15-18 NOVEMBER 2018
One of the greatest DJs and producers of all time, and a relentless party maker Fatboy Slim will headline EXIT’s whole-new No Sleep Festival on November 15th. This will be an exclusive one-off show simply dubbed as the Warehouse Rave which he describes as “one big intense party with plenty of lasers, dirty lights and smoke machines”! The music selection will traverse from today’s floor killers to classics anthems who are still shaking the biggest crowds around the globe. Known for his true DJ craft, Fatboy Slim brings in his highly energetic sets a spectrum of sounds from across the whole global rave movement that came about exactly 30 years ago in what was the Second Summer of Love in 1988! Acid synths, Latin percussions, piano rolls, string choruses, epic samples and other pillars that hold the global rave movement, will all come together at a party in a New Hangar, which is a mammoth warehouse in the Port of Belgrade, at the banks of Danube. Adding to the overall vibe, the venue is surrounded by cranes, loading docks, rails and a labyrinth of halls, while located just a mile away from Serbian capital’s central square!
After three historic performances in EXIT finales, as well as headlining almost every other leading festival in the world, Nina Kraviz is coming back to Belgrade, the city she remembers very well for some of her earliest steps towards the global scene, outside of her native Russia. Nina returns at the moment when the whole world is watching her every move with the unprecedented attention, while her new music keeps hitting the floors in the shape of genre-bending remixes. In the same time, her distinctive record label трип just had its 20th release, a ten-track LP compilation featuring the purest forms of acid, industrial techno and even gabber. Shuffling constantly sleepless between train stations and airports, the biggest stages and the smallest of record shops, playing among the heavyweights like the one she has become herself and pushing along her side some of the least known talents, Nina remains fundamentally independent. Without any managers to run her career and call the safe shots, she draws creative people from all sides, helping others to get the much-deserved spotlight she carries with her whilst making way for the next generation headliners.
DJ Mag’s recent cover star Dax J is famous for his closing sets of the world’s biggest festivals such as Awakenings at ADE. Globally renowned magazines Mixmag, Groove Magazine and DJ Mag proclaimed him the best younger generation DJ, while his historic 10-hour marathon set in the world’s most famous techno club Berghain made him a headliner on numerous globally popular festivals, just like Adam Beyer, Ben Klock and others.
DJ Tennis b2b Marcel Fengler
No Sleep Festival will also welcome a back2back duo made of Life and Death’s head honcho and a global electronic music aficionado DJ Tennis together with Berghain’s resident and Berlin’s techno legend Marcel Fengler! This unusual duo recently indulged in a mind-blowing 9-hour back2back set in the Parisian club Concrete, which was showcased two years in a row at a No Sleep stage of EXIT Festival. When asked to describe the sound of this unexpected duo, DJ Tennis replies: “It’s techno but with a twist. Ravey and happy. It’s also acidic, with some electro, it’s fun. Girls seem to like it!”.
I Hate Models
Nostalgia, passions, the suffering self, the taste for loneliness, dreaming – I Hate Models touches on all these themes with a music submerged by melancholia. Navigating through styles, he arouses as much emotion as exaltation. Synthwave, Early Trance, Cold-Wave or Industrial Music are parts of the multiple influences which create his universe. With an artistic line based on the expression of melancholia and intense emotions, his music can be characterized by a showdown between Love and Hate, Darkness and Light. He rapidly caught the world’s attention thanks to his furious Depeche Mode remixes and a list of singles spearheading the new super-exciting wave on the world electronic scene.
Aleksi Perälä ◇ Live
Born in Finland in 1976, Aleksi Perälä has been an independent producer and a electronic music composer for over 20 years. In March this year, the Finnish composer with probably the greatest opus in electronic music published his new, 35th album, featuring as many as 54 new tracks! Perälä started his career two decades ago under the names Ovuca and Astrobotnia, publishing music for Aphex Twin and his legendary Rephlex label. At that time, many speculated that Richard D. James himself was hiding behind those Perälä’s pseudonyms. Even though the real author is still hiding far from the spotlight of social and classic media, over time this tireless Finnish artist living and working in the ruralside of UK came to be known as one of the most prominent contemporary composers.
+ many more to be announced soon
After gathering more than 20,000 electronic music fans at the Petrovaradin Fortress on the additional day of EXIT Festival last summer, which saw performances from Jeff Mills, Ellen Allien, Paula Temple & Rebekah and many more, it’s time for a new festival edition, this time in Belgrade! The capital of Serbia is known for its vibrant clubbing scene and a rising reputation at the global electronic music scene.
From 15 to 18 November, No Sleep is inviting everyone to Belgrade for a weekend full of stellar sets in a mammoth warehouse next to Danube and other celebrated venues in the heart of the Serbian capital.
As a music platform, No Sleep has been a vital part of EXIT Festival for the past four years and in 2018, with its own festival, we are writing.
Over a sleepless weekend in Belgrade, No Sleep Festival will feature dozens of artists in multiple venues for over thousands of No Sleepers.
The indoor electronic music festival will include round the clock events across several points in the heart of the city. The two main events will be held at the colossalin Port of Belgrade with its industrial setting contrasted by Europe’s largest river Danube and located just 10 minutes of walking from Belgrade’s epicenter, the Republic Square. The whole area is also known for its underground electronic music clubs like Drugstore, KPTM, Dot…
Besides its two main events, No Sleep Festival will also feature daytime parties, workshops and exhibitions, along with a music conference with very exciting international and local speakers.
Its goal is to address many different aspects and experiences that surround the electronic music scene of today. Convergence of people that have different experiences will spark a dialog on both known and yet unmapped areas of the global and local scene.
Program and more information will soon follow.
Behzad & Amarou
Blackhall & Bookless
Charlotte de Witte
Clockwork & Avatism
Disco Not Disco
Eagles & Butterflies
Harry & Domenic
Moritz Von Oswald
Nenad Marković aka 33.10.3402
Regen aka Miloš Pavlović
South London Ordnance
Space Dimensions Controller
Tolouse Low Trax
Tommy Four Seven
Vakat aka Aleksandar Grum
+ many more awakened acts who played at No Sleep lineups over the past four years.