|Location(s)||Petrovaradin, Novi Sad, Vojvodina, Serbia|
|Years active||2000 - present|
|Founded by||Dušan Kovačević, Bojan Bošković, Ivan Milivojev|
|Date(s)||Four days, starting on the second Thursday of July|
|Genre||Rock, Electronica, Electronic dance music, Metal, Hip hop, Punk, Drum and Bass|
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Exit (Literary Serbian: Егзит, Egzit) (also known as State of Exit) is an annual summer music festival in the Petrovaradin Fortress of Novi Sad, Vojvodina, Serbia. It is staged annually since 2000 and since 2003 lasts four days.
Held in the 18th-century fortress by the Danube, the festival quickly grew in stature and reputation. From its grass roots political beginnings, over to occasional problems with financing, Exit tries to stick to its initial mission of providing relevant entertainment to Serbian youth while also bringing pertinent social topics to the forefront.
The festival was founded in 2000 by three University students from Novi Sad, Dušan Kovačević, Bojan Bošković and Ivan Milivojev. In 2000 and 2001 the festival was organized through the Students' Union of the Faculty of Technical Sciences and the University of Novi Sad. In the meantime, several NGOs and commercial companies have been involved in the organization. Since 2007, the festival has been a subject of several official and unofficial takeover bids.
UK Festival Awards 2007, together with Yourope, the Association of the 40 largest festivals in Europe, awarded Exit the "Best European Festival" award. Public from all over the world voted for about a month, and among 10 festivals, Exit won this award that was awarded for the first time in the category of the Best European Festival.
The festival began in 2000 as a student protest against the government. During its existence, it has developed into a favourite European music festival and as an organisation with a powerful social platform. Exit has been visited by over two million people in more than 60 countries. CNN, The New York Times, and many others have on numerous occasions proclaimed EXIT amongst the Top Ten world festival destinations. The decision was profoundly influenced by the unique location, hospitality of locals, affordable prices and attractuve programme. Exit's status as one of the best summer party destinations, which includes amenities for all holiday makers, has contributed in making the event more than a music festival.
Exit takes place at the picturesque Petrovaradin Fortress, located on the right bank of the river Danube in Novi Sad. The cornerstone of the present-day southern part of the fortress was laid on October 18, 1692, by Charles Eugène de Croÿ. Petrovaradin Fortress has many underground tunnels as well (16 km of underground countermine system).
Unique location spices up festival’s atmosphere while it offers superb acoustics, allowing that different events and gigs take place one next to another, without the sound interference. After centuries of turbulent history, today the Fortress is on the list of protected monuments, being the historical, cultural and artistic center of Novi Sad.
On the opposite bank from the fortress you can see a beautiful view of the second largest city in Serbia, Novi Sad, founded in 1694. During the city's long history, it has maintained its multi-cultural identity. Today, Novi Sad is an industrial and financial centre of the Serbian economy, as well as a major cultural hub.
The picturesque city of Novi Sad also has lots to offer visitors with a rich history along with a bustling cafe and hospitality culture.
Main Stage 
Main Stage of the Exit festival is situated at the very heart of Petrovaradin Fortress, with its capacity of over 35,000 people, with a scenic natural backdrop. It is the place of incredible energy that can be felt both by the biggest performers in the world and the festival’s audience.
Every year Main Stage welcomes renowned stars and artists from all music genres that have influenced the history of music. Exit’s Main Stage is dedicated to supporting diversity and different views of the world. Along with the most popular performers, it also features the best electronic acts in the After 2AM sessions, which have become a trademark of the festival, allowing the party to continue until dawn.
In previous years Main Stage hosted some of the best artists in the world: Pet Shop Boys, Morrissey, Billy Idol, Guns N' Roses, Franz Ferdinand, Stereo MC's, Iggy Pop, Massive Attack, The Cult, White Stripes, Garbage, Goldfrapp, The Cardigans, Cypress Hill, Beastie Boys, Snoop Dogg, Wu-Tang Clan, The Prodigy, Sex Pistols, NERD, The Streets, The Hives, Kraftwerk, Lily Allen, Madness, Korn, Moby, Manic Street Preachers, Patti Smith, Arctic Monkeys, Chemical Brothers, Faith No More, Placebo, Klaxons, LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire, Pulp, Jamiroquai, Portishead, Grinderman, Bad Religion, Editors, M.I.A., Slayer, Juliette and the Licks, Suicidal Tendencies, Emir & Frozen Camels etc.
