Exit Festival made history in 2021 as the first major festival to return to Europe since the beginning of the pandemic. In a glorious reunion after years of silence, more than 180.000 visitors passed through the festival gates that summer. Many notable publications hailed it as a historical event. The 2022 edition of Exit Fest is happening this summer, July 7 - 10 in Novi Sad, Serbia. This epic, four-day fest covers rock, techno, hip hop, and more, so be sure not to sleep on this heavy-hitter.
Held at the Petrovaradin Fortress on the banks of the Danube River, Exit Festival boasts more than 1000 artists who play on over 40 stages and festival zones. The massive hilltop fortress overlooks the city center of Novi Sad, keeping young festers close to other city attractions, monuments, and beaches. Those attending can choose from accommodations in the nearby Exit Camp or a selection of local hostels and hotels.
Youthful rebellion and raw spirit are at the core of Exit Fest. What began as a movement for freedom in Serbia and peace in the Balkans is now a massive brand that organizes seven events in five countries in South-East Europe.
Exit starts on Thursday, July 7th with a headlining slot from Australian rapper Iggy Azalea. Azalea’s debut album The New Classic was a chart-conquering mashup of southern-style hip-hop and EDM beats. If you’re not feeling the “Fancy” vibe, then we might suggest supporting another badass female musician. Anfisa Letyago is Serbian-born, and quickly becoming a rising star in cutting-edge techno and new wave.
On Friday, don’t miss the surely cathartic set from Shouse. The Australian-New Zealand duo consisting of Jack Madin and Ed Service are known for their anthemic, community chants. Their most notable single, “Love Tonight” was featured as the opening track to Exit Fest’s 2021 after movie and was a global dancefloor sensation in 2021.
More of a dancer, less of a singer? Check out Honey Dijon’s zesty blend of Chicago-bred house and downbeat funk.
Saturday, as some say, is for the kids. Scottish superstar Calvin Harris headlines the Exit Fest in a sure-fired night of drop-heavy rave anthems. Looking for something deeper? Mathame is minimalist techno that will surely get you dancing. The duo’s very first single "Never Give Up" was named 'Essential New Tune’ by BBC Radio in 2020 and went on to be remixed by the likes of Diplo, Lost Frequencies, and ZHU.
Speaking of ZHU, we can’t wait to see the Grammy-nominated artist’s Sunday night set at Exit Fest. He’s said that after spending a year stuck inside, he’s ready for “pure rave energy to overtake a crowd of writhing bodies yet again.” Same, man. Same.
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