Exit Festival Returns with Big Names

09 Jul 15
Exit Festival Returns with Big Names

Emeli Sandé and other stars will be taking the stage at the Novi Sad’s Exit festival – before the sounds move to Montenegro.

Filip Avramovic

Exit is one of the best known festivals in Europe | Photo by Exit festival/ Flickr

Exit is back in Novi Sad again this year as the organizers celebrate the 15th birthday of this annual music festival. Besides Exit in Novi Sad, fans this year will be able to follow the musical adventure to Montenegro with the Sea Dance festival.

Exit has become famous world wide as one of Europe’s best music festivals. Each year the city of Novi Sad welcomes thousands of fans to the Petrovaradin fortress where Exit is held. The EU festival awards for 2014 officially proclaimed it Europe’s “Best major music festival”.

It all began as a project by students fighting for peace and democracy in Serbia against the rule of authoritarian strongman Slobodan Milošević. Fifteen years on, the spirit of that struggle remains alive as the festival is being run by a non-profit organization.

Exit will last from July 9th to July 12th and the Sea Dance festival will run from July 15th to July 18th.

Accommodation prices in Novi Sad range from €15 to €30. Visitors can also stay at the Exit camp, but will have to pay €33 for the privilege.

The ticket price for the whole package, including Sea Dance, is €147, while the price for Exit alone this year is €125. You can also book tickets for each individual day, for €33.

Just like every year, the organizers of Exit have prepared a big number of artists for all kinds of tastes.

Topping the list, however, are some huge names, including Emeli Sandé, Faithless, Manu Chao La Ventura, Motorhead, Milky Chance and Tom Odell.

July 9th

The biggest name at the opening of Exit will certainly be R&B diva Emeli Sandé.

Emeli Sandé

One of the most hotly tipped female vocalists and a leading soul and R&B singer, Sandé will spearhead the opening ceremony of Exit’s 15th edition at Petrovaradin Fortress. The British star is the author of three number one-singles on the UK chart and the best-selling European album in 2012 and 2013 – reaching further than Adele, Arctic Monkeys, and Bruno Mars. Her album broke a record held by the Beatles in the past 50 years after it spent a staggering 64 weeks in the top 10 categories of the UK album chart.

The decade’s first real R&B diva, others who influenced her and to whom she is regularly compared include Whitney Houston, Lauryn Hill, Mary J Blige and even Nina Simone. She wrote songs for other stars such as Leona Lewis, Alicia Keys and Chris Martin from Coldplay. She works by instinct and has been known to scrap songs that take longer than a day to finish. This kind of attitude helped her top the UK charts with songs like “Read All About It”, “Next to Me”, and “Beneath Your Beautiful”.

Napalm Death

Exit and Sead Dance are hosting dozens of international musis stars this year | photo by Exit festival /Flick

After 14 albums and over 30 years on the world stage as leading grind core band, Napalm Death has risen once more since their last album “Utilitarian”. The legendary four-man band from Birmingham is known for their opposition to elites and for being the voice of the oppressed and deprived.


Serbian melodic punk rockers Goblini gained huge popularity in Serbia during the 1990s and their album “U magnovenju” is considered one of the most influential releases on the domestic scene. Their latest album, “Roba s greškom”, confirmed the band’s place on the regional punk scene while their crowd goes wild during their energy-packed live performances.

Artan Lili

One of the most important new bands and authors of the most popular domestic rock song in the last few years, Artan Lili will perform on the first night this year on the Fusion stage. Starting as a noise–pop band in 2013, Artan Lili made their way from the Belgrade underground music scene into hearts of numerous fans and are appearing at Exit for the first time.

July 10th


One of the loudest hard rock bands of all time, Motorhead are finally coming to Exit to play hits like “Ace of Spades”, “Rock Out”, “Killed By Death”, “Overkill” and many others. Motorhead were formed in 1975 by bass player and singer Lemmy Kilmister and the current line-up with Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee, can reflect on the band’s 40th anniversary next year. The band, who was just nominated for another Grammy Award for “Heartbreaker”, from their bestselling current album “Aftershock”, has persistently defied all attempts to classify their music.

Tom Odell

One of the leading music sensations of new generation, after a string of shows on top festivals such are Glastonbury and Coachella, the awarded British songwriter will perform at Exit’s main stage on Friday, July 10th. “The Young David Bowie”, as dubbed by Lily Allen, won over audiences and critics with his UK No 1 debut album “Long Way Down”, featuring the huge hit single “Another Love”. Odell won the prestigious Ivor Novello award for songwriter of the year 2014, which placed him in the same league as music icons such as Peter Gabriel, Eurythmics, David Gilmour, Eric Clapton and Freddie Mercury. His recent hit single and cover of John Lennon’s song “Real Love”, which charted high last Christmas, has been added to the list of Odell’s most romantic songs, such are “I Know”, “Grow Old with Me” and “Hold Me”.


With many comparing their energetic acts to the fiercest rock shows, Dirtyphonics are bringing not only the hardest drum&bass sounds but the freshest drumstep and dubstep hits mashed together in a furious DJ set at Exit’s main stage.

The popular Parisian tandem have collaborated with stars like Marilyn Manson, NERO, and Benny Benassi, while their remix of Skrillex’s hit, “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites”, got over 15 million views on YouTube. Following in the footsteps of their music idols such as Daft Punk, Pendulum as well as Metallica and Korn, they have achieved planetary popularity and are one of the most hotly tipped bass names today.


