LWE & Junction 2 present

ION FESTIVAL

8th - 15th September 2021

Dhërmi, Albania

EVENT POSTPONED UNTIL 8TH - 15TH SEPTEMBER 2021

Together, with our event partners and contacts on the ground in Albania, we are now at the final point of deciding if we are able to move forwards with this year’s event. As we are still not able to confirm the safe delivery of the festival, we have decided to postpone the debut edition of ION to 8th to 15th September 2021. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

ION Festival was all set to be our biggest adventure to date: the chance for our likeminded community to come together in a new location for a week of discovery, healing, and free-spirited release. The need for this became all the more urgent as the Covid-19 pandemic began to unfold. We’d love nothing more than to deliver on our aims, however the safety of our staff, crew, artists and attendees is our number 1 priority and decisions are always made with this in mind.

Compared to its neighbouring European countries, Albania is relatively unaffected by Coronavirus, however there is still a great deal of uncertainty ahead in terms of travel, quarantine restrictions, and the lifting of the ban on mass gatherings. We’ve left it as late as possible to make this call in the hope that the situation might change, but with the continued uncertainty and risk involved, we needed to finally make a decision. ⠀⠀

We would like to thank all of you who had committed to join us in Dhërmi in September and the incredible support shown to a brand-new festival and our first ever overseas event. Unfortunately, paradise will need to wait.

Whilst we are devastated to have to postpone this year’s ION Festival, we know the wait will be worth it. We will be looking to replicate line-up like for like.

As promised, ticket holders have two options:

Option 1: Move your booking to 2021 - any amounts paid, except the deposit, will be automatically refunded. We are also offering 40€ in drink tokens to those moving to 2021.

Option 2: Cancel your booking and request a refund

By moving your booking to 2021 you will not only guarantee your spot, but also support ION and individuals that depend on us.

Please look after yourselves and your loved ones. We look forward to seeing you all in Dhërmi next year when conditions are much more favourable.


AMEND BOOKING

 

Moving your booking to 2021

If you decide to move your booking to 2021, we will automatically process a refund of any amounts paid towards your booking, except the deposit.

This option will allow you to guarantee your spot for 2021 and keep your accommodation with just a small financial commitment. You won’t have to pay anything further until the new final balance date which is set for 31st of March 2021. We will also honour the €40 in drinks tokens that were offered a couple months back.

By moving your booking to 2021, you will support the hundreds of employees, freelancers, suppliers and local businesses that depend on ION. If you are in the position to do so, your support will be greatly appreciated.

 

Cancelling your booking and requesting a refund

If you don’t want to attend next year, you can cancel your booking and request a refund via the form linked below. Refunds will be processed within 60 days of the closure of the form.

Please note the booking fee of £10 per person is not refundable. The booking fee covers part of the cost of the staff and the infrastructure required to provide our booking service, as well as the payment card-processing fees that we incur on each transaction, both on the original payment as well as the refund.

Also note that if you decide to move your booking to 2021, you would still be able to cancel your booking at any point before the final balance date on March 31st, and you would only lose your deposit. If you move your booking to 2021, we will automatically refund any amounts paid towards your booking, except the deposit.

 

Split decisions within the same group

If not everyone in your group can make the same choice, the lead passenger will be able to register different options for every passenger in the booking.

If you want to split your group, the remaining passengers in the booking will need to change accommodation to fit the new group size, unless you have multiple rooms in your booking and entire rooms can be cancelled. Those who need to change accommodation to fit their new group size will be able to do so later this year.

Eg. a group of 6 people split into 3x 2pax rooms where 4 want to move to 2021 and 2 want a refund. The 4 passengers can move to 2021 and keep their 2x 2pax rooms while the other 2 passengers can cancel their room and request a refund.

Eg. a group of 3 people staying in a 3pax room where 2 people want to move to 2021 and 1 wants a refund. The 2 passengers can move to 2021 and select a new 2pax accommodation later this year. The 3rd person can request a refund.

 

How to change or refund your flights

We have compiled below some helpful information about how to change your flight to September 2021 or request a refund.

