Martin Garrix & David Guetta to headline EXIT festival
As EXIT Festival, one of the biggest and best multi-genre music festivals in Europe draws closer, dance music fans are can look forward to a wealth of exciting and well-renowned artists. However, the two artists that stand out the most are mainstage megastars; Martin Garrix and David Guetta. Garrix and Guetta, two of the biggest household names in dance music will be performing at the closing ceremony of the festival, which takes place on the 12-15th July in the Petrovaradin Fortress in the city of Novi Sad, Serbia.
Guetta and Garrix, who have collaborated on two songs that have been released in the past year, are no strangers to headlining global music festivals around the world, so fans should be able to expect stellar performances at EXIT Festival, an event which attracted 215,000 people in 2017.
In anticipation to their headlining performances in less than a month, let’s re-visit some of their tracks:
David Guetta – Just a Little More Love (2002)
The first single released from David Guetta’s debut artist album of the same name, ‘Just a Little More Love’ is an addictively groovy hit, that really encompasses the French veteran’s early House roots. Featuring vocals from Chris Willis, who has since featured on numerous Guetta tracks, this tune was a mainstay in clubs in the early 2000’s, and also featured in the soundtrack of the movie ‘The Football Factory’.
Martin Garrix – Keygen (2012)
‘Keygen’ was one of Martin Garrix’s first singles released on Spinnin’ Records in 2012, when the Dutch prodigy was just 16 years old. An Electro-House track with a catchy melody, ‘Keygen’ was one of the early tracks that helped to kickstart Martin Garrix’s meteoric rise in the dance music scene.
David Guetta – When Love Takes Over (2009)
David Guetta’s dreamy yet commercial hit ‘When Love Takes over’ was the first single released on Guetta’s fourth artist album ‘One Love’, and features captivating vocals from R&B superstar Kelly Rowland. Nine years on, it remains one of Guetta’s most iconic tracks, reaching platinum status in nine different countries, and selling 5.5 million copies to date.
Martin Garrix (w. Sander van Doorn & DVBBS) – Gold Skies (2014)
A Collaboration with Dutch Trance and House veteran Sander van Doorn, as well as DVBBS, ‘Gold Skies’ sees Martin Garrix venture away from the Big-Room style that he was known for at the time, in order to create a euphoric, emotional hit. This track features vocals from Alessia and is still played regularly in Garrix’s sets today.
David Guetta (w. Nicky Romero) – Metropolis (2012)
David Guetta’s melodic collaboration with then-rising-star Nicky Romero was the first single released on Guetta’s label ‘Jack Back Records’. Also featuring on version 2.0 of Guetta’s influential ‘Nothing but the Beat’ album, ‘Metropolis’ is a high-energy hit, that really encompassed the euphoric Dance music movement that was on a worldwide rise at the time. This song also has a unique music video, featuring famous street-artist, Mr. Brainwash.
Martin Garrix – Now That I’ve Found You (2016)
A Progressive House masterpiece, ‘Now That I’ve Found You’ marked Martin Garrix’s first release under his label ‘STMPD RCRDS’. Added vocals from Michael Zitron and John Martin, who is known for his work with Swedish House Mafia, helped to elevate this track to new heights, alongside a captivating melody and powerful synths.
David Guetta – Lovers on the Sun (2014)
Co-Produced alongside the legendary Avicii, ‘Lovers on the Sun’ is a Dance track that went in the unique direction of drawing inspiration from Western film scores. The track went on to join the Frenchman’s many worldwide hits, reaching number 1 in the singles charts in six different countries.
Martin Garrix (w. Matisse & Sadko) – Forever (2017)
One of Martin Garrix’s most recent Progressive House hits, ‘Forever’ sees the Dutch wunderkind team with Russian duo Matisse & Sadko, producing a melodic, atmospheric track with chords and a melody that really pull the listener in. This track proved to be a huge hit in the tail end of 2017 and remained at the top of the Beatport Big-Room chart for weeks.
Martin Garrix & David Guetta – So Far Away (2017)
There is no better way to get excited for David Guetta and Martin Garrix’s EXIT Festival performances than by listening to a collaboration between the two. Premiered by Garrix at Tomorrowland 2017, ‘So Far Away’ sees the two megastars team up to make an emotional, yet catchy Pop hit, featuring stunning vocals from Jamie Scott and Romy Dya.
Martin Garrix & David Guetta (w. Brooks) – Like I Do (2018)
Martin Garrix and David Guetta’s second collaboration sees them team up with Dutch Future House prodigy Brooks, producing a more club-oriented Future House hit that has an addictive melody and a real funky, upbeat feel. ‘Like I Do’ is still in the Future House Beatport top 10 after 4 months, and is an example of how good a duo with these dance music giants are.