What happens at EXIT, stays at EXIT... Just kidding, I'll tell you!
A bit of a background on the festival first. Starting in 2000, the festival is held within the walls of the Petrovian Fortress in Novi Sad, which overlooks the Danube River. Originally, the concept was to help unite the younger generation in their fight to become its own country once again. In 2006 instead of tickets, they issued all festival goers a passport to "The State of EXIT". Due to this background the festival has a different vibe, over the four days the festival pumps over 14 different stages in all sorts of nooks and cranys till after the sun comes up. The party then continues for those hardcore party animals on the 'beach' along the banks of the Danube River.... Which we attended after our sleep from 7am-2pm-ish..... Along the stretch of beach are bars, cafes, food vans, and lots of sunshine and happy people.
Katie, the deserving recipient of our free ticket, stayed in the same uni dorm as us. Mark and Emma stayed in a room closer to town. With anticipation high, we had some pre-game drinks at Mark and Emma's then headed into the festival. The venue was unreal and we had an amazing first night watching a bit of Duran Duran at the main stage and then got our first taste of the incredible Dance Arena. We saw Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (amazing), Jacques Lu Cont, Avicii (way better then I expected) and Felix Da Housecat at 5am. The sun was well up by the time we were leaving, so sunnies were put on the list for things to take for the next night!
Day 2 began at around 3pm after we started to rise. Kate, Katie and I went to check out the beach. There were thousands of people lining the shore either up on the grass, at the bars or on the sand (yes sand, just dirty sand). Most the people weren't even festival goers around us as here weren't many tell-tale wristbands. We sun baked, slept and had a few cocktails then went to get ready to do it all again. After pre-game drinks, we got to the festival around midnight to catch some of New Order on the main stage, then Netsky ft MC Dynamite who were unreal! We moved once again to the Dance Arena to check out Luciano, who was a bit shit so we grabbed a bit more MC Dynamite Drumsound & Bassline Smith on the Main Stage before calling it a day.
Day 3 was much the same as day two... I dragged Kate out of bed so we could go hang at the beach. Katie, Mark and Emma met us there later and we just chilled under a tree and had a few cocktails. The cocktails were €3 so they were hard to refuse. Then it was pre-game time again at Mark and Emma's, before making our way to the festival grounds which was thankfully only a 5min walk from their room. We caught the end of Plan B, we were spewing that we missed that rest of his performance. We got too carried away with drinking at Mark and Emma's... Then cruised over to the Fusion Stage for some Hate Breed which was a little heavy. Then went to the trusty Dance Arena where we partied the night away till 8am with Miss Kittin, Richie Hawtin, Claude VonStroke and Tobi Neumann & Geddes.
Day 4 we were all running out of steam and Kate was running out of bandaids. We didn't manage to get to the beach but we did get to pre-game at Mark and Emma's, but we were all putting on a brave face. At the festival, Kate, Emma and I caught the first hour of the three our performance by Guns n Roses but then had to bail out because there were so many people pushing and shoving, then a guy behind Brad pee'd on the ground which inevitably went on Brads leg... This was the final straw. Plus for the whole first hour they only played one song that we recognized so it didn't really seem worth the pain. Mark and Katie said that after we left, it was awesome... That's always the way but we went to see Knife Party which is a favorite of ours and Emma's so we didn't mind. After meeting back up with Katie and Mark, we all decided to call it a night because we had buses to catch the next day, and it was 3.30am! The sun was still coming up by the time we got to bed so this was still a pretty solid effect. Good job team!
Mark, Kate and I were destined for Budapest. Emma was to make her way back to Greece, and Katie had a 10 hr bus ride to Split in Croatia which actually took 18hours!! Yes, 18! Not ideal after 4 days of partying. This was a sad day for our little family as we were beginning to split after traveling together for over three weeks :o(
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