Can We Go Back To Exit Festival Now Please?
Our Club MTV residents R3wire and Varski reminisce on their time at Serbia's premiere dance festival...
Whenever summertime comes around, it can only mean one thing for music lovers…festival season. This weekend past we were fortunate enough to be a part of one of the biggest festivals in the land, Exit Festival in Serbia. It definitely lived up to its reputation.
Over the last 20 years, Exit has solidified its place as a Mecca for music lovers. It's historical significance and the underlying ethos of what it stands it for draws huge local crowds, and even those from neighbouring countries. As the years have progressed, the audience has spread even further afield, creating an international juggernaut of the festival world.
So, to a quick overview of our time there... Martin Garrix and Hardwell led the charge and waved the flag for the EDM fans who were out in full force. Big special effects, loads of jumping, fist pumping, banging tunes, and everything else you expect sets from the number one DJ in the world, and his potential replacement in the rankings this year.
But to remove the generic tone and give credit where it really is due, both these superstar DJs played an immense set, and one worthy of their headlining billing in the formidable Dance Arena. A special mention should also go out to Kill the Buzz who absolutely smashed it! We cannot talk more highly of him, and as such cannot wait to see him again on a big stage where he obviously belongs!
Outside of this electro house heaven, we felt honoured to catch one of the few Faithless 20 year anniversary shows. That would have been worth the trip in itself. They were met with rapturous applause, and a crowd that were ready to embrace one banger after another.
We almost forgot how much of an institution they really are. It was brilliant! Exit really is something special, and as such one of the few festivals that has the sway to secure such an array of talent year on year. Partnerships with the likes of UKF have built the infrastructure of what is undoubtedly going to remain a permanent fixture on everyone’s festival calendar. We ourselves, can’t wait to be back.
A final note on Exit - as always, it was a great pleasure to indulge with MK and Hannah Wants. They were incredible! Hannah showed why she deserved her main stage billing, and MK as always, commanded the crowd and showcased exactly why he is one of the most in demand DJs right now. Needless to say, we're over the moon to be able to catch another instalment of these two stars this coming weekend when we return to Portsmouth for Mutiny Festival.
In contrast to Exit, with its 20 year catalogue of unforgettable moments, Mutiny is only in its second year. However, year one was amazing, so successful in fact that it has returned more then quadruple the size and is now spread over two days.
Despite still being in its relative infancy, Mutiny has still managed to secure some of, if not THE BIGGEST dance acts in the UK right now. Rebel Sound, Knife Party, Gorgon City, along with Hannah Wants, MK, Amine Edge and Dance...the list is actually endless. And it's not just about the acts.
What was so refreshing about Mutiny is, unlike other festivals, there is an air of ‘expect the unexpected.’ A vibe created from the unknown and this in itself has festival goers on the tip of their toes and filled with excitement (it definitely did us). There is a raw excitement spurring from uncertainty because everything is new. There isn't a set formula like the veterans such as Exit follow. Mutiny are creating their own and it's pretty damn cool. One such surprise has come in their headline booking - Snoop Dogg Live. That's a serious statement and one that puts Mutiny up there with the big boys. Add the infamous Idris Elba, and you've got an all star cast that cannot be missed!
We are going to Mutiny this weekend not knowing what to expect… but we do know one thing, there will be a rave. Limited tickets still available at www.mutinyfestivals.co.uk
Words: R3wire & Varski