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Prodigy is the latest band to be announced.
Other artists announced:
Britain shakes hands with EXIT FESTIVAL
After last summer's success at Global Gathering, NASS and SW4,
UKF are taking over the main stage at the EXIT Festival's famous fortress in Novi Sad from 1 am to sunrise.
EXIT 2012 - artists who played
Guns N' Roses, New Order, Duran Duran, Plan B, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Avicii, Felix Da Housecat, Wolfmother, Gossip, Richie Hawtin, Miss Kitten, Art Department, Maceo Plex, Buraka Som Sistema, Luciano, Reboot, Kenny Larkin, Robert Dietz, Maayan Nidam, Laurent Garnier, Azari and III, Brodinski, When Saints Go Machine, Erykah Badu, Hercules and Love Affair, Citizens
There was a feast of electro acts too.
Knife Party, Claude Von Stroke, Jacques Lu Cont, Eats Everything, Tobi Neumann & Geddes, and Benoit & Sergio have been announced for the Dance Arena.
EXIT 2011 - who appeared
Arcade Fire, Pulp, Portishead, Grinderman (Nick Cave), Underworld, Jamiroquai, Magnetic Man, Beirut, Tiga, James Zabiela, Joris Voorn, Hadouken! Joachim Garraud, Gramophonedzie, M.I.A., Bad Religion, House of Pain, Magnetic Man , Petrol, Deadmau5 (unhooked), Groove Armada, Fedde Le Grand, Digitalism live, Dj Sneak, Paul Kalkbrenner,Steve Aoki, Carl Craig, Marco Carola, Better Lost Than Stupid, tINI, Maya Jane Coles, Partibrejkers, Go Back To The Zoo, Svi na pod, The Good Guys, IrieFM, Kreator
Checks at the actual fest were more relaxed last year. Whoopie!
Buses in most areas put Exit placards in their windscreens saved a lot of working out on bus routes. 45p per ride if you want to save your legs.
Mainstream cabs the safest - the new red Skodas & the new yellow Golfs.
Drug busts were isolated & mainly in the campsite. Heard of a few but most didn’t go any further than paying the “militia”(cops) off. £80 -100 of emptied pockets took care of it & you also got to keep the drug. Better than being hauled through the courts or a cell & a lot cheaper. Don’t whine just accept graciously.
Zebra crossings are just for brightening up the dreary grey tarmac do not be under the illusion you can use them as pedestrian crossings. They are for Zebras only & as they don’t have any in Serbia drivers rarely stop. Traffic Light crossings are safer! (I was going to say pelican crossings but that would take us down another road & I reckon I’ve exhausted this subject already)
For those who like to be well organised in advance, booking your apartment this year will be somewhat expensive but at least off your tick list. For risk takers wait till a lot later when the landlords get worried & drop their prices.
"As for the serbian ’killjoys and ***** If you are going to do/take/buy anything, do it when the sun goes down and in the crowds. A lot of locals sell within and outside Exit festival (in the city we got handed a leaflet for 'transport links to belgrade airport' with a phone number on it, the guy leaned in and whispered "this is not for transport, this is for *****")
“It was great honour to be back at Exit Festival for the second time and play to the Serbian people. They made it something to remember for us, it has a crazy wild side that only very few festivals have. Bring us back again! We fukin’ luv it. Come on!!!” The Prodigy
“It was my first time in Serbia and didn’t know what to expect, but the EXIT audience was amazing!” Lily Allen
“It was an honour and a privilege to play such an important festival especially on its 10th anniversary. The crowd and the location were stunning. We hope we will be invited back.” Nicky Wire, James, Sean - Manic Street Preachers
“Most indeed it was a pleasure to play at such a well organised event.., Thank you for having us, we had a great time very, very special in more ways than one!” Roots Manuva
“Loved the exit gig! Playing with Eric Prydz was a fun challenge which turned out to be a memorable morning! Exit rocks!” Adam Beyer
“Once again Exit proves to be one of the best festivals in the world!!!” Nic Fanciulli
'Exit was more than we could have expected it to be. The audience was exceptional and the setting was breathtaking. I hope they have us back sometime.' Alex Kapranos / Franz Ferdinand
"Serbia, we had no idea what to expect and it was an amazing show, the crowd was fantastic and we can't wait to come back." Ana Matronic / Scissor Sisters
"Serbia was fantastic, we all really enjoyed it ... the audience was amazing and it was the best show on the tour so far." Billy Idol
"We didn't have a clue about what to expect - and it was incredible!" Nick Halam, Stereo MC's
"An absolutely amazing festival both in terms of the crowds that came and the people behind the scenes. The setting was amazing with the sun coming up and the sound system was intense (as opposed to in tents which would normally be the case at a festival but I digress), I was so happy that I could finally be a part of this and would like to thank everyone that came along." Dave Clarke
"wow - exit - what a festival! great energy, great understanding of the music and a great place. very impressed." Giles Peterson / Radio 1
Comments from Exit festival Brits
The Exit Festival itself
Exit is a huge festival with such a diverse range of people and music! You can really get what you want from this festival whether it being raving all night in the dance arena or taking it easy and enjoying the atmosphere, skankin' at the reggae stage till the sun comes up then everyone heads to the beach/campsite for whatever sleep they can get.
