Natalia Todua From July 6 to July 9, 2023, the EXIT music festival once again took place on the territory of the Petrovarda Fortress in Serbia – a bright event on the European music scene. Today, this is one of the few events where Russians who miss a multinational party, high-quality music and an atmosphere of freedom can safely get in. First, because Serbia accepts all tourists from Russia up to 30 days without a visa. Secondly, direct flights from Moscow, St. Petersburg and Sochi fly to the Serbian capital every day. Our report is about the performance of rave and rap titans, as well as how for 4 days, under deafening decibels, the brutal fortress of the European cultural capital turned into a gathering of joyful freaks from all over the world.
The festival lasted four days, every day there were new performers and new headliners. This year's EXIT stars The Prodigy and Wu-Tang Clan. In addition to the main one, there were about 20 more scenes on the territory of the fortress: reggae, drum and bass, rap, as well as a huge dance arena, near which the most resistant of us met the dawn.
The opening of the festival took place under fireworks, and the most striking event – the performance of the mad old men The Prodigy – gathered about 44 thousand people at the stage at the same time.
Despite the huge number of music lovers, the fortress was quite comfortable: well-planned food zones (prices are the same as in a good cafe in the city, but not higher), sanitary and chill-out zones. The movement between the walls and the scenes of the fortress was regulated at 5+ – no crowding or fuss. Mini-golf and virtual reality glasses, make-up from the pros and prize draws — even the biggest music lovers had fun at the festival. EXIT-2023: how it was
On the territory of the fortress and the festival, traditionally, it is impossible to pay with bank cards or cash — only with a special EXIT card, which this year could be purchased for 150 RSD (refundable deposit) and replenished at any time. This is convenient, since you do not have to wait for change, you can pay as quickly and easily as possible.
Long before the start of the festival, Novi Sad runs out of available rooms. Guests can stay in a tent camp on the beach on the banks of the Danube, a place for a tent must be booked in advance on the festival website. The second option is to stay in the vicinity of Novi Sad or in Belgrade. Many trains run between cities on EXIT days, and even at night you can safely return to your hotel in 40-45 minutes. The fare is about 400-500 RSD one way. 1
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The next EXIT will take place from July 11 to 14, 2024. Tickets for the festival are starting to sell in advance, even with the line-up of musicians not yet fully approved. During this period, “early bird” prices apply and you can get to really high-class performances quite inexpensively – from 30 EUR per day.
You can get to Belgrade on direct Air Serbia flights, with a convenient short connection through Kuwait on board Jazeera Airways, or on any connecting flight through Turkey. In Serbia, almost all young people speak English fluently, and older people remember Russian well, which they learned in schools in Yugoslavia. Considering how many Russians now live in the Balkan country, you can not be afraid of “being left without a language” and getting lost.