After this year’s record-breaking attendance in 16 years of its existence, EXIT Festival 2017 will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love! Next year, EXIT will mark some of the most important events from 1967 when the revolutionary Peace Movement began and changed the world forever.
This social phenomenon gathered people from all over the world around the idea of community, peace, solidarity and love; it held in immeasurable influence over contemporary music as well as culture at large. The peace sign, colourful clothes and flowers in hair are the first things that come to mind when talking about the Summer of Love, whilst its vast legacy embodies the universal quest for peace, freedom of speech, human rights, and social, racial and gender equality.
“The Summer of Love symbolises the beginning of the hippie movement that changed contemporary music forever and gave birth to modern music festivals, whose aim was to fight for peace and to change the world through music and celebration of life. Similarly, EXIT was founded from the resistance youth movement that was fighting for peace and freedom in Balkans 16 years ago.
It’s one of the rare active music festivals that still nurtures the legacy of the early contemporary music festivals from late 60’s and early 70t’s that first and foremost were founded because of strong social agenda. That’s exactly why we believe it is our duty to remind the world of the events that happened 50 years ago and spread once again the Peace Movement’s messages – which are desperately needed in today’s world, now even more than ever,” – Dušan Kovačević (EXIT festival founder)
The culmination of the grand anniversary will take place at EXIT festival, 6 – 9 July, at the Petrovaradin fortress, one of the largest ones in Europe, settled in the city of Novi Sad in the northern Serbia. Fans from all over the world can already apply today to get the lowest-priced “early-bird” tickets, that will soon be on general sale. The number of these first tickets is extremely limited, so hurry to reserve your spot at the upcoming EXIT Summer of Love 2017 here.
This year’s EXIT Adventure, which is a name of the unique festival holiday package that is comprised of two award-winning festivals, EXIT and Sea Dance, held at two spectacular locations in two neighbouring countries, took over 270.000 visitors, from more than 60 countries, on a summer festival journey. From the colossal Petrovaradin fortress in Serbia to the stunning Jaz Beach in Montenegro, they spent four days and nights at EXIT festival, then another three more at Sea Dance festival listening to some of the most sought-for global music acts.
The Adventure onboard its first passengers in Novi Sad and took them to indie-pop princess Ellie Goulding’s firework-infused show, preceded by the British rockers Bastille. The title of the first amongst equals on the second night was won by the absolute hitmaker David Guetta, thanks to an audio-visual spectacle that’s rarely seen in anyone’s lifetime! EXIT’s Mainstage looked lit, like a huge machine that birthed special versions of the biggest pop and dance hits in an endless, glittering mix.
The huge party at EXIT’s Main Stage was also heralded by the funk doctor George Clinton, backed by the numerous members of the Parliament-Funkadelic, while with unbelievable ease Wiz Khalifa confirmed the status of the world’s no.1 hip-hop performer, by putting on a show that is possible only for someone who’s at the very peak of their career. Khalifa’s charisma even caused the show to pause at one moment so the audience could chant his name for almost 5 minutes!
Meanwhile, around 25.000 people greeted the sun each morning at the world-renowned Dance Arena with the first-ranking duo at Top DJ Mag’s list, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, as well as Ibiza’s kings Solomun, Maceo Plex, Richie Hawtin and Marco Carola, as well as countless other stars like Nicky Romero, Dave Clarke, Nina Kraviz, Oliver Heldens and many others. The No Sleep Novi Sad stage had its four wild nights and morning curated by the Europe’s leading underground clubs Nitsa, Tresor, Concrete, Grelle Forelle i Drugstore, with set by the likes of Moritz von Oswald, Tommy Four Seven, Rebolledo, Powell, Dasha Rush, Zadig, Cassegrain and many more!
After four unforgettable days in Novi Sad, fans have travelled south to the gorgeous Jaz beach, Montenegro, where another three exciting days and just as many nights awaited at the Sea Dance, the festival bathed in the glistening reflection of the morning sun on the high seas of Jadran’s turquoise waters. The beach chapter of the EXIT Adventure welcomed the great performances by Stereo MCs, Andy C, Black Coffee, Sister Bliss, Jeff Mills, Banco de Gaia, Zomboy, Goldie, Sub Focus, Shy FX, Marko Nastic and many others.