24th – 29th August 2016
In the five years since it’s beginnings, Dimensions has grown to be a mecca for electronic aficionados the world over. Marking this birthday with their most comprehensive edition to date, Dimensions welcomes premier names from house, techno, disco, bass, soul, funk, and left-field genres to their fortress home.
With the full line-up announced, Dimensions can now reveal the day-to-day program for full festival days, including sets from Larry Heard aka Mr Fingers, Massive Attack, Kamasi Washington, Moodymann, Moritz von Oswald Trio with Tony Allen and Max Loderbaue and more; as well as stage takeovers and artist additions. With tickets set to sell out in record time, anyone who wants to be a part of the fifth birthday should move quickly.
ARTISTS // Opening concert – 24th August 2016 Massive Attack – Kamasi Washington – Moodymann For this very special fifth birth edition, Dimensions Festival have bought together some of the worlds most ground-breaking artists to play in Pula’s 2,000 year old amphitheatre home. Massive Attack will play their very first Croatian show in years, whilst Brainfeeder affiliate and saxophonist Kamasi Washington has been revealed to join Massive Attack at the epic concert, with recent merits including features on Kendrick Lamar’s TPAB, and the 2016 American Music Prize for his latest album ‘The Epic.’ Making this opening the most magical to date, Chicago poster-boy and Dimensions family Moodymann is the final artist to complete the bill for this unreal spectacle.
Festival Artists Full line-up and stage breakdown below Aside from an exclusive headline set from the original Chicago don Larry Heard aka Mr Fingers, the Dimensions crew have pulled out all the stops to bring an unmissable line up to the Croatian coast this year. Octave One will push the boundaries between funk, soul and techno in one of their groundbreaking performances, whilst Richie Hawtin will be taking care of the iconic Moat arena with a special extended set comprised of 100% techno heat. Across five days also find Chicago veteran Ron Trent, Phantasy sound crusader Daniel Avery, elusive Norwegian selectors DJ Fett Burger & DJ Sotofett as Sex Tags Mania, as well as Midland, who’ll venture between disco, funk soul and classic house sounds in one of his all-star sets. Mosaic Records boss Steve O’Sullivan joins, as well as explorative electronic duo Darkstar and Detroit icon Mike Huckaby. Pushing the limits of Dimensions world-class sound systems will be dub connoisseur The Bug joined by the celebrated Israeli MC Miss Red. Flipping to the murkier depths of bass music is Swamp81 poster boy Loefah, and long-term Deviation party-starter Benji B. Bringing a fresh injection of techno are Petar Dundov and Munich based crew Zenker Brothers, whilst Italo disco vibes come from Intergalactic Gary and golden sounds from groove-masters Derek Plaslaiko and Dan Shake. Catch something a little different from Dele Sosimi with his afrobeat orchestra, Swedish summer jams from Mount Liberation Unlimited and seamless selections from Croatia’s own llija Rudman, Seiji Tapes and Miss Sunshine.
Completing the Dimensions family are swag-lord Sam Binga, NTS Radio’s first lady Beatrice Dillion, Echocord’s Kenneth Christiansen and Fila Brazilla founder Steve Cobby, plus sets and takeovers from friends new and old including United VIibrations, Danny Scrilla, Rhythm Section Contours, Fixate, Cuisine Dub, Mimi, Labud, Ganik, Novell, Leftfoot, Gilla, The Menendez Brothers, Al Zander, Joe Rolet, Barry Smyth, Andwot and Marshmello. All of this is in addition to the huge eighty names already announced, from Massive Attack performing at the opening scenes, to live shows from Hiatus Kaiyote and experimental multi-instrumental group the Moritz von Oswald Trio with Tony Allen and Max Loderbaue, as well as techno dons Ben Klock, Marcel Dettmann and Rødhåd. Detroit meets Dimensions with regulars Moodymann, DJ Stingray & Marcellus Pittman, whilst Kahn, Om Unit and DBridge take care of the bassier end of the spectrum.
