Dear ION family,
Following the most recent travel announcement from the UK Government, we are extremely sorry to announce that ION Festival will not be able to take place in September 2021.
ION is a unique event, during which we will fully take over a working village and turn it into an active and pedestrianised festival site, where we all live and party in a slice of paradise for 7 days.
Despite Albania currently reporting significantly low infections and having no entry restriction in place, the UK Government’s announcement, as reflected across most EU countries, is still advising against traveling there. Whilst we welcome the UK Government’s intention to eventually allow quarantine-free travel from amber list countries for people who are fully vaccinated, there is still no clarity as to when this might happen. With so little time until the event and our position not improving, we are forced to make this heart-breaking decision once again.
We would like to thank our accommodation partners who have been hugely supportive towards ION throughout. As you know, all packages to the festival are sold with accommodation in the village / festival site. This vision brings us all together in close proximity, guarantees accessibility and crucially, ensures that we are able to manage hotel prices to represent an extremely cost-effective clubbing holiday. However these partners are now at a point where they need our full commitment and where significant payments are necessary in order to proceed. This represents a huge financial risk for us, which is not helped when the outlook is so changeable and there is no insurance.
We fully appreciate that this news will be hugely disappointing to many, however we feel that postponing the festival is in the best interests and fairest to everyone who has committed to coming. We look ahead to 2022 with optimism and excitement and the chance to welcome you all to Dhërmi for an experience none of us will ever forget.