Safiya: How time flies! I'm sitting here on my couch watching another repeat episode of Friends (the one where Phoebe gives birth to her brother's triplets) for the zillionth time. A week ago, I was well in the mix at Outlook Festival 2015, in the sunny city of Pula, Croatia.
Outlook Festival is now one of the highlights of my year- four days of amazing music, meeting super cool people and just enjoying the constant sunshine and good vibes. This being the second edition of the festival that 211 Girls have attended; I was a little apprehensive at first. This was due to the first time around being one of the best holiday experiences of my life (swear down, I ain't lying!). So of course, I had it in the back of my mind that this year might not reach those high expectations. How wrong I was!!
First up, lets talk about the line up. The thing I love about Outlook is their 'fruit salad' approach to music. Doesn't matter what sort of genre you're into; be it Grime, Hip-Hop, Soca, Bashment, DnB- they will most definitely have something you will enjoy. Sometimes I can get stuck in a music rut of only listening to Drake and 90s RnB (sad I know). At Outlook, I got to enjoy the sounds of artists such as Sango (now one of my fave artists). His mix and blend of Hip-Hop, Brazilian and African music was so refreshing and just made you want to move! I also enjoyed the set of up and coming UK hip hop artist, Jay price. His chilled sound and relatable storytelling lyrics are right up my street. Oh, and can't forget about Boy Better Know! They were obviously one of my top performances of the festival. 211 gotta represent LDN anywhere we go!
What can I say- Outlook, you did it again! You gave us enough LOLs, music highlights and all round awesome memories to reminisce over 'till the 2016 instalment!
Sandra: 211 Girls are still recovering from the #Shutdown festival of the year! I’ve completely lost my voice (no joke!), but luckily all of my fingers are still intact for me to type up and share my experience with you lovelies.
So, how did my experience at Outlook Festival 2015 compare to the 2013 Edition?...
First off, shout out to all the awesome people I met at Outlook Festival 2015! The great atmosphere at this festival is one thing that will always remain constant. I met so many nice people in 2013 and this year was no different. The people you meet at Outlook become like family and that has to be one of my favourite things about this festival- how the love of live music (and alcohol LOL) can bring people together and form bonds. Positive vibes were everywhere you turned and lasted from the day we got there until the day we left.
Going back this year really did confirm that Outlook is my favourite festival outside of the UK. I saw first hand how this festival is developing and surpassing expectations year upon year, with a growing diverse international line up. The best performances for me this year had to be Beenie Man, Sango and UK grime MC, Novelist. The energy they brought for their sets were crazy and had the crowd going mad. Beenie Man took us back to the old school bashment rave scene that we all miss, whilst Sango really blew me away with his mixes of old school and new school sounds. Novelist got us on a hype, bringing the grimy London vibe to Croatia (his catchy MC chant ‘Energy and Flava!’ is stuck in my head). I was really impressed by how he held is own on stage amongst more well known and seasoned grime MC’S. Also, I am now officially a DnB fan! This year’s edition of the festival really exposed me to the genre and the DnB scene. Outlook festival really does open you up to new experiences. Oh, and big up the Heatwave collective! You guys smashed every set you played throughout the festival. Island vibes!
Outlook Festival 2015 was all I dreamt it would be and more. It is now the official 211 Girls annual trip. I hope you enjoy our random pics LOL. See you guys next year!
Registration is now open for Outlook Festival 2016!
Sandra and Safiya x