As the summer of 2016 comes to its peak; festival goers must make the most of the remaining sun blessed months. Those lucky enough to have tickets will be spending August 25th – 28th at Dimensions Festival in Fort Punto Christo. An absolute gem on the coast of Pula plays host to one of the most exciting underground electronic music festivals. As Dimensions blows out five candles on its birthday cake, it is safe to say that organisers are throwing the most comprehensive edition to date. Known as the sister festival of Outlook; Don’t Panic take a look at why Dimensions may have become the cooler younger sibling.
A key feature that makes Dimensions a truly immersive experience is the musical journey the curators take you on each day of the festival. The Beach Stage allows you to enjoy live and electronic acts from world, soul and disco with a spectacular ocean view. You can catch DJ and label founder Awesome Tapes From Africa – Expect an eclectic range of West African recordings from highlife, African disco, old left-field soul and Ghanaian pop.
As you make your way to the fort, the Clearing Stage plays host to a range of artists with the ability to move the soul of the listener. Larry Heard performs his first live Mr Fingers set for over 15 years – An original Chicago pioneer; widely known for his deep house production from the mid 1980s, this is an extremely rare showing and one not to be missed.
Another of the more open venues; the Void still manages to hold its intimacy. Rush Hour Records head honcho Antal compiles an unmissable takeover with a selection of world class selectors including Hunee, Kai Alice, Soichi Terada as well as Antal himself. Anticipate rare grooves with an international influence; lit up by the moon and stars beaming overhead.
A stage which has been there since day one is Mungo’s Courtyard; a 1200 capacity open air venue with some of the highest quality sound you will hear at any festival. Bringing the dark undertones of bass music is the ‘Mala Presents’ bill – see Om Unit, DJ Spinn, Kahn, Mungo’s Sound System and Mala himself shaking the Mungo’s floor till the early hours.
Delving further into the depths of the Fort; Richie Hawtin will take center stage for an extended set in the iconic Moat Arena. The 80-foot deep venue is reserved for the heavy hitters - Richie is sure to bring the Techno heat to resonate the high walls as well as your eardrums.
Showcasing the Stables on the last night of the festival are elusive Norwegian selectors DJ Fett Burger and DJ Sotofett. Founders of the Sex Tags Label which is known for releasing limited house and techno 12”s – both are sure to pack a bag of mismatched rare old Swedish disco cuts through to analogue techno jams.
This preview barely scrapes the surface of the wide collective of musical talent that will grace the stages of this year’s festival. Expect house, techno, disco, bass, soul, funk, dnb and many more underground subgenres to bless the speakers of Fort Punto Christo. As Dimensions seeks to continue its respected legacy for a fifth year, it is important to remember what makes up the true vibe of the festival – the attendees.
There is something about getting lost in the Fort that may just allow you to find yourself.
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