This weekend Stamp The Wax attended the Eastern European music festival Exit, situated in Novi Sad, Serbia. Every year over 20,000 music lovers descend on the magical Petrovaradin Fortress that overlooks the river Danube to experience some of the most diverse and cutting-edge music the world has to offer.
To give you a bit of context, the festival began in 2000 as a student protest against the Milošević regime and is still a relatively non-corporate event, with cheap food and drink. This fact, along with Serbian hospitality and amazing music has helped Exit become one of the best European festivals, visited by 60 million people in more than 60 countries worldwide and amongst the top 10 world festival destinations.
We were on a bit of a journey also, courtesy of Vice Magazine (thanks guys!), to play around with JD’s new music reporter Facebook app, which allows all us music lovers to share our live musical experiences (stories, pictures and videos) as they happen. It’s such a neat gadget and we love the way you can interact and share with other music lovers in such an easy way. If you want to share your own experiences of a live gig or festival instantly and have it viewed by people all around the globe, head here for more details. We must warn you though, it’s highly addictive.
On that note, we’ve collated our top 5 Exit Festival 2012 experiences, and courtesy of the Jack Daniels Music Reporter app (and the lovely festival goers at Exit who shared their experiences), we’ve found great photos and videos to accompany it all as well.
5. Positive Vibration Reggae Stage
Exit provides over 16 stages dotted around the Serbian wonderland, but we constantly found ourselves coming back to the Reggae stage. Good music, good vibes. Oh and here’s a video we shot of a horse avin’ an irie time.
4. Little Dragon
Swedish Electronic band Little Dragon was a highlight of the festival for us especially, being one of our favourite bands. We found a great video of them performing Ritual Union at the festival on Youtube:
3. Dance Arena
Such a surreal experience being at the Dance Arena, amazing though. Check this out:
2. New Order
Closing their show on the Mainstage with Love Will Tear Us Apart Again was spinetingling.
1. Erykah Badu
The sexiest, most charismatic performer we’ve ever witnessed, and she’s 40. Joined on stage by L.A.’s finest Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner playing bass, the whole performance was jaw-dropping in every way. Here’s a few videos we shot of her up close: