Conceived well before every Englishman and his dog wanted a piece of Eastern Europe festival action, Exit is up there with the best, and it returns for another four-day ruckus on Thursday 10th July.
“Every year, people from more than 60 countries and all five continents come in their thousands to the magical Petrovaradin fortress in pilgrimage for great music, friendships and the best party in the world,” Exit's Dusan Kovacevic tells DJ Mag, when asked about the secret to the festival's success. “It has amazing history, location and atmosphere,” he continues. “Exit started as a youth movement for positive change in the society. As such, it's always had a different feeling than Western European festivals. After wars and isolation, young people in Serbia and the Balkans were hungry for normal life, enjoying music and making friends. You could feel their desire in the air during the concerts, you could almost touch the energy. Most of the performers in early festival editions said that it was one of the best of their tour — or even career.”
Indeed, it's the festival's natural disposition for unbridled, visceral energy that's brought so many Brits coming back to Exit for more, searching for a refreshing antidote to the cold corporate look and feel of many UK festivals. That's not the only draw, however, Dusan adds.
“Eastern Europeans love to party and welcome international visitors to show them a good time,” he smirks. “The weather is hot, as are the girls, and the food and drink is cheap, making it an affordable place for the music festival holiday of a lifetime.”
Once again this year, the festival boasts headliners big enough to compete with any of the Western European big guns, with Atoms For Peace (Thom Yorke, Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich and Flea from the Chili Peppers), Snoop Lion, Nick Cave, The Prodigy and Bloc Party all making the cut. However, it's the event's consistently impressive selection of electronic DJ delights that keep the UK raver returning in their droves, something bolstered this year by the event's partnership with UKF Bass Culture, who are bringing the likes of Rudimental (live), DJ Fresh, Chase & Status (DJ), Diplo, SBTRKT and Friction to the dance arena. Then there's names likely to attract more discerning house and techno dance heads, with DJ sets from Dixon, Pan-Pot and Seth Troxler as well as live performances from Scuba, Gregor Thresher and Mathew Jonson. Exit is quite the way to escape.
Had enough of the UK and want to head for the Exit? For a chance to win two flights, campsite passes and tickets (Wednesday 10th to Monday 15th July) for Exit 2013 in Serbia, tell us why you deserve to go to Exit 2013 in 100 words max. Entries (inc. name, address and contact number) must go to [email protected] before Friday 5th July. Open to UK only.