During the three festival evenings, on what was formerly a country estate on Lake Palić near the city of Subotica, around 10.000 visitors gathered to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and listen to musicians famous even outside the Balkans, such as Laibach or Darko Rundek and his Cargo orchestra.
Trenchtown was set up in 2002 by the civil society organisation Fokus, who used the May Day holiday to give Subotica, a town of rich festival tradition (e.g. the European Film Festival Palić) a new, modern and authentic music event for the 21st century.
The organisers of Trenchtown have proved that even with limited funding, it is possible to create a successful regional version of the nearby Exit, one the of the most famous summer rock festivals in Europe. This has only required efficient use of the advantages of multi-ethnicity (Subotica is home to Serbs, Hungarians, Croats and other nationalities) and the geographic location on the border with Hungary and near Croatia.
For over a decade, the centre of the north Serbian province of Vojvodina, the city of Novi Sad and the Exit festival have been an attractive destination for many Western European tourists eager to listen to international pop and rock celebrities. This July, the performers will include the British bands Manic Street Preachers and Madness, the German Kraftwerk and the American punk icon Patti Smith.
With no strong sponsor, the organisers of Trenchtown have wisely decided to invite not very demanding, but still significant performers from the former Yugoslavia and Hungary, and even some from the rest of the world.
While day tickets to Exit cost 35-40 Euros, entering Trenchtown 09 was possible with just over seven Euros a day.