Introducing ION Albania

Mon 9th Dec

Next September 2020, the beautiful beach-lined scenery of Dhërmi on the Albanian riviera will welcome guests to the first-ever ION Festival - a week-long celebration of unforgettable electronic music, restoration and exploration.

Situated on Albania’s unrivalled picturesque coastline, the village of Dhërmi is famous to locals and holiday makers alike for its picturesque landscape, laid-back atmosphere, exquisite cuisine and unique culture. It will provide the perfect destination for a week between 2-9 September for the inaugural ION Festival Albania.

ION is the latest festival from LWE, the longstanding team behind countless acclaimed music events in the UK, including London’s Junction 2 Festival. 

Tickets for ION will be on sale > here from 6th December and come as part of a package which includes flights, hotel and transfers. Early access tickets are available from 5th December for people who have previously attended Junction 2. 

Details of the lineup for ION 2020 will be announced in the New Year. 

There will be eight varied and unique stages at ION Festival 2020, details as follows: 

Set against the visual drama of its stark, mountainous backdrop, The Main Stage is an open-air haven - a safe harbour set into a private cove providing an inimitable setting for the festival’s headline acts - which will be announced early next year. 

The Bunker is a huge indoor space of blasted concrete pillars and labyrinthine passageways and will provide the ideal environment for the world’s leading artists from the world of house, techno and electronic music. 

The Deck is a spacious beachside stage, while The Cove is surrounded by the rambling woodlands which line the coast. The Yacht Club juts out over the Ionian Sea from its position on top of a rocky outcrop, while The Canyon is enclosed by a dramatic, imposing rock face that shields the location from the world. The Castle stage is set up on a rocky hill and the 19th century abandoned castle will play host to a very special event at ION. The Sub Base stage meanwhile, is an ex-military submarine base set into the side of a mountain. All stone and rusting steel, work on the Sub Base started in 1969 and finished almost 20 years later and is now used for navy training. 

Alongside the extensive musical offerings, ION attendees will be able to take part in meditation, sound baths, yoga, paddle boarding, hiking and snorkelling. Local food is often described as a mix of Greek, Italian and Turkish in addition to the rich, slow-cooked recipes and local seafood that the region is known for.  

Proceeds from the festival will go to charities working on the relief effort following the tragic earthquake in Tirana, Albania in November. 

Further details on ION Festival will be announced in the coming months.