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Playaz 20th Anniversary : Exit Festival
Exit Festival (7-10 July 2016, Novi Sad – Serbia), combined with its seaside sister Sea Dance festival (14-16 July 2016, Budva – Montenegro), makes for the unique festival package which has become the most talked-about festival holiday on the planet that spans over 10 days! This package, dubbed the Exit Adventure, combines two award-winning festivals at two spectacular locations in two neighbouring countries, which proved to be a success formula that in 2015 attracted 300.000 people from 60+ countries who have travelled from magical Petrovaradin fortress in Serbia to stunning Jaz Beach in Montenegro. While Petrovaradin fortress is one of the biggest of its kind in Europe, Jaz is officially the best European beach according to leading tourist guide Lonely Planet.
Atmosphere from Exit and Sea Dance festivals is often referred to as magical, both in international and local media accordingly, which is why this year’s theme is – Exit Magic. It stands for particular emotion that all those who partake in Exit Adventure share and feel. Emotion of love for music and freedom, emotion that can change the world for the better.
Both festivals have multitude of stages and diversity of genres, from the most demanded rock and pop acts, to EDM, techno, bass, hip-hop and even metal, punk and hard-core! Confirmed acts for 2016 already include Ellie Goulding, Bastille, Wiz Khalifa, Hurts, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Lost Frequencies, Robin Schulz, Nicky Romero, Stormzy, Solomun, Andy C, Anti-Flag, At the Gates, Cock Sparrer, Disciples, Hernan Cattaneo b2b Henry Saiz, James Zabiela, Mind Against, Modestep – DJ Set, Sigma DJ Set, Sub Focus & ID – DJ Set, Wilkinson – DJ Set Feat. MC Ad-Apt, Zomboy, Antigone, Borghesia, Congo Natty, Dub Pistols, Feder, Francois X, Ivy Lab, Kensington, My Nu Leng & Dread MC, Rene Lavice, Sam Feldt, Sarah Farina, Shlømo, Teddy Killerz and Tommy Four Seven.
The magical Petrovaradin Fortress will also host Playaz 20th Anniversary lineup at Exit’s opening night with DJ Hype, Ms. Dynamite and Sub Zero joining the bill.
Exit festival is so much more than just a summer music festival. It’s more than the line-up and the stages. Exit is made up of its people – the festival was founded in 2000 as a student movement, so as to fight for freedom and democracy in Serbia. It was the first place youth gathered at from all former Yugoslav republics after a decade of civil wars. Now, its uniqueness lies in its mind-blowing location, artistic diversity, and local flavour.
European Festival Awards is the leading honour among music festivals, decided each year by a combination of public vote and music industry jury members. EXIT won the Best Major Festival Award for 2013, and Sea Dance still won the title of Best Medium-Sized Festival for 2014. Exit Festival has also been awarded the Best European Summer Music Festival for 2016 by the travel portal “European Best Destinations”
Exit has also gained international media attention over the years. CNN World Fiesta, featured an article on music festivals in the beginning of June 2011, which included Exit on the list of nine best festivals in the world. The Guardian declared Exit as the best festival in the world in 2006 and the best tourist destination in 2008. The Sun, the British daily newspaper, included Exit on the list of eight best festival destinations in 2012. In Euronews’ May 2013 article on the world’s leading festival destinations, Exit was included in the ten best European festivals in 2013.