June 29, 2018 Going out

Summer Sounds in the Serbian Countryside

While Belgrade has plenty of musical events over the summer, the warm weather is a good opportunity for music enthusiasts to catch some excellent festivals elsewhere around the country.

Exit this year features more than 600 concerts performing on 25 different stages. Photo: Exit Photo Team

David Galic

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Exit (Novi Sad) July 12-15

Taking place on the Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad, Exit is easily Serbia’s most famous and important music festival. It is also the single most exciting and lauded such event in the Balkans – and is routinely listed among the buzziest and most inspiring festivals in Europe.

Always growing, Exit this year features more than 600 concerts performing on 25 different stages. Some of this year’s headliners are the ageless wonder Grace Jones, Fever Ray, A-list DJ David Guetta, hip-hop superstars Migos, singer/songwriter extrordinaire LP, and more.

Whether you’re into commercial pop, underground electronic sounds, world music, local bands or extreme metal and hardcore, Exit has you covered.

Love Fest (Vrnjacka Banja) August 2-5

Now in its 12th year, Love Fest has become one of the more attractive electronic music festivals in this part of Europe. As always, the musical focus is on internationally famous DJs. Playing this year will be Sven Vath, Dubfire, Jamie Jones, Loco Dice, Pan Pot, Set Troxler, Jackmaster and many more.

One of the most interest aspects of the festival is the location. Vrnjacka Banja is a spa resort known for its natural hot springs, making it the right place to take an extra few days off in order to recover from partying over four straight days.

Love Fest is increasingly popular among foreign visitors, and the organizers expect more than 100,000 people to attend this year.

Guca Trumpet Festival (Guca) August 8-12

The polar opposite of Exit in terms of style and substance, Guca Trumpet Festival has been popular with foreigners for years, a truly one-of-a-kind experience.

The small town of Guca has only about 2,000 residents normally but that number shoots up to the tens of thousands when the festival comes around. What you can expect is loud and bombastic brass bands from all over the world playing 24 hours a day – and enormous amounts of grilled meat and alcohol.

Whether or not you really enjoy this type of music, Guca is certainly an experience because of its cultural uniqueness and authenticity.

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Belgrade Insight to be integrated into Balkan Insight

After a 265 issue run, Belgrade Insight, BIRN’s bi-weekly Belgrade-focused English-language newspaper, printed its last paper edition on Friday 21 December, 2018. 

In its decade-long life since 2008, Belgrade Insight sought to bring quality journalism to its readers and subscribers.

Belgrade Insight covered political and economic developments in Serbia, but also told stories about people, businesses and events which shaped a unique and multi-faceted city like Belgrade.

In addition to detailed analysis and coverage of political, economic and business affairs, Belgrade Insight provided its readers with everything that expatriates, short-term visitors and local residents need to know in order to enjoy this great city.

It the past decade, it saw many changes in Serbia’s political and cultural climate: from the deep recession of early 2010s to Serbia’s candidate status in the EU, through Belgrade’s first Eurovision song contest and re-opening of city’s museums.

Although Belgrade Insight will no longer be printed, BIRN journalists and associates will continue their coverage of Belgrade and Serbia through the Balkan Insight website.

For any questions or refunds contact Snezana Caricic (snezana.caricic@birn.eu.com)