Dance Arena - Sunrise is just the beginning 
The second largest Exit festival stage which has on numerous occasions been proclaimed as the best dance arena in the whole of Europe. It is the mecca for all true clubbers and supports a capacity of 25,000.
The Dance Arena is renowned for its incredible energy and set within a moat of the fortress walls. Supporting all forms of dance music, Dance Arena is unrivalled by any other open-air festival as it starts in the evening playing right through to sunrise. Promoting cutting edge new talent, the music in the arena never disappoints, the experience of dancing with 20,000 people till the sun rises over the fortress walls is incredible.
In previous years the Dance Arena has hosted almost all of the most influential world DJ's and producers such as: Carl Cox, Sven Vath, Sharam, Francois K, Tiga, Axwell, Laurent Garnier, John Digweed, Darren Emerson, Danny Tenaglia, Frankie Knuckles, Eric Prydz, Eric Morillo, Green Velvet, Richie Hawtin, Dubfire, James Zabiela, Nic Fanciulli, Adam Beyer, Steve Lawler, Lee Burridge, David Morales, Sander Kleinenberg, Marshall Jefferson, Roger Sanchez, Timo Maas, LTJ Bukem, Felix The Housecat, David Guetta etc.
Explosive Stage - Extreme stage for extreme people 
The place where a hard sound is found: Metal, HC, Punk. If you like guitars and an uncompromising sound find your place among the many thousands of 5,000 Explosive fans. The most extreme of all the stages in the festival, Explosive Stage presents bands from all over the world.
Previously hosting the likes of Napalm Death, U.D.O., Death Angel, The Exploited, The Business, Agnostic Front, Sham 69, Satyricon, Max Cavalera & Danny Lilker, Suicidal Tendencies, Rotting Christ, Behemoth, Decapitated, Keep of Kalessin, Walls of Jericho, Cathedral, Deathstars, Sabaton, Tiamat, 69 Eyes, My Dying Bride, Kataklysm and Arkona.
During four days packed with formidable live performances, the most famous and probably the most controversial bands are to go out on this stage, accompanied numerous domestic and regional acts. Raw and uncompromising these artists entertain audiences in a very distinctive way.
Fusion Stage 
For many years now, Fusion Stage has been the very soul of the festival. One of the biggest stages, in time it has become a gathering point for people of all ages, nations and music tastes. For eleven years Fusion has been that place at Exit where concerts go non-stop, where bands play till up to six in the morning, and performers get to see the sunrise with the audience. This stage played host to some of the most prominent rock, pop alternative performers, domestic and regional, but many European and worldly as well. Fusion is a stage of authentic charm and energy, where many struggling bands gave their first performances to a wider audience, a place remembered for many legendary gigs, and a must for all those who value a good concert.
Suba Stage 
Right above the Danube river Suba Stage has always been a safe haven of good fun and new experiences on the Exit Festival. The aim and reason behind the existence of the stage is paying respect to one of the most recognized world artists who originated from Novi Sad, a producer, composer, multi instrumentalist and a researcher, Mitar Subotic - Suba. This is done through performances of his collaborators and friends, but also many new music travelers, adventurers and researchers. Shortly, this stage is dedicated to all those who expand musical horizons, opening new frontiers and connecting different worlds. Those who mix genres, create new ones, those who experiment, just as Suba did.
Happynovisad Stage - The second largest electronic music stage 
Happynovisad Stage is the second largest electronic stage at the festival, and a place that has for years now been gathering crème de la crème of alternative electronica. Positioned behind Dance Arena, one of the favorite stages of this type of music lovers whose demands go a bit further, it is distinguished by its unique atmosphere and careful program selection. Happynovisad Stage came into life in 2005, as a logical next step which greatly visited web portal happynovisad.com could take. For twelve years now, this portal has been promoting cutting-edge music directions and the hottest pop culture news. In December 2010, Happynovisad started live video streaming, the gathering place for the most popular local and regional DJs.
