Unum Festival, First Unrestricted Festival Happened Last Weekend in Europe

Thousand of Revellers Attend First Festival in Albania – Backed by Albanian Government 

Albania’s Unum Festival took place this last week as the first unrestricted festival in Europe with no hiccups and just pure joy coming from all the clubbers. The whole festival was supported by the Albanian Government through the Ministry of Tourism and Environment and Ministry of Health.
Over the whole event, close to 14,000 people turned up from all over England, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Spain and even Israel, the USA, with 3,300 people from Kosovo,2,600 from Albania and 2,050 from other Balkan places such as Montenegro, Serbia, Romania and Macedonia. The country of Albania dropped all restrictions because of the low overall contagion rate in the country, recording only two new infections on Saturday. At the event, 100% of staff – both local and overseas – were fully vaccinated. Gloves and masks where mandatory for the cleaning team and toilets and mass-access areas were disinfected regularly. As a result, so far everyone who had to do a PCR test on their way back home has tested negative. 
The happy smiling faces at the event were a thing to behold – everyone in attendance was beaming from ear to ear, delighted to be hugging each other and in close, cuddly proximity to other dancers. After such a long time away from the communal experience that is a dance music festival, many people were literally hopping with joy as things got underway. People climbed on each others shoulders, high-fived and made new friendships quickly and freely right from the first beat. 
Says the Director of UNUM Festival, Kushtrim Sahiti, “In the wake of one of the worse years for the music industry, UNUM Festival came as ship of hope in the sea of don’t and do’s for Festivals and events of this size. It was a huge success and we’re exhausted but glad that we managed to give music back to the people. And even better, it sure was hella good music!”
After debuting in 2019 and missing 2020, Unum finally got to build on its impressive early momentum with heady techno sounds, a gorgeous setting on the Albanian Riviera and a crowd so up for it they’d have dance for a week let alone a weekend. After some warm up sets for those who arrived on the Thursday, Friday really finds the festival hit its stride. There are three stages in all with music on the Main Stage, the Pine Stage and on the Beach Stage all playing late into the night. Each one is a mass of writing bodies, dancing energetically from the first to the last beat. 

(Photo credits: Romanian Club Culture)

The beautiful Pine Stage, set amongst the tall, sweet smelling trees was a real standout and is fast becoming one of the most iconic in the European scene. The music runs on for 24 hours straight with standout performances from Frenchman Dyed Soundorom who played a deep, groovy set of house music that was as warm and balmy as the sun kissed day time had been. Raresh also lit up the place with a solo set before he went back to back with Praslea as Pralesh which was one of the festival highlights for five hot and unforgettable hours later on the Sunday morning. It is fitting that such a special stage was brought to a close by a suitably special DJ with the one and only Ricardo Villalobos closing it down with a left of centre masterclass on Monday morning. The world class underground sounds were in fine flow for the whole weekend, with master minimalists Cap, John Dimas, Digby and Cesare Merveille all getting particularly good crowd reactions as they waved their way through slick, stripped back sounds, the odd playful party classic and plenty of deeply dug out delights. 
The crowd is made up of eager locals and few people from various spots around Europe who had navigate restrictions to make their way here. They were in loud voice on the Main Stage when techno titan and Cocoon chief Sven Vath drew the biggest crowd and really served up a huge set on Friday and Saturday. Berghain’s Ben Klock also brought his heavyweight techno sounds on Friday and Saturday next to party-ready cuts from Leon. The Beach Stage was a great place to hang during the day. The views out to sea are epic, the open beaches inviting and the soundtrack first class from the likes of Jamie Roy and Traumer who really found a perfect musical sweet spot to match the atmospheric vibe. 
All in all this was a fantastic first dance back for many people after so long away. 

Apollonia, Chris Liebing, Dixon and more hitting Sonus Festival 2015

Summer techno adventure Sonus Festival reveal Apollonia, Chris LiebingDixonGutiJoseph CapriatiLucianoPan-PotRicardo VillalobosSven Väth and tINI as just some of artists set for their third expedition this summer, with many names still to come. Find 10,000 party people from across the globe at Sonus Festival from the 16th-20th August, taking place in hedonistic Croatia hotspot Zcre Beach, all destined for unrivalled party vibes soundtracked by the most respected selectors from international house and techno circuits.
Parisian supergroup Apollonia bring deep-tech sounds to this sun-drenched affair, whilst Barac presents minimal electronica, and Berlin mystery man Binh demonstrates incredible mixing skills. Hot talent Dan Andrei, whose refreshing sound draws influence from hip-hop, soul and funk plays, meeting sets from worldwide favourite Dixon, FUSE head-honcho Enzo Siragusa and eclectic duo Hold Youth keep the crowds dancing, plus emotive maestro Guti plays a special live show.
Techno enthusiasts have lots to look forward to at this years instalment, as the genres powerhouses set the pace; including Joseph Capriati, a pioneer of the current scene and a major voice in shaping future of the sound. After an incredible appearance last year, techno mainstay Chris Liebing returns, plus revered duet Pan-Pot, and Desolat boss Loco Dice all aboard for this summer soiree. Founding fatherSven Väth provides dark blends, whilst innovator Ricardo Villalobos and driving force Richie Hawtin all step up throughout this underground escapade, all intrinsic parts of the techno scenes fabric.
Further promising to provide one unforgettable musical feast, Sonus Festival unites even more global artists, joining the dots between the ever-evolving genres of dance music. Cadenza frontman Luciano brings his signature feel-good energy, with climbing star Mariano Mateljan, and the leading lady of tech-house, tINI all stepping up. Making final additions to this initial release is Slovenian techno heroValentino Kanzyani, topped off with multi-talented producer, DJ and Panorama Bar resident Zip. And this is just the beginning as more names are to be revealed throughout the new year.

