EXIT Festival, Petrovaradin Fortress, Novi Sad, Serbia

10:14 AM

Exit festival, one of the best European Festivals begins today!! We were lucky enough to visit EXIT in 2011, when the line up was quite amazing. 
Going to Serbia from Greece and organising the trip is not really a big deal. We are a neighbour country, we are close, flights are not so expensive. Well, it is different when planning your touristic holidays and different when you are planning a festival attendance. We had to search where the festival is taking place and how we were gonna get there, buy the tickets, be sure about the delivery method, rent a car and search where to stay so we could maximize our festival experience.
We planned to fly to Beograd, rent a car from the airport and drive to Novi Sad. It took us about an hour of exciting driving and of various photos during the roadtrip and laughs and good music. At last, we saw the Fortress.
The festival was very well organised. At first, we stopped to the cashiers to take our tickets and then we found the place where we would park our car. Unfortunately car camping was not allowed, meaning that our car (with all our stuff) was in a different location from our tent. Ok, it was not very far but still we had to visit the car various times per day. 
As soon as we parked we entered Exit Village, a big organised area with trees and basic campsite installations: showers, chemical toilets, charging stations and good security (a tent with doctors as well). There we found a spot to build our tent. 
In the mornings, we were chilling at Danube river that was passing just outside of the Village but the water was not so clean (for a Greek) and you could see a factory chimney on the other side. That is the reason we did not swim, however we were sunbathing and listening to reggae music and drinking cocktails, warming up for the festival. Food was really nice, there was a foodcourt at the campsite with various kinds of food (we ate noodles, very very tasty) and a huge tent with a big table and chairs to enjoy the shadow while eating. It is also a place to socialize.
In this festival there were many english people, because the last years EXIT is organised by an English company. 
The festival is taking place inside Petrovaradin Fortress and it feels like a magical place. The fortress is so big that the festival hosts over 400 performances (from live bands, dj sets, radio producers etc.) on 20 stages that are connected by cobbled streets and tunnels while the place has something magical, coming from fairy tale. I was really impressed. One thing that I love about EXIT is that you can listen to various kinds of music, from electronica to rock, from dance to lounge, from reggae to latino! Maybe that's why it is nominated as the Best Major European festival.
The distance from the campsite to the fortress is walkable -there are buses, too- being only a 15 minute walk. It is so fun that Novi Sad, a small Serbian village is flooded with young people from all around Europe -mostly- these days. 
EXIT has a big support from volunteers, who are everywhere and can be multicultural -there were a few Greeks as well-, who clean the campsite and the fortress and make sure everything is going well.
And here are the live acts:

On Thursday 7 July we saw Beirut, Bad Religion, Pulp and Arcade Fire.

Bad Religion played in the late afternoon so it was the first act we saw that day. Then it was Arcade Fire who presented their album "Suburbs" the best in their career so far, in my opinion. That year "Suburbs" reached #1 in the USA, UK and Canada.
Pulp were the big name of the day and maybe that's why they were late to come up on stage (divas). However their live act was so good that it did not matter the waiting. 
After the dancing we chilled that day at the stage where Beirut was performing. 
On Friday 8 July, the big name was M.I.A. and there were too many people to watch her so we could barely see her. The truth is we did not like her so much. The big name for my friend was EDITORS. She was waiting for them like crazy and when they came up on stage we danced like crazy. That night finished with Deadmau5 in the dance arena. A big electronic party inside the fortress, it was magical!

On Saturday 10 July, I was amazed with Santigold who had great songs and a velvet-like voice and since then I am a big big fan of her. She was also very beautiful on stage, wearing eccentric costumes. Jamiroquay was better than we thought and we really enjoyed his show. He was wearing feathers on his head and was quite direct to the people. That night we visited the Silent Disco, an amazing place that everybody was wearing his headphones and choosing what kind of music to listen! That night the greek duo Marsheaux performed at Elelctrana stage at 4.00 in the morning.



Sunday 11 July, I can admit that it was not my favourite day. I don't really like Grinderman, I did not like Portishead. So we did not struggle to be in the front lines, it was the chilliest day of the festival. Sitting on the grass, listening to music, drinking serbian beer (pivo) and watching the performers from videowalls, saying goodbye to this amazing festival and to this captivating venue.


We had fun, we made friends, we listened to good music, we danced like crazy, we sunbathed, we chilled... we did not wanted anything more. Until someday, EXIT, you were a great experience!

Photo credit and EXIT partner: Mariza Katsioti

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