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200,000 festivalgoers celebrate Exit’s 18th year

After last year’s record-breaking ‘Summer of Love’ tribute festival, Exit organisers used this year’s festival to celebrate being crowned best major European festival by this year’s European Festival Awards for the second time in five years.

200,000 people visited the 18th edition of the independently run festival, with 55,000 people coming out to experience the final day, equalling Exit’s previously set attendance record. Set in the 17th century Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad, Serbia, this year’s festival saw performances from hip-hop trio Migos, serial headliner David Guetta and music legend Grace Jones.

Throughout the weekend, artists found time to praise the festival. David Guetta, a regular performer at the festival, thanked both the festival and fans in a statement, “I wanna thank all of you for coming, it was so good to be back, thank you for following me on my journey, wherever I was taking you you were there, I appreciate you. Exit I love you.” 

“I just played a closing 3 hours set at one of the most special places on earth.”

Grace Jones and final act Nina Kraviz both extended their sets in a bid to keep the festival atmosphere going. Music icon Grace Jones played on for 45 minutes longer than scheduled, saying onstage that she didn’t want to leave. On the last day, Kraviz added an extra hour onto her set, later saying: “I just played a closing 3 hours set at one of the most special places on earth.

“Thank you wonderful Exit Festival team for trusting me and inviting me to close this outstanding festival that has been uniting so many people from all over the world.”

Following Exit 2018’s success, sister event Sea Dance Festival will take place in Montenegro from 30 August to 1 September.


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