Over the past weekend, EXIT Festival set a new record number of visitors of over 215,000 people who went through the festival gates on Petrovaradin fortress from July 5 to 9 and came from over 60 countries!
The 17th edition of the award-winning festival in Serbia will be remembered for several milestones, such as “Day 0” with The Killers headlining the Main Stage and No Sleep takeover of the new spectacular version of the iconic Dance Arena. This year’s opening ceremony was also one of the highlights in the festival’s history whose social activism started two decades ago from student protest against the opressive regime of Slobodan Milosevic. To honor its own roots, EXIT celebrated 50 years of Summer of Love which gave birth to revolutionary hippie movement that changed the world forever by promoting peace, love and human rights. Tens of thousands gathered at the Main Stage were emotionally charged by the Standing Rock Water Protectors from the Sioux reservation in North Dakota, who have become a global symbol of the enviroment protection, while one of the greatest speakers of our time Nick Vujicic inspired people to never give up on their dreams. To mark this important anniversary, the finale of the EXIT’s opening ceremony included more than 30 actors on stage singing key songs from the musical “Hair”.
The line up vas very diverse, which is what EXIT is globally known for, with its 20 music stages and 23 more zones. Besides The Killers, festival featured the likes of Liam Gallagher, Róisín Murphy, Years & Years, Jason Derulo, Rag’n’Bone Man, Jesus and the Mary Chain, Jake Bugg, Nina Kraviz, Paul Kalkbrenner, Duke Dumont, Hardwell, Solomun & Dixon, Alan Walker, Jeff Mills, Jamie Jones, Ellen Allien, The Damned, Princess Nokia, Noisia, Foreign Beggars, Lost Frequencies, Red Axes, Bjarki, Discharge, Vatican Shadow, and hundreds more all over the trenches of the colossal Petrovaradin fortress.
The artists enjoyed the famous EXIT festival’s hospitality. Even Liam Gallagher, who is know to be somewhat hard on festivals, tweeted that Exit festival in Novi Sad has to be one of the best festivals on the planet and that the crowd was BIBLICAL! While The Killers promised that they would definitely be back!
The team behind EXIT has also organized other festivals in the region under the EXIT Summer of Love package that included Sea Star Festival in Croatia, Revolution Festival in Romania and the upcoming Sea Dance Festival in Montenegro. The final one in this 4-festival run starts on Thursday nearby town of Budva in Montenegro, featuring Sean Paul, John Newman, Fatboy Slim, Space Ibiza pres. Mind Against, Amelie Lens, Space Dimension Controller, Kobosil, Etapp Kyle and many others at the turqouise Jaz Beach.
See you next year!