The heat is impossible to sleep in a tent in, some wise people brought hammocks, I just bought a lilo at the local supermarket and that provided me with a cool bed for the whole festival! There are also tree's on the beach where most people pass out under during the day! The new Exit Festival campsite is right beside the beach!
Serbia is immensely affordable (a key student concern). A twenty-pack of decent fags costs around £1.50, a pint of decent local lager about £1, and huge burger and chips is around £2 and a meal in a restaurant about £5. This means, simply, you can get pissed, sick and give yourself lung cancer for very little.
Novi Sad itself is quite small and concrete, though rather more cosmopolitan and modern than you might think. Those in apartments (usually about £25 a night) head into town, whilst those camping (£25 for a week) caught a taxi to the top of the old army barracks in Petrovaradin: the site of Exit festival. Max Glover
Exit Festival City offers a lot during the day, you can browse the markets, go to the local beach or sit in one of the cafe's and have lunch! The food in Serbia is amazing! Because Serbia isn't in the EU prices for beer, cigarette's, food etc.. are very cheap! A lot cheaper compared to anywhere else in Europe.
No Indian restaurants in the whole of Serbia. Chinese restaurants are not at all like the UK, even with the genuine Chinese chefs. Everything is served or covered with a thick brown gooey sauce. I didn’t like the food but maybe I’m too fussy
Hey man, went to Exit Festival last year and thought it was quality so am doing it again this year. Camped last year but yeah it was hot hot hot, managed to get a bit of kip in the woods but wasn’t the best. However it s really cheap compared to hostels and apartments. I'm still in 2 minds on what to do tbh. Up until last year the campsite was in a much more wooded area with loads more shade. But then it got moved to the old army barracks on the hill due to flood risks. I'm not sure where the campsite is going to be this year but if it is the same as last year it is sweltering.
Serbia gets a lot hotter than you might think, and the campsite lacks much in the way of shade. Crawling into your sleeping bag in your sauna of a tent at 8am, and being promptly awoken at 8.30am by the blistering sun, leaves you bleary-eyed to say the least. We found sanctuary at the river beach, one of the highlights of the holiday. Many a pleasant day was spent here.Max Glover
I camped last year. It's an experience, it's cheap and it's close to the action but it's noisy and hot, and very busy/cramped. Beer in the fest is about £1.20 per half litre/can etc, but you can really only get hold of Tuborg because they sponsor it. Outside the festival, around town, beer is much cheaper and better -
I'm going again this year and am looking to rent an apartment in the town. Last year's camping experience, though being a good laugh, was a real pain. The music finishes at 8am so by the time you are looking to get to sleep it's the hottest part of the day, so even if you are camping in the shade it's uncomfortably hot. We rarely slept the whole week due to the heat and the noise. Another campsite could work. But obviously the heat will still be a factor. Most people who have camped in the first year will get an apartment the following year, so what does that tell you? I don't think you can put a price on air-con, a nice bed and a fridge to keep the beers nice and chilled. The fortress and campsite is about 20-30 mins walk from the centre of town. The bars around the campsite are quite busy so we avoided those and went in to town where you can get a seat and relax with the locals.
People don't like camping at EXIT for good reason. The festival only stops at 9am. By the time you get back to your tent it's 35 degrees out..... Tents are like green houses. I don't know how anybody camps at exit. I couldn't even sleep with the heat in the hotel.