Timeless icons from the house underworld bring their classic selections to the Dimensions fort, with definitive 90s duo Mood II Swing, Body & Soul figurehead Joe Claussell and Chicago boss Gene Hunt. On top of all of this, festival goers can find more mind-bending genre explorations in the shape of Hessle Audio, Calibre and more. Touching on the bassier side of electronica, DnB, footwork and dub Mala, DJ Spinn and Alix Perez, all ready to explore darker corners of club music, and Dimensions wouldn’t be Dimensions without it’s fair share of explorative, avant-garde artists, whether boundary breaking live acts or DJs dabbling in more breakthrough, leftfield or revival genres. Repping for outsider and world sounds are Awesome Tapes From Africa, the Youssef Kamaal Trio presented by Henry Wu, label / party starters Highlife and Cómeme head honcho Matias Aguayo. Unmissable live sets come from Mim Suleiman, and funk-infused synth Galaxians, not forgetting the headline show from Massive Attack in the historic Pula amphitheatre. Sets from global tastemakers are plentiful, with Dutch party-starter Motor City Drum Ensemble, Ostgut Ton’s first lady Tama Sumo and true-school advocate Jeremy Underground all part of the Dimensions 2016 crew. Also drawing parallels from the worlds of jazz, disco, techno, house and all in-between are Antal, Moomin, Ryan Elliott, Hunee, Soichi Terada, Sassy J, Pender Street Steppers all bringing their trademark, flamboyant flavours to the fort. Innovative electronic hybrids come in the form of Tirzah, Suzanne Kraft, Jordan Rakei and Virginia feat.
Steffi and Dexter, whilst vocalists Kadjha Bonet and Sarah Williams White present some soul-searching, intimate live sets. A special part of the Dimensions 2016 programming plays on revival of the broken beat genre. Pioneers and newcomers of the genre play, including IG Culture, Namebrandsound, Alex Phountzi and EVM 128 all flying the flag for this London UK soul fusion. Building its foundation on a close family of artists, Dimensions is happy to announce the welcome return of the DJs DJs, the crate digging selectors who’ve crafted the Dimensions soundtrack. NTS main man Alexander Nut, Hoya:Hoya affiliate Jon K, the wonderful Josey Rebelle, BRSTL boss Shanti Celeste, Eliphino, Hodge, Cosmic Slop and Rhythm Section’s Bradley Zero all return, alongside sets from the Dimensions Soundsystem itself. Dimensions Festival is an event inspired by soundsystem culture, and has built its foundations on using impressive, high quality sound. Expect unparalleled systems of the highest specification utilised to create the ultimate sensory experience for festival-goers and artists. Set in the beachside location of the abandoned Fort Punta Christo, Dimensions Festival finds its home in one of the most idyllic spots in the Adriatic. Visitors can strike the balance between raving all night and relaxing all day, or can make the most of the daytime fun; vibing boat parties, CDR workshops, beach parties, and plenty more to explore. Nearby Pula is easily accessible by taxi from the festival site, and is complete with excellent transport links, apartment accommodation and historic sites.
