When you first step foot into the Kala Festival grounds, you might get confused. Initially, it may seem like you’ve traveled all this way for a beach holiday. But that’s what’s so spectacular about this festival: although new to the scene, it’s managed to make itself stand out by seamlessly blending dance music, paradise, and party. And in a stunning location, no less – it’s the perfect excuse to travel to a hidden seaside town by the Ionian Coast in the Albanian Riviera. Sparkling cerulean seas, golden beaches, your favorite dance music legends playing for several days during the height of European summer….if that sounds too good to be true, it isn’t.
The Kala Festival is an opportunity to disconnect from the real world and spend your days dancing barefoot on the sand to dreamlike dance music in an unspoiled, dreamlike paradise.
Along the way, you’ll be making friends with incredible people from all over the world. There will be parties both day and night taking place along the Albanian Riviera. In between all that dancing, you’ll have opportunities to rejuvenate with tons of sports including snorkelling, paragliding, and kayaking. Or, you could also take advantage of the beach massages and sunset yoga. Come for the music, the experience, or the destination: the Kala Festival will serve as your getaway for an unforgettable summer holiday.
This year’s lineup features a carefully curated lineup filled with a string of live acts, diverse DJs and exclusive extended sets. Eye-catching additions include Hunee, Derrick May, Theo Parrish, Midland & Job Jobs, all of whom will play exclusive 5-hour extended sessions. A range of DJ’s will play across the week-long festival, including Honey Dijon, Francois K, Sassy J and San Soda; among many other impressive names. East African heritage inspired Mim Suleiman will join Inner City and Jordan Rakei as part of the many live performance acts. Gijpe residents Brian Not Brian, Jan Schulte, Jamie Tiller, John Gómez, Lauren Hansom and Nick The Record will return to the secluded beach forest stage. See the full lineup here.
Kala Festival takes place at Dhermi, a seaside town along the Ionian coast. The festival grounds will be put up alongside existing establishments such as beach bars and restaurants to create a spacious dance area with several stages surrounded by palm trees.
Attendees will either be arriving via flight into Corfu or Tirana. From Corfu, you can take the official Kala boat to the festival venue; but from Tirana you can take a car. After the festival or exploring more of Albania, head back to Corfu with the boat transfers. Once in Corfu, your best bet for getting around efficiently is to rent a car. Corfu is a massive island, and to see all the sights efficiently you’ll need a vehicle. Alternatively, public transportation options include bus and taxi services.
Kala Festival tickets are already inclusive of accommodations, which offer a great array for you to choose from. Affordable yet cozy beach huts, fancy apartments, Airbnb’s and luxury hotels are available to cater to all budget types. Head to the map below for the best deals in Dhermi.
This corner of Europe is nothing short of stunning during the summers. Since you’re already in Albania, why not check out some of the incredible yet isolated tropical beaches? The gorgeous white-sands of Gjipe Beach make it the perfect destination for recharging after the festival.
The charming coastal towns are also worthy of a visit. Spend some time exploring Dhermi, an unassuming resort town filled with lots of hidden gems. You’ll need a car to see the many sights, beaches, and towns. Sip a cold beer on the beach and enjoy sumptuous Balkan, Greek, and Italian food.
Kala Festival will be taking place from June 12-19, 2019.
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