 

FLIGHT GUIDE

2020 LINEUP

A-FUTURE • ADRIATIQUE • ALTIN BOSHNJAKU • ANDY LUFF • B.TRAITS

BEN UFO • BESA M • BLAWAN • BUDDY LOVE • CHAOS IN THE CBD • CRAIG RICHARDS • DANIEL AVERY

DASHA RUSH • DAX J • DJ MASDA • ECLAIR FIFI • ELLIS • FERRO • FLOATING POINTS DJ

GEMZA • GEORGE FITZGERALD DJ • HAAi • HAMISH & TOBY • HÉCTOR OAKS • HELENA HAUFF

HESSLE AUDIO • IMOGEN • JAMES CREED • JASSS • JAYSON WYNTERS • JEFF MILLS • JENNIFER CARDINI

JOSH TWEEK • KARENN LIVE • KIRSTI • KRANKBROTHER • LEO LUMEZI • LOGIC1000 • MARCEL DETTMANN

MARIBOU STATE DJ • NICOLAS LUTZ • NINA KRAVIZ • ODA HALITI • PANGAEA • PEARSON SOUND

RADIOACTIVE MAN • REISS • ROBIN ORDELL • RØDHÅD • ROMAN FLÜGEL • SAM BANGURA • SONJA MOONEAR

THE GHOST • TIJANA T • TOMI GJ • TRULY MADLY • VOIGTMANN

2020 MUSIC PARTNERS

EAT YOUR OWN EARS • EON RECORDS • HALF BAKED

JUNCTION 2 • KRANKBROTHER

PICNIC • VBX

A-FUTURE • ADRIATIQUE

ALTIN BOSHNJAKU • ANDY LUFF

B.TRAITS • BEN UFO • BESA M

BLAWAN • BUDDY LOVE

CHAOS IN THE CBD

CRAIG RICHARDS • DANIEL AVERY

DASHA RUSH • DAX J

DJ MASDA • ECLAIR FIFI • ELLIS

FERRO • FLOATING POINTS DJ

GEMZA • GEORGE FITZGERALD

HAAi • HAMISH & TOBY

HÉCTOR OAKS • HELENA HAUFF

HESSLE AUDIO • IMOGEN

JAMES CREED • JASS

JAYSON WYNTERS • JEFF MILLS

JENNIFER CARDINI • JOSH TWEEK

KARENN LIVE • KIRSTI

KRANKBROTHER • LEO LUMEZI

LOGIC1000 • MARCEL DETTMANN

MARIBOU STATE DJ

NICOLAS LUTZ • NINA KRAVIZ

ODA HALITI • PANGAEA

PEARSON SOUND • RADIOACTIVE MAN

REISS • RØDHÅD • ROBIN ORDELL

ROMAN FLÜGEL • SAM BANGURA

SONJA MOONEAR • THE GHOST

TIJANA T • TOMI GJ

TRULY MADLY • VOIGTMANN

2020 MUSIC PARTNERS

EAT YOUR OWN EARS

EON RECORDS

HALF BAKED

JUNCTION 2

KRANKBROTHER

PICNIC

VBX



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ABOUT ION

ION is a different kind of music event, one where you’re invited to get outside the usual festival fences and have a real holiday experience.

For everyone who chooses to come with us on this extended summer party, ION will be a week filled with new encounters and 3,000 like-minded friends, all soundtracked by electronic music’s best artists.

ION Festival Albania
ION Festival Albania

STAGES

The Main Stage

The Main Stage is an open-air haven, a safe harbour set into a private cove. Here you can keep on dancing until the early morning when the warm sunrise spreads over the brilliant blue sea.

The Bunker

Hidden away from prying eyes, this huge indoor space of blasted concrete pillars and labyrinthine passageways is one of the most atmospheric buildings we’ve ever seen.

The Deck

For lazy days and balmy nights, our beachside stage is a spacious outdoor area in which to enjoy the music of those selectors who know how to soundtrack summer memories.

The Cove

An intimate, sandy paradise on the water’s edge. As the heat of the afternoon gives way to night-time hedonism, this stage transforms from a chilled-out sun trap to dance central.