FULL FESTIVAL LINE-UP Massive Attack – Larry Heard AKA Mr Fingers (Live) – Kamasi Washington – Hiatus Kaiyote – Moritz Von Oswald Trio Ft. Tony Allen & Max Loderbauer – Moodymann – Octave One (Live) – Ben Klock – Marcel Dettmann – Richie Hawtin – Mood II Swing – Joe Claussell – Motor City Drum Ensemble – Rødhåd – Ron Trent – Nightmares on Wax – Daniel Bell – Hessle Audio // Ben UFO x Pangaea x Pearson Sound – Daniel Avery – DJ Fett Burger & DJ Sotofett (Sex Tags Mania) – Midland – Moritz Von Oswald (DJ) – Marcellus Pittman – K’Alexi Shelby – Tama Sumo – Kyle Hall – Gene Hunt – Hunee – Jeremy Underground – Mala – DBridge – Steve O’Sullivan (Live) – Virginia Live Ft. Steffi & Dexter – Helena Hauff – Darkstar – Mike Huckaby – DJ Qu – DJ Stingray – The Bug Ft. Miss Red – Loefah – Ryan Elliott – Kai Alce – Soichi Terada – Petar Dundov – Matias Aguayo – Zenker Brothers – Broken English Club AKA Oliver Ho – Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchesta – Antal – Benji B- Rahaan – Calibre – Pender Street Steppers – Awesome Tapes from Africa – Alix Perez – Om Unit – Kahn – Fracture – Intergalactic Gary – Henry Wu presents the Yussef Kamaal Trio – Henry Wu (DJ) – Alexander Nut – Suzanne Kraft – Moomin – Skeptical – Fit Siegel – DJ Spinn – Dan Shake – Hodge – Massimiliano Pagliari – Highlife (Auntie Flo, Andrew, Esa) – Mim Suleiman – Shanti Celeste – Ilija Rudman – Derek Plaslaiko – Mount Liberation Unlimited – Tirzah – Sassy J – Jon K – Miss Sunshine – Josey Rebelle – Eliphino – Kenneth Christiansen – Jordan Rakei – Mungo’s Hifi – Seiji – Sam Binga – Tapes – Beatrice Dillion – IG Culture – Alex Phountzi – NameBrandSound – Byron the Aquarius – Kadjha Bonet – Chaos in the CBD – Bradley Zero – Desert Sound Colony – EVM 128 – United Vibrations – Galaxians – Cosmic Slop – SP:MC – Flo Real (Mahogani Music) – Danny Scrilla – Dimensions Soundsystem – Cuisine Dub – Sarah Williams White – Fixate – Dolan Bergin – Mimi – Labud – Ganik – Novell – Lexis (Music is my Sanctuary) – Leftfoot – Gilla – The Menendez Brothers – Born Cheating – Joe Rolet – Conor Lynch – Andwot – Nick Williams – Marshmello – Shane Linehan – Bodytonic DJs – Barry Smyth STAGES // Dimensions Beach Stage / Dimensions Clearing Stage / The Garden Stage / Moat Stage / Mungo’s Courtyard / The Void / The Stables Dimensions’ Beach Stage is the day hub of the festival, a place to catch intimate sets in the most idyllic of spots.
Live and electronic acts will journey through world, soul, disco and more, with live sets from Mim Suleiman, Sarah Williams White and the Yussef Kamaal Trio, and DJ sets from Jeremy Underground, Highlife, Sassy J, Awesome Tapes From Africa and more. Moving closer into the fort, the Dimensions Clearing Stage will play host to Larry Heard’s first live Mr Fingers set in 15 years on the Friday evening, an extremely rare show from one of the original Chicago heroes. This is supported by Moritz von Oswald Trio and Benji B. Across the festival, this area plays host to Moodymann, plus extremely special shows from Octave One, Daniel Avery, Mike Huckaby, Haitus Kaiyote and more. One of the Fort’s cosier stages, The Garden Stage will play host to a takeover from Stamp The Wax on Thursday evening with Dan Shake and Byron the Aquarius, then Bradley Zero’s Rhythm Section label on the Saturday, with Jordan Rakai, Jon K and Chaos in the CBD. Loefah, Suzanne Kraft and Eliphino are just some of the other highlights you can catch here. The 80 foot deep Moat Stage is another integral part of the Dimensions experience, home to the bassheavy, spine-tingling sets. Kicking off the proceedings on Thursday is a showcase from Hessle Audio, with Ben UFO, Pearson Sound and Pangea, plus DJ Qu and Matias Aguayo. Friday is techno all the way with Richie Hawtin, Rødhåd and Kenneth Christiansen.
