Inner State festival location Albania beach
Inner State festival location Albania beach

Explore the Unforgettable Albanian Festival Scene

Immerse Yourself in a Journey of Music, Nature, and Cultural Experiences at ION, Kala, and SISO Festivals

In recent years, Albania has quietly been making a name for itself as a vibrant and exciting destination for electronic music enthusiasts. With its stunning landscapes, warm climate, and rich cultural heritage, it comes as no surprise that Albania has become a sought-after location for techno, underground, and cutting-edge musical genres. This summer, the country is set to host an impressive lineup of electronic music festivals, further cementing its status as the new hotspot for music lovers across Europe.

Albania: The New Music Festival Hotspot in Europe

Dhërmi, Albania beach
Dhërmi, Albania beach

Albania’s rise as a music festival destination can be attributed to several factors. First and foremost, the country offers an enchanting blend of natural beauty and historical charm. From the breathtaking Albanian Riviera to the majestic Albanian Mountains, the landscape provides an awe-inspiring backdrop for festival-goers. Moreover, the warm hospitality of the Albanian people creates a welcoming atmosphere, making visitors feel right at home.

Additionally, the country’s affordable prices, compared to other European festival hotspots, make it an attractive option for music lovers on a budget. Accommodation, food, and transportation costs are relatively lower, allowing festival-goers to enjoy an unforgettable experience without breaking the bank.

Now, let’s delve into the most anticipated electronic music festivals taking place in Albania this summer:

ION Festival

ION Festival is a week-long celebration of cutting-edge dance music set amidst the hidden gem of Dhërmi, Albania. More than just a music festival, ION offers a destination holiday experience where attendees can immerse themselves in the beauty of the surroundings while enjoying incredible value for money.

The programming at ION Festival, in Albania, is designed to stretch the limits of artists and provide them with the opportunity to showcase the breadth of their record collections. With multiple sets across the week, DJs can delve into corners of their collections that they may not typically explore. This ensures a diverse and captivating musical journey for both artists and festival-goers, creating the perfect soundtrack for every setting across the festival.

ION Festival 2023
ION Festival 2023

Dhërmi’s culture

But ION Festival is about more than just the music. It invites attendees to fully embrace Dhërmi’s unique atmosphere, featuring outstanding food and drink, wellness activities, and breathtaking natural surroundings. Discover the vibrant local culture, indulge in delicious cuisine, and partake in wellness experiences that nurture the mind, body, and soul. It’s a holistic experience that goes beyond the dancefloor and offers a deeper connection with the surroundings.

As a collective experience worth sharing, ION Festival provides the opportunity to extend your summer and revel in the company of some of the finest selectors on the planet. The festival takes place in an authentic and unspoilt location, allowing attendees to explore a place full of life and culture. Now entering its second year, ION Festival is ready to further its artistic vision and build on its core values, offering an even more exceptional experience than before.

The lineup for ION Festival is a testament to its commitment to showcasing top-tier talent. From Altin Boshnjaku and Andy Luff to Dixon, Helena Hauff, Margaret Dygas, and many more, the festival brings together a diverse range of artists who will ignite the dancefloors and captivate audiences with their musical prowess.

Prepare yourself for a week of dance, exploration, and connection at ION Festival. Let the beats guide you through this hidden gem of Albania as you create memories and forge lasting connections with like-minded music enthusiasts. It’s an experience that will leave you inspired and longing for more.

Kala Festival

Get ready to bask in the sun-drenched beaches of the Riviera as the original Albanian festival, Kala, returns with its winning formula of quality lineup, excellent location, and refreshing holiday experience. Since its debut in 2018, Kala has made waves on the European festival circuit, offering a unique blend of beach vacation and music festival that has captivated music lovers from around the world. This sought-after destination stands out from the crowd with its sun-kissed beaches, top-notch music, and cozy atmosphere—all without a tent in sight.

For its fourth edition, the Kala Festival lineup is packed with heavy-hitters that will set the stage ablaze, including Joy Orbison, Daphni, I. Jordan, Paranoid London Hybrid set, Fabio & Grooverider, D.Tiffany, and Ciel, just to name a few. From 31st June to 7th June, grab your sunscreen, get ready to dance, and join the party as Kala Festival takes you on a journey like no other.

