“ Concert in Novi Sad, Serbia „
The Exit Festival is a festival based in Serbia which happens every July and has been on since 1999. The idea of the first festival was to oppose the government under Milosovic to try and bring stability back to Serbia.
2000 local students had a 100 day protest festival and thats how it all began. The festival now is very commercial and is set over 4 days beinng thu, fri, sat and sun. The festival is attended by nearly 200,000 over the four days which just shows how far things have come.
The festiavl is based in serbia's second city which is Novi Sad which can be a bit of a nightmare to get too from the UK. There are a few options which are to fly into the capital Belgrade or hungary or even croatia. You will then have to get a coach into the city.
The festival is set in a petrovidian fortress which comprises of 2 main stages and a few smaller stages dotted around. The price of a 4 day pass is bout £75 which is extremely cheap.
If you are into yor festivals you have to try this one, I promise it will not disappoint at all. An example of this years acts (2010) Mika, The Klaxons, Missy Eliott, David Guetta, Josh Wink, Stereo soundsystem, Miss Dynamite, The Horrors, Chemical Brothers, Ricardo Villabos and many more.
Drinks at the festiavl cost about £1.50 which is extremely cheap compared to the usual £3.50 back in the UK.
This was my first year at the festival and I intend to go again, I have yet to hear of anybody not liking the festival.
Well done Exit and congratulations Serbia.
The music is a mixture of bands and dance music, the best mix for all persons attending.
Exit Fest: tickets = £75 for 4 days; camping £15 for 8 days
I'm not a particularly huge festival-goer, Exit was a shock to my system. As a chance to see Novi Sad, Belgrade and the Petrovaradin Fortress it is unique and very good value. As a venue for some of the world's best DJs and bands it is unbeatable.
There are however, certain useful things that I would pass on in order to make your experience worthwhile...
Getting there... You have to bear in mind that Serbia is still catching up after the atrocities that happened there in the not too distant past. Many areas are deprived and lacking the sort of facilities we may be used to. We opted to fly to Slovenia with Easyjet - a good call given the cheap fares. However, we then had a 13 hour train journey through Croatia to Belgrade. Not a good call! It was an experience that I'm glad I had, but if you do not like being a sardine in an old-fashioned train I suggest you fly direct to Belgrade with good old British Airways for approx £100.
Belgrade itself is a strange city - arriving on the train from the North allows you to see the shanty towns and the real devastation caused by the war. I was upset by this, but realised that by contributing to the economy I may help in some way. Belgrade station is a proper backpackers dream! Public toilets are stinking holes in the ground... That's an ammonia-filled experience I won't forget in a hurry!! Belgrade itself, once you begin to explore, is beautiful. There are great parks, artwork and stunning views over the Danube. We also experimented with the most obscure restaurant we could find - absolutely no English and some culinary delights such as 'Calf's head in tripe'... Getting to Novi Sad from Belgrade is a fairly straightforward train journey.
Novi Sad is a complete contrast to Belgrade - modern, bustling town with many chain stores such as 'Swatch' (that's the only one I can remember!). Being a university town, it is full of young people, there is a really nice vibe to the place.
The festival iteslf is set in the Petrovaradin Fortress, and amazing piece of history with complex undergound tunnels (which festival goers are steered away from fortunately!). Finding your way around is part of the experience - it's not easy, and you end up finding small stages in the most random places! This is part of the beauty of the festival.
The main stage area itself holds about 25,000 people - I saw the Prodigy there and I don't believe I will ever see anything to beat it! There is a Dance Arena, which holds about 15,000 people - open until 7am! Not an area for the fainthearted!
A really nice touch to finish off (I fear I am rambling) is the currency expecially created for the festival. Each coin is specific to one product - a pint of Tuborg, a bottle of water, a glass of wine, a can of energy drink, food. It's a great idea and makes the whole thing a lot simpler. Note: we discovered that the very dry wine makes a fantastic cocktail when mixed with energy drink!! Probably why I managed to stay up until 6/7am for each of the 3 nights.
In essence, if you like mainly dance music, a cheerful crowd and a bit of excitement in exploring somewhere new - you should definitely try Exit.
The Exit Fest is in Novi Sad in Northern Serbia and takes up a large part of the Novi Sad's locals time - this is because the prices whilst relatively reasonable for outsiders are extortionate by local standards and people strive to find ways of getting in for free. As the festival takes place in the Petrovaradin Fortress on the northern bank of the river, it's no easy task.
Still the Vojvodinans have their way of making things happen and the majority normally seem to pull it off! The reason they want to get inside the festival, is the plethora of musicians playing. The Serbs party hard and this is the only thing which makes it any different from Heineken Open'er in Sopot, Poland or Sziget Festival in Hungary. It is becoming more and more commercial each year and the crowds are getting insanely huge in comparison to its humble 2000 start, but there's also bigger and better line-ups so who is to complain!
This year's line-up includes The Sex Pistols (in their complete original form pre-Sid), Manu Chao, N.E.R.D, Paul Weller, Primal Scream, The Hives, The Streets, Ministery, Gogol Bordello, Kultur Shock, Roni Size, Nightwish, Sham 69 and altogether 600 artists. It's massive. It's in a spectacular location looking over the river and the city, there is something for everyone.
Organised camping is available and can be reserved online, the tickets can also be bought, the 4 day pass is 72.00 pounds. The camping pass is 14.50 pounds and is non transferrable but is valid from the 7th to the 16th July.
You can also spend the day swimming off your hang over by the beach along the river at the bottom of the Petrovaradin Fortress which is clean (at least before the festival it is!)
Hostels get booked up in Belgrade and Budapest before and after the festival and it's advised to book if you are flying there and then transferring.
I went several years ago when Iggy Pop, Massive Attack and Cypress Hill took part, the crowds were crazily devoted to each band, there were what seemed like numerous amounts of AWOL soldiers there of which one group had had reggae colours tatooed into their face by the second day (not sure how Manneringovac would feel about that when they got back), several people died of overdosing in some form or another (there was a Metallica concert the week before and some people just decided to party non stop for about two weeks), overall everyone was friendly and a pleasant mixture of Serbs and journeying fans from other parts of Europe including Wythenshawe.