Exit Festival wins at UK Festival Awards Wednesday 7 November 2007 PDF Print EXIT Festival is proud to announce that they are winners of the ‘Yourope Award for Best European Festival’ at the UK Festival Awards 2007. Presented with the accolade at a prestigious awards ceremony at Koko in Camden, EXIT beat off stiff competition from Benicassim (Spain), Lowlands (Netherlands), Pukkelpop (Belgium) and Roskilde (Denmark). “We were so pleased to be nominated in the first place and never expected to win. We are really surprised and very grateful for all the votes and support from the UK people.” enthused EXIT’s Ivan Milivojev who was there to except the award. “This is a big step for us and it is amazing that EXIT is popular outside the Balkan region. EXIT has become a real social force that is a symbol of togetherness and cultural diversity and enables us to promote social campaigns that are important for Serbian and Balkan youth such as fighting the Schengen visa regime. We aim to bring people together from the Ex Yugoslavia region and beyond in order to promote the interaction of different cultures, traditions and beliefs through music and social activities.” EXIT is the biggest music and cultural event in South East Europe, set within the walls of the 17th Century Petrovaradin Fortress and offering stunning views over the city of Novi Sad. From its humble beginnings as a student initiated project against the Milosevic regime, EXIT has now gained international recognition with over 10,000 festival goers from the UK making the pilgrimage to the festival in 2007. The Fortress site houses 24 performance arenas within the 6km sq castle complex, connected by stunning cobbled streets, ramparts and tunnels. The Dance Arena is regarded by many as the best in the world and was named one of the ‘Best DJ Booth Views on Earth’ in Mixmag (UK) with Switch commenting “After going through a 50ft medieval tunnel to get back stage, the booth looks over a valley in the grounds of the fortress and 25,000 people all jackin’ to the festival sound system”. Danny Tenaglia, John Digweed, Eric Prydz, James Zabiela and Nic Fanciulli from the coveted DJ Mag’s Top 100 poll all rated EXIT as the ‘Best Festival on the Planet’. Karen Young, Dance Area Manager says delightedly, ‘EXIT festival always exceeds everyone’s expectations, whether it’s a performer or a festival go-er, everyone is overwhelmed by it. The Dance Arena particularly with it being set within the walls of the Fortress, the acoustics, and the indescribable energy of the 25,000 people when the sun is coming up simply blows them away - and us each year! I think what makes EXIT so special is a combination of the unique history of the event, the magical setting, the different performers we have each year, and above all it’s the energy of everyone who attends and works on EXIT. It’s a dynamic and an incredibly special event.” Paxton Talbot EXIT Co-promoter and Director of Lily Co adds “We make a point of listening to the feedback we get about the festival and try and make it a better each year. As after all, it’s the people that make it all happen and create the amazing atmosphere that is renowned worldwide. See you in 2008!” Now in its 4th year, the UK Festival Awards celebrated another great year of live outdoor music. Organised by Virtual festivals the winners are decided entirely by votes from the general public, which makes winning even more special. “We opened our doors this year to European festivals, in recognition of the significant contingent of British tourists who now attend these events. We were thrilled that all of the nominated events made the trip over the Channel, to attend our awards, and delighted that Exit was voted Best European Festival. It is a spectacular event and a favourite with many of the artists we speak to, as well as fans” Says Steve Jenner, Director of Virtual Festivals who run the UK Festival Awards. EXIT08: 10th – 13th July 2008. Artists will be announced in April 2008. For more information on Exit Festival contact: Nikki Wright on 07957 434517 or email@example.com www.exitfest.org www.myspace.com/exitfestival For more information on UK Festival Awards contact: Steve Jenner on 020 7436 5223 or firstname.lastname@example.org www.festivalawards.com Artist Quotes from over the years: “It was the best festival we played this year” Liam Howlett / The Prodigy "We were not aware of the political roots of the festival, and now we know, we are double pleased we did it". Adam "MCA" Yauch / Beastie Boys “This ain’t the last time you’re gonna see this face. I will come back anytime you want me to come back”. Snoop Dogg mid set at EXIT 'Exit was more than we could have expected it to be. The audience were exceptional and the setting was breathtaking. I hope they have us back sometime.' Alex Kapranos / Franz Ferdinand “Serbia, we had no idea what to expect and it was an amazing show, the crowd was fantastic and we can't wait to come back.” Ana Matronic / Scissor Sisters “Serbia was fantastic we all really enjoyed it – the audience were amazing and it was the best show on the tour so far.” Billy Idol "Exit was in an extraordinary setting with so much diversity in one place…. the enthusiasm and energy with which we were greeted, was a humbling and emotional experience" Karl / Underworld “It’s a fascinating place with a raw and recent history and It’s got a real energy” Tom Findlay / Groove Armada “I have waited for years to come and I am so excited to be here. Many of my colleagues in this business always told me that if you get the chance to do Exit Festival in Serbia you gotta do it. The energy is great and the weather is great and the hospitality has been wonderful from the Exit festival people” Danny Tenaglia “Exit was one of the most interesting gigs for me this year. The location was amazing and to feel the warmth of the people dancing and freaking out to my music was inspirational! Respect to the people of Exit for pushing the boundaries with their choice of lineup and bringing great new music one step further