John Newman wrote the pages of one of the most inspirational and uplifting stories in modern music. With all odds stacked against him and living in extreme poverty in a small Yorkshire civil parish, he fought his way relentlessly and rose as a singer that turns everything he touches into pure triumph! Newman had to learn to do everything himself from the onset, only to later pay for college by being a glass collector, then later as a cocktail barman. He even performed as a teenager with the same vigor of a veteran soul singer! His love of music was instilled by his single mother, who loved the sounds of Motown and Atlantic, with unavoidable Northern Soul parties from which she brought back rare records, which John have played in his DJ sets at local weddings. Growing up in a small town meant often fights, occasional run-ins with the police that are reflected in Newman’s distinct self-confidence and peppery temper. Two of his closest friends died in a tragic car crash when Newman was only 17, which later formed his distinct vocal in times of grief.
After studying at the College of Music in Leeds, Newman came to London where he met the new formed Rudimental crew. Their collaborative track “Feel the Love” went to No.1 at UK Singles Chart and another hit of theirs “Not Giving In” was shortly followed by Newman’s first huge solo track “Love Me Again”. The track peaked at first place at British charts as well as many others in the world, including America! The album “Tribute” quickly rose to the top of the British charts and came ahead of the great Paul McCartney. While the world still echoes with smash hit “Blame”, Newman is currently recording his new album in Los Angeles. “There are too many celebrities and not enough artists” says the singer who, in the 21st century, writes and remixes his own sings, with a talent to make someone’s song his own by just singing it. Another rasped voice Yorkshireman who also had this talent and northern emotion was none other than the late Joe Cocker.
EXIT is the two-time winner of the “Best Major European Festival” award along with the continuous recognition by the global music stars, fans and media alike.
Held each year at the 18th Century colossal Petrovaradin Fortress in the city of Novi Sad in Serbia, EXIT started as a student movement whose massive protests brought down the oppressive regime in Serbia. EXIT became the first mass event to gather all the people in Balkans after a long decade of divisions.
Celebrated as a place where hedonism meets activism, it is the social relevance of EXIT that has made it unique and globally recognized hosting stars like The Prodigy, Arctic Monkeys, Madonna, The Killers, Sex Pistols, Guns’n’Roses, Arcade Fire, Beastie Boys, David Guetta, Carl Cox, Nina Kraviz, Patti Smith, Motorhead, LCD Soundsystem, Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, Wu-Tang Clan, Andy C, DJ Shadow, and countless many more at 30+ stages in nearly two decades since its inception in 2000. So far, EXIT hosted a worldwide audience of over 2.5 million visitors from 60 different countries.
EXIT Team now runs five festivals in five neighboring countries, EXIT in Serbia, Festival 84 in Bosnia, Sea Star in Croatia, Revolution in Romania and Sea Dance in Montenegro.