Outlook Festival 2017: Ten Sets We Can't Wait To See

Outlook Festival 2017: Ten Sets We Can't Wait To See

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Born out of Jamaica, soundsystem culture has played a hugely influential role on the global music scene, heavily influencing genres such as hip-hop, jungle and dub. Its bass-driven characteristics can be read into music scenes around the world. 

Outlook, one of the movement's most famous music festivals, celebrates all things soundsystem on the sun-drenched coast of Croatia this weekend.

Held inside a spectacular ancient amphitheatre whose architecture could rival Rome's iconic Colosseum, as well as its surrounding beaches and on the water of the clear blue Adriatic sea, Outlook brings its unique energy to one of Europe's most historical and beautiful settings. 

Here are ten sets we can't wait to catch.


Dizzee Rascal

His debut album (Boy In Da Corner) has become a grime classic, earning the rapper a Mercury Prize and driving attention towards the genre. Since then, Dizzee has ventured into more mainstream dance music, earning a whole host of number one hits – Dance Wiv Me, Bonkers and Holiday – and certified platinum albums.

A return to his roots appears to be on the cards for 2017, with recently announced album Raskit and lead single Space hinting strongly at a grime/rap album from the scene's most famous name.


 


Giggs

Just as they did with Dizzee Rascal, XL Recordings signed Giggs in August 2009, once again bridging the gap between the underground and the mainstream.

Always a shining light in London subculture, the Peckham-born rapper became a household name in 2016 when he dropped his fourth album – Landlord – charting at number two and gaining shout-outs from a number of big names, including Drake, Skepta and The Weeknd.


Wiley

Having started MCing over drum & bass sets in the 1990s, Wiley is now the self-proclaimed Godfather of grime. A wildcard in every sense of the word, the rapper is as unpredictable as the US president, picking fights, ranting on social media, and shunning record labels to self-release his music.

Now 38, he has matured somewhat, but seems just as energised as ever. His latest album, Godfather, is a throwback to pure grime at a time when some artists are testing the waters of other genres, such as Stormzy's gospel influence on Gang Signs and Prayer.


Wookie

One of UK garage's leading lights, Wookie has produced tracks for the likes of Wayne Marshall, Dynamite MC, Doom Man and Soul II Soul.

Also a renowned producer in his own right, he's released a series of club classics and torn up dancefloors around the world with his banger-packed sets, cementing his place at the forefront of the UKG scene. 


Loyle Carner

Honest and laid bare, Loyle Carner's debut album was described by the Guardian as "confessional hip-hop".

Made up of mournful piano and jazzy guitar chords alongside skits featuring his mother, Yesterday's Gone is characterised by classic British melancholy: grey streets and rainy days. All the more striking when set against the resurgent urban clatter of grime. 


Shy FX

Having crashed the pop scene in 1994 with his infectious ragga-jungle anthem Original Nuttah, Shy FX has gone onto become one of drum & bass and jungle's most esteemed producers. 

Igniting clubs and festivals around the world, the producer may take his cue from D&B and jungle, but he gives it his own unique pop twist, doing so with electrifying results.


Ghostface Killah

Famed as one of the prominent members of US hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan, Ghostface Killah has also made a more than worthy name for himself away from the collective. Delivering loud, colourful, cryptic lyrics with a fast-paced flow, Ghostface is regarded as one of the best MCs in the world. 

He's also supposedly working on a new album, meaning festival-goers may have a chance to hear some new material before anyone else.


AJ Tracey

London-born AJ Tracey has been rapping since he was six. Now 23, the grime artist has already swept up a pool of accolades, including Best Newcomer at the GRM Daily Awards, two MOBO nominations and selection for the BBC Sound of 2017. 


Gentleman's Dub Club

A nine-piece dub, ska and reggae band, Gentleman's Dub Club shows have become a truly unique spectacle.

Combining tight grooves with a dancefloor sound and infectious energy, they're sure to have everyone skanking, from the front to the back. 


Roots Manuva

One of the most influential artists in the British music industry, Roots Manuva has even been described as a predecessor of grime since he began releasing music on experiential label Ninja Tune in 1998. 

"The voice of urban Britain", the rapper's observant lyrics resonated with the lives of many, while his music encompasses genres such as dub, ragga, funk and hip-hop.


Outlook Festival will take place on 6-10 September 2017. Find out more on our guide, and join our Waiting List for 2018's festival here.


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