The Yacht Club

Jutting out over the Ionian Sea from its position on top of a rocky outcrop, festival goers can dance into the wee hours and enjoy the coast’s epic panorama from this slick, modern terrace.

Additional Experiences

The Canyon

Located near to Gjipe beach, the stage is enclosed by a dramatic, imposing rock face and is only accessible by boat and is set to provide one of the most memorable parties of the week.

The Castle

Up on a rocky hill, where it commands stunning views of the clear blue seas below, this hulking, abandoned castle was built in the early 19th century. Spectacular is an understatement.

The Sub Base

This ex-military submarine base is an untapped techno behemoth set into the side of a mountain. All stone and rusting steel, this underground lair is now only used for navy training.

STAGES

Additional Experiences

ION Festival Albania
ION Festival Albania

LINEUP

A-Future

Adriatique

Altin Boshnjaku

Andy Luff

B. Traits

Ben UFO

Besa M

Blawan

Buddy Love

Chaos in the CBD

Craig Richards

DAX J

DJ Masda

Daniel Avery

Dasha Rush

Eclair Fifi

Ferro

Floating Points DJ

Frankel & Harper

George Fitzgerald DJ

HAAi

Hamish & Toby

Héctor Oaks

Helena Hauff

Hessle Audio

Imogen

JASSS

James Creed

Jayson Wynters

Jeff Mills

Jennifer Cardini

Josh Tweek

Karenn

Krankbrother

Leo Lumezi

Logic1000

Marcel Dettmann

Maribou State DJ

Nicolas Lutz

Nina Kraviz

ODA Haliti

Pangaea

Pearson Sound

Radioactive Man

Reiss

Robin Ordell

Rødhåd

Roman Flügel

Sam Bangura

Sonja Moonear

The Ghost

Tijana T

Tomi Gjikuria

Truly Madly

Voigtmann

Music Partners

LINEUP

Music Partners

ION Festival Albania
ION Festival Albania

ACCOMMODATION

ION benefits from having the majority of its accommodation in the village of Dhërmi and nearby Dhërmi town. This means attendees can get the most out of their experience without having to spend time travelling to venues or having problems getting home after a long night.

There will be a range of options for festival goers, with all rooms being in clean, modern hotels, many of which have stellar views of the gorgeous scenery, all at excellent prices. Best of all, no boiling hot tents or sleeping on the hard ground.

3* HOTEL

2 people from £252pp

3 people from £215pp

4 people from £196pp

4* HOTEL

2 people from £269pp

3 people from £237pp

4 people from £223pp

5* HOTEL

2 people from £585pp

3 people from £436pp

ACCOMMODATION

ION benefits from having the majority of its accommodation in the village of Dhërmi and nearby Dhërmi town. This means attendees can get the most out of their experience without having to spend time travelling to venues or having problems getting home after a long night.

There will be a range of options for festival goers, with all rooms being in clean, modern hotels, many of which have stellar views of the gorgeous scenery, all at excellent prices. Best of all, no boiling hot tents or sleeping on the hard ground.

ION Festival Albania
ION Festival Albania

TICKETS

2nd release tickets selling fast. Tickets increase in price on Tuesday 10th March.

All tickets to ION are sold with accommodation. This is to avoid overinflated rates during the festival week and to ensure sustainable prices for ION for this year and beyond.

We aim to provide the best festival experience and being able to manage the accommodation for our guests enables us to deliver a smoother event. We charge hotels and apartments the same commission as Airbnb, so this makes your price better too.

We will also be operating the following payment plan options for tickets. Please note there will be no additional costs to take advantage of these:

£50 deposit

Festival ticket and accommodation

£150 deposit

Festival ticket, accommodation and flights


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RESTORATION

In addition to its week-long run time, the immersive and secluded nature of ION means there’s also plenty of time and opportunity for everyone to experience a wide range of activities outside of music.

We deeply believe in the positive connection between music, nature and wellbeing. As a result, ION’s vibrant musical programme is accompanied by restorative activities to enhance your trip, inviting you to decompress and make the most of the unspoiled surroundings as you move between festival and holiday modes.

