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Useful information ahead of your trip

Ahead of our week-long adventure on the sun-drenched beaches of the Albanian Riviera, we have compiled some essential travel information that you will need to know.

Please read through as this page contains key information about:

  • Travel & transfers
  • Where to collect your wristband
  • How to check into your hotel
  • Festival info & getting around
  • Cashless and how to top ups

You will be able to access this information at any time on this page but may want to save a digital copy to be able to access it offline.

As explained below, Albania is not on the EU roaming list and it’s likely you won’t have access to the internet on your phone when you get there.

Travel Information

Check your passport expiry date

Your passport should be valid for at least three months from the date of entry into Albania.

If your passport expires before the end of August 2024 you need to get a new one asap!

Check in online

Remember to check in online and get boarding passes for all passengers for both the outbound and return leg of your flight, otherwise the airline may charge you.

Make sure to check your baggage allowance for both cabin & hold bags as some airlines have updated their policies recently.

Get travel insurance

The Global health insurance card (GHIC) is not valid in Albania and any healthcare costs can be expensive if you do not have insurance.

If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, please make a Kala staff member aware.

Emergency numbers

The emergency numbers in Albania are listed below. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.

  • General emergency: 112
  • Emergency at sea: 125
  • Police: 129
  • Ambulance: 127
  • Fire brigade: 128
  • Road police: 126
Festival Goers arriving at dock

Don’t forget to pack

  • Passport: We are going abroad!
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat: It gets hot during the day - expecting around 25ºC 😎
  • Beach towel and swimwear
  • Party shoes
  • A couple of warmer layers for evening and boat trips
  • Fitness clothes if you decide to take part in our wellness classes
  • EU travel adapter and phone charger. A power bank is never a bad idea!
  • Waterproof mac - weather is meant to be good but better to be prepared!
  • Mosquito repellent

Spending money

The festival bars operate a cashless system. You will be able to pay for drinks with your wristband.

However, you still need to bring your cards to use at the restaurants and shops in town and some cash to cover the security deposit of your accommodation plus the usual pocket money.

We recommend bringing a Revolut or Monzo card with you to save on card fees.

Local currency

The local currency is LEK. However, Euros are accepted in many places around Albania. If you bring Euros you will be able to exchange them at the local currency exchange office.

There are a couple ATMs on site but bear in mind they charge an 8€ fee to withdraw money.

Hotel security deposit

As with any other holiday accommodation, a security deposit may be required at check-in.

If this is required, it is likely it will have to be paid in cash as most hotels don’t have the facilities to take card payments.

Deposits vary depending on the accommodation type but on average they are between €50 - €150 per person. We recommend bringing this amount in cash.

This amount will be refunded providing the accommodation is left just as found.

On departure, if your transfer leaves early in the morning, make sure to arrange the deposit refund the day before directly with the hotel.

It is your responsibility to arrange this, we won’t be able to collect it for you.

Hotels information

Booking changes

As we need to confirm all final details with the hotels, Wednesday 8th May was the deadline for any booking changes and edits to your booking.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to make any changes to your booking past this date.

Roaming plan or Albanian SIM?

Albania likely won’t be included in your roaming free destinations, which means you will be charged for internet data by your phone provider - and probably quite a lot.

To make your lives easier this year, we have teamed up with an eSim provider, Airalo.

Airalo allows you to download a sim on your phone so you can get data in Albania without juggling multiple physical sims.

Kala customers receive a 10% discount on eSims when you use the link here: https://discover.airalo.com/Kala/

Transfer Information

⛴️ VIA CORFU

Once you land in Corfu, you need to make your own way to Corfu port (Kerkira).

The best way to get there is by taxi - there is a taxi stop right outside the airport, the journey takes about 20 minutes.

Be sure to ask your taxi driver to take you to the International port for Albania rather than the domestic one for the rest of Greece.

* Pro tip: Bring water with you to the port. There can be a slight wait in passing through passport control and temperatures can reach 30-35 degrees.

Transfer info dock

The boat ride

Boats go from Corfu (Greece) to Himarë (Albania). The standard ferry takes about 2hr 45 and the Dolphin (speedy transfers) only 1hr 15.