NTS Radio put some station favourites and family in the Moat Stage on Sat with DJ Stingray, Gene Hunt, Shanti Celeste and Josey Rebelle, whilst Bodytonic round things off with a cosmic bill of left-leaning talent on Sunday, with Helena Hauff, Space Dimension Controller and more. Mungo’s Courtyard has been part of Dimensions since day one, the heart and soul of the festival with a soundsystem to match. Mala curates the stage on Thursday with his ‘Mala Presents’ bill, then Drum & Bass is repped on Friday by Exit Records, headlined by dBridge and Calibre, and hosted by SP:MC & MC Focus. The Bug ft. Miss Red, Loefah, Gaika, Fracture, Sam Binga and more are all welcomed to Mungo’s across the rest of the weekend. The Void is home to some of the biggest house and techno on-site, with Ben Klock, Kyle Hall, The Zenker Brothers and Pender Street Steppers part of the Resident Advisor takeover on Thursday, then Marcel Dettmann, Tama Sumo, Ryan Elliot and more for Ostgut Ton on Friday night. On Saturday, crew Rush Hour set up in The Void, whilst Sunday sees New York’s Mood II Swing bring their soulful deep house sound, accompanied by Daniel Bell, K’Alexi and Moomin. The Stables makes up the final main stage. Last but not least, it will host some of the most anticipated acts, including Sunday’s Sex Tags Mania marathon with DJ Fett Burger & DJ Sotofett, plus a broken beat special with London’s Co-op who bring a fleet of their favourite artists from the genre. Friday sees jazz influenced sound explorer Hieroglyphic Being play, plus Fit Seigel and Beatrice Dillon, plus a DJ set from Moritz Von Oswald. Infamous Glasgow rave spot Sub Club team up with Sensu for Saturday, with Midland, Marcellus Pittman, Mount Liberation Unlimited and Sub Club residents.
Dimensions Festival’s legendary boat parties have been at the heart of the festival since day one, and for it’s fifth birthday the boat party line-ups make the aquatic element of Dimensions more essential than ever. Label showcases come from Hessle Audio, Exit Records and Eglo Records, plus leading electronic names will be hosting nautical adventures including Resident Advisor, Electric Minds, Dance Tunnel, Feelings and Ampere. Across four days, twenty boat parties and eight stages, Dimensions is proving that 2016 will be its strongest edition to date.
BOAT PARTIES DAY BY DAY (On sale from Wednesday 25th May) Thursday 25th August 12.30 – 15.30 – Strøm Festival – Dj Spinn, Kahn 16.15 – 19.15 – Hessle Audio – Ben UFO, Pangaea, Pearson Sound, Shanti Celeste 16.15 – 19.15 – Highlife – Highlife (Andrew Thomson, Auntie Flo & Esa) & Matias Aguayo 20.00 – 23.00 – Turf – Byron The Aquarius, Alexander Nut, Napper x Remi x Andy Lemay 20.00 – 23.00 – Bodytonic – Line-up TBA Friday 26th August 12.30 – 15.30 – Abandon Silence Midland, Dan Shake, Andrew Hill 16.15 – 19.15 – Dance Tunnel – Space Dimension Controller, Zenker Brothers 16.15 – 19.15 – Sub Club – Line-up TBA 20.00 – 23.00 – Stamp The Wax – Pender Street Steppers, Josey Rebelle, Aaron L & Yoshi 20.00 – 23.00 – Ampere – K’Alexi Shelby, Ryan Elliott, Joachim x Hemer Saturday 27th August 12.30 – 15.30 – Eglo Records – Alexander Nut, K15, Henry Wu, Sassy J 16.15 – 19.15 – Resident Advisor – Jeremy Underground & Suzanne Kraft 16.15 – 19.15 – Exit Records – dBridge, Alix Perez, Skeptical, SP:MC, Fixate 20.00 – 23.00 – Electric Minds – Daniel Avery, Loefah (History of Chicago Set), Dolan Bergin 20.00 – 23.00 – Zeezout – Space Dimension Controller, Harvey Sutherland, Halve Soul Sunday 28th August 12.30 – 15.30 – We Bring You – Very Special Guest TBA, Rahaan, Borealis 16.15 – 19.15 – Feelings – Mood ii Swing, Feelings DJ’s, Fina 16.15 – 19.15 – Outlook Festival – The Bug feat Miss Red, Sam Binga, Hodge 20.00 – 23.00 – 808 Whisky – Intergalactic Gary, Dj Stingray 20.00 – 23.00
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