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16 Jan 14

Serbia's Exit Festival Scoops European Award

The music festival that has taken place since 2000 in Novi Sad has been declared Europe's best at the European Festival Awards ceremony in Holland.

BIRN Belgrade

Serbia's Exit festival beat around 360 rivals competing for the title of best European music festival at the awards ceremony in Groningen, The Netherlands, on January 15.

More than 625,000 people all over the world voted for their favourite festival, trying to influence the result that is determined by adding their voices to the jury's own vote.

Since the award was first established in 2010, Exit has always ranked among the top ten festivals, thanks to its rich programme, hundreds of thousands of visitors and engaging additional activities.

However, until this year, it vas outvoted by Poland's Open'er Festival in 2010, Hungary's Sziget Festival in 2011 and Belgium's Tomorrowland in 2012.

Exit festival manager Dusan Kovacevic, accepting the award in Groningen, said the prize was "an amazing chance to present the festival to the whole world.

"I dedicate this award to our faithful fans, especially those from Serbia, as well as Novi Sad, the best city in the world, where Exit has been held since it started," Kovacevic added.

Other EFA award-winners were the Melt! Festival from Germany, which won as the best medium-sized festival, FUSION of Romania, named the best small festival, Metal Hammer Paradise, from Germany, the best festival in a closed space, and B.my.Lake, from Hungary, named the best new festival.

The award for festival hymn of the year went to Get Lucky, by Daft Punk, while the headliners of the year are Imagine Dragons.

The favourite European festival chosen by performers was the Lowlands festival in The Netherlands, while FKP Scorpio was named promoter of the year, and the Paleo festival in Switzerland was named most innovative festival when it comes to health and security of visitors.

This year’s Exit festival will take place from July 10 to 17. For the first time, the programme will be organized both in Serbia, from July 10 to 13, and in Montenegro, from July 15 to 17.

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