After all the unrest of the pandemic year it was great to be back at Unum which started with such promise a few years ago, and was literally the first festival back on the map last June. Thankfully this third edition was its best yet, and they can now claim to be one of the best in the world.
It goes down in a gorgeous setting on the Albanian Riviera and with a crowd so up for it they’d have danced for a month let alone a few days. There are three stages in all with music on the Main Stage, in the pine forests and on the beach all playing late into the night. For us, the stage amongst the tall, sweet smelling trees was a real standout. Priku on the Saturday morning was a real master on the top of his game with some strong minimal sounds and tightly woven beats getting the heads truly locked in.
Franco Cinelli on the Monday morning also played a blinder in this setting and had everyone truly absorbing in what he did. Sunday morning there was a frankly epic back to back between Gene On Earth tINI, and Dyed Soundorom. It was hot tune after hot tune, with warm sound going from the great system and lots of smiling faces.
This year the event ran Wednesday until early the following Tuesday so technically ran for seven superb days. The crowd is made up of eager locals and a few people from various spots around Europe who had navigated restrictions to make their way here. They were in loud voices on the Beach Stage which had many big moments including killer sets from Radio Slave and Shimza.
The Main Stage is the biggest of the lot but still retains plenty of class and intimate party vibes with spinners like Jamie Roy and Seth Troxler on the Friday pulling out plenty of tricks. Seth then stayed for some playful back to back action with Traumer that went well into the morning.
With the hot sun, great locals and rich cultures and cuisines on top of the cutting edge soundtrack, Unum really is the festival that the connoisseur choses – away from the beaten track, with lots of natural beauty. Here’s to looking forward to next year already.