Come Out Festival is an award-winning music ensemble that brings hip-hop and dance to the Serbian jungle in less than a week.
Founded in 2000 by the anti-democracy student movement in the Balkans , the EXIT festival quickly became one of the first music festivals in Serbia. This year the event will once again take place in the beautiful Petrovaradin Castle in Novi Sad, where EXIT has been held since 2001.
This year's edition features the biggest names in dance music and hip-hop, with frontman Keith Flint returning for his first tour since the death of frontman Keith Flint, Wu-Tang Clan with contemporary rap groups and Late Night Thugs as dance. icon. Skrillex.
Euro News Culture reports from the scene of this year's Speech Festival from July 6 to 9. In the meantime, here's a preview of everything you need to know.
Place of residence
EXIT's location in Petrovaradin Castle makes it one of the most unique festivals in Europe . The city is part of Novi Sad, the second largest city in Serbia, and the castle was built in 1692 by the Austrians.
Built in 1780, it stands on a solid hill overlooking the city. During its 300-year history, it has been the site of many battles between the Turkish and Austrian armies; But today it is known as Gibraltar on the Danube.
After the 2000 Yugoslav elections, the first student protest after the EXIT festival, the event was moved to the Palace for the second edition. Since then, it has grown into one of the biggest music festivals in the world and the biggest music festival in Southeast Europe, attracting over 200,000 visitors every year.
EXIT festival is recognized worldwide as one of the best quality festivals of the continent. It has twice won the "Best Mainstream Festival" nominations at the European Festival Awards in 2013 and 2017 and is presented to the media as the most popular ticket to European festivals every year.
Even though Novi Sad is the European Capital of Culture in 2022, it is surprising that the organizers set up 40 different stages and zones for the public to enjoy music for four consecutive days.
This year's line-up includes top acts focusing on hip-hop and dance music.
This year's headliners are The Prodigy, Skrillex, Eric Pridget, Alessa and The Wu-Tang Clan. Welcome to The Prodigy and Wu-Tang Clan, who headlined the festival in 2007.
The prodigy returned in 2009, 2013 and 2016 and is a favorite in Novi Sad. It will be a very interesting performance in 2019 as they will return to Serbia for the first time without striker Keith Flint, who died in 2019 . Originally a dancer in Liam Howlett's solo dance routines, Flint became an important member of the group. Wunderkind soon included vocals from rapper Maksim, but it wasn't until Flint began injecting his booming voice and personality into the songs that the group achieved international success with the 1996 single "Firestarter."
Returning to the show for the first time since 2007, Wu-Tang Clan continues to be one of the most influential groups in the rap genre. RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa and Cappadonna will team up with some of the best wordsmiths in music. Their unique brand of Shaolin and Chess Rap is set to light up the celebration on the final night.
But before that, there are plenty of talented DJs to keep the crowd entertained, from a reformed Skrillex to Swedish producer Eric Pridge. Elsewhere at the festival, drum and bass and electronic duos Chess and Situation and Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike will bring big hits to the gala atmosphere.
On the opening day of MTS Dance Arena, only women were on the stage of MTS Dance Arena. from fan favorite techno artist Nina Kravis, Belgian DJ Amélie Lens and Spanish DJ Indra Paganotta.
EXIT celebrates all women in hip-hop, with a special focus on Balkan stars like Slovenian artist Sanida, as well as other popular artists from Mimi Mercedes, Sysi MC and Jit.
When student protests for democracy began in Yugoslavia, the spirit of youth rebellion is still at the heart of the traveling festival.
Music focuses on social responsibility, from environmental sustainability to humanitarian action. Green Me: Evolution is a festival environment that aims to plant one million more trees in Serbia. The event will raise awareness of mental health through a dedicated charity sector.