Last exit to Ser­bia

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

This sum­mer will again see thou­sands of Ir­ish mu­sic fans head­ing abroad to get their fes­ti­val kicks.

In re­cent years, many have headed to Ser­bia for the Exit Fes­ti­val.

Held in the 18th-cen­tury Petrovaradin fortress near Novi Sad in north­ern Ser­bia, Exit has been run­ning since 2000 and now at­tracts an au­di­ence of up to 200,000 peo­ple, half of whom come from out­side the county.

Aside from bring­ing top in­ter­na­tional names to Ser­bia (among them this year the re­formed Sex Pis­tols), the fes­ti­val also prides it­self on hav­ing a strong so­cial and po­lit­i­cal an­gle.

Its most re­cent ini­tia­tive is the “Nema zezanja” (“no kid­ding“) cam­paign, which en­cour­ages young peo­ple to vote in the Ser­bian pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

This year’s fes­ti­val runs from July 10th to 13th. For more in­fo­ma­tion, go to www.ex­it­fest.org

John Ly­don is bring­ing the sur­viv­ing Pis­tols to Ser­bia

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