Elektrana Stage 
Elektrana stage at Exit Festival came into being 2005, with a desire to present the festival audience with the up-and-coming domestic and regional electro scene, at the time not well-known enough around here. During all these years, Elektrana has been supporting young music creators, as well as those performers who hadn’t yet been to Serbia. Presenting electro, electro-pop and synth-pop marvels, as well as quirky retro-glam esthetics embodied in stage’s logo of pink light bulb. Elektrana is widely recognizable by its unique atmosphere characterized by the principles of equality and tolerance, where everyone is free to demonstrate their attitude and be themselves.
Exit Village 
Exit Village is by far the most popular gathering place for Exit visitors, both domestic and foreign, the place where party never ends, at the coolest possible spot - Oficirac beach on the Petrovaradin Danube bank! People from all over the world, always ready to make more friends, sleeping in tents, non-stop music, all this and more makes our village unique and irreplaceable festival experience, longed for even by the residents, for whom Exit is a neighbour from the fortress.
Exit Online Label 
http://www.exitmusic.rs/en was created in February 2009 as a response to a progressive way of distribution of music, with a desire to offer local and regional performers better promotion through free download and live performances on Exit festival. Exit provides talented musicians with systematic support, using its existing logistics and promotional campaigns. In two years Exit Online Label issued 20 albums available for free download on exitmusic.rs, with more than 700 000 downloads of entire albums and 250 000 downloads of individual songs. Exit Label continues to represent the best artists of local and regional music scene and to actively promote the musicians from this area.
State Of Exit Foundation 
The State of Exit Foundation was founded in 2010 in Novi Sad. Its main goal is helping young citizens of Novi Sad to gain new academic experiences through financing and co-financing their scholarships and academic projects. The foundation supports student efforts to catch up with advanced scientific research trends and high professional standards at the international level in science, culture and sports.
An individual Foundation Scholarship Program began in 2010 in cooperation with the University of Novi Sad, in order to financially help students who want to gain new learning experiences in professional practice, seminars and conferences in addition to through other forms of cooperation with various international institutions and organizations.
"The State of Exit" is also funding student projects on ecology, development of critical thinking, improving student life and development of entrepreneurship. Funding of these projects began in 2011. The State of Exit Foundation’s objectives are: to contribute to quality of life of young people; to develop formal and informal education; help in achievement of the principles of academic mobility; helping students to gain their first work experiences; reinforcement of the idea of individual initiative and social responsibility.
In cooperation with the University of Novi Sad, The Foundation has developed a program of scholarships for individual students, program of support for the projects of individual students, as well as student organizations, while it includes regular student population in the community and youth campaigns of the Exit festival.
History by years – short info and list of most important artists 
Exit 00 
The inaugural installment of Exit was held around 100 days throughout the summer of 2000 on various stages set up between University of Novi Sad's Faculty of Philosophy building and the Danube's left bank. Initially the festival had a pronounced political component, representing, in effect, another form of anti-Milošević protest. Although, due to fear of regime repression, its activism was thinly veiled under the guise of merely getting the youth interested in political process, the festival's ties with Otpor! and other forces pushing for the regime change were clear to all that attended.
Through multiple appearances by domestic bands like Darkwood Dub, Orthodox Celts, Eyesburn, Van Gogh, Atheist Rap, Deca loših muzičara, as well as a wide variety of art performances, the crowds were encouraged to get involved. The festival ended a couple of days before the September 24, 2000 Federal Presidential election, which ended up becoming the first step in the government's overthrow.
The slogan of the festival was: "Exit out of ten years of madness", a reference to the Milošević regime.[original research?]
Exit 01 
After straightening out some issues with municipal authorities over the use of the Petrovaradin fortress, EXIT crossed the Danube to move into the historic site. The 2001 festival (July 6 to July 14) was set as the celebration of Serbia finally being rid of Milošević, as well as of the country opening up to the world again after years of international isolation. This year's event also went under the name 'Exit - Noise Summer Fest'.
