Late last month, LWE and the team behind Junction 2 released tantalising information regarding their expansion overseas. Promising to reconceptualise the European festival experience, ION Festival - named after the Ionian Sea - is set for 2020. From Wednesday 2nd - Wednesday 9th September, 3,000 like-minded attendees will journey to Dhërmi on the Albanian Riviera for a week-long celebration of electronic music. The quaint coastal town is known as being the home of Kala festival. Already the information is starting to be drip-fed. Here’s what we know so far…
Dhërmi isn’t a resort that’s widely known to the average tourist, but it does enjoy a compact “holiday season” in July and August, where temperatures can soar to sometimes unbearable heights. However, just outside of these peak months the climate is consistently dry with temperatures hovering around the high 20s with the added bonus that the resort is comparatively deserted.
Aside from breathtaking natural features, such as turquoise waters, secluded beaches, jaw-dropping ravines and enchanting woodland, Dhërmi benefits from having some unique man-made elements. Couple this with some of the best open-air clubs in Europe, and the site has a seemingly endless configuration of party spots.
Still a closely guarded secret, but we might be able to take an educated guess based on the past five years of Junction 2. A who’s who of heavyweight figures from the world of house and techno have joined in the festival since its inception. Names such as Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin, Dixon and Tale Of Us have all graced J2, while Amelie Lens, Four Tet and Jon Hopkins are amongst the first wave of artists confirmed for 2020’s edition. To complement the talent likely to be announced, in true J2 fashion you can expect extended set times, allowing the DJs and live acts to fully showcase the lengths and breadth of their repertoire.
Stay tuned for ticket updates. In the meantime, tickets for their UK festival - Junction 2 - are on sale now.