ION Festival Albania
ION Festival Albania

NUTRITION

ION will cover dietary requirements with a wide range of locally-sourced food options that are fresh and reasonably priced. For those who haven’t visited Albania before, the food is often described as a tasty mix of Greek, Italian and Turkish flavours, so there’s plenty of dishes you’ll already know in addition to the rich, slow-cooked recipes that the country’s known for.

As it’s on the coast, the seafood in this region is also especially good. All the fruits and vegetables used in the local restaurants are fresh, and we think that attendees will love the choice, value and quality on offer. Don’t miss the opportunity to try burek, an indigenous pastry that can be either sweet or savoury and is loved throughout the Balkans.

ION Festival Albania
ION Festival Albania

FAQs

  • Option 1 : Move your booking to 2021 - any amounts paid, except the deposit, will be automatically refunded
  • Option 2 : Cancel your booking and request a refund

If you decide to move your booking to 2021, we will automatically process a refund of any amounts paid towards your booking, except the deposit.

This option will allow you to guarantee your spot for 2021 and keep your accommodation with just a small financial commitment. You won’t have to pay anything further until the new final balance date which is set for 31st of March 2021. We will also honour the €40 in drinks tokens that were offered a couple months back.

By moving your booking to 2021, you will support the hundreds of employees, freelancers, suppliers and local businesses that depend on ION. If you are in the position to do so, your support will be greatly appreciated.

We have emailed you a form on June 9th and we ask that you submit your choice by June 18th.

ION will take place 8th to 15th of September 2021. It’s safe to say that the long-awaited reunion is going to be a truly special one!

We are in talks with the artists about the new dates. While we cannot guarantee yet that all of them will be able to perform next year, we are working to have the same or better line-up.

If everyone in your booking is moving to 2021 yes, your entire booking will be transferred to 2021 and all amounts paid, except the deposit will be automatically refunded.

If some passengers in your booking decide not to move to 2021 you will have to change accommodation, unless you have multiple rooms in your booking and are able to release some of them and accommodate the remaining passengers in the remaining rooms.

Rooms must be at full occupancy. The accommodation in Dhermi is very limited and thi allows us to ensure everyone has the chance to get a ticket and enjoy the Kala experience.

Eg. a group of 6 people split into 3x 2pax rooms where 4 want to move to 2021 and 2 want a refund. The 4 passengers can move to 2021 and keep their 2x 2pax rooms while the other 2 passengers can cancel their room and request a refund.

Eg. a group of 3 people staying in a 3pax room where 2 people want to move to 2021 and 1 wants a refund. The 2 passengers can move to 2021 and select a new 2pax accommodation later this year. The 3rd person can request a refund.

If you wish to change your accommodation or need to do it to match your new group size, please select this option in the form.

Your current accommodation will be released from your booking and we will give you the chance to pick a new hotel later this year before the remaining tickets go on sale.

The process will be very similar to when you booked your tickets. We will upload all the accommodation options available to our site and send the link via email to everyone who needs or wants to change accommodation. Deposits will be reduced to £1 to facilitate the change.

Yes, all extras will be credited to your booking. You can then choose to assign them for 2021 as you wish.

The final balance date will be moved to 31st March 2020. This means that you will be able to keep your booking until that date without having to make any further payments. You will be able to cancel at any time before the final date and you would only lose your deposit.

If you booked a flight package, the flight cost will be removed from booking and you will be able to book your own flights. We won't have flight packages next year.

If you booked your flights separately, you need to arrange this directly with the airline. Please see the flight FAQs for detailed information for each airline.


FLIGHT GUIDE

 

Refunds will be processed within 60 days. We will email you once the refund is on its way.

If you decide to move your booking to 2021, we will automatically refund all amounts paid towards your booking except the deposit, which is £50 per person for standard packages and £100 per person for flight packages.

If you decide to cancel your booking, we will refund the entirety of your booking minus the booking fee, and any admin fees incurred such as name or accommodation changes.

The booking fee covers part of the cost of the staff and the infrastructure required to provide our booking service, as well as the payment card-processing fees that we incur on each transaction, both on the original payment as well as the refund.