Enjoy the view while you cruise the Riviera. If you are lucky you may see some dolphins!

The final leg

Once you get to Albania, our festival reps will escort you to the Albanian Customs desk for passport control, then direct you to the coach park before leaving for Dhërmi. This will take between 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending where your hotel is located.

Fancy checking what the journey looks like? Check out our instagram stories of the journey here.

Please note that if the sea is particularly choppy or stormy, the ferries may be redirected to Saranda instead of Himare. This is because the crossing is a lot shorter to & from Corfu, meaning your journey time should be fairly unaffected.

What happens if my flight is delayed?

If your flight is slightly delayed and you miss your boat, we will do our best to accommodate you on the next ferry.

If you are on the last boat and your flight is delayed by more than 30 - 45 minutes you may need to stay in Corfu overnight - check with your travel insurance. If that happens, come to the port the following day so you can hop on the first boat.

If you are going to miss your boat, feel free to whatsapp this number to let us know:

Travel and accommodation emergency
+355 069 216 4835

🚌 VIA TIRANA

Once you land in Tirana, you’ll need to check in with the team members wearing pink hi vis in the arrivals hall. The team will check you in for your transfer and walk you out to the vehicle outside. The journey will take around 3 ½ hours.

You will receive an e-ticket the week before the event. This will contain the name of the transfer stop that is closest to your accommodation. Make sure to check your E-ticket so you know which shuttle stop you will need to be dropped at.

What happens if my flight is delayed?

If your flight has been delayed and you’re concerned you will miss your transfer, please speak to a member of the festival team in the arrivals hall once you’ve landed.

If you have missed the last transfer of the day, please contact the Travel and Accommodation team on +355 069 216 4835

The team will put you in touch with alternative transfer options to get you to Dhermi as swiftly as possible.

Arrival and check-in

Locate your accommodation

Before travelling, please check the accommodation map below and locate your accommodation and the nearest transfer drop off point in advance.

Bear in mind that you might still have a 10-15 min walk before you arrive at your hotel so it‘s vitally important that you know the name of your hotel and how to get there from the shuttle stop.

Unless you get an e-sim or your roaming plan covers Albania, it‘s very likely that you won‘t have internet access on your phone when you get to Albania so please do this before travelling!

Pro tip: save this map on your offline maps so you can access anytime. Check here how to do that 🗺️

Arrival map

Your accommodation name is detailed on your booking confirmation email. You can search for your hotel on the red bar on the top right corner of the map.

If you cannot locate your confirmation you can re send it via manage booking.

Upon arrival

Once you have been dropped off, please head to your accommodation to check in. Festival reps will be at the transfer stop to help you locate your accommodation. Don‘t hesitate to ask them for help if you need it.

Accommodation check in

Check in for the majority of hotels is from 14:00. If you are travelling with us, we have notified the accommodation of your arrival time and they will be ready to receive you, even if you are arriving late.

If you are not travelling with us, please check in between 15:00 and 23:00.

For check out times, please speak to the hotel directly upon arrival.

Security deposit

As with any other holiday accommodation, a security deposit may be required at check-in.

If this is required, it is likely it will have to be paid in cash as most hotels don‘t have the facilities to take card payments.

Deposits vary depending on the accommodation type but on average they are between €50 - €150 per person. We recommend bringing this amount in cash.

This amount will be refunded providing the accommodation is left just as found.

If your transfer leaves early in the morning, make sure to arrange the deposit refund the day before. Please arrange this directly with the hotel. It is your responsibility to arrange this, we won‘t be able to collect it for you.

Accommodation FAQ

Can‘t find accommodation?

Check the interactive map (make sure to save it on your offline maps). If you still can‘t find it check with festival reps at the drop off point.

No one at the accommodation or reception is closed?

Call the Travel and Accommodation Emergency +355 069 216 4835

Any issues with your accommodation?

Please refer to the customer service team at info point at your earliest convenience.

Any emergencies related to your accommodation?

