The EXIT music festival, a four-day event attended by 40,000 people a day, has taken place from July 8-12 at the Petrovaradin Fortress in Nova Sad, northern Serbia. It is the first major music festival to be held in Europe since the first coronavirus restrictions were imposed in March 2020, Billboard reports.

The EXIT festival went ahead amid strict safety protocols. These included the requirement for all attendees to be vaccinated, to have antibodies, or to have proof of negative Covid status via PCR or rapid antigen testing. Travellers from the US were required to present a negative PCR test from the previous 48 hours.

The organisers of the festival worked closely with the Serbian government to organise vaccine doses for international artists and visitors to the festival, according to the NME. Attendees from 70 countries were expected to attend the festival in Serbia, which currently has low Covid infection rates of 10 per 100,00 people.

Dušan Kovačević, EXIT’s founder and CEO, said: “I believe this is our destiny. 20 years ago, after all the misery that happened in the Balkans during the ’90s, EXIT was a symbol of returning to normal life for the region. And in 2021, EXIT Festival is again a sign of normal life after the pandemic – but this time on a global level.”

Elsewhere in Europe, the party island of Ibiza has been moved from the UK green travel list back to the amber list on July 14, meaning that tourists have to quarantine for ten days on their return to the UK. The island is due to reopen its famous clubs in July 26, if Covid rates remain low.

In the UK, the BBC reports that the Reading and Leeds festival was granted a licence to go ahead on the 27-29 August this year. Reading Borough Council said it would be making ‘detailed consideration’ on how to minimise the risk of coronavirus.

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