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EXIT Festival in Serbia is only a month away and if you’re looking for a European festival to split to next month I couldn’t recommend EXIT enough. I was there in 2012 and it was mega. This year’s edition takes place from July 11th to 13th.

The four-day event began in 2000 as a student protest against the Milosevic regime and now takes place annually in the a 17th century Petrovaradin fortress on the river Danube in great weather beside the town of Novi Sad. The festival site is filled with proper nooks and crannies, drawbridges, courtyards, moat-valleys, a huge dance amphitheatre, rickety wooden bridges, cobbled streets, tunnels, random alcoves and stunning vistas of the surrounding areas. Novi Sad is also a nice place to hang out in. It’s cheap and there’s loads of Greek and Balkan cuisine on offer during the day to try.

This year’s lineup includes Queens Of The Stone Age, Damon Albarn, Gloria Gaynor, Pet Shop Boys, Rudimental, Skrillex, Disclosure, Suede, Example, Asian Dub Foundation, Dusky vs. Paul Woolford, Gorgon City, Tiga vs. DJ Hell, Waze vs. Odyssey. 

You can win a pair of tickets to this year’s EXIT festival taking place from July 11th to 13th . A trip is well worth it. Accommodation and travel is not included but travel is between €370 – €450 from Dublin through Lufthansa to Belgrade and travel to Novi Sad is about €20 or so, one hour away. Check the EXIT Festival travel site for more details. There’s also the Sea Dance Festival happening after if you want to extend your trip into Montenegro.
To enter the competition, enter via the widget, answer the question and do each of the entry mechanisms to be in with the best shout.

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Posted on June 9th, 2014

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Last summer, I had an amazing time at EXIT Festival in Serbia. The four-day event began in 2000 as a student protest against the Milosevic regime and now takes place annually in the a 17th century Petrovaradin fortress on the river Danube in great weather beside the town of Novi Sad. The festival site is filled with proper nooks and crannies, drawbridges, courtyards, moat-valleys, a huge dance amphitheatre, rickety wooden bridges, cobbled streets, tunnels, random alcoves and stunning vistas of the surrounding areas. Novi Sad is also a nice place to hang out in. It’s cheap and there’s loads of Greek and Balkan cuisine on offer during the day to try.

This year’s lineup includes Atoms For Peace, Bloc Party, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, Cee Lo Green, Snoop Dogg, Prodigy, Diplo, SBTRKT DJ set, Friction, Scuba, David Guetta, Rudimental Fatboy Slim and Sweden’s Kate Boy, who duly obliged with the preparation by making this 20 Songs Of The Summer playlist specially for Nialler9 and EXIT Festival, as heard below.

You can win a pair of tickets to this year’s EXIT festival taking place from July 10th to July 14th right here. A trip is well worth it. Accommodation and travel is not included but travel is about €450 or so through Lufthansa to Belgrade and travel to Novi Sad is about €20 or so, one hour away. Check the EXIT Festival travel site for more details.
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Posted on June 5th, 2013

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Petrovaradin Fortress photo by Matt McNeill

I have been to eight different music festivals this year so far. Eurosonic, SXSW, Sonar, Forbidden Fruit, Body & Soul, Camden Crawl London and Dublin; and this weekend’s EXIT Festival in Novi Sad in Serbia. That might sound like boasting but that’s a lot of festivalling. Enough to be familiar with how most operate, what most offer and how they do it. Most music festivals have a pretty standard setup these days of course, whether city or field, tents and big stages, rain or shine, you know what to expect generally.  It can take a lot for a festival to really surprise you after a solid run of them so you really appreciate when they do, which is exactly what EXIT Festival in Serbia did this weekend.

EXIT was born ten years ago in the town of Novi Sad on the banks of the Danube river, one hour from Belgrade as an 100-day long student protest against the then president Slobodan Milošević in 2000. It has gradually cast off its political origins and has become a four-day music festival but not exactly a plain old ordinary one. For the festival is set in a 17th century Petrovaradin fortress which overlooks Novi Sad across the Danube and features unique terrain, taking in walled courtyards, moat-valleys, huge amphitheatres, rickety wooden bridges, cobbled streets, tunnels, bizarre alcoves and stunning vistas. It’s surrounded by the city’s old quarter which heaves with local men grilling corn on the cob, selling glowsticks, illuminated devil horns and refrigerated beer while local girls peddle the strong spirit drink rakija served in test tubes with honey or plum flavours.
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Posted on July 18th, 2012

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With no Oxegen this year, you may be one of the many looking for an alternative. EXIT Festival takes place in the Petrovaradin Fortress overlooking the river Danube in Novi Sad, Serbia every July (12th to 15th this year).

The lineup is diverse, both mainstream and alternative and this year’s lineup so far looks like this:
Guns ‘N’ Roses, Duran Duran, New Order, Plan B, Avicci, Richie Hawtin, Gossip, Wolfmother, Luciano, Laurent Garnier LBS, Miss Kittin, Little Dragon, Felix Da Housecat, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Azari & III live, Buraka Som Sistema, Sneaky Soundsystem, Art Department, Maceo Plex, Reboot live, Brodinksi, Kenny Larkin, Robert Dietz, When Saints Go Machine, Maayan Nidam, Lone, Pariah, Teengirl Fantasy live, The Chain… R&S Records showcase with more TBA.

If spending four days and night at non-corporate music festival (it began in 2000 as a student protest against the Milosevic regime) in the Balkan sunshine with cheap food and drink with 25 music stages and a unique setting sounds like your kind of thing, then good, you’ve come to the right place.
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Posted on April 5th, 2012

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Exit Festival takes place in the ominous sounding Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad in Serbia from the 7th to the 10th of July. The all-encompassing festival boasts 800 performances over 20 stages and the lineup so far includes the likes of:

Arcade Fire, Pulp, Jamiroquai, Portishead, Grinderman, M.I.A, House of Pain, Bad Religion, Beirut, Underworld, Groove Armada, Magnetic Man, Tiga, James Zabiela, Digitalism live, DJ Sneak, Paul Kalkbrenner, Steve Aoki and more stages and loads more acts to be announced.

There are special packages and ticket deals available but basic tickets start from just over €100 for a four-day ticket. Camping tickets are €28.

Competition

Along with nine other blogs, Nialler9 will be part of a ticket treasure hunt competition in which two tickets, 4 nights of accommodation and flights from London are up for grabs. Starting on May 30th on this blog, over 10 days up until June 8th, each blog will be offering up a daily clue to the help you find the answer required for entry to the comp.

All the info you need is: http://competition.exitfest.org/ and check back here on May 30th for the first clue.

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Posted on May 9th, 2011

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