Dimensions 2019 – Highlights

Reflections on The Last Dance at the Fort...

What a way to say goodbye to Fort Punta Christo - our home for the last 8 years.

A huge thank you to everyone who joined us for The Last Dance. One last opening concert in Pula’s amphitheatre, numerous boat parties, a series of subterranean tunnel adventures and four days of dancing from dusk until dawn up at the Fort… It all added up to create the perfect way to say goodbye to a venue like no other. Thank you to Fort Punta Christo, to Pula and to all the dancers who have helped make it our home over the years.

As we look forward to some exciting plans for Dimensions 2020 (sign-up for news here) here’s a run-down of some of our highlights from Dimensions 2019…

The Last Dance in Pula's amphitheatre

As is Dimensions tradition since 2013, we kicked off proceedings for the year with an opening concert in Pula’s magnificent 2000-year old amphitheatre. 2019 was one of our favourite and most varied line-ups to date. Jazz bounced off techno, leading into rave through ambient, before explosive neo-soul and funk ran into euphoric house and disco closing us out.

Cue incredible performances from Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals, Objekt (live with visuals by Ezra Miller), Tony Allen x Jeff Mills, Zakia and Yuri with Hunee seeing us out in style. Relive the party below…

Thursday

Well warmed up by the opening concert; Dimensions 2019 was now underway. Our first full day in the Fort took us from relaxing on Puntižela Beach, to Adriatic adventures onboard with the likes of Shanti Celeste, Peach, Eris Drew, Dan Shake and Jensen Interceptor. Festival favourite Hunee then took his rightful place on The Beach stage, and delivered another now trademark sunset set.

Across in Pula, Resident Advisor took the party underground, in the first of their tunnel parties, which saw Jensen Interceptor, Alienata and Darwin tear up the hidden network of tunnels underneath Pula’s city centre. Up in the Fort we were spoilt for choice with another double-header set by Nina Kraviz in The Clearing and Moat, and Mala back for his annual Subdub Arena take-over who tested the formidable Sinai Sound stacks with the help of Commodo and a special Jungle set from Josey Rebelle.

From Dimensions regulars to debuts: The Garden was hosted by pumping queer party outfit Love Muscle who invited Eris Drew, Peach and Saoirse to join residents. Butter Side Up took over The Void’s sound system with The Ghost, Francesco Del Garda and Gene On Earth in tow and EDWIN launched their new range of Dimensions merchandise with a special party deep in the Fort, with exclusive festival appearances from Low Jack, Judaah and Simo Cell.

Friday

Friday at Dimensions 2019 saw The Beach taken over by long-term partners Stamp the Wax, who invited SNO, Champagne Funk and Heels and Souls from our DJ directory to play alongside a vibrant live performance from Steam Down. A very special set saw us out for the evening: as Dimensions family member Dan Shake returned for the sunset slot which saw him draw a packed-out beach with selections ranging from The Bug’s Skeng to You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real).

We were then up in the Fort for the night, and treated to sets from the likes of minimal masters Binh and Zip in The Garden, electro queen Helena Hauff back in The Moat and an energetic festival debut from Jayda G. Subdub meanwhile experienced the wider reaches of Vladimir Ivkovic and Andrew Weatherall‘s record bags as they delved into the leftfield.

The Void was Resident Advisor‘s for the evening, back for their annual stage takeover. This year saw them bring Mor Elianobject blueSkee Mask and DJ Nobu to soundtrack the evening who all delivered standout sets. We’re delighted that highlights have now been released for your listening pleasure:

Enjoy Skee Mask tearing through breaks, techno, hardcore, bass on The Void’s sound system – 

Listen to other highlights from Mor Elian and object blue here.

Saturday

We enjoyed beachside sets from the likes of Mafalda and Mr Scruff on Saturday, whilst boat parties loaded with Skee Mask, DJ Bone, DVS1, the Exit Records crew and Love Muscle and Meat Free took to the waves.

Resident Advisor’s second tunnel party with BlawanCall SuperJosey Rebelle and re:ni threatened to shake Pula to the core – experience one of the highlights with an hour of Blawan going full throttle –

Meanwhile back at the Fort, Omar-S brought the Detroit sound to our Clearing, following a masterclass from Chicago’s finest, Sadar Bahar. The Void was a dedicated electro zone for the evening: with special electro sets from Craig Richards and DJ Bone to accompany live sets from DMX Krew and Radioactive Man. Elsewhere saw Blawan and DVS1 deliver thundering techno to the Moat like only they could.

An essential feature of Dimensions since the very beginning, it was only right Exit Records joined us for The Last Dance with their annual Subdub Arena takeover and Boat Party with full crew: DBridge, Skeptical, Dolenz, Fixate, Breakage and SP:MC and GQ. Relive the party here…⁠

Sunday

Our last day full day at Fort Punta Christo, and what a special way to send-off. During the day we enjoyed live music at the hands of Manchester’s ever-soulful Children of Zeus, and the king of funk, Dâm-Funk, with our very own Dimensions Soundsystem seeing us out on The Beach for the sunset session. The legendary Larry Heard made a return to the Fort in the evening, accompanied by Fatima and Paul Cut who helped re-imagine the classics we all wanted to hear.

DJ Stingray was in charge of the Void, inviting Paula Temple, Solid Blake and SPFDJ to the controls, and Omar, Yak and Youandewan treated an intimate crowd in the Ballroom to a series of digger’s gems. On closing duties we had the heroic partnership of Mr Scruff and Gilles Peterson who shut down The Garden with a mammoth 6-hour set, whilst another iconic pairing: Craig Richards and Nicolas Lutz, saw us through in The Clearing. And in the Moat, who else could’ve soundtracked the closing than the full Hessle Audio crew?

Witness the final ever moments of The Moat Stage as Hessle closed out proceedings on Dimensions 2019. Pearson Sound pulling out one of his classic Ramadanman tracks to end on – what a moment…

Sending our love to everyone who joined us for The Last Dance. 

To all the artists who soundtracked the weekend, to the staff, crew, sound-systems and volunteers who make Dimensions what is is, and to you – the dancers – a massive thank you from us all.

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Pictures from Daisy Denham and Rob Jones for Khroma Collective, Jamie Rosenberg, Eddy Maynard, Ollie Kirk, Callum Chaplin, Daniel Kirsic and Danijel Bartolić

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