Dimensions Festival, Fort Punta Christo, Pula – Croatia
We caught up with Rich Reason after the festival and he had this to say,
“It was brilliant for us D Tached lot to bring some of our favourite artists to this Adriatic paradise – and it was pleasure playing to such an enthusiastic, open-minded crowd; they would go wherever you wanted to take them. The Dungeon has to count as one of the more surreal locations I have ever played, but the ancient architecture brings the crowd into an embrace with the DJ. All sets were excellent, but Werkha and Pedestrian especially proved why they are 2 of the most exciting new DJs to emerge into the broader consciousness this year with delectable and wide-ranging sets. I may be biased, but felt our Thursday session in The Dungeon had one of the best atmospheres of the weekend”.
Move D packed out Fort Arena 1, a 2,000 capacity yard surrounded by 20-foot walls. Enjoying himself all too well, he sent out some sultry 90s house, coupled with motivating claps and playful jazz elements with the crowd going wild for the 1993 Whirlpool Productions single, ‘Gimme’. Pearson Sound’s acid house medley of a set was by far the best of the night. He played in the Moat, a 100m long, open-air ditch bordered by 5m high walls. If you wanted a club atmosphere this was the place to be. The most crisp sounds volleyed straight to the back and no matter where you stood, it felt amazing.
Boiler Room curated a Friday afternoon of loose and easy house, held at the cocktail bar above Mungo’s Arena, up on the hill from The Harbour. Inland was the fort in all its time-defying glory and if you turned your back to it: lush, green peninsulas and sparkling blue water. The flooring was made of coiled rope. Streamers hung from above and an alien flower covered up the centre pole. Croatian homeboy, Petar Dundov, kicked things off with an inspirational techno set. Warming piano keys, teased with a boiling rhythm, sent the mind soaring. Much to the crowd’s displeasure Anthony Naples didn’t turn up due to food poisoning. This upset was quickly forgotten though for Rick ‘The Godson’ Wilhite had just arrived fresh off the plane, unrolling the most eclectic set. From jazzy lounge to disco to glassy house and techno, he brought the best shapes out in the small crowd. “It’s great to be here. The weather’s incredible coming straight from Detroit”.
As the evening progressed, the population’s minds had begun to bend as much as plans to see whichever artists. Lonnie Liston Smith, at the Clearing, set the evening to cool rhythm with the most funky funk of jazz with soothing female vocals. It was a special treat to watch the dreadlocked man dance to his heart’s content with just himself and his beloved pita sandwich. Next up at the Clearing, Portico Quartet performed to their excellent standard without any problems, still managing to send shivers down our spines. From then, it was a heavier transition into Will Saul presents Close at Fort Arena 1. If you’d been to Warehouse Project in Manchester before, then this set would’ve sent you back with its dark basslines and body contorting rhythms. Special drops of Joy Orbison’s ‘Ellipse’ and even a nice Jamie Woon remix thrown in there for good measure. Irish duo Bicep then followed suit with a set of beating garage. The whole of it seemed more experimental than expected, straying away from the normal ‘fun’ range they’re known for. The highlight of the night however was undoubtedly Krystal Klear’s disco extravaganza. The Rinse signing played in The Courtyard, a 350 capacity room with enough room to dance, minimal queuing and lovely stained glass projections perfectly sized to the surrounding walls.
Photography: Benjamin Eagle Photography/ Zoe Lower