EXIT Festival in Serbia is set to welcome 40,000 music fans each day this week in what is being billed Europe’s biggest international music event since the start of the pandemic last March.

Organisers said daily visitors from more than 70 different countries will attend the four-day event in Novi Sad, which is to be headlined by David Guetta, Roni Size and Charlotte de Witte.

Entry is restricted to those who have been vaccinated, have antibodies after suffering from COVID-19, or are negative for PCR or rapid antigen testing, with EXIT having last month supported a national youth vaccination campaign in Serbia. In a statement, organisers said the city of Novi Sad itself has been without new COVID-19 infections for several days.

EXIT said audience interest in the festival, which was first held in 2000, has exceeded expectations and is heading towards record numbers. Music fans are travelling from major markets such as France and Germany, with most foreign citizens needing a negative PCR test to enter Serbia.

Organisers said: “EXIT festival will be the first major festival in Europe to be held this summer, thanks to the security protocol confirmed by the Serbian National Health Committee. It is based on the latest scientific research conducted across Europe, which has shown that with these measures festivals can be the safest gathering places in the country.”

The EXIT programme will take place on more than 20 festival stages and zones, including the Main Stage and mts Dance Arena.

During its 20-year history, EXIT has hosted acts including The Killers, Guns N’ Roses and Liam Gallagher.

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