Serbia’s exalted castle-bound music event, EXIT Festival, bolstered its diverse reputation with the release of phase two of its 2020 lineup. Now added to the already impressive roster are the open-format stalwart, DJ Snake, the indie-dance collective Metronomy, and NYC’s prodigious young rapper Sheck Wes, among a series of other impressive acts.
These varied inclusions join previously announced heavy-hitters like Fatboy Slim, Tyga, Boris Brejcha, ARTBAT and more to celebrated EXIT’s 20-year anniversary.
For two decades this festival has enthralled the worldwide music community. Beyond its extensive lineup that spans more than 40 music areas, EXIT takes place in Serbia’s Petrovaradin Fortress, a historic castle that sits right on the Danube River flowing through the nation’s capital of Novi Sad.
This new phase only brings the lineup to one-third of its full grandeur, so expect more announcements coming between now and July 9 when the festival opens its gates.
As the decade draws to an end, many of the world’s top festivals have begun to reveal the artists in store for their 2020 iterations. On December 20, Serbia’s EXIT Festival unveiled the first phase of its lineup, including marquee friendly names, like David Guetta and Fatboy Slim, alongside coveted rising talents such as Boris Brejcha and ARTBAT.
In the week since its 2020 roster rollout commenced, the European massive has sought to build hype via videos from its July 2019 edition. Carl Cox and Maceo Plex stand out as of the most titillating of these set re-broadcasts. Performing atop the picturesque peak of Novi Sad’s Petrovaradin Fortress, the two club giants weave together a refined b2b which befits the historic setting.
Leaning heavily on unreleased selections and edits, the hourlong set spans fourteen tracks. Ranging from the blistering to the cerebral, Cox and Eric Estornel pluck from some of house and techno’s best names, including Monika Kruse, Len Faki, and Kaiserdisco.
Serbia’s EXIT Festival will be celebrating its 20 year anniversary this summer from July 9 – 12, and the first wave of the lineup has been released in anticipation of the event. A distinguishing factor of EXIT is its 2020 talent roster, which features artists from genres ranging from electronic, rock, and metal all of the way to hip-hop. The first wave of artists who will be playing in the 2020 iteration of the festival include David Guetta, Tyga, James Arthur, Fatboy Slim as headliners. Electronic artists included on the first lineup announcement includes ZHU, Boris Brejcha, and ARTBAT among others.
More artists are expected to be announced in the coming months ahead of the summer event, and the first wave of artists have been announced via the festival’s Youtube channel. EXIT festival is set to take place at the spectacular 18th century Petrovaradin fortress, overlooking the Danube to festival’s hometown Novi Sad. Tickets for EXIT are available here.
Serbia’s EXIT Festival originally began as a student protest against the government, but over the course of its 20-year tenure has morphed into one of the most respected electronic and rock events throughout all of Europe. In addition to heavy lineups of truly diverse talent and of course, taking place inside a Serbian fortress from the 1600s, the festival has built earned a global reputation for its ability to put together b2b sets of visionary talent.
This year, all eyes are on techno guru Carl Cox and house authority Maceo Plex, who will be sharing the decks on the first of the festival’s four days. Plex comes fresh off the success of his recent LP, Mutant Series. Previous b2b sets at EXIT Festival have included Eric Prydz and Adam Beyer, Solomun with Dixon, and Carl Cox alongside Green Velvet.