EXIT Festival’s Summer of Love was a huge success, gathering over 350,000 people from more than 90 countries to a run of four consecutive festivals, Sea Star in Croatia, Revolution in Romania, EXIT in Serbia, and Sea Dance in Montenegro. The project was created to mark the 50th anniversary of the social phenomenon in the late ’60s that along with the festivals as we know them, gave birth to the revolutionary hippie movement that changed the world forever.
The EXIT Summer of Love totalled 15 festival days on more than 60 stages and zones hosting thousands of artists, including The Killers, Liam Gallagher, The Prodigy, Years & Years, Fatboy Slim, Sean Paul, Jason Derulo, Rag’n’Bone Man, Nina Kraviz, Roisin Murphy, John Newman, Solomun & Dixon, Jeff Mills, Paul Kalkbrenner, Hardwell, Alan Walker, Robin Schulz, Duke Dumont, Jamie Jones, Jake Bugg, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Rudimental, Noisia, Pendulum, Modestep, Black Sun Empire, Lost Frequencies, Ellen Allien, Paula Temple & Rebekah, Red Axes, Princess Nokia, The Damned, Bjarki, Nicole Moudaber, Black Coffee, Dax J, Amelie Lens, Charlotte de Witte, SNTS, Antigone & Francois X, Mind Against and many more!
EXIT Summer of Love 2017 | Opening Ceremony: https://youtu.be/SC_pg7wJXZ0
After EXIT Festival’s first edition in 2001 was the first mass event to gather huge crowds of young people from all over the region after the civil wars in Balkans, the arrival of the Serbian festival’s team to the Croatian coast for Sea Star Festival got everyone’s attention. The festival was symbolically opened by waterpolo players from all four countries where EXIT Summer of Love took place, who were swimming to the center of the lagoon and launched a water hologram with a projection that marked the 50th anniversary of the original Summer of Love 1967.
The first edition of Sea Star Festival, totalled in over 50,000 people, with the capacity of the festival needing to be increased three times, and the number of stages and zones doubled in comparison to the original plan. After such huge demand. The following boutique festival, Revolution, held in the Romanian city of Timisoara from June 1 to 3, with the new energy of EXIT Summer of Love, also broke its own record with 20,000 fans!
Globally acclaimed for almost two decades, EXIT Festival took place from July 5 to 9 with 215,000 visitors, which set the new record at the colossal Petrovaradin Fortress. This years opening ceremony also included one of world’s most influential speakers Nick Vujicic, joined by the Water Protectors from the Sioux Tribe and the environmental movement Standing Rock, who gave emotional emotional speaches in front of tens of thousands, with the spirit of the 60s being revived through the live musical “Hair” with over 30 actors on the Main Stage!
EXIT headliners took home plenty of life-long memories, with even Liam Gallagher tweeting that “EXIT Festival in Novi Sad has to be 1 of the best festivals on the planet”! and closing the legendary mts Dance Arena Nina Kraviz DJ set looked more like a rock stadium spectacle with 25.000 fans cheering her name at the end and she said it was “one of the most magical dance floors in the world”!
The finale of the EXIT Summer of Love ended back to the shores of the turquoise Adriatic, to the beautiful Jaz beach in Montenegro, where the fourth Sea Dance Festival took place between July 13 and 15. After John Newman and Fatboy Slim brought the energy levels up night in and night out, the victory belonged to the Jamaican superstar, Sean Paul, who brought the main stage to boiling point! This, 15th night of this year’s EXIT Summer of Love, was taken into the morning and a spectacular sunrise by the new world techno superstar, Amelie Lens.
Next year EXIT will bring another exciting theme for all these festivals run by EXIT Team, with many more surprises to be announced along with first headliners. Make sure to register now and be among the first to be offered Early-Bird tickets: https://exit-adventure.typeform.com/to/g4EE7V
EXIT Festival 2018 will take place from 12-15 July 2018.
Nikki McNeill | Global Publicity