Dimensions festival review: Larry Heard keeps sunburned crowd in thrall | Musique Non Stop


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Dimensions festival review: Larry Heard keeps sunburned crowd in thrall

Fort Punta Christo, Pula, Croatia
Set in a stone fort, this dance music festival was a triumph, with daytime beach and boat parties giving way to rocking nights of Chicago and Detroit house

A sunbaked, radler-quenched sojourn on the Croatian coast is now as much of a tick on the global dance calendar as Ibiza. Dimensions festival, in its fifth year, has secured a neat corner of the market: with its parent festival Outlook catering to bass wreckheads later this week (“those kids will sleep anywhere” our taxi driver says, gesturing to a motorway verge), it falls to Dimensions to provide 4/4 to twentysomethings in expensive caps and Trilogy Tapes T-shirts.

Spread across multiple stages around a stone fort, it’s the kind of place that would be swathed in red tape in the UK. The atmosphere is one of decadent triumph, with ravers scampering joyfully around the ruins of something that was once sober and martial. Each day starts on the beach, with yacht rock, funk obscurities and cratedigger disco wafting around crimson-skinned bros and babes. The sunset sets by Mim Suleiman and Dele Sosimi, turn Afrobeat into a glorious celebration of the elements, while Melbourne producer Harvey Sutherland loops live violin into disco swoons, and Hunee brings out the Phil Collins.

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by Ben Beaumont-Thomas via Electronic music | The Guardian
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