Dimensions Festival 2017: A Diverse Musical Heaven

This festival contains everything that you need to round off the Summer.

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I had never been to Croatia before in my life. However being a journalist in the world of dance music, it is the current hot spot for dance music. Tipped as the new Ibiza, if you happened to spend the Summer in the country, you could attend at least one dance music festival a week if you travelled up and down the country. One of the stand out festivals however is Dimensions, and this is possibly one of the best of ways to round off your Summer.

Arriving on the Tuesday night, it was the night before the five day bonanza began as the opening concert took place on the Wednesday night. The anticipation was growing, the wonderful Grace Jones was set to perform to a packed out Roman Amphitheatre… I can hear you thinking “wow” already. The sun was splitting the skies on the Wednesday, the staging was set, and the festival goers were already streaming into the site as the festival was truly underway, all be it six kilometres outside of Pula town centre. However the beach was filled, eager attendees catching sunshine and sipping beers as the opening night was closing in.

Bringing together history and the current is something which I feel should always happen. This is what you got at Dimensions Festival 2017. The opening party was kicked off within the Roman Amphitheatre by Moses Boyd who performed his Solo X show, giving those within the arena a taste of his musical brilliance on his drums. The crowd had begun to stream into the arena and you could feel a tension arising. Yet what I thought was stunning about this was the vast and diverse age range. All ages attended, all there for the music. The Kamaal Williams Ensemble took to the stage after Moses Boyd and they rip roared with some wonderful tracks, filling the arena with energy and positivity. It was a wonderful show.

Dimensions Festival 2017 - Photo courtesy of Jack Kimber Photography

Photo courtesy of Jack Kimber Photography

Before long, the stunning Grace Jones, all be it arriving a little late, took to the stage, and the crowd went wild. It was a night to remember. Tracks such as ‘Pull Up To The Bumper’ and ‘Slave To The Rhythm’ had the crowd singing along. And in between tracks Grace kept the crowd alive with quips and sing-a-longs in between. New music was also previewed so we can now expect to hear new tracks over the coming months. It was sad to see Grace finish up, however it was time for Moderat to take over, and their hard electronic sound really riveted through the arena. You simply couldn’t imagine how good it was, unless you were there…

Wednesday night completed, it was now time for the four day Dimensions Festival 2017 party at Fort Punta Christo. Spectacular, stunning, beautiful. It’s hard to picture a festival site that could be bettered. With a beach stage which played host to acts such as Dam Funk, the Dimensions Soundsystem, DJ Okapi and many more, the music sounded better with the sunshine and beaches, as well as the beer. It was a setting which helped chill the crowd out before the late night partying really began.

Thursday night was a night which really set the tone for what lay ahead. A warm feeling could be felt by the crowd, mainly due to the weather and the excitement. Nine stages were held throughout the old Fort and the surrounding site. You could visit any and hear a completely different sound, it was diversity within dance music at it’s best. Notable names included Joy Orbison at The Void stage, Floating Points performing a riveting live electronic performance at The Clearing while Thea Hudson-Davies blew it away with tracks from Donna Summer and many others in The Stables. And contrasting to this was the sounds of Soul and Disco with Mister Saturday Night at The Garden. You simply could not have asked for much more.

Dimensions Festival 2017 - Beach Stage

Friday was a different story. Sitting at the Beach Stage, you could see the thunderstorms brewing in the distance, a beautiful scene however the power of these was set to arrive. Listening to set’s from the likes of Mind The Gap in the Ballroom, and ASOK at The Garden, before long the rain began to pound as the thunderstorm took hold. It rained and it rained heavy. The plug was pulled and the site evacuated for safety reasons, which came as no shock to me. It took 45 minutes for the rain to stop and another hour or so before the music came back on for a more smaller schedule. Marcel Dettmann, Romare and more all still took to the stage that night. It was an experience to say the least, it felt like a UK festival washout.

And this was the picture of the rest of the days on both Saturday and Sunday, however it was now expected. The team behind Dimensions Festival 2017 made the correct call to postpone Friday nights events for the safety of the people, and now those in attendance realised this.

