Festival with a story… that launched it to one of the best festivals in Europe. Exit. Serbia.
Exit is an award winning festival launched in 2000 as a youth protest against the government, and the years of isolation of Serbia after a decade of Balkan wars. Held on the spectacular Petrovaradin fortress that overlooks mighty European river Danube, the festival was an instant hit in the region of ex-Yugoslavia and very soon after that literally in whole Europe. During its existence, this festival and the city of Novi Sad (second biggest Serbian city) has been visited by more than 2 million people and some of the greatest names of music industry, including:
Pet Shop Boys, Billy Idol, Guns N’ Roses, Franz Ferdinand, Stereo MC’s, Iggy Pop, Massive Attack, Faithless, White Stripes, Garbage, The Cardigans, Cypress Hill, Beastie Boys, Snoop Dogg, Wu-Tang Clan, The Prodigy, Sex Pistols, NERD, The Streets, The Hives, Kraftwerk, Lily Allen, Madness, Moby, Manic Street Preachers, Patti Smith, Manu Chao, Arctic Monkeys, Chemical Brothers, Faith No More, Placebo, Gloria Gaynor, Jamiroquai, Portishead etc.
Exit was ranked as one of 10 best European festivals at European Festival Awards in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, while in 2014 was named The Best Major European Festival.
Novi Sad is one of the most beautiful Serbian cities with interesting architecture, vivid cultural life and rich nightlife, and it’s situated roughly 95km from country’s capital city Belgrade. Novi Sad City has no airport, so if you plan to fly to the festival, two nearest major airports are in Belgrade and Budapest.
For the genuine festival experience, forget about staying in hotels or hostels – definitely book a camp spot in Exit Village – a huge space festival is every year organizing for campers. This is the place with the best atmosphere where party continues even after official programme ends in early morning hours.
Festival lasts for 4 days every July.
(pics: exitfest.org/ for indie voyager)