One of the most influential hardcore/reggae bands in the region, Eyesburn have been active for an incredible 20 years. Their instantly recognizable sound and mixture of tight guitar riffs and reggae rhythms sets them far apart from other bands. Eyesburn will once again show at Exit, remaining a symbol of an entire social and music movement in Serbia and in the Balkans.

July 11th

Manu Chao La Ventura

This French-born musical artist of Spanish origin sings in French, Spanish, English, Italian, Arabic, Galician, and Portuguese and occasionally other languages. Chao began his musical career in Paris, busking and playing with groups such as Hot Pants and Los Carayos, which combined a variety of languages and musical styles. With friends and his brother, Antoine Chao, he founded the band Mano Negra in 1987, achieving considerable success, particularly in Europe. He became a solo artist after it broke up in 1995, and since then has toured regularly with his live band. Chao has a tendency to reuse music or lyrics from previous songs to form new songs. His contemporary hit single in France, “Bongo Bong,” takes its lyrics from the earlier Mano Negra hit “King of the Bongo,” which bears a similar style to The Clash. The musical backdrop for “Bongo Bong” was in turn used in several other Chao songs, including “Je Ne T’aime plus”, from the same album, “Mr Bobby” and “Homens”.

July 12th


A British electronica band, consisting of Maxi Jazz, Sister Bliss and Rollo, the group is best known for their dance songs including “Insomnia”, “God Is a DJ” and “We Come 1”. Faithless have recorded six albums. During their career they have sold over 15 million records worldwide. The band was formed in early 1995, and their debut single “Salva Mea (Save Me)” was released in July that year. In light of their dance roots, each of their first four studio albums has been followed with a subsequent bonus disc of remixes. Their fifth album, “To All New Arrivals”, was released in 2006. Album number six, “The Dance”, was released in May 2010 after the band took a four-year recording break. They continue to perform in Faithless Sound System format and more recently via Live PA and DJ sets incorporating Maxi Jazz and Sister Bliss only. Jazz provides live vocals on four to five Faithless songs played by Sister Bliss, with the rest of the one-hour sets being made up of mixed tracks by other artists.

As well as their own studio albums, all three members engage in other people’s work as solo figures. Sister Bliss is a prominent dance DJ and for a long time has toured the circuit on her own, remixing others’ albums and even appearing in music videos, such as Paul Oakenfold’s “Weekend”. Maxi Jazz brought out an album before the formation of Faithless and also worked on pirate radio. He also collaborated with Faithless founding member Jamie Catto on his new project 1 Giant Leap, guesting on a song with Robbie Williams. Finally, Rollo founded the label Cheeky Records and has produced the music of other artists, most notably his sister Dido’s albums.

Milky Chance

A German folk duo with reggae and electronic music influences made up of Clemens Rehbein and Philipp Dausch, both originate from Kassel and have several singles and one album on their own imprint, Lichtdicht Records. Their first single, “Stolen Dance”, was released in April 2013, peaking at No 1 in countries such as Austria, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary. It also won the 1Live Krone radio awards for Best Single. The duo’s debut album, “Sadnecessary”, was released in October 2013, with singles such as “Down By the River.” The album peaked at number 14 in Germany and in 2014 SPIN named Sadnecessary Album of the Week. SPIN further described the leading single “Stolen Dance” as a “serenely rollicking crossover jam,” adding: “The great majority of ‘Sadnecessary’ follows the songs pattern of low-octane beats and gently lapping guitar strumming”.

Hladno pivo

The masters of live acts from Vardar to Triglav, Hladno pivo, led by Mileta Kekin, who will perform on the closing night on July 12th as part of their great Balkan tour with their new album “Dani zatvorenih vrata”. This Croatian punk band started out in 1988 and was quickly recognized as one of the best punk bands in former Yugoslavia. Their songs are mostly about social injustice and political criticism but also about failed love and the high standards society sets for the younger generations.

After the closing day of Exit, we move to Budva, Montenegro, to continue the vibration celebration at the Sea Dance festival with bands like The Prodigy, Dubioza kolektiv and Noisia.

July 15th

The Prodigy

One of the most influential electronic bands, The Prodigy is set to make an appearance at this year’s Sea Dance. The current members include Liam Howlett (keyboardist and composer), Keith Flint (dancer and vocalist) and Maxim (MC and vocalist). The group’s brand of music makes use of various styles ranging from rave, hardcore techno, electro-industrial, jungle and breakbeat in the early 1990s to big beat and electronic rock with punk vocal elements in later times. The Prodigy first emerged on the underground rave scene in the early 1990s. They have since achieved popularity and world renown, being dubbed “the premiere dance act for the alternative masses” and “the Godfathers of Rave”.


A Dutch electronic music trio, consisting of members Nik Roos, Martijn van Sonderen and Thijs de Vlieger, all from Groningen in The Netherlands, they own three labels Vision, Division, and Invisible, while their music has also been released by Jay Z and Skrillex. It comes to no surprise that they are one of the most sought-out acts in the world, with remixes for names like Labrinth, deadmau5, Mark Knight, and The Prodigy.

July 16th

Dubioza kolektiv

The most popular and internationally recognized Balkan band will be performing at the main stage of the Sea Dance festival. This Bosnian band is appearing as part of their European tour, during which they are promoting their latest maxi-single “Happy Machine”. With sharp lyrics packed into a mix of hip hop, reggae, dub and rock sounds, Dubioza Kolektiv have managed to charm both regional and worldwide audiences. This has been recognized by numerous worldwide media, such as Time Magazine and the BBC, who have hailed the group as an authentic musical voice for Bosnia and the entire Balkan region. MTV joined the praise, calling them the most broadcasted band from the region, and gracing them with the title of Best Adria Act.

Source: Balkan Insight (Montenegro)