2016 was the milestone fifth year that Dimensions Festival has graced the historic site of Fort Punta Christo, just outside of Pula, on the sun-soaked Adriatic coast. Dimensions is often dubbed the little sister of the much bigger, bass gargantuan Outlook, a tag that the organisers may actually embrace, given that despite being an established member of the scene, Dimensions has not grown too large to have lost its initial draw and charm.
Despite its advantageous setting, the festival organisers have never looked to rest on their laurels on the production, sonic or programming fronts. For the fifth edition it seemed as though even more effort was expended to ensure that this birthday bash was not one that would be easily forgotten. Although the line-up for Dimensions is without fail one of the most highly anticipated in the festival calendar, it seemed as though this year the programming team had outdone themselves with the sheer calibre and variety that was on offer. One name in particular seemed to be on everyone’s lips and for good reason. A live performance for the first time in over 20 years from Chicago House aficionado Larry Heard aka Mr Fingers gave this edition of Dimensions a really monumental feeling.
The opening concert was a testament to the festival’s commitment to showcase a wide variety of high quality music. Set in a 2000 year old Roman amphitheatre, Kamasi Washington, Massive Attack and Moodymann, all in their unique ways, put on a display that set a high bar for the rest of the week. Trip-hop troop Massive Attack deserve a special mention for an incredibly powerful spectacle that transcended music, with cryptic political messages hidden in visuals tying in perfectly with the groups eerie and, at times, melancholic musical commentary of the world.