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One of the world’s most famous festivals occurs in Novi Sad, Serbia each year since 2000. Originally taking place as a student protest against the government, the EXIT festival has attracted more than 2 and a half million people from more than 50 countries around the world.

A Communist regime was introduced to Serbia in the mid 1940s and lasted until 1980, when the former President of Yugoslavia, Josip Broz Tito, died. After his death, the system began to break down until the state of Yugoslavia broke up in 1991-92. After a war in 1999, where Kosovo’s ethnic Albanians fought against the Serbians in order to gain their independence, Serbia ended the conflict battered and alone.

The student protests that originally took place in the summer of 2000 were a group of students from the different countries that previously composed former Yugoslavia. They gathered together in order to prove that “music is a universal language that can connect and bring people together to make the world a better place.” It was a peaceful resolution that greatly stood out in a time of violence throughout the country. As such, the EXIT festival was a movement that birthed a place for people to escape their own minds and just get away from reality.

Nineteen short years later, the EXIT festival had an attendance of 198,000 people for the last year’s summer attraction, with the record held by 2004 with a recorded 240,000 people. The 4-day music festival has gathered some of the biggest names in the music industry, such as: David Guetta, Snoop Dogg, Wu-Tang Clain, Arctic Monekys, Carl Cox, Guns N’ Roses, Avicii, Plan B, Fatboy Slim, The Prodigy, Skrillex, Disclosure, Martin Garrix, Ellie Goulding, Wiz Khalifa, Jason Derulo, Liam Gallagher, Migos, Jax Jones and many, many more.

This year (2019), EXIT will be taking place from July 4 to July 7. Headliners for the festival include The Cure, Carl Cox, Paul Kalkbrenner, Tom Walker, Greta Van Fleet, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, and Jeff Mills. You can view the full lineup on the EXIT site here.

Tickets are currently being sold online with an Early Bird Price of just 103 euros + BF for attending all 4 days. If you’re not interested in attending every day, you can purchase a one-day ticket for a specific day, ranging from 37-40 euros + BF.

Moving into the future, EXIT continues to improve the re-branding of Serbia to the international community. EXIT has expanded its name to more than just music. The EXIT Foundation began in 2010 and is used to give students the opportunity to pursue an education with a range of academic scholarships available as well as the funding for academic projects.

A festival that has brought joy to millions of lives, EXIT continues to bring in quality music and a fantastic experience to people who attend every year. As a way to get away from life’s worries, EXIT brings you to a place that’s out of this world.

Take a look at some of the pictures taken at the EXIT Festival last year:

Images taken from EXIT Festival Facebook Page

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