What sets Kala Festival apart is its dedication to providing an unforgettable experience for festival-goers. The tickets come packed with luxurious accommodation options, ranging from cozy beach huts to extravagant 5-star hotels, all at pocket-friendly prices. You can choose the level of comfort that suits your style, ensuring a comfortable stay throughout the festival. Immerse yourself in a week-long adventure with tickets starting at just £274 / 310€ per person, including accommodation and a festival wristband.

Kala Festival: between music and unforgettable experiences

Albania KALA Festival
Albania KALA Festival

The musical experience at Albanian Kala Festival goes beyond DJs, as live bands play a major role in adding breadth to the lineup. Get ready to groove to the funky rhythms of Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra, the catchy funk and disco of Harvey Sutherland, and a special festival appearance by Spirit of Sundaze Ensemble, who will be showcasing new material and reimagining dance music classics from their 20-year history.

Kala Festival goes beyond music by offering a range of wellness activities to enhance your holiday experience. Recharge your mind and body with yoga classes, meditation sessions, gong baths, and beach massages. If you’re up for some adventure, kayaking, pedal boats, paddle boarding, and snorkeling will be available to let you explore the pristine waters of the event site.

With its unique blend of exceptional music, idyllic location, and cozy atmosphere, it’s no wonder why Kala has become a sought-after destination for music lovers seeking the perfect summer escape. Join the celebration from 31st June to 7th June and create memories that will last a lifetime.

SISO Festival: Your End-of-Summer Celebration by the Sea

With a diverse range of genres, from house to techno, garage to bass, disco to soul, SISO Festival offers something for everyone. This ultimate closing party brings together the hottest DJs and brands in dance music, creating an intimate collective experience where revellers can dance day and night, embracing the enchanting beauty of the location.

Picture yourself on picturesque beachside stages, curated by headliners and music partners, as you embark on a musical journey like no other. SISO Festival provides the opportunity to explore new musical avenues, indulging in extended and intimate sets from some of the world’s best DJs. With each stage playing host to brand partners and specially curated line-ups, including FUSE, Trick, Sulta Selects, Drumcode, Pyramid, FLY, and more, you’ll be treated to a captivating selection of sounds that reflect today’s varied tastes.

The impressive lineup features an array of exceptional talent. Experience the charismatic presence of Denis Sulta, whose rise to fame has been a joy to behold. Feel the energy of Patrick Topping, dominating the tech-house game with sought-after gigs and releases. Delight in the low-slung house of FUSE’s Enzo Siragusa, one of the most in-demand DJs on the circuit. Explore the underground sounds of Dr Dubplate, head honcho at EC2A. And rediscover the legendary UK house duo Dusky as they showcase their original garage sound.

Albanian SISO Festival lineup

SISO Festival 2023 lineup
SISO Festival 2023 lineup

Joining these brand partners are DJs known for their one-of-a-kind abilities behind the decks, each bringing something unique to the festival. From the meteoric rise of Ben Hemsley to the captivating Interplanetary Criminal, the bubbly house beats of Sweely to the red-hot talent of Chris Stussy, and the forward-thinking sounds of Chris Avantgarde to the eclectic selections of Louise Chen, there’s an abundance of talent to discover and dance to.

As one of the last events of the summer, Albanian SISO Festival provides the perfect opportunity to extend the festival season just a little bit further. With exclusive villa and pool parties, secret beach parties, specially curated stages, sunrise afters, and extended sets, you’ll be immersed in a world of musical exploration and celebration. With just 3000 like-minded attendees, SISO Festival offers an exclusive and intimate party experience.

Join us for an unforgettable musical voyage by the sea at SISO Festival, a new destination festival in Dhërmi, Albania. Organized by LWE and Mainstage, this five-day extravaganza channels the spirit of iconic beachside parties, embracing today’s diverse music tastes. It’s the ultimate end-of-summer celebration, where you can dance, connect, and create lifelong memories. Don’t miss out on this unmissable date in the diary—a final piece of summer excitement awaits you at SISO Festival.