If you booked a flight package with us yes, you will get a refund for your flight too.

If you have booked your flights separately, you need to arrange this directly with the airline. Please see the flight FAQs for detailed information for each airline.

Any extras that you purchased directly from the airline such as baggage or extra legroom seats will be refunded directly by the airline once the airline processes the refund request.


FLIGHT GUIDE

 

Refunds will be sent to the card that you used to pay for your booking. If your group paid over 10 instalments with 5 different cards, the refund will come back to those 5 cards in 10 payments.

The total amount received across all passengers will add up to the total refund and you may need to transfer amounts between yourselves.

Also note that refunds will be processed in chronological order and some payments may arrive several days before the others so please be patient if there are any amounts missing.

We are only able to process refunds to the card or bank account you paid with. If your card is no longer in use, you may need to contact the bank to arrange for this to be cleared.

The current final balance date is set for the end of May which is still some time away. The final balance date can’t be extended as this is in line with deposits that need to be paid to all hotels and suppliers across the trip. It is important that deadlines are maintained to ensure our guests have a smooth trip and experience.

If the FCO travel restrictions continue then you will be given a refund or the chance to move your package to 2021. If this is the case we will be back in 2021 even stronger and hope you can join us then. If you booked a flight package with ION then you will be given a refund for your flight too. If you booked flights directly then you would need to contact the airline or check their website for further updates. All airlines operate their own policies so we would advise to follow guidance on their sites.

If you are no longer able to attend due to any of your own or groups circumstances, then the standard cancellation terms will apply. Please check the T&C’s in your confirmation email for further information.

The safety of our guests, crew, artists, and the residents of Dhërmi is our number one priority.. We will be consistently reassessing the global situation and will keep all our guests up to date.

If by the end of May we do not feel that we can ensure a safe or stable event for our guests, ION 2020 will be cancelled and guests will receive the choice to either move their trip to 2021 or be given a full refund minus fees. These fees will be very low and are to cover the bare minimum of running costs to ensure all staff that have worked on the project can get paid and that the event can go ahead next year.

This will be done before the final balance date to ensure that guests do not have to pay any more money before this decision is made.

There are several reasons why currently we feel we should go ahead with ION. We feel a sense of responsibility to our customers who have bought a ticket in good faith to go on this journey with us. We also feel a sense of responsibility towards the hundreds of employees, contractors, freelancers, suppliers, and local businesses that depend on us for income.

Additionally, as you will all be very aware, the global situation is changing rapidly. Therefore we want to give you, and ourselves, as long as is possible and fair before making a decision.

We have been pouring our hearts and souls into this new festival for almost a year and hope that this hard work will come to fruition and be shared with you in September.

Yes - our Event Management team is following the recommendations of scientific and health agencies and will be putting additional measures in place to minimise the risks, as well as distributing additional guidance commensurate to the situation at the time of the event.

There is still potential for circumstances to change further down the line and we will continue to monitor and make assessments as best we possibly can with all the relevant authorities. We currently feel confident that we can run a safe trip in September.

The global situation has changed dramatically over the past month and there is every chance that it could change for the better between now and the end of May. We hope that this happens and that everyone can experience the first ION Festival. We are hoping that we can have a much needed holiday after being locked in for so long. For now, we will stay positive and work hard to be able to deliver a magical week on the Riviera.

The safety of our guests, crew, artists and the residents of Dhërmi is our number one priority. We will be reassessing the global situation every few weeks going forward and will keep all our guests up to date. If by the end of May we do not feel that we can ensure a safe event for our guests, ION 2020 will be cancelled and guests will receive a full refund. This will be done before the final balance date to ensure that guests do not have to pay any more money before this decision is made.

No, all ION tickets are sold with accommodation. This is to avoid over-inflated rates during the festival week and to ensure sustainable prices for ION for this year and beyond. We aim to provide the best festival experience and being able to manage the accommodation for our guests enables us to deliver a smoother festival. We charge hotels and apartments the same commission as Airbnb so this only makes your price better.