Saturday night rained however it was a magical experience to see everyone at all the stages continue to party. Theo Parrish played all night long at the Garden and delivered some stunning tracks, while Daphni produced an utterly brilliant set at the Clearing where the rain continued to pour. Other stand out sets came from Mungo’s Arena as DJ Randall and DJ Bailey performed back to back to a more than up-for-it crowd, before letting Goldie and ANT TC1 perform back to back. It was Drum N Bass heaven.

Dimensions Festival 2017 - The Garden

When arriving on the festival site for Sunday, it was sad to think that this was the last day, the last day to view the beauty of this festival. However the line up was one to really enjoy. Techno vibes came from Joachim at the clearing before we headed to view sets from Moses & Nuno, Mungo’s Hifi which brought serious Reggae, Dancehall and Bass vibes, before visiting Goldie’s Techno set. You could feel and hear his Drum N Bass influence coming through. Nina Kraviz, the superstar of the current underground scene, dominated the Clearing before being followed up by Jeff Mills, a king.

Others to perform that night were Giles Peterson, Danny Krivit who laid down a brilliant three hour set and Silent Servant who filled The Moat with some bouncing Techno. One of the last sets of the night came from a special guest in The Moat. Now when looking at the timetable, it was “трип” (trip) placed beside the name, and this meant all roads led to one artist. Nina Kraviz. Listening to her set in The Moat was something special, the perfect way to round off the festival. Bouncing Techno, the rain pelting down, but the crowd still dancing after five days. A wonderful experience.

The diversity within Dimensions Festival 2017 was something which I couldn’t believe. Techno, Drum N Bass, Dancehall, Soul, Disco, House, you literally heard so many genres and so many sounds. This is a festival you can listen to so much, learn so much, and appreciate dance music and the genres which influence so many artists. A stunning location, Croatia is a beautiful place, and it really is no real surprise to see it becoming one of the new clubbing / festival destinations.

A huge shout out goes out to all of those involved, a lot of work goes in behind the scenes from press to security, bar staff to the artists and organisers, as well as everything in between. Dimensions Festival 2017 was beautiful.

Keep up-to-date with Dimensions Festival here via their website.
https://www.facebook.com/DimensionsFestival/
https://twitter.com/Dimensions_Fest

Words By Chris Stewart

Dimensions Festival 2017 Review - Chris Stewart Photo

Dimensions Festival 2017.

I had never been to Croatia before in my life. However being a journalist in the world of dance music, it is the current hot spot for dance music. Tipped as the new Ibiza, if you happened to spend the Summer in the country, you could attend at least one dance music festival a week if you travelled up and down the country. One of the stand out festivals however is Dimensions, and this is possibly one of the best of ways to round off your Summer.

Arriving on the Tuesday night, it was the night before the five day bonanza began as the opening concert took place on the Wednesday night. The anticipation was growing, the wonderful Grace Jones was set to perform to a packed out Roman Amphitheatre… I can hear you thinking “wow” already. The sun was splitting the skies on the Wednesday, the staging was set, and the festival goers were already streaming into the site as the festival was truly underway, all be it six kilometres outside of Pula town centre. However the beach was filled, eager attendees catching sunshine and sipping beers as the opening night was closing in.

Bringing together history and the current is something which I feel should always happen. This is what you got at Dimensions Festival 2017. The opening party was kicked off within the Roman Amphitheatre by Moses Boyd who performed his Solo X show, giving those within the arena a taste of his musical brilliance on his drums. The crowd had begun to stream into the arena and you could feel a tension arising. Yet what I thought was stunning about this was the vast and diverse age range.

Dimensions Festival 2017.

Before long, the stunning Grace Jones, all be it arriving a little late, took to the stage, and the crowd went wild. It was a night to remember. Tracks such as ‘Pull Up To The Bumper’ and ‘Slave To The Rhythm’ had the crowd singing along. And in between tracks Grace kept the crowd alive with quips and sing-a-longs in between. New music was also previewed so we can now expect to hear new tracks over the coming months. It was sad to see Grace finish up, however it was time for Moderat to take over, and their hard electronic sound really riveted through the arena. You simply couldn’t imagine how good it was, unless you were there…

Wednesday night completed, it was now time for the four day Dimensions Festival 2017 party at Fort Punta Christo. Spectacular, stunning, beautiful. It’s hard to picture a festival site that could be bettered. With a beach stage which played host to acts such as Dam Funk, the Dimensions Soundsystem, DJ Okapi and many more, the music sounded better with the sunshine and beaches, as well as the beer. It was a setting which helped chill the crowd out before the late night partying really began.

