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A couple of hours from Belgrade, in a town called VrnjaÄŤka Banja, there is an annual three-day festival - Lovefest held on the first week of August. This yearâ€™s 15th anniversary was celebrated with the help of an extraordinary lineup.
The festival is named Lovefest after the nearby bridge called the Bridge of love, which looms over the river.
It first started as an alternative underground party, and today it is one of the top electronic festivals in the Balkans. It is still a small festival, with only four stages, so you feel like a part of the community. Every year world famous DJs are summoned to make a goosebumps-worthy experience.
This year the sounds of Jamie Jones, Sonja Moonear, Folamour, William Djoko, and duo Kollektiv Turmstrasse blessed the main stage - the Fire stage. The visuals behind them were the cherry on top of this hypnotizing escapade. When you are dancing to the music, beware that you are on a hill, so be careful not to trip.
The energy stageâ€™s most common performers are those with undiscovered talent. It is a favorite comfort place, filled with mellow lights that soothe your soul while you dance between the trees. If you want to stay until the end, this is where you will catch the rising of the sun.
The third stage is only for live non-techno performers, so it is mostly rap, trap, and R&B music. Primarily Serbian artists perform there, so in this way, you can get to know our music scene. On this yearâ€™s lineup, we had the pleasure to hear a Slovenian (Serbian claimed) singer Senidah, and a first-rate Belgrade rap group, Beogradski sindikat.
99 stage is the best place to hide in case of sudden rain. It is a small-scale spot with the versatile and unexpected sounds of techno. Under the marquee, you can surrender to the bass that will flow right through you.
When you decide it is time to revitalize, you can head to the food corner, where delicious burgers, pancakes, and hotdogs are served. Energy drinks, coffee, water, and alcohol await you there and next to every event stage.
By NaÄ‘a PavloviÄ‡
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