The train. Although quite possibly preferable to the overpriced coach journey, the train ride to Novi Sad felt like catching the last train out of Poland as the Nazi’s came up over the horizon. In this case, pushing works. And if you don’t get a seat then you face the prospect of hunching up on the floor or standing by the toilet for the entire six-hour journey, unfortunately upped to eight hours due to numerous Serbian border checks.Max Glover
Last year I flew to Budapest with a budget airline then got the train direct to Novi Sad with a few hundred other festival goers.The train was cheap (about 25 quid), but was well overbooked and we stood for the entire 9hr journey. This year I ain't messing around with budget airlines to Budapest or Ljubliana. We have booked ourselves a flight to and from Belgrade. It doesn't cost a great deal more than the budget airline and train set up (220quid), and it saves a lot of messing about.
Serbia is an oft-maligned part of Europe, somewhat untouched by the consumerism we might encounter in Britain. As a result, you are travelling to a country with a real sense of its own flavour and history. On the downside, it’s a bitch to get to. The vast majority of festival-goers seem to fly to Budapest, the capital of Hungary, and then from there catch a six-hour train to Novi Sad, the provincial university town in Northern Serbia, North-East of Belgrade. Max Glover
Me and a few friends went to exit last year and had a brilliant time. May very well be going back this year seeing as it suits my finances a treat! We were a bit apprehensive about travelling to Serbia as we had no idea what it would be like, but rest assured it
The EXIT Festival itself
Last year fest finished at 9am.We were straight into a taxi and straight onto a flight. I might consider staying an extra day or 2 this time.
I went to Exit in 05 and 06 and would highly recommend it. Every Serbian I met was really friendly and the atmosphere there was great. Everyone else I know who went thought the same.
I am in to my dance music and I thought it was very varied. Roger Sanchez one night, Marko Nastic another. And if the music in the dance arena isn't to your taste then there was the happy novi sad stage and the urban bug stage which both played all forms of dance music over the 4 nights. We found the locals very friendly.
Have survived the campsite and flats without aircon, so it can be done. But if you can possibly get it, it is a real bonus and well worth an extra few quid. In this specific case, sounds like whichever option you go for will be something of a compromise. You either sacrifice a degree of comfort, or the ability to get to and from the festival easily.
I wouldnt mind an apartment if it had aircon in the bedrooms.
It's the hotels that annoy me, they have one rate for 360 days of the year, and a totally extortionate rate for the 5 days for Exit.
If "normal" is paying £120 for a room that is normally £40 then I might not be going next year!
It's so annoying. Hotel Park's regular price is £110 for a 2 bed room. For exit 06 they bumped it up to £130 per room. Last year £180! This year I shudder to think.
That's nothing compared to some of the quotes I've got. Online it says a double room is £40 - when I've emailed to enquire they've replied saying that for the Exit period rooms are £120!!!
Hotels are complete rip offs especially the smaller ones which are crap. prices are shamefully high & inflated for the festival
The cheapest I found was to fly to Frankfurt, then on to Osijek in Croatia which is only 80 miles from Novi Sad then get the shuttle bus. This came to about £120 rtn.. Looking at Budapest flights the cheapest I could find was £140 from Bristol with Ryanair. As for booze and food it is ridiculously cheap, managed to get a bottle of Vody for £1.20 although it was puking horrible and gave us the shakes... The people are really gracious and helpful and the atmosphere in general is quality.
I'm flying to Budapest with jet2 and then getting a coach from Budapest to Novi Sad which works out the cheapest for me you can either camp which is the cheapest option but problem with this is that your tent will heat up during the day as it can be from 35-40c and you may have problems sleeping or you can book into a hostel. But if there is quite a few of you, you may want to look into renting apartments as it can work out cheaper than hostel! and exitconnectuk.com has both hostels and apartments to choose from. After the festival is over you can get on a bus back to Budapest and get your returning flight.
BA do flights direct to Belgrade but its expensive.. You’ll be looking at £300 for a return. There is another site you can look at for flights which is flyniki.com but you'll need to fly to Austria and then a connecting flight to Belgrade.
Flying wise I'm fairly sure the best option is to fly with Malev, the Hungarian airline to Budapest. We flew from Manchester but I'm fairly sure they are operational from most UK airports. Our flights were something like 84 return so good value I thought!
Once you arrive in Budapest you can either arrive in time to go straight to the festival or get a hostel and have a look around the city for a few days (which is what we did and highly recommended) transport is simple when getting to the fest from Budapest as there is a train that runs from the city to Novi Sad over quite a few days and is very good value although takes its time! but we found that to be a bonus to be honest as it was just one huge piss up!
I would also add that you should take care with Serbian police as one of our group experienced getting arrested for a certain reason and it wasn't ideal! It was his silly fault rather than them being bent he thought to be honest. Look after the cops & they look after you……..
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