The festival was founded in 2000 in Novi Sad, Serbia as a student movement, fighting for democracy and freedom in Serbia and the Balkans. After the Yugoslavian general election in 2000, Exit moved from the city’s university park to the Petrovaradin Fortress in the same city in 2001. Nonetheless, social responsibility is still key aspect of the festival activities. In February 2007, management of the festival has given away the festival to the ruling political party in Novi Sad, which gave away the political change and the questionable views, contrary to the movement upon which the festival was initially based upon.
In 2007 Exit won the Best Overseas Festival award at the UK Festival Awards and was voted Best European Festival at the Yourope Awards. It won the Best Major Festival award at the European Festivals Awards in 2013 and 2017.
Here’s some great video from the Exit Festivals. The 2020 Exit Festival was virtual. This year’s may be, too.
The first video is a promo for the Exit to 2021 New Year’s Eve Special which you can see on Exit TV (their YT channel) . The second video is from 2016 and is Nina Kraviz performance. The third video is Nina Kraviz again, but this time it’s the 2017 Exit Festival. The fourth video is Amelie Lens at the 2018 Exit Festival. The fifth video is Ece Eckren from the Exit Life Stream of 2020.
The sixth video is Carl Cox also from the Exit Life Stream of 2020. The seventh video is Carl Cox b2b [back-to-back] Maceo Plex Live @ 2019 Exit Festival. The eight video is Charlotte de Witte Live @ Exit Life Stream 2020. The ninth video is Satori Live @ Exit Life Stream 2020 in association with InfinitX. The tenth video is DJ Tennis Live @ Exit Life Stream 2020. The eleventh video is from Exit 2015 | Faithless Live @ Main Stage.