Exit festival in Serbia is hot stuff. Fuelled by scorching weather and full of sizzling sounds, this four day, fortress located rave is a fast moving festival full of of head spinning sounds.
Exit festival is one of the most extraordinary in existence. Located inside a 300 year old labyrinth-like fortress on the Danube River, the gargantuan day to night rave plays host to a 600 strong variety of artists and bands for 96 uncensored hours. Placing American hardcore punk band Suicidal Tendencies next to rapper/soul singer Plan B and then Queen of neo-soul Erykah Badu before King of the deep house marathon George Fitzgerald, every genre of music is welcomed with open arms at this raucous, sun drenched event. Garnering an incredible variety of dance acts, housed within a huge walled arena, Jimmy Edgar, Hercules & Love Affair, Brodinski, Benoit & Sergio, Lone and Pariah provided the soundtrack to breathtaking sunsets from Thursday to Sunday. A marvellous mix of everything European, every nationality is musically represented in moats, underground tunnels and dungeons, all built into make shift stages. New Order and the recently resurrected Guns and Roses made history, performing mesmeric sets on the main stage.
Serbian people know how to party hard and remain friendly. The women are beautiful, the beer is cheap and the weather is scorching. Paradise indeed. i-D online caught up with Claude Von Stroke after his set and hi-5′d Eats Everything badman Dan Pearce upon hearing the news of his Ibizan wedding planned for October. Watch on…
Text and Photography: Alex Dalman