During the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, one of the world’s biggest music festivals decided to share some of its finest moments with millions of fans across the globe. For the past two weeks, EXIT has been helping fans to get through the quarantine each night at 20:20 (8:20 pm GMT+2), symbolically marking a year in which the Serbian festival juggernaut celebrates its 20 years of history filled with some of the world’s biggest stars. Some of them like Motorhead, Faithless, Migos, Bastille, John Newman, Skepta and many others, have shows that were filmed and never seen before. In a situation when everyone needs to stay safe at home and prevent the rapid spreading of the novel coronavirus, these shows at EXIT Festival have proved to be true quarantine gems.
One of the peaks of this intense daily program was a special premiere dedicated to people in Italy, with Adam Beyer and Joseph Capriati cross-streaming their back2back set from 2015, with thousands of fans from Italy leaving quite emotional comments and sharing the stream with their friends. Some of the EXIT premieres went further back in time like Richie Hawtin’s techno class from 2007 when raving was somewhat unbridled and certainly not commonly filmed and streamed like in the modern days.
But the best is yet to come, as EXIT will premiere one of the defining moments in the history of electronic music, a party at the colossal Dance Arena stage, where tens of thousands of ravers flocked to see Carl Cox and Green Velvet closing the whole festival in 2009!
Many artists and fans alike consider this to be one of the defining moments at the turn of a decade, where at the same time, people have witnessed some of the most energetic raving going back to the very origins and the vibe of the illegal raves in the Second Summer of Love, spanning all the way into the future to the day and age when DJs will become true music superstars with stadium shows filmed like they are rock giants of the previous decades.
To further make this Friday a treat, EXIT will stream special set by Nina Kraviz at 5 pm CEST, filmed at Moscow’s leading club Mutabor, with some of the best selection of minimal techno and house records from the 00’s.
On Sunday, EXIT takes us to 2015 with Roni Size, one of the festival’s residents and heroes from the inaugural year, while Monday holds the real treat with global hip-hop superstars Migos blasting the Main Stage in 2018. It’s a rare show considering that they came onstage without the Offset who had to leave the tour and jet off to join Cardi B who gave birth to their child a night before. Another top-notch Dance Arena premiere is scheduled for the next Friday, April 10th, where we go back to the last summer of 2019 and join Maceo Plex as the commands the floor.
Together with its online efforts and to further help during the lockdown, EXIT has launched a campaign for mass volunteering dubber the “Super Neighbor”. The campaign has attracted thousands of young people to help their elder and isolated neighbours in the safe procurement of essential groceries and medicines, along with taking out the trash.
The EXIT Festival team are once again inviting everyone to take care of themselves and their loved ones and to follow instructions received from local authorities.