Albania Unum Festival announces first lineup for 2022 edition
85 artists. three stages. Nonstop music for 24 hours. Welcome to Unum Festival, a cultured gathering in a hidden and undiscovered corner of Europe nestled between pine forests, sun-kissed beaches, and mountainous backdrops. It was the first proper underground event to take place post-Covid last year, and today it announced that its much-anticipated 2022 edition will last nearly two days longer than previous editions, from Wednesday 1st to Monday 6th June. Priku, Praslea, Raresh, Rhadoo, Ricardo Villalobos, Shonky, Sonya Moonear, Traumer, tINI, Cristi Cons, Dyed Soundorom, Fumiya Tanaka, Anthea, John Dimas, Vera, Molly, Seth Troxler, and dozens more will perform at the idyllic Albanian getaway. For more information and ticket information, visit unumfestival.com.
Unum quickly won the hearts of underground music fans with its first few editions, and the third edition last year officially restarted the European festival scene as the first event to take place safely after the initial Covid pandemic. It is a festival that is a feast for all of the senses – the natural beauty of the setting, the heat of the sun, and the soul-enriching local culture that makes the entire event a colorful travel experience as well as a forward thinking musical celebration. The connoisseur crowd comes from all over Europe but is close-knit and friendly. Last year, in particular, the vibes were unreal given how long it had been since people had danced together, with plenty of iconic DJ performances and spine-tingling moments sticking with them for a long time.
The festival is being extended by nearly two days in 2022 to make for an even more memorable trip in the beautiful Rana e Hedhun. It’s a peaceful corner of Europe in the town of Shengjin, on the idyllic Albanian coastline, with mountainous backdrops, long gold-sand beaches, and dusty landscapes that feel a million miles away from everyday life. It allows for nonstop music throughout the day and night, as well as a fine selection of heart-racing water sports, delectable local food and drink offerings and plenty of isolated bays and secluded woodland areas to explore.
Unum’s Pine Stage, for example, has become one of underground music’s most recognizable venues. It’s a secluded paradise surrounded by awe-inspiring nature and the sweet smell of pine, with the world’s best DJs laying down compelling sounds. There is also music on the grand Main Stage and a plethora of beach parties that take advantage of the stunning sunsets and sunrises, with DJs providing special musical memories to go with them.
This year’s soundtrack features top-tier selectors, returning favorites, and hot new talent, including regulars and minimal kings Raresh, Ricardo, Praslea, as well as Cristi Cons, Priku, and Rhadoo. Shonky and 2021’a Unum legends Dyed Soundorom, John Dimas, and Jonny N’ Travis will also perform, while the ever-playful Seth Troxler headlines the Main Stage, Shimza plays the Beach Stage, new favs Vera, Molly, and Anthea make their debut, and cult diggers Sonya Moonear, Traumer, tINI, Fumiya Tanaka, and tens more
This is only the first wave, with much more to come, so mark your calendars and make plans to attend Europe’s most exciting new festival next summer.