In many ways Exit became the new authorities' darling as different levels of the government (municipal, provincial and republican) all made sure the event received plenty of funding. The presence of politicians was very heavy indeed - the festival was opened by Vojvodina provincial assembly president Nenad Čanak and Novi Sad mayor Borislav Novaković. Furthermore, in what was a truly bizarre sight, Minister of Finance Božidar Đelić and the National Bank governor Mlađan Dinkić performed a set of EKV covers before a raucous crowd. Still, not even the photo-op hungry politicians could take away from the tangible feeling of excitement. Exit 01 was an overwhelming success.
It was cut down to the more focused and manageable nine days with foreign acts Finley Quaye, Banco de Gaia, Kosheen, Tony Allen, manCHILD[disambiguation needed], Maximum Roach, 4hero, etc. rocking the Main and DJ stages. Still, equally, if not more exciting for the Serbian crowds was an opportunity to again see the acts from other parts of ex-Yugoslavia like Darko Rundek or KUD Idijoti that not too long before that started touring Serbia again after staying away for close to a decade.
This was also the year when the festival organizers started to carve out its musical profile. With the Main stage reserved for most commercially appealing acts (both foreign and domestic), they also introduced the DJ and Rock stages, clearly indicating the festival would be open to all kinds of music.
In addition to music, 2001 Exit featured drama performances from different regional theatres, as well as workshops and socio-political roundtables discussing issues like reconciliation among the nations of former Yugoslavia.
Exit 02 
Exit's 2002 edition (July 5 - July 13) was in many ways a repeat of the previous year, which noticeably clashed with the festival's new marketing mantra "Serbia, are you ready for the future?". Though it brought plenty of fresh DJ talents like David Morales, Darren Emerson, LTJ Bukem, Lottie, Marshall Jefferson, Erick Morillo, as well as Main stage acts like Asian Dub Foundation, Transglobal Underground, Fun-Da-Mental, Smoke City, Blue States, etc., Exit 02 featured too many of the already seen performers like Tony Allen, ManCHILD[disambiguation needed], Banco de Gaia, Darko Rundek, Roni Size, Jasmina Mitrušić, Van Gogh, and Love Hunters.
Even if attendance was impressive once again (more than 250,000 visitors over nine days), many among the crowds were somewhat disappointed by the absence of really big and relevant names. Additionally, the prevailing feeling was that nine days of non-stop festival performances inevitably water down its overall effect.
Immediately following the end of 2002 Exit, the organizers announced a €300,000 loss for that year's event.
This led to criticism and allegations of financial mismanagement by the Democratic Party of Serbia's (DSS) Novi Sad branch. The party announced plans of pushing for the creation of a special commission within the Novi Sad municipal assembly that would look into the festival's finances.
Exit 03 
Exit 03 was staged from July 3 to July 6, 2003. Organizers heeded the previous public advice by giving the festival a major organizational and conceptual makeover. It was shortened down to four days along with a new 'State of Exit' marketing campaign. Additionally, they also did away with most of the non-musical content, marking the beginning of festival's commercial shift. This was visibly reflected in the aggressive advertising presence, of which the festival had been spared up to that point through generous government funding. Each of the seven stages had a separate sponsor and the ticket prices went up.
Justifiably, the line-up was much more mass-audience friendly with acts like Rollins Band, Tricky, Moloko, Stereo MCs, Dirty Vegas, Chumbawamba, Soul II Soul, Shane MacGowan, Misty in Roots, Pete Tong, Tim Deluxe, Jeff Mills, Rambo Amadeus, Mizar along with old favorites Roni Size, Darren Emerson, Lottie, etc.
Exit 04 
The lead up to EXIT 04 (July 1–4, 2004) was almost as eventful as the 4-day happening itself. On June 7, three weeks before the festival's scheduled opening night, four of the organizers were arrested for embezzlement. The specific charge was "defrauding the organization of 12 million dinars (around US$160,000) by doctoring official financial papers".
