Music festivals in the Balkans are back! Regional and international music stars are ready for take-off. We have selected our top 5 must-visit music festivals starting from the popular seaside festivals on the Adriatic coast to interesting festivals taking place in different super interesting locations around Serbia.
Lovefest is one of the most exciting music festivals in the Balkans. It has more than affordable prices compared to other music festivals around Europe, as well as a very forward-thinking music selection. Imagine a 3-day, non-stop party, with a line-up that includes artists such as DVS1, Antal, Folamour, Jamie Jones, and many others.
The Festival takes place in August, in Vrnjacka Banja (Serbia) near the lake and has several dance floors perfect for exploring different electronic music genres.
Date: 4-6 August 2022
Venue: Lake, Vrnjacka Banja, Serbia
Festival tickets are available from 40e
The annual Exit festival is taking place in Novi Sad, the second-largest city in Serbia. One of the most thrilling things that this festival has to offer is the venue itself; a seventeen-century fortress called Petrovaradin stands on the right bank of the Danube River. Exit festival is happening in the summer and it lasts for 4 nights. Exit festival offers many music genres on approximately 20 stages. The most popular ones are the “Main stage” where the biggest music stars of the Rock, Pop, and Hip Hop scene perform, and the iconic “Dance arena” that hosts the most popular DJs and producers from the global scene and accommodates around 25.000 clubbers. Sunrises in the arena are something that you will remember all your life: great music, visuals, atmosphere, vibe, and dancing with folks from all around the globe. After parties are happening at the river beach called “Štrand”, which is the best spot to spend your time during the day. Just to drop a few names of the Exit 2022 line up Nick Cave, Afrojack, Gerd Janson, Maceo Plex, and many others.
Dates: 7-10 July 2022
Venue: Petrovaradin Fortress, Novi Sad, Serbia
Festival tickets are available from 50e
NISVILLE INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL
Nišville is an annual, international jazz music festival, which is taking place in Nis, Serbia. The jazz festival located in the eighteen-century fortress of the southern town of Niš usually showcases over 50 bands on several different stages. The festival offers a diverse music programme, from the soul superstar Solomon Burke and German lounge/Latino bend De Phazz to British acid jazz band Incognito, Italian Nicola Conte, and prominent regional musicians. Next Belgrade Jazz Festival, Nisville is the most prominent jazz music event in Serbia. This year’s music programme includes AL McKay´s Earth, Wind & Fire Experience, Magnifico, Julian Marley, and many other international musicians.
Date: 5-14 August 2022
Venue: Niš fortress, Niš, Serbia
Festival passes are available from 15e
Dimensions Festival celebrates its 10th edition. After several successful years, the festival has moved from Pula to Tisno. Dimensions will take place in September of 2022 at the picturesque Garden Tisno resort on the Adriatic coast. It includes boat parties, outdoor stages, and a Barbarella club. This year’s festival returns with a list of festival friends, back-to-back DJ sets, label parties, UKG celebrations, Detroit specials, debut sets, and much more. Some of this year’s headliners are Sonja Moonear, Move D, Blawan, Helena Hauff, and other popular music stars from the international electronic music scene.
Data: 1-5 September 2022
Venue: Garden Tisno, Croatia
Festival tickets are available from 150e
This emerging festival is held in Kragujevac, 120 km south of the Serbian capital Belgrade. It stands out for its fantastic outdoor space within the historic “Duke’s arsenal”, a 19th-century ammunition factory (Main Stage), a rustic building for cartridge production (Explosive DJ Stage), and a beautiful tree-covered Zastava’s Stage. So far lineup included bands from the former Yugoslav region, but also world-famous stars such as Texas, Thievery Corporation, and Still Corners. This year’s edition will feature Thievery Corporation, Placebo, and Roni Size, and other local musicians.
Date: June 30-2 July 2022
Venue: Knezev Arsenal in Kragujevac
Festival tickets are available from 15e
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