Dimensions Festival 2017.

Thursday night was a night which really set the tone for what lay ahead. A warm feeling could be felt by the crowd, mainly due to the weather and the excitement. Nine stages were held throughout the old Fort and the surrounding site. You could visit any and hear a completely different sound, it was diversity within dance music at it’s best. Notable names included Joy Orbison at The Void stage, Floating Points performing a riveting live electronic performance at The Clearing while Thea Hudson-Davies blew it away with tracks from Donna Summer and many others in The Stables. And contrasting to this was the sounds of Soul and Disco with Mister Saturday Night at The Garden. You simply could not have asked for much more.

Friday was a different story. Sitting at the Beach Stage, you could see the thunderstorms brewing in the distance, a beautiful scene however the power of these was set to arrive. Listening to set’s from the likes of Mind The Gap in the Ballroom, and ASOK at The Garden, before long the rain began to pound as the thunderstorm took hold. It rained and it rained heavy. The plug was pulled and the site evacuated for safety reasons, which came as no shock to me. It took 45 minutes for the rain to stop and another hour or so before the music came back on for a more smaller schedule. Marcel Dettmann, Romare and more all still took to the stage that night. It was an experience to say the least, it felt like a UK festival washout.

Dimensions Festival 2017.

And this was the picture of the rest of the days on both Saturday and Sunday, however it was now expected. The team behind Dimensions Festival 2017 made the correct call to postpone Friday nights events for the safety of the people, and now those in attendance realised this.

Saturday night rained however it was a magical experience to see everyone at all the stages continue to party. Theo Parrish played all night long at the Garden and delivered some stunning tracks, while Daphni produced an utterly brilliant set at the Clearing where the rain continued to pour. Other stand out sets came from Mungo’s Arena as DJ Randall and DJ Bailey performed back to back to a more than up-for-it crowd, before letting Goldie and ANT TC1 perform back to back. It was Drum N Bass heaven.

When arriving on the festival site for Sunday, it was sad to think that this was the last day, the last day to view the beauty of this festival. However the line up was one to really enjoy. Techno vibes came from Joachim at the clearing before we headed to view sets from Moses & Nuno, Mungo’s Hifi which brought serious Reggae, Dancehall and Bass vibes, before visiting Goldie’s Techno set. You could feel and hear his Drum N Bass influence coming through. Nina Kraviz, the superstar of the current underground scene, dominated the Clearing before being followed up by Jeff Mills, a king.

Dimensions Festival 2017.

Others to perform that night were Giles Peterson, Danny Krivit who laid down a brilliant three hour set and Silent Servant who filled The Moat with some bouncing Techno. One of the last sets of the night came from a special guest in The Moat. Now when looking at the timetable, it was “трип” (trip) placed beside the name, and this meant all roads led to one artist. Nina Kraviz. Listening to her set in The Moat was something special, the perfect way to round off the festival. Bouncing Techno, the rain pelting down, but the crowd still dancing after five days. A wonderful experience.

The diversity within Dimensions Festival 2017 was something which I couldn’t believe. Techno, Drum N Bass, Dancehall, Soul, Disco, House, you literally heard so many genres and so many sounds. This is a festival you can listen to so much, learn so much, and appreciate dance music and the genres which influence so many artists. A stunning location, Croatia is a beautiful place, and it really is no real surprise to see it becoming one of the new clubbing / festival destinations.

A huge shout out goes out to all of those involved, a lot of work goes in behind the scenes from press to security, bar staff to the artists and organisers, as well as everything in between. Dimensions Festival 2017 was beautiful.

Keep up-to-date with Dimensions Festival here via their website.
https://www.facebook.com/DimensionsFestival/
https://twitter.com/Dimensions_Fest

Words By Chris Stewart

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