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DATE: 11.07.2008
LOCATION: Petrovaradin fortress (Novi Sad, SRB)
TEXT: Peter & Irina  PHOTOS: Dosio & Siana



Sometimes when you are at EXIT festival, you walk around with a small program in your hands, trying to calculate how many of your favorite artists you could possibly hear for one night. This was the case with Friday’s festival night, which was simply THE night of EXIT ‘08 for our team. Spread on a couple of stages, we managed to see live Tiga, Soulwax, Laurent Garnier, 2 Many DJs, Paul Weller, Primal Scream, Skream, Benga, Anja Schneider, the list goes on. We couldn’t event imagine the variety of music that we heard and the positive emotions that all these artists, bands and DJs left not only in our team but in every person at the festival.

The journey through electronic music’s genres began on Dance Arena with Tiga who is a favorite to CE. True to his sound, he dropped a set of heavy electro house bangers, reminding us for year 2005. His set felt a little played out in 2008 although great tracks are timeless and always bring lots of good memories to mind. Up next came the appearance of Soulwax. Take a note that once in your lifetime, you should definitely see these guys playing live. The Belgian Dewaele Brothers David and Stephen are the main men behind this project. They turned up with a whole band for a remarkable live show and one of the best gigs at EXIT festival this year. Energetic, explosive, intense, classy performance that should have pleased even the most demanding audience. In fact, people simply loved them, they gathered the biggest crowd on Dance Arena this year. “NY Excuse” and “E-talking” were glorious live and “Robot Rock” blew up the place and caused more nasty clouds of dust in the air. (the dust is definitely a problem Serbians should solve as it got to a point where it could spoil the whole state of EXIT).

Meanwhile, on the Main Stage Primal Scream was performing live. Before them was Paul Weller and we managed to see the whole gig. All time favourite songs of us like “You Do Something To Me” and “Wild Wood” sent shivers down our spine and reminded us of the glorious days of Britpop. The newer material was more rock orientated and set the mood for what was next to come. Primal Scream went on stage around midnight. They played many new songs from their 2008 album “Beautiful Future” as well as some classics like “Miss Lucifer”, “Swastika Eyes”, “Rocks” and “Movin’ On Up”. The guys from Scotland don’t afraid to experiment and incorporate elements of so many styles in their music, from psychedelic and garage rock to soul, electronica, techno, acid house and indie pop (yeah, we know how it sounds, a complete mish-mash but it’s not bad at all, we swear!). Albums like “Screamadelica”, “Vanishing Point”, “XTRMNTR” and “Evil Heat” didn’t quit our mp3 players for a whole year after their initial release. We really didn’t enjoy their previous record “Riot City Blues” and didn’t know what to expect from the gig because we had heard mixed opinions about their live performances. However, the band was on top form. The new material was melodic and quite poppy. Bobby Gillespie and his mates know how to write beautiful songs and they proved it once again with “Beautiful Future”. “Swastika Eyes” was such a highlight of the night, it made the whole audience rave and sing. Pity encores aren’t allowed at festivals… We wanted more of Primal after their brilliant show.

We decided to skip Laurent Garnier’s set after Soulwax on Dance Arena because we already saw him in Bulgaria back in February. The main reason for our decision though was Main Stage and Skream and Benga’s back 2 back performance in the early Saturday morning. We are not exactly dubstep fanatics but were curios to hear the so called “inventors” of the genre. In the beginning, both artists experienced some troubles with the DJ equipment which led to MC Stamina improvising on the mic and trying to convince the crowd not to leave the stage.

If we have to describe this music in few words, those words would be dark and deep, phat and filthy. The fact that most people from the audience were from Britain wasn’t very surprising, the dubstep genre emerged from England in the beginning of this millennium and gained big popularity the last couple of years. MC Stamina even said that 15 000 Brits have bought tickets for the festival and he knew they were all at this stage at that moment. His words were welcomed with big cheers from the crowd. “Night”, “True Sound” and “Crunked Up” were fantastic and Skream’s “Filth” totally blew us away. Such a massive tune! The Klaxon’s “Not Over Yet” (Skream Remix) turned into the official anthem of this year’s EXIT. The night wasn’t over yet, nor was the festival.

At the same time Happy Novi Sad stage was hosting a Mobilee Night with label head Anja Schneider behind the decks. For a female, she did pretty well playing fascinating minimal music, which some people accuse that it doesn’t bring you emotions but just monotonous beats and weird noises, which you could only accept on drugs. That, of course, is nonsense. Considering the fact that women are more sentimental, it’s not commonly for female DJs to play straight 4 by 4 techno music. Anja Schneider proved otherwise. That’s why she is leading one of the top minimal techno labels right now.

Last but not least were 2 Many DJs, the Dewaele brothers again but this time with another incarnation of theirs, playing at Dance Arena on sunrise. This was the second performance of 2 Many DJs at EXIT festival after their remarkable show in 2005. The first song they played was “Hey Boy, Hey Girl” by The Chemical Brothers, where they had changed the chorus to “2 Many DJs, here we go” instead of Chem’s “Superstar DJs”. Pretty clever, eh? We could barely stand on our feet but waited until the last track. Eclectic, original and groovy set by the guys from Belgium. No wonder we put them in our Top DJs list back in 2005 and they didn’t drop out since then.

by Hom @ 20 Feb 2010, 17:31


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11.07.2008  (CE)