Please whatsapp / call the Travel and Accommodation Emergency number +355 069 216 4835

Collecting Your Wristband

Once you’ve checked into your accommodation and dropped off your luggage, head to the wristband collection desks, located just outside of the main festival entrance (E1 on the map).

You will need your photo I.D and your e-ticket to collect your wristband as well as any cashless top up vouchers ready to be scanned.

Your e-ticket will be emailed to you the week before the event. If you have bought a shuttle bus pass you can collect this here too, so it’s best to purchase this in advance - if you do need to buy a shuttle bus pass on site, you can do this at the Customer Info point.

The wristband collection desks will be open during the below times:

  • Wednesday 5th June 14:00 - 02:00
  • Thursday 6th June 09:00 - 01:00
  • Friday 7th June 10:00 - 22:00
  • Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th June - 10:00 - 22:00

You can pick up your wristband from 14:00 on 5th June until 22:00 on 9th June.

Each member of your group will need to come individually with ID, you cannot collect accreditation on anyone’s behalf.

If you are arriving outside of these times, you will need to wait until the following day to collect your wristband, please aim for arrival within these timings.

Wristband Collection

Festival Information

Customer Info Point

The Customer Info Point is located outside of the main entrance to the festival site, behind the Grand Boutique Hotel. Head here for:

  • Event information
  • Accommodation queries
  • To purchase a shuttle bus wristband or other events
  • Customer service queries

Opening Times

  • Wednesday: 14:00 - 02:00
  • Thursday: 10:00 - 01:00
  • Friday: 10:00 - 01:00
  • Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 - 12:00
  • Monday: 09:00 - 18:00
  • Tuesday: 09:00 - 18:00

Contact details

Email: hello@kala.al

Customer service: +355 069 257 1862

Travel and accommodation emergency: +355 069 216 4835

Festival site

There are two entrances to the festival site:

The main entrance is by Grand Boutique Hotel - E1 on the map. The Customer Info cabin can be found before you reach the main entrance and will be signposted to your right.

The second entrance to the festival site is by Splendor Hotel - E2 on the map.

Most of the restaurants are located by the main entrance along the water edge. You will also find a couple of shops, an ATM, and a currency exchange office in that area.

Festival Map

Accessibility

Kala is set on a beachfront on the coast of Dhermi, Albania. Due to the location of the event, access for some mobility impairments is not possible in certain areas.

No matter what your needs are, Kala will work with you to ensure you have the best experience possible.

Our customer service team is available on hello@kala.al to discuss plans & further details, please give us a shout anytime!

The Stages

There are five stages in Dhërmi, plus Gjipe, which is outside of the main festival area and can only be accessed by boat.

Empire

Our main stage is a sprawling throwback to vintage open air clubbing with bars, a food area with incredible stone-oven pizzas, fresh fish and vegetables, a chill out area with day beds, its own private beach and a stunning mountain backdrop. This space will hold most of the live acts and extended DJ sets, as well as the wellness and spa activities. Join us there from 9pm to 6am, Thursday to Monday.

Splendor

A tranquil beach bar with sun beds surrounded by vegetation by day that becomes a buzzing open air club at night. This is the second biggest stage at Kala. On Friday and Saturday we will host special sunrise sets here.

The Cove

The Cove is an intimate beach spot a few steps away from the main entrance. You can swim in crystalline waters during the day, enjoy DJs and live bands at sunset, and dance the night away by the sea.

Yacht Club

The Yacht club is a cozy late night club on a raised yacht-like terrace flanked by gorgeous beaches and turquoise waters. Expect amazing cocktails and chill out areas during the day, and a full clubbing experience at night.

The Pool

New for 2024, this new daytime spot will be hosting a mixture of downtempo, ambient, balearic and world music during the week.

The infinity pool is a strong contender for the best sunset spot in Dhërmi. Something worth experiencing with a cocktail in hand.

Gjipe

Gjipe is the hidden gem of the riviera. This natural canyon fenced by 40m high walls and turquoise waters is one of the most incredible locations you will ever dance at, and an experience you will surely remember for years to come.

