In stark contrast to all of the festival cancellations this year due to the global Coronavirus pandemic, organisers of Exit Festival have announced that it will take place this year. However, “probably not” in its full 55,000-capacity, 40-stage format. The announcement was made as Serbian PM Ana Brnabić recommended to move the Festival to August rather than cancel it all together.
Speaking in Novi Sad; the city where Exit takes place, Brnabić said :
“We recommend the festival be moved to August because we expect the situation in the whole of August to be totally under control by then.”
The news has sparked huge interest by ravers all over the globe, as the roadmap for how festivals and events will look in the future start to be unveiled. We’ve already seen “drive-in” live events in a few countries, as well as the start of social distancing events – see below for Gerd Janson in Germany. Could this be the future of events?
Already announced for Exit’s 20th anniversary show this year was Artbat, Boris Brejcha, and Zhu. Further names are yet to be revealed, but with the majority of events cancelled, Exit will have the choice of many available artists to bolster August’s lineup. Exit’s founder Dušan Kovačević has said:
“Health and safety of the audience and everyone involved at the festival is our top priority. We will work closely with Health officials in order to take all precautionary measures and make the festival in August as safe as possible. Between fear and optimism we always choose the latter and we’re thrilled that we will have the opportunity to be together with our fans and favourite artists this summer“
Anyone who has a 2020 ticket can decide whether they want to redeem it this year, or wait for 2021. Those who wish to receive a refund will be able to do so in accordance with the Serbian government regulations.
If a festival entrance is what you are craving, perhaps it’s Exit you should be looking for!
More info can be found here.