Two of them, suspected of assisting, were released almost immediately, while Dušan Kovačević, Exit society president and Bojan Bošković, Exit general manager were assigned 30-day detention to prevent them from influencing potential witnesses since they were now suspected of failing to report the actual revenue from Exit 03 ticket sales by writing up false invoices.
The remaining Exit team fronted by spokesperson Aleksandra Kolar vehemently denied the charges, claiming the festival was the target of political persecution. The arrests were such a big story in Serbian press that even presidential candidates who were campaigning at the time, weighed in on the controversy.
On June 15, after examining seven witnesses that confirmed the earlier police statements by Kovačević and Bošković, the duo was released after seven days of prison detention. No charges were ever pressed.
So following a rough week during which it looked like the festival might even be cancelled for the year, the event was on again. The commercialization took further root with many more in-your-face sponsors and even the omnipresent MTV coming to Petrovaradin fortress for the first time to shoot a documentary on Novi Sad and the festival, as well as to publicize a human trafficking awareness campaign. The insatiable British music press also discovered the festival, resulting in some very affirmative reviews in NME and Mojo.
Exit 04 instituted a Balkan Fusion stage for the variety of regional acts. The Main stage was reserved for headliners Massive Attack, Soulfly, Iggy and the Stooges, Cypress Hill as well as Brand New Heavies, Goldfrapp, The Wailers, Peaches, Rambo Amadeus, Partibrejkers, Emir & Frozen Camels, Darkwood Dub, Obojeni Program, Adam Freeland, 4hero, Neneh Cherry, and especially reunited for-one-night-only 1980s Novi Sad favourites Luna.
The DJ stage featured some big names like Speedy J, Timo Maas, Sander Kleinenberg, Roger Sanchez, Howie B, X-Press 2, Ken Ishii, etc., while the aforementioned Balkan stage saw the return of new-look Kanda, Kodža i Nebojša after a 3-year absence, and a memorable set by perhaps the most unlikely EXIT participant ever - Zvonko Bogdan.
Exit 05 
In 2005 (July 7 to July 10), Exit received a further media boost when BBC Radio 1 announced it would be covering the festival live. With a DJ crew of Annie Mac, Annie Nightingale, Gilles Peterson, and Fabio descending upon Novi Sad, British listeners as well as the BBC's worldwide audience were able to hear live broadcasts from the festival site. MTV also returned for the second year in a row.
In addition to great music, Exit 05 featured a lot of 'politics' both in the lead up and during actual festival days. In many ways this was anticipated since in September 2004, Serbian Radical Party (SRS) candidate Maja Gojković got elected as mayor of Novi Sad. Seeing that EXIT has the reputation of an internationalist (some of its opponents would say pro-Western) gathering, many expected problems from a party like SRS which is staunchly nationalist and traditional. There was even talk of moving the festival to Belgrade. Many feared additional cutbacks and obstacles imposed by the Novi Sad city authority, especially when it comes to always contentious issues like municipal funding or fortress usage, but, perhaps surprisingly, no skullduggery occurred whatsoever. On the contrary, Exit director Dušan Kovačević and mayor Maja Gojković even signed a 1-year 'cooperation protocol' in late March 2005, stipulating the city's financial commitment to the festival in the amount of thirteen million dinars (around US$155,000).
In a bizarre twist, this immediately drew ire from some leftist NGOs as well as left-wing politicians like, currently out of power, former president of Vojvodina provincial assembly Nenad Čanak who blasted the EXIT organizers for being "money hungry". He also added: "it's finally obvious Exit is not a festival that promotes anti-war, anti-nationalist politics nor does it uphold democratic and European values" and even stated he's now sorry he took part in the festival's opening ceremonies back in 2001.
Kovačević argued that the only other option was moving the festival out of Novi Sad as Petrovaradin fortress is in the city's jurisdiction. He said that he did not sign a protocol with a former member of The Serbian Radical Party, but with the city's major and that Exit is far more important for Novi Sad than the local politics. He also added: "I am a supporter and a voter of The Democratic Party and as much as I would like Canak to become a new major of Novi Sad, I am not the one to be blamed because he is not." EXIT general manager Bojan Bošković objected to cameras and journalists being present at the protocol signing, which in his opinion gave SRS unwarranted free publicity. However, a year later he signed the same protocol with Maja Gojkovic in front of the cameras.
There was no shortage of problems once the event started, either. A twenty-seven-year-old festival-goer was found dead in his tent at the Exit temporary camp along Danube's right bank near the fortress. The cause of death was drug overdose.
Also, the organizers' idea to commemorate some painful events from recent Balkans' history didn't exactly go according to plan. Their initial intention was to dedicate a minute of silence to victims of Srebrenica massacre at the stroke of midnight between the festival's last day and July 11 early morning - Srebrenica's tenth anniversary. However, after crowd commotion on one of the smaller stages during the Dubioza kolektiv set couple of days before, when the band consisting of Bosnian Muslims played a collage of Srebrenica-related soundbites by Serbian politicians on the screen behind them, the mostly Serbian crowd started pelting the performers on stage with plastic water bottles, as well as continuous pressure from far-right SRS that objected to what it saw to be glorification of Bosnian Muslim victims of war over Bosnian Serb ones, the organizers scrapped the minute of silence fearing more crowd trouble. Instead, they announced plans to play the song 'I Saved the World Today' by Annie Lennox as a way to remember all victims with different video beams around the festival site showing a message of peace "Standing here ten years later, let's promise our children, our children's grandchildren as well as the children of our children's grandchildren that Srebrenica, Bratunac, Vukovar, Operation 'Storm', Ahmići, Đakovica, Staro Gacko will not be repeated. Never again!"
But even that plan was abandoned on suggestions from local police after few earlier bomb threats that turned out to be false. The final decision was left up to the festival organizers and they decided the possible threat of security trouble was just too big. This drew even more ire from left-wing circles of Serbian society that basically accused the organizers of completely selling out.
As for the music itself, the lineup was by far the strongest ever. With headliners Apocalyptica, Garbage, The White Stripes, and Fatboy Slim, hugely popular Ladytron, Overdrive (band), Slayer, Underworld, Ian Brown, The Datsuns, Carl Cox, Felix da Housecat, DJ Marky & DJ Patife, 2 Many DJs, Sasha, and regional favourites Edo Maajka, Disciplin A Kitschme, Laibach, etc., the crowds were treated to some truly diverse music. Unfortunately, the weather often didn't cooperate, twice forcing the festival to come to a complete stop due to torrential rain, but nothing could dampen the crowd's enthusiasm.
More than 150,000 people passed through the fortress' gates over four days. For the first time since its inception, EXIT saw a large foreign (outside of former Yugoslavia) presence. Over one thousand Britons attended, which was the result of extremely cheap admission tickets for an average Westerner as well as positive reviews the festival had been getting in British press.
Exit 06 
Exit 06 took place July 6–9, 2006.
The headliners on the main stage were Franz Ferdinand, Morrissey, Billy Idol, Pet Shop Boys, The Cardigans, The Cult, Dizzee Rascal, HIM and Scissor Sisters. Dance Arena performers included Dave Clarke, David Guetta, Derrick May, Eric Prydz, Hernán Cattáneo, James Zabiela, Jeff Mills, Junior Jack, Layo & Bushwacka!, Nick Warren, Simian Mobile Disco and Steve Angello. Other artists that were playing on Exit 06 are Suzanne Vega, Plejboj, Darkwood Dub, Siddharta, Eyesburn, Moonspell, Madball, The Beat Fleet, Dog Eat Dog, Partibrejkers, Obojeni Program, and Rambo Amadeus. The festival was closed in total euphoria by Kiril Džajkovski.
