The band’s Keith Flint and Maxim recently talked to Blic, one of the country’s major tabloids, to explain how the Brit band decided to start a festival in Serbia.
“Because of the way your country embraced us we feel like a local Belgrade band and this has come as a result of that feeling,” Flint explained. “We are truly honoured to be loved by the people here and we feel great responsibility to create something else.”
The Prodigy received the Belgrade City keys after its first visit to there in 1995, and has since played twice at the country’s Exit Festival in Novi Sad.
“We honestly don’t know where the keys ended up,” Flint told Blic, adding that it “wouldn’t be cool” enough to play Exit a third time.
“However, bearing in mind our history of visits to Serbia and the connection we have with the local audience, who have adopted us like a native band, we thought it would be best to bring Warriors Dance to Serbia instead of doing a club gig.”
The Exit appearances started The Prodigy’s working relationship with Milivojev, who books the festival’s international acts as well as running his own AAA Production.
Flint said the act chose Belgrade’s Kalemegdan fortress venue because it’s “pretty much the same for you as the Tower of London is for us” in terms of historical and cultural heritage.
The other acts playing Warriors Dance include Skrillex, Petrol, and local acts such as Ritam Nereda, and Goblini.