east!” Richie Hawtin "The Exit festival was amazing once again. It great to see Serbia progressing in providing a place for people from all over the world to come together and enjoy electronic music. There were a lot more european attendees and for me it is very positive to see people like Frankie Knuckles on the line up. I really enjoyed playing this festival with a great crowd and wonderful organization". Roger Sanchez “Exit Festival was great, amazing night, played from 3am till 6.30 when the sun came up and to see so many people in a moat was something else.” Carl Cox “One of the best festival gigs that I have ever done. Amazing venue, thumping sound system and great crowd” John Digweed "It was a fantastic experience to play at the Exit Festival this year, the atmosphere was electric. I look forward very much to returning to Serbia to play". Jeff Mills “An absolutely amazing festival both in terms of the crowds that came and the people behind the scenes. The setting was amazing with the sun coming up and the sound system was intense (as opposed to in tents which would normally be the case at a festival but I digress), I was so happy that I could finally be a part of this and would like to thank everyone that came along.” Dave Clarke “The Exit festival was really magical! The place was unbelievable – a rave up a mountain. The energy of the people was fantastic – the crowd were so enthusiastic. I had SUCH a great time playing there.” David Guetta "I’ve never seen a better way to ruin a 18th century fortress, fuck the past here’s to the future!" Peter Hook (New Order) “I found the Exit Festival very inspirational; that so many people came together, through electronic music, for a great cause... Amazing!” Felix Da Housecat: “wow - exit - what a festival! great energy, great understanding of the music and a great place. very impressed.” Giles Peterson / Radio 1 "Exit festival was definitely the highlight of my year so far. It was truly amazing. The vibe was so positive from the people and having Goldie jump on the microphone at the end as I played Inner City Life (Future Funk Squad Remix) is something I'll never forget. It was a gig that I could've only dreamt about and I'll still be buzzing from it for years to come." James Zabiela “Exit Festival was definitely one of the most enjoyable festivals we've ever played at. I'm sure we are the only band who can say that they played in between Slayer and Fatboy Slim! The crowds were amazing, everyone was really enthusiastic and it was for a good cause. We really felt special playing at Exit Festival, and hope to be invited back in the near future. Thank you, Serbia!” Ladytron “Best Festival in the world.” Nic Fancuilli “Exit 2005....WOW!!!...25,000 people dancing, but with the intensity of a club for 400 people. Simply amazing!” Lee Burridge “it was without any doubt one of the most memorable experiences we had so far. 20000 people raving to your tunes is a feeling that is hard to describe. But the other stages were also amazing and the little ones had many interesting music to offer. Hard to top this festival!!!” M.A.N.D.Y “The only thing I can say about EXIT 06, it was PERFECT! Very professional, amazing sound system .......and....... need I say more? Definitely the best festival we’ve had for the last 7 years I think Junior Jack & Kid Crème "One of my best all time sets, and possibly the best festival in Europe" Nick Warren "We had an amazing time, breathtaking festival, really lovely people involved and a gig that you feel very lucky to have played at...very special" Layo & Bushwacka! "We have done a hell of a lot of festivals in our time but Exit is clearly up there with the best of them. Artists. organization, location, weather and most importantly the stupidly big crowd that went mental when we played the main stage. Unforgetable. Thanx" Dominic B / Stanton Warriors “The atmosphere was amazing, crazy people, who had already been partying 3 days non stop and still up for it in 100 degree heat!' One of the best crowds I have played to all year.” Pete Gooding “It was a real honor to play EXIT, we were hit immediately by the enthusiasm of the crowd, we've never played a better party! The Pipettes “Thanks for the gig at EXIT it was AMAAAAAAAAAZING probably my favourite gig ever ever ever!” Paul Woolford “That was simply the best gig I have seen in 18 years of playing at acid house parties! honestly.....” Ralph Lawson 20/20 Vision “Fucking amazing festival, even if played early - I can honestly say its one of the best festivals I have ever done. The location is amazing, the sound system is perfect, the lights are great and the crew very nice. I would love to play there again!” ;) Sebastien Leger “The BEST festival I’ve ever been too… Utterly amazing from beginning to end. You have a truly special event there and you should be proud of it” Serg Bienati / Club Class & We Love Tours "EXIT exceeded all my wildest dreams! It's a well organised and beautiful place to imerse yourself in and I'll remember playing to that awesome crowd forever!" Kissy Sell out “Exit festival this year was perfect :), it is visible that year after year organization is getting better and better, and with it the number of visitors is growing, which is fantastic! I really enjoyed my performance during the last two hours of the festival, and I believe it was definitely one of the best moments of the festival. I was thrilled with the fact that there were more than 20,000 people in front of the dj booth, and I think it has to be one of the best DJ scenes in Europe. This is my 7th time at the Exit Festival, which means that I was there from the very beginning, and it makes me all very proud. This year I also "closed" the Festival which was very exciting. Of course I am looking forward to come back to Novi Sad and perform again at the Exit ” Marko Nastic This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Global Publicity in the following categories: Men's Interest, Entertainment & Arts, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.