One of the Europe’s leading music events, the multi-awarded EXIT Festival in Serbia, adds nearly 30 hot acts reaching the 33% mark of its always diverse and star-studded lineup.
The festival juggernaut that spans onto 40+ stages and zones will celebrate its big 20th anniversary from 9 to 12 July 2020 at the spectacular 18th century Petrovaradin Fortress, overlooking the Danube to festival’s hometown Novi Sad. New to the bill are the French hitmaker DJ Snake, American rising rapper Sheck Wes, sensational indie rockers Metronomy, the punk icon Marky Ramone, NYC hardcore heroes Agnostic Front and 25 more acts from all sorts of styles and genres that can be found at EXIT! This group joins the already announced acts such as David Guetta, Fatboy Slim, James Arthur, Tyga, Boris Brejcha, ARTBAT, Sepultura, Meduza, ZHU and dozens more. Ever since its rebellious roots, EXIT won two titles of the Best Major European Festival at European festival awards, the Best Overseas Festival at UK Festival Awards and dozens of other awards and recognitions by some of the world’s most influential media.
DJ Snake has become one of the world’s most influential artist with well-known singles Taki Taki, Lean On, Turn Down for What, and Loco Contigo, featuring another EXIT headliner Tyga, with over ten billion YouTube views in total! His superhit “Taki Taki” featuring Cardi B and Selena Gomez exceeded one billion video views in only four months, becoming the first video in history able to achieve this! He holds another record, the track “Lean On” with Major Lazer, which has over 2.7 billion YouTube views and had been the most streamed song on Spotify ever for 11 months! DJ Snake has won** two Billboard awards** and one MTV award, and he received his first Grammy nomination as one of the producers of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” album . The talented French of Algerian descent released the album “Cart Blanche” in 2019, hitting number 1 at Billboard’s Dance/Electronic albums list. He holds a total of 21 singles with three singles reaching diamond, four sings hitting platinum and two singles reaching gold certifications! Homage to his music style was paid by Rolling Stone, which stated that “DJ Snake has been perfecting his own venomous, unforgiving, primordially grooving version of bass music you can head-bang to”. DJ Snake is also part of Pardon My French, a French DJ collective, as well as a founder of an increasingly popular “Premiere Classe” label.
Sheck Wes is a true New York rap sensation, and his Mo Bamba is considered one of the biggest hip-hop tracks in the past few years. The rapid success of this twenty-two-year-old Harlem rapper and producer is best evidenced by the fact that his talent has been recognized by both Travis Scott and Kanye West, who have signed his releases, launching Wes toward headliner status. Although he only has one studio album, he can boast of a number of collaborations with biggest hitmakers like DJ Snake, 21 Savage, Lil Pump, Offset and Gucci Mane.
Metronomy is an award-winning band in a variety of categories, from best choreography to best pop artist, while its frontman, producer Joseph Mount, is known for collaborating with acts like Robyn, Jessie Ware, Diplo, Sophie Ellis- Bextor and numerous others. Metronomy has toured with bands such as Coldplay, while their star status stems from a danceable rock sound which has always been just a bit ahead of the time. Known for their faithful fan base and extremely cinematic videos, their sixth album Metronomy Forever came out last September.
The celebration of EXIT’s 20th birthday will be joined by a member of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, whose handprints are on the Hollywood Rock Walk, Marky Ramone, who spent 15 years as the drummer of the legendary punk band The Ramones. Marky Ramone’s band Blitzkrieg, the band that Marky is performing with currently, will bring The Ramones’s greatest hits to Petrovaradin Fortress.
The festival’s line-up is also joined by one of the world’s biggest hard-core punks, Agnostic Front, Swedish hard rock metal heroines, Thundermother, the Boston hardcore band Death Before Dishonor, the cult anarcho punk underground artists, Rattus, and more artists like: Norwegian Shining, London-based Guitar Gangsters, Scandinavian heroes Misconduct, Danish punk rock trio Movement, Swedish thrash metal band Terminal Prospect, a furious death black metal band from the Czech Republic Bohemist, a Brazilian thrash metal band Nervosa, an authentic Finnish goth metal band Lamori, a lucid fusion of black metal and raw hardcore sound Hexis and Mexican death metal machinery Armad.
The festival will also present a span of well known local and regional artists such as: J.R. August, Minilinija, Šajzerbiterlemon, Overdive, Proleće, Hill, Nemesis, Stranger Alitor, War Engine and Smrt razuma.
EXIT tickets can be found at exittfest.org and for those who wish to bundle them with accomodation and local transfer, there are also packages from €139. Default accommodation is the festival camp that is also on the sandy beach, but in Novi Sad, next to river Danube, while hotels can be booked through EXIT’s official tourist agency at exittrip.org.
Started as a student protest in 2000 fighting for political change and freedom, EXIT is still an NGO (Non Governmental Organisation), one that promotes change and positive education, supporting many community and humanitarian missions, while throwing a damn good party.
Just a short ride away from the Serbian capital Belgrade, the magical Petrovaradin Fortress set high on the banks of the river Danube in Novi Sad provides the perfect setting for the EXIT Festival. The award winning festival has something for music lovers of all genres with a diverse mix of artists performing on numerous stages connected by cobbled streets, ramparts and tunnels.
Also renowned for it’s amazing atmosphere and energy the Dance Arena champions the who’s who in the electronic music world set in the awe inspiring moat of the fortress, it’s that special moment when the suns rays shine over the fortress walls and your favourite tune is belting through the soundsystem and into your soul!
EXIT continues to deliver the most adventurous and value for money festival experiences in Europe whilst striving to bring the best talent possible with the challenges that a non-profit brings, all while playing a vital role in bringing together the new nations of former Yugoslavia, war-torn by the events and it is the social importance of the Festival that made it unique and globally recognised. Music is a universal language that connects and brings people together to make the world a better place.
EXIT was voted “Best Major Festival” at the European Festival Awards in Groningen, Netherlands in 2013 and 2017, but has also won “Best Overseas Festival” award in 2007, at the UK Festival Awards. Apart from the music industry awards, EXIT Festival has won the title of the Champion of Regional Cooperation, awarded by the Regional Cooperation Council. The award was received for connecting people from the Balkan region for more than two decades now, as well as for overcoming culturological, political and many other differences, as well as for promoting the spirit of tolerance, understanding and prosperity.
Next year, on its big 20th anniversary, EXIT is launching its biggest environmental project to this date: the • LIFE STREAM. The live stream of performances will be put into a purpose with one paramount goal: to preserve life on the planet. The planet will be fine, we won’t. Festival will send a call to fans, the world leaders and people everywhere to take immediate action, while also helping relevant organisations raise donations and make a difference.