The untouched and beautiful beach-lined scenery of Dhërmi on the Albanian riviera is the trendiest festival destination of the new decade.
It’s no surprise then that LWE, the team behind countless acclaimed electronic festivals in the UK, have chosen Albania as the setting for the first-ever ION Festival.
Taking place between 2-9 September 2020, ION promises a week-long celebration of music, restoration and exploration.
Organisers have taken Dhërmi exploring to the next-level, confirming there will be eight unique stages at ION.
Set against a mountainous backdrop, The Main Stage is described as an open-air haven – a safe harbour set in a private cove, providing an intimate dance setting for the festival’s headline acts.
Second stage, The Bunker, is described as a huge indoor space of blasted concrete pillars and labyrinthine passageways – the ideal environment for the world of techno.
Other stages include beachside stage, The Deck, and woodlands stage, The Cove. Set up on a rocky hill, The Castle stage is a 19th century abandoned castle that will play host to a very special event.
Elsewhere, The Sub Base stage is described as 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.
Musical highlights from the line-up so far include sets from favourites Maribou State, George Fitzgerald, Adriatique, Ben UFO, and HAAi.
Alongside the musical offerings, ION festival goers will be able to take part in meditation, sound baths, yoga, paddle boarding, hiking and snorkelling.
Proceeds from the festival will go to charities working on the relief effort following the tragic earthquake in Tirana, Albania in November.