2 in the evening of the lovely festival, to your usual zombie state ravers floating across fields.
The site was an intimate but spacious landscape, dressed wonderfully to fit the picturesque fields that surrounded us. Full of nicely pocketed sections with different vibes being represented. I arrive at the main stage, set up so you could see the grand Cholmondely castle where Dj Rudekid was slapping the crowd with a mix shawarma off sounds. Banger after banger getting the crowd fully activated.
After him a wavy Ghetts step up on main stage, fresh off his amazing Glastonbury performance. He started slowly, the wave he was on was a bit much. But half way through, realised Outlook wanted that old school Ghetts, that’s when he got in his bag and started shelling. Security was evidently nervous every time he stood on the speakers. This only put the battery in his back and made him go more in his bag, activating the rebel mode! The last half of his set was pure nostalgic goodness.
After he finished we were blessed with a field full of sound systems bumping out till 4am. Plenty of pockets of different levels of bass-heavy Electric music.
Day 3 carried on with the same bass heavy elements. The field was alive, and the vibes was up. Highlight performance came from the enigmatic Macka B and the Roots Band. With his ever positive reggae lyrics and the band playing faultless good reggae music. He took us thru the elements. Dropping a flawless masterclass on how to be an MC.
This day Rasta was in attendance. After Macka B put us through our paces, the ever supreme Congo Natty blessed the stage with full army in attendance! Rebel Mc graced the stage with Phoebe, Iron dread, Shumba Youth and Jnr Baptist and the sweet sound of Tenor Fly blessing the occasion. The music was sweet, the vibes was up and the MCs were shelling. Not more you can ask for. Levels were set and tune after time had the crowd wildin’ out. Big salute to closing headliners on the main stage.
As the main staged closed the night party begins and the stage was set for Mala. The big top tent was going off. Flowdan was on stage giving pure Flowdan energy which the crowd gave back tenfold. With that classic blend of dubstep, the tent was full of good energy and ravers. You could feel the festival was made for the raver!
Day 4 I arrived earlier to catch a chest full of baseline pressure from the Mighty Jah Shaka who was playing a 7 hr set in the Subdub section. The element of sun was in full effect. The speaker zombies were lined up in front of the big sound system and the head nods were predominant. Rastafari was in attendance and I head to main stage to catch a next vibe, where sweet soulful hip hop was ringing out the speakers and the Lyricist was giving us that feel good hip hop. Big salute to Kofi Stone from the sound to the message he delivered and it was refreshing to hear just pure hip hop.
After a good munch and some more alcohol I found myself over at the Kickers tent. The stage was set for American Grime. The Djs Micheal Savant and Timbo Slice was firing pure heavyweight dubplates, allowing mc Jumanji and 3ijoe to have the crowd wildin out on a Sunday evening. With a guest appearance from yours truly, it was a good way to immerse myself into the scene.
Back to the main stage to see Sundays nights big headliner. There was no disappointment at all as the don D Double E performed a sick set. No word missed, no vibe dropped. Popping off all his classics and watching the crowd spit each word, line for line. No hype needed, expectations exceeded, you could really see and feel how much ratings he got and gets. Legend status!
More Grime goodness was presented from a sick back to back from Plastician and Dj Spooky. Under the bright lights of the Tile Yard stage. Super ratings on the energy that was being deliver and the sick line up of MCs.
The last thing I was to see and experience was the legend himself. He looks as large as the name he carries and the energy he brought was mammoth. The big top tent was in full metal head mode. Taking them through drum and bass Levels of euphoria, was the larger than life Goldie. The rent was amped with the festival die hards. Then I made sure I took Monday off to enjoy the last moments of festival euphoria.
The proceedings brought a close to what was a wonderful festival. The festival made for the raver.
After talking to organisers and site creators, I know how much was left out and all the other elements they had to deal with. I can guarantee you if they sort the little issue and get the green light to do all the things they plan then next years Outlook will be a marvelous spectacle. Overall A really good first time for here in the U.K. and I look forward to next years festival.
Other highlight performances were CMPND with that distinctive UKHH performing tracks of their new release on Hi-focus.
Lady Lykes shelling in the big top tent. Fully mastering the ceremony.
Logan OlM was popping up everywhere and shelling down the place.
Black josh was firing at the festival too.
Definitely more acts to mention but my advice is to just be there next year!
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