Exit 06 had 22 stages with more than 600 performers in total: Main Stage - the main festival ground; Dance Arena - former DJ Arena, the 2nd biggest stage reserved for electronic music; Fusion stage - stage reserved for performers coming from South-Eastern Europe; World Music stage - World and ethno music; Happynovisad stage - second-in-size electronic music stage; Hip-Hop stage - new stage as of 2006 reserved for hip-hop performers; Future Shock stage - unknown bands have a chance to get heard on this stage; Metal stage - metal, hard rock and punk stage with a capacity of 5,000; DJ Super Star stage; Café del Danube stage; Roots & Flowers stage; SUS stage; Elektrana stage; MTV Free Your Mind stage; Positive Vibration stage; Latino stage; Reggae stage and also smaller stages: Agora stage; Stripanziva stage; Cinema stage; VIP stage and Crossroad stage.
The festival saw a large foreign contingent, mostly from the UK, Ireland and Germany, accounting for 27% of the total visitors' number of over 150,000. The most attended performance was the one of Billy Idol with around 45,000 spectators according to the festival sources.
Visitors could watch the World Cup finals on big screens that were placed around the fortress.
In mid-April 2006, Exit organizers signed a contract with mayor Maja Gojković stipulating terms of a 3-year cooperation commitment on the part of Novi Sad municipal government. Olli Rehn, EU Commissioner for Enlargement, visited the festival opening ceremony and he held a speech about European visas.
Exit 07 
Exit 07 was held from July 12 to July 15, 2007. It was attended by 190,000 people, with more than half being foreigners. Most came away from the festival with positive opinions regarding the festival and Serbia.
On November 9, 2006, Exit organizers and Serbian Ministry of Finance signed a support protocol ensuring the Ministry's minimum commitment of 30 million dinars (around €380,000) in each of the next four years (2007–2010) towards the festival's annual operating costs. Present at the public signing were the outgoing Minister of Finance Mlađan Dinkić, Exit co-founder Bojan Bošković, as well as performers Rambo Amadeus and Obojeni Program's frontman Kebra.
In the meantime, Bošković and president of Vojvodina's government Bojan Pajtić signed a protocol about "Winter Exit" series of club dates, which took place from January 5 until January 20 as a club tour of several Serbian acts throughout six cities in Vojvodina. For this project, the government spent about €50,000.
On January 19, a well established production company Komuna made a public offer to the EXIT team in regards to the festival's organizational and operating costs in the next five years but the offer was rejected.
Performers on the Main Stage were (in order of appearance): Tanya Stephens, Robert Plant and Strange Sensation, The Prodigy, Groove Armada, Stanton Warriors and MC Wreck, Overflow, The Pipettes, Cansei de Ser Sexy, Beastie Boys, Zinc b2b Friction and Dynamite MC, Dubioza kolektiv, Lauryn Hill, Basement Jaxx, Snoop Dogg, LTJ Bukem and MC Conrad, Mala Vita, Van Gogh, Audio Bullys, Wu-Tang Clan, Pendulum DJ set with MC Verse, and finally Tayo DJ Set
Performers on the Dance Arena were (in order of appearance): Marko Milosavljević, Deepchild, Trentemøller, Green Velvet, Richie Hawtin, Magda, Dee Face, Serge Santiago, 20:20 Soundsystem, Paul Woolford, Danny Tenaglia, Nic Fanciulli, Ivan Mastermix, Hannah Holland, Frankie Knuckles, Roger Sanchez, Justin Martin, Noise Destruction, Dejan Milićević, Sébastien Léger, Blackstrobe, John Digweed, Eric Prydz, Marko Nastić.
Exit 08 
Performers that participated on the festival were 2ManyDJ's, Audion, Axwell, Bad Copy, The Bellrays, Ben Watt, Booka Shade, Claude VonStroke, Danger, DatA, Deep Dish, Dillinja, DJ Hype, François K, Capybara, Gentleman & The Far East Band, Gogol Bordello, Gossip, High Contrast, The Hives, Juliette and the Licks, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Laurent Garnier, Let 3, Lollobrigida Girls, Manu Chao, Miguel Migs feat. Lisa Shaw, Ministry, Moomin, N.E.R.D, Nightwish, Noisia, Paul Weller, The Presets, Primal Scream, Roni Size, Sex Pistols, Sham 69, Shy FX & MC:SP, Soulwax, Sven Väth, Tiamat, Tiga, Tom Novy, Vatra, Zdob şi Zdub, Kultur Shock and the Easter Parade. Pekinška patka, a cult Serbian punk band, has reunited specially for Exit. Over 600 performers took part on Exit 08.
