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Serbia’s EXIT festival kicks off on day one with 42,000 visitors


GO OUT, a festival based in Sad novi, is the first major festival in Europe to take place this summer, with the doors opening on July 8. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the multiple winner of the “Best Major European Festival” award. However, the organizers are not only looking back, but also to a bright future. The first night drew a total of 42,000 fans from over 70 countries, demonstrating to the festival industry that it can now be safe and part of our lives in the same way that major sporting events can. do it.

The Serbian event is no stranger to leading the way, having been at the forefront of peace and freedom in Serbia and the Balkans two decades ago, and is accustomed to holding a festival in Difficult conditions. EXIT (and with it the concept of big safe festivals) became a reality last night thanks to the nation’s mass vaccination campaign.

Voices of the EXIT 2021 festival

I believe this is our destiny. Twenty years ago, after all the misery that plagued the Balkans in the 1990s, EXIT was a symbol of a return to normal life for the region. And in 2021, the EXIT festival is once again a sign of normal life after the pandemic, but this time on a global level. The energy created in the fortress when thousands of us gathered again lifted us to the highest possible level and opened up a new dimension to the festival experience. I think each of us must have rubbed our eyes to make sure we weren’t dreaming. – Dusan Kovacevic, founder and CEO of EXIT

It was a moving day in the famous Petrovaradin Fortress, as music fans gathered and danced once again to celebrate life and the return to normalcy. The crowd at EXIT is as diverse as it gets, with more than half of the four-day ticket holders hailing from over 70 countries.

Finding tens of thousands of fans from all over the world is a moving occasion. EXIT’s mts Dance Arena is one of the most incredible outdoor stages in the world and has such an atmosphere, especially in the early hours of the morning when the sun rises over the fortress walls. It’s really magic – Belgian star DJ Charlotte de Witte

As she returned to the fortress after her performance on last year’s EXIT Life Stream, it was her first large-audience show since the pandemic began. The mts Dance Arena, which had a capacity limited to 500 people at the time, is now at full capacity.

EXIT 2021 Summary of day 1

DJ Serpent (FR) was headlining the Main Stage alongside legendary drum and bass artist Roni Size (GB), EXIT’s first international headliner since 2001, along with MC Dynamite (GB). Hladno Pivo (HR) and Senidah were among the regional artists who warmed up the crowd (SL).

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Many in the electronic music world consider the mighty mts Dance Arena to be the best dance floor on the planet, so it was once again filled with tens of thousands of electronic music fans waiting for the legendary sunrise over the walls of the fortress, which is truly breathtaking. With titles of Charlotte de witte (BE) and Amelia Lens (BE), as well as local stars Tijana T (RS) and Ilija Djokovic, did not disappoint (RS) this year.

On the No Sleep stage, Eelke Kleijn (NL), Time agents (That and Patrice Baumel (DE) performed, while the Fusion Stage featured top local and regional bands including Fran Palermo (HU), Marko Louis (RS) and HEMI award nominees Sajzerbiterlemon (RS) and Helem Nejse (BA).


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