EXIT Festival delivers spectacular 18th edition headlined by David Guetta & Martin Garrix
It is safe to say that we were absolutely blown away this past weekend, which marked the 18th edition of the legendary EXIT Festival, bringing an absolute array of world-famous artists from a wide range of genres to over 200,000 fans. Within the world of electronic music, we were able to experience magical sets from some of the biggest names in dance music over the past two decades. Won for the second time in the past five years, the official title of the Best Major European Festival was celebrated all over the festival on its closing day that had a daily attendance record of 55,000 people on the Petrovaradin Fortress for what must have been the greatest EXIT finale ever!
Performing artists included David Guetta, Dutch mainstage superstar Martin Garrix, Disciples, ZHU as well as a very healthy representation from the techno scene which included huge names such as Richie Hawtin, Solomun, Maceo Plex, Adam Beyer b2b Ida Engberg, Amelie Lens, Joseph Capriati, Carl Craig, Tale of Us, Guy Gerber, Ben Klock, Boris Brejcha, Kölsch, Rodhad, and a perfect closing set from none other than Nina Kraviz that extended the timetable for an hour. Bringing in a sunrise with music legends is one of the unique elements of this magical festival.
On the other 40+ zones and stages the most versatile festival lineup had also featured acts like Slaves, Helena Hauff, Red Axes, DJ Tennis, Cockney Rejects, Dog Eat Dog, Sevdaliza, Idles, Daniel Avery, Delta Heavy, Nikita Zabelin, Asian Dub Foundation, Madball, Mike Servito, Craig Richards, Brujeria, Asphyx, Tin Man, Julia Govor, Elderbrook and hundreds more. EXIT also hosted its club-partners for 2018, fabric, The Bunker NY, Arma17 and Goa Club at its internationally praised No Sleep Novi Sad stage which will launch its brand-new No Sleep Festival from 16 to 18 November in the Serbian capital, Belgrade.
We were not the only ones who were in awe of everything EXIT Festival had to offer, as a vast number of the big names that performed throughout the weekend had their say on the experience. David Guetta was ecstatic about the fact that he played the Serbian festival since his early days, and has been a regular ever since:
“EXIT, I wanna thank all of you for coming, it was so good to be back, thank you for following me on my journey, wherever I was taking you-you were there, I appreciate you. EXIT I love you.“
The number 1 DJ of the world Martin Garrix showed his love to the people of Serbia by sharing a picture on his Twitter account that clearly showed just how much fun he was having at the award-winning festival.
— MARTIN GARRIX (@MartinGarrix) July 17, 2018
Maceo Plex tweeted: “Best festival? Very very possible!” A very big statement to make when the absolute wealth of music festivals that the world has to offer is considered. Ida Engberg also chimed in, talking about her experience of bringing in the Serbian sunrise with a set alongside her husband, Drumcode founder Adam Beyer:
“Sunrise set at Exit was magical! It was dark when we started to play and as we played the two last songs the sun was rising. So beautiful! Thank you EXIT!“
With reactions like this, it is safe for us to say that EXIT Festival holds a firm spot as one of the go-to festivals in Europe. If you enjoyed the festival as much as we did, it’s definitely worth considering attending its sister festival Sea Dance Festival on the 30th August to 1st September, taking place along the beautiful 2-mile long Buljarica beach in Montenegro. The seaside festival will host a range of must-see DJs, such as Paul Kalkbrenner, Nina Kraviz, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Alice Merton, Ofenbach, Dax J, Antigone, Francois X, Eagles & Butterflies, PTU, Sofia Rodina and many more. If you missed out on the EXIT action this year – definitely join us for the Sea Dance adventure and we can’t wait to see what the 2019 edition of the massive EXIT Festival has in store for us. See you next year EXIT Festival!