Gjipe is only accessible by boat, thus requiring an extra ticket. It opens Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday between 12:00 - 18:30.

There are only a handful of tickets left on the manage booking portal. We promise this is an experience you don’t want to miss!

Kala Festival

House Rules

Kala is a space for people to connect through music and shared experiences overseas. We welcome people from far and wide with open arms, regardless of races, genders or sexualities, as long as they come with a positive attitude.

Here are a few but essential house rules. Please read through:

• Be inclusive

People at Kala are free to dress how they want, be who they want to be and love who they want to love. We want everyone to be able to freely be themselves without judgement. Please look after each other, treat everyone with respect, embrace the openness and celebrate together.

• Be open

At Kala you will be able to enjoy a wide and eclectic selection of artists. From the biggest international acts to obscure selectors and unsung local heroes, this is a great opportunity for you to discover new music, genres and artists.

If you see an act you haven‘t heard before playing a peak time slot, rest assured there are reasons for it. We put a lot of care on the programming and the music curation. Step out of your comfort zone, your new favourite act may be waiting there.

• Be present

Kala is an escape from the everyday, make the best out of it. If you are on the dance floor, put your phone away. Dance, interact with the people around you, let loose and enjoy the moment.

• Respect the locals

Albanians are incredibly welcoming but remember that we are here as guests. Be kind to our hosts, keep the noise down outside the music venues, and leave the place in the same or better condition as it was when you arrived.

• Respect the environment

Be mindful of your surroundings and look after this place. We are incredibly lucky that we have the opportunity to spend a week here enjoying gorgeous beaches and our favourite music so don’t take it for granted.

Having fun can be sustainable. Don‘t throw away your cigarette butts, use the recycling and waste bins provided, refuse plastic bags & straws from local shops & restaurants, collect any plastic you see on the beaches, and help us keep this beautiful place in pristine condition.

The Safe Team

Kala is a place for people to freely be themselves, without judgement.

Unwanted attention, racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic or ableist behaviour won’t be tolerated.

Look out for each other - if you feel uncomfortable, report to a member of the Safe Team - they will be wearing an orange ‘Safe Team’ armband and can get you the right support.

Our Welfare Tent is located in the Market and is open 24 hours a day. The lovely team are always on hand if you need any help or just someone to talk to.

Getting Around

Shuttle bus

If your accommodation is located outside the festival area you will need some sort of transportation to move between the festival and your accommodation.

We operate a shuttle bus service between Dhërmi and Drymades. The weekly pass costs only £30 per person and provides unlimited shuttles. You can get this in advance via manage booking (up to 48h before the festival) or at the Customer Info point for €40.

If you book this in advance, you will be able to collect your shuttle pass wristband when you collect your festival wristband. If you want to purchase on site or are not travelling with us you will have to make your own way to the info point to get your shuttle pass wristband.

If you are unsure whether you need a shuttle pass, please check the accommodation map to see where your accommodation is located. Anything in Dhërmi is walking distance to the festival. Perivolos and Drymades areas will require a shuttle pass.

Shuttle times

The shuttles will be looping continuously between the stops roughly every 20 – 30 mins. Shuttles will run from Wednesday the 5th at 16:00 through until 12:00 on Wednesday the 12th.

There are 4 shuttle stops between Dhërmi and Drymades, plus 4 on request stops where you will be able to get off the shuttle if you request so to the driver when you get on the bus. Note the shuttle won‘t be able to pick you up at those on request stops and you will have to walk to the nearest stop.

You will be able to collect your shuttle pass wristbands from the Info Point, you will not be allowed to board the shuttle if you have not collected your wristband ahead of time.

Taxis

Alternatively, you can book a taxi to move between the festival and your accommodation. You can book an official festival taxi over WhatsApp on +355 692793603. There will be two taxi ranks, one located next to Empire Hotel and one in Pirates Car Park (Shuttle Stop A).