Hideout Festival announces Ricardo Villalobos, Claude Von Stroke, Erol Alkan and more

With Early Bird tickets SOLD OUT the 2012 line-up is sure to excite, including the likes of Ricardo VillalobosJamie JonesAnnie MacPearson SoundErol Alkan,Claude Von StrokeSkream, Skrillex, Four Tet & Caribou and many more confirmed to appear. With increased capacity, added parties and more, Hideout 2012 is cementing its position as the biggest new European dance festival in the calendar; truly giving Ibiza a run-for-its-money as the hottest destination in the world for electronic and dance music.

Ricardo Villalobos

Having completely sold out of all 7,000 tickets for this summer’s inaugural event and due to the extreme demand electronic music fans across the UK

 and Europe, Hideout Festival capacity in 2012 is being increased and a fourth venue is being added to the festival.  In addition to Papaya,Aquarius 1 and Aquarius 2 dance fans will also be able to experience their favourite artists, producers and DJs in Kalypso, Zcre Beach’s most infamous nightclub, right next to the sea and surrounded by palm trees adding an exciting new dimension to the festival layout. In addition to this, to accommodate the extra capacity, Hideout Festival will now have even more apartments available in the town of Novaljia and surrounding areas – just down the road from the action and right next to all the bars, pubs, restaurants and the beach.

In line with the festival’s rapid expansion, the team behind Hideout Festival 2012 are pulling out all the stops with the music programme and are proud to present what will be one of the biggest line-ups of dance and electronic artists anywhere in the world. Sound Channel and The Warehouse Project are delighted to be welcome Chilean minimal tech genius Ricardo Villalobos, who will be making his debut at Hideout Festival next year. Joining Ricardo in the minimal tech and deep house corner are Crosstown Rebels contingent including Jamie Jones andDamian Lazarus both of which appeared at last year’s Hideout. Robert James is returning this year to resonate the Hideout airwaves with his underground house and techno joined by forward thinking Soul Clap who will bring their creative genius to the shores of Croatia as they remix to the rising sun.

Also confirmed for debut appearances at Hideout Festival 2012 is one half of Magnetic Man, Skream and Artwork, and drum ‘n’ bass legendsHype and DJ Fresh, none of which needs any introduction, while dubstep superstar de jour Skrillex has confirmed to make a very special appearance at Hideout next year. Jack Beats will be back once more, the multiple award winning DJ duo made up of Niall Dailly (DJ Plus One of Scratch Perverts fame) and Ben Geffin (The Mixologists), will no doubt cause dance floor mayhem. 

Erol Alkan

Elsewhere in the line-up some familiar faces return to Hideout Festival 2012 having debuted at this year’s inaugural event.  Annie MacErol AlkanJulio Bashmore and Andy C have all been confirmed for next year’s bigger and better festival while Hideout Festival is excited to be welcoming for the first time the much-loved purveyors of eclectic electronic Four Tet & Caribou, Norwegian ‘space disco’ pioneer Prins Thomas, David Kennedy’s Pearson Sound, dirtybird records founder and all-round nice guy Claude VonStroke and New Boston upstart Kyle Hall.

French icon, Brodinski is set for Hideout Festival 2012, bringing with him his eclectic taste in everything electronic; unlike his Parisian piers, Louis Brodinski encompasses all from noisy techno to heavy house, ensuring clubbers will never know what is coming. After much success in the Drum and Bass game, Camo and Krooked will hit Hideout Festival this year, the two producers are now opening their minds up to a whole lot of their past influences, exploring deep house and techno, Hideout Festival is most definitely in for a treat. Adding once again to the experimental feel of Hideout Festival 2012 is Maceo Plex, who is on a mission to bring feeling to the electronic genre, pioneering a totally new sound his presence ensures Hideout Festivals credentials once more.  

Benjamin Pettit, better known as DJ Zinc will be bringing the crack house experience at Hideout Festival 2012. Hot Natured resident and part of the Hot Creations inner circle, home-grown talent Richy Ahmed is hotly tipped by our personal favourites such as Jamie Jones, making him a must see at this year’s festival. Canadian born Heidi will also be debuting this year at Hideout Festival.

Large scale parties will be hosted throughout the festival by the likes of Crosstown Rebels, Manchester’s Drop The Mustard, London’s prolificMulletover and more will join the cream of clubbing to spread Hideout into a weeklong party. Hideout Festival will see so much more than a three day electronic extravaganza, a single £99 festival ticket includes pre-parties that kickoff from 26th June and continue all the way up to 29th June, meaning clubbers can expect a week long music epidemic all for much less than a UK festival ticket.

Lineup so far

Special Guest: SKRILLEX