LIVE | Exit Festival, Novi Sad | 9 July 2016

Alright my people, after two utterly magnificent nights and over one thousand performers at the beautiful fortress, it was time to welcome and embrace the craziness of this year’s Exit Saturday!

After only two nights I’ve somehow managed to ruin my favorite sneakers, my feet and back are now officially in pain, and I am on the verge of losing my voice. But hey, at least now I can sing Lana Del Rey songs and nail it.

Anyhow, last night headliners were all about good old rock and roll.

The Main Stage was owned by The Vaccines who really justified their status as one of the best British live bands. The stage was simple, but simplicity is my style and I quite liked it. It had a red background that turned slightly purple at times, accompanied by occasional bursts of light to accentuate rhythm changes in songs.

They played their well-known songs (or should I better say hits) like “Post Break-Up Sex”, “Ghost Town” and of course greatly loved “If You Wanna”. Even though the crowd was not that big, in Exit terms and stats of course, the people who were there knew why and for whom were there. They solely came for the band and their music. As if we were not at a festival at all, but rather a medium size venue with great acoustic. That was the feeling I got anyway. It was such an energetic set with hit after hit. The audience recognized their effort and rewarded them with overwhelming ovations and an encore.


After much-needed indie rock, the night at Main Stage continued in a completely different direction. The time was right for X-Bass program and its diverse beats headed by the dubstep rock attraction Modestep. Their current album “London Road” was named among the best ones on the world’s bass scene in 2015. Dynamic, quick and steady bass beats got everyone going until early morning.

And even if some would debate where was the biggest party at Exit, at which stage, it is undeniable that the biggest Saturday night party was held at mts Dance Arena. The crowd jumped throughout the night with Dutch DJ and producer Nicky Romero whose set was one massive pyrotechnic wonder.

The view from the infamous stairs at Dance Arena

The Dutch hit maker Oliver Heldens flew in urgently by private jet to fill in for Robin Schulz whose performance was canceled due to sudden illness. Sickness also struck the British producer Hot Since 82, whose slot was filled in by the local duo Kristijan Molnar and Marko Milosavljevic.


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