  • Dhermi Beach to Drymades €15
  • Dhermi Beach to Dhermi Town €15
  • Dhermi Beach to Perivolo Street €10
  • Dhermi Beach to Himare €40
  • Dhermi Beach to Green Coast €30

Our shuttle bus and taxis will be branded so you know they are official. Please don’t walk home alone and don’t take unlicensed taxis. If you have any trouble finding transportation contact us and we will provide a trusted contact.

Kala shuttle map

Food and Drink

Cashless bars and top up

We are operating a cashless system at Kala.

Your festival wristband will have an RFID chip that can be topped up and used like a prepaid bank card across all festival bars, the market area, the merch stand and selected restaurants.

All prices will be in Euros.

You can top up your wristband by creating a cashless account either online before the festival, or at one of our top up stations across the festival site.

These stations accept card payments only.

When collecting your wristband any pre-loaded credit will be added at this point.

The top up stations will be busiest during the first few days. We advise topping up in advance online as much as you would like, as any leftover is refundable online after the festival.

Please take a photo of the 6 digit code on the back of the RFID chip as this will be required to refund any unspent credit.

Refunds will open at midday on June 15th and the refund system will close on June 29th at midnight.

Check the cashless page for more info.

Reusable cups

In order to reduce plastic waste, certain drinks such as spirits require you to buy a reusable cup the first time you order at the bar.

Your first cup will cost 3€. Once you have your reusable cup, you will be able to use this cup for your drinks. You will be able to exchange your reusable cup for a cup token at any of the bars.

Next time you need a cup, you will be able to get a fresh one with your token at any festival bars. This will massively help us reduce the amount of plastic used at the event so please hold on to your cup for the night or exchange it for a cup token instead of disposing of it. Cups are not refundable.

Restaurants and bars

There are some great restaurants and bars in Dhërmi and Drymades. Albanian food is the meeting point between Italian, Turkish and Greek cuisines. Above all, pride is taken on the use of fresh and locally sourced ingredients. Expect heavenly Mediterranean dishes, fresh salads, fish, pasta and delicious stone-oven pizzas.

Opening times are flexible and it is not rare to see some of them open until midnight.

Empire, Splendor, Gjipe, Grand Boutique and onsite festival traders will be accepting RFID. All other restaurants accept cash and cards. Cash points are located on the map if required.

Further afield we have Azul by Havana (Dhermi), Yamato (Drymades), Ulliri & Nazar (Palase) in our list of recommended restaurants. These are not part of the festival so will require cash/cards.

Other things to do at Kala

Gjipe

Gjipe is a secluded paradise only accessible by boat that sits at the end of a natural canyon fenced by impressive 30m cliffs, stunning beach caves and crystal clear waters where a cherry-picked selection of resident DJs play on rotation.

You‘ve probably heard loads about this hidden gem but i‘’s got to be experienced to be believed! Gjipe is only accessible by boat, therefore requiring an extra ticket. It opens Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday between 12:00 - 18:30.

Gjipe

Boats run every 30 - 45 minutes from the jetty at the far end of the Yacht club.

Earliest departure: 12:00
Last departure to Gjipe: 14:30
All guests must be checked in for departure from Gjipe by 19:00

If you already have a ticket, you will be able to collect your wristband before boarding the boat with proof of ID and your e-ticket.

If you haven‘t got a ticket yet, there are a handful of tickets left for some of the days that you can still book via the manage booking portal or at the customer info cabin on site.

This year, Gjipe will play host to intimate and unmissable sets from Kamma & Masalo, John Gómez, Nick the Record, Mafalda, and Martha Pinel plus very special secret guests on Monday!

Long Table Dinners

Our Long Table Dinners are the perfect place to regroup with your Kala family and taste incredible local ingredients, cooked and curated by talented local chefs, whilst watching one of Dhermi‘s iconic sunsets.

An evening of new friends, Albanian wine and excellent food, soundtracked by ambient & balearic tunes that will open up your mind, body and soul for the night of dancing ahead.

Seats are offered on a first come first served basis, and these have nearly sold out.

You can reserve your spot via the manage booking portal.

Long Table Dinners

Talks & Workshops

We are excited to present a rich programme of speakers and topics to compliment our music programming.

