The world’s leading producer, DJ and live performer Paul Kalkbrenner arrives on Friday, May 12, at Štark Arena, backed by strong local support from Ilija Djokovic, collective IDQ and Lanna. Performance schedules are also known, and visitors can expect powerful sound, a majestic stage in Southeast Europe’s largest hall, and EXIT’s exclusive VR project. This Dance Arena Belgrade Takeover event, which falls in the category of big rock concerts, is organized by EXIT Festival and TMRW Conference. Tickets at current prices are valid only today until midnight or while stocks last.
The show in Štark Arena starts May 12 at 11 p.m. and will be opened by one of the most promising young talents in the local scene — Lanna, followed by collective IDQ with their Hybrid DJ set. Then, starting at 00:30, superstar Paul Kalkbrenner will take the stage for a two-hour live performance. The event will be closed by Ilija Djokovic, with a set lasting until 4:00 in the morning. A super-powerful sound system will also be set up in the Arena; over 150 lighting devices and more than 400 square meters of LED screens will be installed in a specially designed concept.
An exclusive VR project, which EXIT presented at the World Exhibition EXPO Dubai, will be available in the Belgrade Arena as well. It consists of EXIT’s famous festival locations recorded with an 8K 360 VR camera in July 2021. This is a unique opportunity for visitors to experience the EXIT festival from a place they have never been before — on the Main Stage next to David Guetta and on the stage of mts Dance Arena with Paul Kalkbrenner and Solomun. They can also have a look at the temple of electronic music and memorable mornings from the VIP zones.
The unprecedented interest in Paul Kalkbrenner’s show is consistent with his reputation as a rock star among electronic music producers, delivering original songs without which his performances are unimaginable. “Aaron,“ “Feed Your Head,“ “No Goodbye,“ “Sky And Sand,“ and “Si Soy Fuego“ transcend musical genres and are considered all-time classics. This world-beating producer, DJ, and live performer specializes in selling out stadiums and arenas. In his native Germany, for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, he performed in front of more than half a million people.
Ilija Djokovic has gone from a local musical talent to a performer with an international career, supported by music giants such as Kalkbrenner, Carl Cox and Chris Liebing. He has released music for labels such as Drumcode, Filth on Acid, Terminal M, Second State and Armada Records, and has recently launched his own label, Point Beyond. His single “Atom“ reached #1 on the Beatport techno chart, helping him become the best-selling techno artist of 2019.
IDQ is a musical project made up of Igor Puljić Pookie, Alex Milićević and Dragan Ražić. The quality of their sound, based on a unique combination of vocals, rhythm and melody, has been recognized and supported by, among others, Black Coffee, Hernan Cattaneo, Yousef, Blond:ish, Gorgon City and Mark Knight. They recently released the melodic EP “Quicksilver“ for the publishing house Circus Recordings, and on the day of their performance in Štark Arena, May 12, they will release their first album, “Borderline.“ The release’s title track, “Quicksilver,“ made Beatport’s list of best new melodic house and techno singles.
Lanna is considered a wunderkind of the local electronic music scene, starting at only 15 years old. She is the youngest-ever performer at the EXIT festival. Aside from that, she has won 2nd place at the Let’s Mix It! DJ-ing competition and released an EP, “White Shadows.“ Her sets are a combination of melodic techno, progressive and indie dance.
Tickets for this spectacle in Štark Arena are available at current prices until midnight tonight or while stocks last. The price of a regular ticket is currently 1,990 RSD, a VIP ticket is 4,690 RSD, and the VIP On-stage ticket costs 7,990 RSD. EXIT fans, who bought the festival ticket for the Petrovaradin fortress by March 31, can purchase regular tickets online with a discount for 1,490 RSD. Tickets are available here, as well as at Gigs Tix sales locations and online.
Tomorrow conference, set to take place from May 12 to 14, is one of the largest technology summits in Europe, and tickets for its second Belgrade edition are available at tmrwconf.net. At the three-day conference, visitors can expect a series of discussions, access to the exhibition and conference hall, special NFT gifts and networking opportunities with the biggest experts and fans of blockchain technology, NFT, metaverse and gaming.
The TMRW conference will close with EXIT’s “Life is Live” panel, which will focus on addiction to digital technologies, the mental health of young people, further advancement of technology, as well as ways to reduce its harmful effect on society. The panel will feature musician and expert in digital technology, one of the members of the legendary rock group Pink Floyd, Scott Page, adviser to the Minister of Tourism and Youth for youth policy Snežana Klašnja, UNICEF adviser in the program for the development of adolescents and young people Bojana Jevtović, and founder and director of the EXIT festival group Dušan Kovačević. It is scheduled for Sunday, May 14, at 5:55 p.m. in Štark Arena.