Serbia

  • On the surface, the Dragačevo Trumpet Assembly (an annual gathering of brass musicians) sounds harmless; nerdily endearing even. But band camp this ain’t: it is, however, the most boisterous music festival in all of Europe, if not the world. Known simply as ‘Guča’, after the western Serbian village that has hosted it each August since 1961. EXIT Festival in the Petrovaradin Citadel is stormed by thousands of revellers each July during this epic festival. The first event in 2000 lasted 100 days and galvanised a generation of young Serbs against the Milošević regime. The festival has been attended by an annual tally of about 200,000 merrymakers from around the world.