With just under a month to wait before Dimensions returns to Fort Punta Christo, it would be remiss of us not to look forward to one of the biggest events on the electronic festival calendar. This is the fifth time that the Fort (that also hosts Outlook Festival) has been taken over by the Dimensions team, each year bringing a higher calibre and more expansive group of artists to the idyllic site on the Adriatic coast.
This year is no different and it is difficult to know where to start analysing the huge amount of quality that will be showcased between 24th and 29th August. Nonetheless, we’ll try, and here are some of our picks for Dimensions 2016.
Starting from the top, it is hardly surprising that tickets for the Opening Concert are selling like hot cakes when you consider what it has to offer. As if the draw of UK trip-hop group Massive Attack, the groovy melodic techno of the Motor City’s Moodymann and the encapsulating Jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington wasn’t enough, the thought of this trio of artists playing in a 2000 year old Roman Amphitheatre is surely too much for any music aficionado to resist.
In terms of the line-up of the festival as a whole, it is a monumental task to pick stand outs. Larry Heard aka Mr Fingers, the windy city deep-house originator will be playing his first live set for over 20 years. The chance to see one of the true pioneers of electronic music is one that should not be passed up by any festival goer. The prospect of hearing ‘Can you feel it’ live is one that many people will never have. A live set by Octave One and Ritchie Hawtin playing an extended set at the Moat is also on the menu and enough to make any techno head weak at the knees.
For those a bit more dub inclined, the Bug and Loefah playing on the Mungo’s Hi-Fi system will be sufficiently lively. The standout set from last year has to be Motor City Drum Ensemble b2b Jeremy Underground to close the 2015 edition. This year the duo return and although not billed to play b2b, these two will play rare gems across several genres.