Founder EXIT festivala Dušan Kovačević was named one of the most influential people in the European music and manifestation industry in 2021 by the famous American magazine Pollstar. This top media authority in the field of music industry, with a tradition of as much as forty years, has published an inaugural international European list of twenty personalities who “lead, inspire and move the music and manifestation industry forward.” In addition to the leader of Exit, the list also includes Emma Banks, has been repeatedly named the leading European music agent, on whose roster are greats such as RHCP, Kylie Minogue, Katy Perry, Muse, Florence + The Machine, and many others.
As stated in the Pollstar editorial, this list represents industry professionals who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of leadership, vision, strategic management, creativity and innovation. In addition to Dušan Kovačević and Emma Banks, the list also includes the leaders of the world’s largest concert giant Live Nation for Great Britain, continental Europe, the Middle East and Africa Denis Desmond and John Reid, director of the leading European ticketing agency CTS Eventim Klaus-Peter Schulenberg, director of Lowlands Festival and Mojo Concerts Eric van Eerdenburg, European Festival Executive Director Jim King, Festival Festival Director Melvin Benn and Superbloom and Goodlive Director Fruzsina Szép.
“I am immensely proud that Pollstar, one of the world’s leading professional music magazines, has ranked me among the twenty most influential people who ‘lead, inspire and move the European music and event industry forward.’ In addition to personal recognition, this is an award for EXIT and all our fans, whose support was key in the fight to make the festival happen this year, “wrote Dušan Kovačević on his official Instagram profile.
In the interview he gave for the last edition of Pollstar, Dušan Kovačević, when asked how he motivated the team during the pandemic, pointed out: “In our region, we are used to big crises. I told them that if there is anyone in the whole world who will organize the festival this year, I know it will be us! I told them that they firmly believe that the festival will happen and that miracles are possible if we have strong faith, no matter how unfavorable the external circumstances may seem. “
The Pollstar team followed this year’s edition of the EXIT festival, which it described as a “historic event”, and in their reports stressed that they witnessed the holding of the first European festival after almost 18 months of silence on the continent. They pointed out that “EXIT remains a symbol of Serbia’s independence, its hospitality and revolutionary spirit”, and that the festival “again achieved something revolutionary in 2021, celebrating its 20th anniversary with a mass of people eager for reunification”.
This year’s EXIT attracted the attention of other major world media, including the BBC, for which Dušan Kovačević and Tijana T joined the first program live. Exit was also reported by other leading British news and music media, such as the Guardian, NME, IQ Mag, DJ Mag and Mixmag, as well as American Billboard, Variety and Pollstar, Dutch Algemeen Dagblad, Chinese Guangming Daily, and many others.
In addition to Pollstar’s recognition for Dušan Kovačević, EXIT is a multiple winner of the title for the best European festival and numerous other prestigious awards.
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