Sound of The Underground
Finessing a tantalising line-up is one thing. Making sure the performers you bring to your event are able to give the best show of themselves is quite another. It was little wonder that the team that began with the sub-loaded Outlook Festival would treat sound with due diligence when they were planning Dimensions. But presenting hazy techno, nuanced electronica and bargain-bin funk on the same systems that hammer out dubstep, jungle and roots reggae? Were a more mixed set of frequencies translatable in the same way – and would this new audience care about audiophile quality? Once again, the proof was in the pudding.
Dimensions Team: As well as a unique place to party, the Fort offers some world-class sound systems. Take the aptly named Void stage, full of the latest Void Acoustic technology; or the Moat’s Noise Control speakers, which line the towering walls.
Pearson Sound: As well as the very knowledgeable programming, I think Dimensions’ focus on the sound is key. The Moat stage probably has one of the best festival soundsystems I have played on.
Dimensions Team: Over the years other soundsystems have also ensured stages like the Beach, Stables (now The Garden) and Subdub Arena are sounding their best. Shouts to Dub Smugglers, Mungo’s Hi Fi & Sinai.
Simon Scott (Dimensions Soundsystem): We don’t have the strangling sound restrictions that exist in the UK and other countries. Quite simply, our sound systems can’t be beaten!
dBridge: What’s special about the place? Firstly the sound and secondly the sound. The Mungo’s crew had that area dialled in. I mean, they had to with us [Exit Records] and Mala’s crew in there. Now Sinai have taken over where Mungo’s left off and kept up the quality level. It’s just a joy to play in that space.
Sinai Sound: Dimensions gives us the opportunity to present dance music in a traditional sound system style. Clean and precise mid tops, with sub-bass that shakes you to your soul.
Dimensions Team: No stage feels underwhelming in the sound department and that is pretty rare. Visually, the architecture adds an intimate feel to a stage when you are in it – but as most are open air, it is not like being in those big top tents you often get. Instead, you get the feeling you are in a very good, loud, powerful underground nightclub…then you look up and realise you are outside in an old fort. It’s pretty mad.