Our talks will be an opportunity for you to take some time off the dancefloor, and hear from some of music’s most important voices.

These sessions are carefully curated each year to bring in a diverse range of insights across club culture, the art of making music and selecting records, to Albanian culture and wellness within the music industry.

These are completely free to attend, so sit back, unwind and join us.

Talks & Workshops take place at Empire everyday from Thursday to Tuesday during Kala from 3pm. We will be releasing this year‘s programme in the coming weeks.

Wellness

At Kala, there will be a whole host of wellness activities available to help rejuvenate your body after a night of dancing.

We will run up to 5 sessions a day ranging from yoga to meditation, sound baths and breathwork.

Our wellness activities start from £6, and 100% of the profits will be donated to SOS Children‘s Villages, which provides humanitarian and developmental assistance to families facing difficulties. It also supports children and young people without parental care or at risk of losing it.

The organisation protects children‘s interests and rights around the world. Today, SOS Children‘s Villages is active in more than 130 countries and territories worldwide, including Albania.

Massage & Spa Treatments

Additionally we offer a range of massage and spa treatments. These start from £35 for a 30 minute treatment to £55 for 1 hour.

Places are limited so make sure to reserve your spot via the link below:

Massage and Spa treatments

Departure Information

Departure transfers will begin from Monday 10th June. The closing party for Kala will take place on Tuesday 11th June until the early hours of Wednesday.

If you have booked your festival transfers with us, please get to your nearest shuttle stop 30 minutes before the bus departure time. You can find your transfer times on your e-ticket.

Do not forget that if you are leaving as early as 4.30am, you may need to arrange your checkout and security deposit return with your hotel the evening before.

The return trip

If you are travelling back to Corfu, the coach will collect you from the nearest shuttle stop to your accommodation.

If you are travelling back to Tirana, please head to the Shuttle Transport Hub in Dhermi beach, just outside of the festival entrance.

Please make sure you have checked in for your return flight home to make your return journey as smooth as possible.

Conditions of Entry

The event is strictly an over 18‘s event.

All admission is subject to search.

The promoter reserves the right to refuse admission to any festival area.

For promotion, safety & security reasons, customers may be filmed at any time. When entering Mainstage Festival‘s venues you are agreeing to this condition of entry.

Unauthorised photography, audio and video is strictly prohibited.

Mainstage Festivals will not accept any responsibility for damages or loss sustained at the festival.

Tickets are sold on the understanding that the event is subject to a licence from the appropriate authorities.

Security reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone wearing footwear deemed inappropriate for the environment.

Swimming at night and jumping off boats may result in temporary or permanent eviction from the event.

Prohibited items or any items that the Event or third parties acting on its behalf (such as security) deem to be either; a risk to the safety, security or enjoyment of others; unsuitable to be taken to the Event; or, may be used in an illegal or offensive manner (regardless of whether or not the item itself is illegal) are not permitted to be taken into any Venue or Stage.

Prescription Medications

If you need to bring prescription medication to the festival, please email the customer service team on hello@kala.al, who can make our security team aware.

If you need to keep the medication with you, rather than being able to leave it at your accommodation, it will need to be in the original packaging and you will need to provide proof of prescription (this can be an image on your phone). Without this, we will not allow you to enter the venue with your medication and we will ask you to return it to your accommodation.

If the medication is not in its original packaging and is non-identifiable, it will be confiscated.

Prohibited Items

  • Illegal drugs, New Psychoactive Substances and Nitrous Oxide
  • Glass
  • Spray paints and pens
  • Drones
  • Items that may be used in a dangerous manner including sharps/blades, tasers and CS gas
  • Animals (with the exception of approved assistance dogs)
  • Alcohol & Food Items
  • Private sound systems
  • Flares, bangers, fireworks, sparklers, Chinese lanterns and naked flames Inc. tea lights
  • No unauthorised professional commercial photography

Police Processes

The laws in Albania are very similar to that of the EU, if you find yourself in any kind of trouble you should contact the relevant embassy for you.

You should also check-out the latest advice on British attendees, check out this link to the do‘s and don‘ts in Albania. For our British Embassy.