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Exit turns on, tunes in and drops out for 2017

The Serbian festival will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love next year as it follows up a record-breaking 2016

By IQ on 21 Jul 2016

Jefferson Airplane, KFRC Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival, Summer of Love 1967, Bryan Costales

An artist's impression of Exit 2017, aka Jefferson Airplane in June 1967


image © Bryan Costales

Following a record-breaking 2016 in which it welcomed its most visitors to date, Exit Festival has revealed its dates and theme for next year.

The independently promoted event, held at the 17th-century Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad, Serbia, will take place from 6 to 9 July and commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love with its own ‘Summer of Love 2017’.

“The Summer of Love symbolises the beginning of the hippie movement that changed contemporary music forever and gave birth to modern music festivals, whose aim was to fight for peace and to change the world through music and celebration of life,” says festival founder Dušan Kovačević. “Similarly, Exit was founded from the youth resistance fighting for peace and freedom in the Balkans 16 years ago.

“It is our duty to remind the world of the events that happened 50 years ago and spread once again the peace movement’s messages”

“It’s one of the rare active music festivals that still nurtures the legacy of the early contemporary music festivals from late ’60s and early ’70s that first and foremost were founded because of a strong social agenda. That’s exactly why we believe it is our duty to remind the world of the events that happened 50 years ago and spread once again the peace movement’s messages, which are desperately needed in today’s world, now even more than ever.”

Artists who performed at Exit 2016 included Bastille, David Guetta, Ellie Goulding and headliners and festival regulars The Prodigy.

 


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