There is nothing that feels better than summer music festivals. Feeling of freedom, happiness overload, unforgettable experiences. It’s all I am looking for the whole year long – endless sunshine, good vibes, great people and amazing location!
Therefore, there are four sacred days marked in my calendar and they are reserved for the EXIT Festival in Serbia. It is held every year in July, in the city of Novi Sad, in the northern part of Serbia. Dates to save this year – July 7-10th.
Two years ago EXIT joined forces with the Sea Dance festival in Montenegro to make an ultimate music adventure. Sea Dance is taking place from 14-16th July at the hot spot of summer tourism – Budva.
If you never visited Serbia or Montenegro, EXIT Adventure is the best choice for a summer vacation, engaging music with the exploration of two beautiful countries, going from the fortress on the Danube to the most beautiful beach on the Adriatic Sea.
EXIT Festival has won many national and international awards and is recognized as one of the best summer festivals in Europe. It hosted world-famous performers like Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Iggy and the Stooges, Franz Ferdinand, Faithless, Placebo, Massive Attack, Cypress Hill, Arctic Monkeys, Jamiroquai, Hardwell, Avicii, Skrillex, Moby, Fedde Le Grand, Hurts, Portishead, Faith No More and many others.
Situated at the 17th-century fortress in Novi Sad, EXIT will give you a completely different experience of a music festival. Forget about deserts and wasteland, roam around the incredible fortress and discover stages and chill spots in each corner. Plus, stone walls are super acoustic and you’ll feel music deep inside your bones!
Being on the bank of Danube river gives this festival another star, providing an ideal place for camping and chilling before night starts. Camping at EXIT village is the best way to get real EXIT experience and meet people from all around the world. No matter if you come alone or in a group, I can guarantee you’ll make friends for the rest of your life. Intensive life with so many unforgettable moments packed in just four days make people connected in a special way.
Having the title of Europe’s Best Beach by Lonely Planet, Jaz Beach in Budva is putting Sea Dance on the map of places you must visit. Take an opportunity to discover amazing Montenegrin coast and old towns of Budva, Kotor, Perast, Herceg Novi and Petrovac. Also, few days in between the festivals you can spend in Serbian capital – Belgrade, cosmopolitan city which is cultural melting pot and underground capital of Southern Eastern Europe, having a dynamic and young spirit similar to Berlin. For that, do not miss Savamala quarter and Mikser House.
If you are more up to a break in the nature surrounding, head to the north part of Montenegro. Try rafting on the Tara river and hiking in the mountain Durmitor, which is National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tara river canyon is the deepest river canyon in Europe and second deepest in the world, after river Colorado.
It’s All About Music
Main Stage is a central stage at the fortress and is hosting the most popular mainstream acts. Its capacity is 30,000 people. This year’s headliners are Bastille, David Guetta, Ellie Goulding, The Prodigy, Wiz Khalifa, Stormzy, The Vaccines, Sigma DJ Set.
Dance Arena is considered as EXIT’s little heaven. A lot of people come just to listen to the world’s top DJs and dance all night. It has wild and unstoppable rhythm and be prepared to jump like one with 25,000 more people. One of the major highlights of the Dance Arena is actually the Sun. Feeling the first sun rays after 10 hours of partying takes you to another dimension. And all those smiley faces around you. Fulfillment. There is no place I’d rather be. This July Dance Arena will be ruled by Dmitri Vegas & Like Mike, Robin Schulz, Nina Kraviz, Disciples, Marco Carola , Solomun, James Zabiela, Sam Feldt, Hot Since 82.
Explosive Stage is metal, hardcore and punk kingdom. Fusion Stage is all about EXIT roots, bringing diversity from the Balkans and the rest of the world. Go there if you want to hear world music and best performers from Serbia, Croatia, BiH etc. Positive Vibration Reggae Stage has always been major chill out spot. No Sleep Novi Sad Stage is more experimental than any other stage. Get lost at Gaia Experiment Trance Stage, dance at Latino Stage and discover Urban Bug Stage, AS FM Stage, Future Shock Stage, Silent Disco, Karaoke Stage etc.
Sea Dance Main Stage is bringing you Skrillex, Hurts, Andy C, Zomboy, Stereo MCs and Goldie. Dance Paradise Stage will be taken over by Jeff Mills, Lost Frequences and Sister Bliss – Faithless DJ Set.
Heart Of a Rebel
There is no other festival that was created as a dream of freedom and progress. EXIT started as a protest against political regime in 2000 Serbia. It was an exit for all young, creative and progressive people living under Milosevic’s government. Therefore, EXIT is much more than just a festival. It was a state of mind, a way of fighting and the idea of living a better life. It showed that power of music and power of youth can change the whole country. It became a movement.
The strong activist note is still driving EXIT. Festival Foundation is supporting young and talented people from all around Balkans. It social mission is to connect Balkan youth and break down dividing walls that politicians are building. Music has always been the best agent for social change and I am sure it will play a role in the establishing peace and open-mindedness also in the future.
Budget – Friendly
Looking for adventure with a tight budget? Visit Balkans. Balkan countries are among the cheapest countries in Europe, but with so many hidden gems that will make you regret not visiting it before.
Going to EXIT does not require that you spend a fortune. EXIT Adventure package including tickets for two festivals, camp pass, and transfers from nearby airports is less than 250 euros!
Each year there are more and more internationals putting EXIT on the top of their bucket lists. However, the major audience is still local since EXIT is the most beloved and the biggest music festival in the area. Use the opportunity to meet amazing locals – friendly, open-hearted and cool party people.
Feel the music. Kiss somebody. Laugh with new friends. Live your own EXIT.