LWE & JUNCTION 2 PRESENT.

ION FESTIVAL

Dance ∙ Explore ∙ Connect
6TH - 13TH SEPTEMBER 2023
Dhërmi, Albania
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ION Festival is a 7-day exploration of cutting-edge dance music of all shapes and sizes, located in the hidden gem of Dhërmi, Albania. Not just a music festival, but a destination holiday experience unto itself, we want to provide the opportunity for all to Dance, Explore and Connect.

Our programming allows artists to stretch their limits, often playing multiple sets across the week. DJs and punters alike are encouraged to become properly acquainted with Dhërmi's unique atmosphere that includes incredible food and drink, wellness, breathtaking natural surroundings and much more.

A collective experience worth sharing, ION Festival offers you the chance to extend your summer in the company of some of the best underground DJs on the circuit. Now entering our second year, we’re more ready than ever to further our artistic vision and build on our core values.

Music partners announced:

Bizarre Trax ∙ Eat Your Own Ears

Half Baked ∙ Junction 2 ∙ Keep Hush ∙ Krankbrother

My Analog Journal ∙ Picnic ∙ Servis ∙ VBX


Adam Shelton ∙ Alexia Glensy

Altin Boshnjaku ∙ Andy Luff

Anz ∙ B.Love ∙ Besa M

Ceylan Goksel ∙ Chaos In The CBD

Coco Maria ∙ Craig Richards

Daniel Avery ∙ Dan Shake ∙ Dixon

DJ BORING ∙ DJ Seinfeld

DJ Stingray 313 ∙ Elise ∙ Elkka

Felon5 ∙ Ferro

Francesco Del Garda ∙ Gemza

Gene On Earth ∙ HAAi

Helena Hauff ∙ Jimi Jules

Kessie ∙ KT ∙ Laurine

Leart Rama ∙ Leo Lumezi ∙ Madam X

Margaret Dygas ∙ Millie McKee

Nicolas Lutz ∙ Otik

Palo Santo Discos ∙ Pandaudio

Pelle ∙ Raresh

Sam Bangura ∙ Saoirse

Shaqdi ∙ Sofia Kourtesis

Sonja Moonear ∙ Storm Mollison

Tim Reaper ∙ Zag Erlat ∙ Zgjim

Ticket Information

Tickets are available to purchase here

Prices vary depending on which accommodation you choose, but all tickets start at £256 per person.

Tickets are in high demand so we strongly recommend purchasing quickly as there is a very limited amount.

Secure your ticket for just £75
Pay installments on 31st March & 26th May

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Music

ION’s music policy is unbound by genre-limits, instead choosing to put faith in its performers, particularly through the use of extended and multiple sets per artist. We trust DJs to suit the particular vibe of our different stages and understand the needs of the audience.

Therefore, you’ll hear a huge range of fantastic music, growing out from our nucleus of house and techno to include UKG, bass, electro, DnB and jungle, dub/reggae, ambient and much, much more. Nothing is off limits at ION.

Location

With hidden bays, white sandy beaches and beautiful water, Dhërmi is truly one of the most picturesque locations in the world. To hold a festival there is a unique opportunity, so we want to complement and interact with the environment and culture there as much as possible.

Known for its relaxed, friendly atmosphere, culinary excellence and incredible scenery, Dhërmi provides an authentically Albanian experience, untouched by mass tourism akin to many other European short-haul destinations.

The festival site is intertwined with the town itself, meaning that all the stages are located alongside top-tier restaurants, bars and more. This means you’ll never be far away from your favourite acts, some refreshments or your cosy hotel.

Accommodation

Accommodation varies from exotic beach huts to 5 star hotels, all at great prices. Most options hold 2-3 people, although there are options for up to 12 people.This is to avoid overinflated rates during the festival week, ensure sustainable prices for Kala for this year and beyond, and provide a smoother festival experience for our guests.

3* Hotel

2 people from £336pp

3 people from £295pp

4 people from £294pp

5 people from £274pp

4* Hotel

2 people from £418pp

3 people from £380pp

4 people from £361pp

5* Hotel

2 people from £1119pp

3 people from £878pp

4 people fromm £780

Food & Drink

The food and drink on offer is a mix between Italian, Turkish and Greek cuisines, with huge emphasis placed upon the use of fresh, local ingredients. The restaurants are helmed by friendly staff, have spectacular views and are inexpensive.

Beaches

There are several beaches surrounding the festival site, which you can relax and unwind at after a night of music.

With quiet spots to sunbathe, cocktail bars and plenty of food options, you’re spoilt for choice, wherever you are along the shore.

Stages

The Main Stage

An ode to open-air clubbing of old, featuring a wooden dance floor, well stocked bars, a chill- out area with day beds, its own private beach and a stunning mountain backdrop, our Main Stage hosts some of the most in-demand brands and acts in dance music. Part of the Empire hotel, its beachside location and stunning sound system make it the perfect place to see in the sunrise with your fellow ravers.

The Deck

A serene beachside bar by day, The Deck transforms into an unforgettable raving experience during the night. As the waves crash against the beach just metres away, you can soak up the sounds of some of dance music’s most gifted selectors, and watch the moon turn to sun just above the booth.

The Cove

The Cove is the ideal place to relax during the day or get your boogie on at night, feeling the sand beneath your feet and swimming in the crystal blue waters as you take in daytime sets or getting your groove on to some of our favourite selectors by night.

Yacht Club

Another stunning location, The Yacht Club is a terrace bar flanked by gorgeous beaches, jutting out into the water for some incredible views along the way. It’s perfect for chilling out with friends during the day or shaking a leg at night.

The Canyon

Our hidden stage, just 15 minutes away via boat, Gjipe is surely one of the greatest party locations on earth. With spectacular scenery, including a forest, waterfalls and the incredible canyon, Gjipe is a one-of-a-kind spot that you will never forget, featuring some truly special sets from our performers.

Wellness

There will be a range of wellness activities taking place around site, including but not limited to:

Yoga:

We host daily morning and sunset yoga sessions to help you soothe those aching limbs after a little too much dancing. The sessions are held right by the sea by our expert teachers.

Meditation:

Our expert wellness team will host a variety of meditation sessions, from mindfulness guided meditation to soundscape meditations that incorporate electronic music and ancient instruments. A great opportunity for all abilities, from beginners to experts.

Gong baths:

Take some time out to encounter the ancient practice of Gong baths. An immersive sound experience that primarly uses Gong and Tibetan bowls for relaxation benefits. The sounds produced in the baths help to rebalance and rejuvenate mind, body & spirit.

Are these included with the ticket?

There is a charity donation to join each session and all profits are donated to a local Albanian Charity. Places are limited, make sure to reserve your spot once the 2023 programme is announced.

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