Local tickets and packages will be available via our partner Rave Travel. You can email us on info@ionalbania.com to join the waiting list for local tickets and we will notify you when these go on sale.

ION takes place in Dhërmi, a coastal village on the Albanian Riviera located between the cities of Sarandë and Vlorë. It is the most beautiful spot on the entire coastline and a true hidden gem.

We recommend coming in via Corfu, which offers lower flight prices and an easier, more picturesque journey to Dhërmi. We organise boat transfers from Corfu port to Himarë or Sarandë for passport control, then the final leg of the trip is by bus. The bus, which is included in the price, will drop you off at a location near your accommodation in Dhërmi.

Alternatively, you can fly to Tirana but you would have to arrange your own transportation to ION. Taxis from Tirana cost around 70€-100€ per journey.

The best option is to take a taxi from the airport to Corfu Port (Kerkira). It takes about 15 min.

You can see the transfer timetable during the booking process.

No, transfer tickets can only be purchased during the booking process.

We will let you know when we need these and details, as well as how they need to be inputted.

You can come for the full week Wednesday-Wednesday, from Friday-Monday or anytime in between! We have three arrival days (Wednesday 2nd, Thursday 3rd, Friday 4th September) and three departure days (Monday 7th, Tuesday 8th, Wednesday 9th).

All accommodation options are shown during the booking process, based on how may are in your party.

Yes. Name changes incur an admin fee of £20 per name. Changes of flight times or dates should be dealt with directly with the airline. Please be aware that airlines may also charge their own fees. We allow name changes until a few weeks prior to the event. Accommodation and date changes are also possible, these also incur an admin charge of £20pp. please contact us in info@ionalbania.com with any questions.

Absolutely, we strongly recommend going out and exploring the country. To do this you will need to book a package without flights (ticket & accommodation only). This way you can book your own travel arrangements to Dhermi and explore where you would like. Please note that there is no car hire available in Dhermi, but you can get a taxi to Saranda after the festival to hire a car and explore further.

There are only 3000 tickets available this year.

Many hotels are within walking distance of ION, there will also be a regular shuttle bus running to and from the festival for any guests staying in Drymades or Dhërmi town. Tickets for the shuttle bus are available via the ticket page or manage booking.

Dhërmi is a small coastal village, there are medical services, bars, restaurants and several small shops. There is only one ATM in Dhermi and another in Drymades. You will need cash for restaurants and local shops but the festival area (bars, festival market) are contactless and you can use your RFID wristband to pay there.

Restaurants are cheap and a meal will cost between £5 - £15. It's hard to say if places will increase prices during ION as this happens at a lot of festivals in Croatia from experience but customers will still be able to get cheap meals. Supermarkets are limited but do sell alcohol. Drink prices will vary from bar to bar ranging from €4-€8 depending on the selected drink.

The festival program is designed to allow for days to party, relax and explore the incredible surroundings. Besides the music events, we also offer a roster of fun-filled activities and wellbeing content, from yoga and beach massages to kayaking, snorkelling, paragliding and day excursions to explore the natural wonders of the Albanian Riviera.

The festival takes place between Wednesday 2nd and the early hours of Wednesday 9th September. There will be smaller venues and stages open every day, although the main acts perform between Thursday and Monday.

Running times vary during the week. Some stages are open only during the day, while others will host sunset sets and some will run through the night till sunrise. The full schedule will be released closer to the event. A lot of thought has been put into programming each stage in careful balance to each other. There will be peaks and crescendos, as well as adequate time for decompression and restoration. To round out our time together, the week will come to an end with a unifying closing party.

Our Restoration program includes yoga, meditation, sound journeys and beach massages, inviting you to decompress, soothe aching limbs and reconnect with your surroundings as you move between festival and holiday modes.

No. Restoration sessions and treatments at a charge of €8 each, to discourage drop-outs. Places are limited, make sure to reserve your spot via this website once the Restoration timetable is announced. This year we are donating the proceeds of the Restoration program to national Albanian charity, Fundjave Ndryshe, who build houses, schools and hospitals for those living in poverty across Albania, as well as providing earthquake relief.



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