With the UK and large parts of Europe currently under siege from COVID-19 attention turns to other areas of the world that perhaps offers a safe haven for festival-goers. Albania is one of those areas. Albania is slowly emerging as one of the freshest festival locations and with breathtaking scenery, remote and untouched backdrops and stunning summer weather Ion Festival ticks all the boxes for an overseas electronic music festival.
Running from Wednesday, September 8th to Wednesday, September 15th 2021 the week-long Ion Festival is comprised of a clutch of parties that will take place across the 8 finely curated stages and will play host to a melting pot of underground sounds, styles, and vibes. Just one look at the festival partners that are on board should tell you all you need to know about how good this will be. Eat Your Own Ears, EON Records, Half Baked, Junction 2, Krankbrother, Picnic, Say It Loud and VBX are all on board so residents such as Andy Luff, Ferro, Hamish & Toby, Krankbrother, Reiss, Robin Ordell, Sam Bangura, Truly Madly are just the jumping off point for this action-packed week.
One of the main elements of this festival is uniting the underground and they have covered some very impressive basses. More minimal leanings sounds will be delivered by the likes of Sonja Moonear, DJ Masda, Nicolas Lutz, Voigtmann, Josh Tweek, and James Creed Aka The Ghost. Meanwhile, Techno will be catered for by a range of influential artists such as Carl Craig, Jeff Mills, Dax J, Karenn (live), Nina Kraviz, Marcel Dettmann, HAAi, Tijana T, and Daniel Avery.
Further electronic sounds will be explored by a range of artists that include the Hessle Audio team that is made up of Ben UFO, Pangaea, and Pearson Sound. They will be joined across the week by B.Traits, Bambounou, Batu, Maribou State DJ, Roman Flugel, George Fitzgerald DJ, and a range of local artists. Electro and breaks from of the finest artists in the game will come via Radioactive Man, DJ Stingray, A-Future, and Helena Hauff. Finally, House music will be more than taken care of by royalty Larry Heard also known as Mr. Fingers who will perform live, he will be joined by Chaos in CBD, Eclair Fifi, Floating Points DJ, and Jennifer Cardini. Brighter days are coming folks and with events like this popping up on the horizon, there is plenty to look forward to in 2021.