Icelandic singer Björk was scheduled for playing at the 2008 edition of the festival, but her show was cancelled due to, according to the management of the singer, Björk's recent support of Kosovo independence. The organizers of Exit, however, denied these claims, even though they conceded the email evidence was authentic. Later, they publicly claimed to have extended a new "open invitation" for Björk to perform at Exit.
Exit 09 
Exit Festival 09 was held from the 9 to 12 July, with a strong emphasis on ecology.
Acts on the Main Stage included Moby, hip hop musician Grandmaster Flash, experimental rock band Fucked Up and punk rock singer Patti Smith, British singers Lily Allen and Ebony Bones, British band Madness and British rapper Roots Manuva, The Prodigy, Arctic Monkeys, Manic Street Preachers, German electronic band Kraftwerk and American nu metal band Korn.
As a celebration of the 10th anniversary, the festival brought back some of the most popular DJs that have performed over the years, for exclusive back to back sets. Acts on the Dance Arena included: Sasha, John Digweed, James Zabiela, Nic Fanciulli, Steve Lawler, Lee Burridge, Reboot, Richie Hawtin, Dubfire, Heidi, Justin Martin, Loco Dice, Magda, Gui Boratto, Eric Prydz, Adam Beyer, Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, Kissy Sell Out, Alex Metric, Tayo, Hannah Holland, Etienne De Crecy, Sander Kleinenberg, Darren Emerson, Marko Nastic, Valentino Kanzyani, Paul Woolford, Yousef, Japanese Popstars, Carl Cox, Green Velvet
Also there is a new and larger camp site, known as "Oficirska plaža" or "Petrovaradinska Ada".
Exit 2010 
Exit 2010 was held from July 8 to July 11, 2010, at the Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad. Acts for Exit 2010 included Christoph Andersson, Faith No More, Placebo, The Chemical Brothers, Does It Offend You, Yeah?, Crystal Castles, The Horrors, SebastiAn, DJ Mehdi, A-Trak, Midnight Juggernauts, Klaxons, Chromeo, Zombie Disco Squad, Brodinski, Busy P, Erol Alkan, Crookers, Boys Noize, Röyksopp, Lollobrigida Girls, LCD Soundsystem, Yeasayer, Mika, We Have Band, Miike Snow, Ricardo Villalobos, Moderat, Josh Wink, Missy Elliott, David Guetta, Pendulum and The Exploited, Tesla Boy, Kultur Shock
Exit 2011 
EXIT 2011 was held from 7–10 July 2011 at the Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad. Acts for EXIT 2011 included Arcade Fire, Pulp, Jamiroquai, Portishead, Grinderman, M.I.A., Editors, House of Pain, Santigold, Bad Religion, Kreator, Beirut (band), Big Audio Dynamite, Amadou & Mariam, Go Back to the Zoo, Underworld, Deadmau5, Groove Armada, Fedde Le Grand, Magnetic Man, Tiga, James Zabiela, Digitalism live, DJ Sneak, Paul Kalkbrenner, Joris Voorn, Steve Aoki, Carl Craig, Marco Carola, Hadouken!, Joachim Garraud, Better Lost Than Stupid (Martin Buttrich, Davide Squillace, Matthias Tanzmann), Gramophonedzie, Anti-Nowhere League, Kreator, De Staat, Nosaj Thing, Photek.
Festival by year 
- Foreigners outnumbered locals at EXIT 2007 by B92 on 8.1.2007
- EXIT Festival - Zimski EXIT
- zabava - muzika :: Mondo WEB Portal
- Best in Europe
- Exit 008 - 10th to 13th July
- Bjork management: Kosovo WAS behind Exit festival row, New Musical Express, March 4, 2008
- Bjork Speaks Out About Kosovo Controversy, Pitchfork Media, March 4, 2008
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- MyEXIT - Official community site
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- Learn more about Petrovaradin fortress
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