Dua Lipa’s father will host her music festival in Kosovo after all – Billboard
Kosovo’s central government and authorities in the capital joined forces on Monday (June 20) to bring back to the country an international music festival founded by singer-songwriter Dua Lipa’s father, who had been relocated following a a dispute with its organizers.
A week ago, the Sunny Hill Festival announced it was moving to neighboring Albania after a political dispute between the ruling party in Kosovo and the ruling party in Pristina prevented organizers from obtaining permission to organize the festival, which has a daily capacity of 15,000 people.
Dukagjin Lipa, the Kosovo-born singer’s father and manager, said he made the “difficult but necessary” decision to hold the August 4-7 event in the Albanian capital, Tirana.
Organizers have been asking Kosovo authorities for three years to allow them to run a 42-acre park area where they say they will build the appropriate infrastructure for the annual festival and also leave it freely used for the rest of the year.
A joint statement from the Ministry of Culture and the Municipality of Pristina said on Monday that they had agreed to hold this year’s edition at a venue in Pristina – “where it belongs” – and also to continue discussing the holding the festival at its usual location from next year.
A special edition with a different lineup of artists will take place in the Albanian capital, Tirana, from August 26 to 28.
Organizers said this year’s artists will include Diplo, Skepta, DJ Regard, AJ Tracey, Mahmood and artists from Albania, as well as “two major global artists” who have yet to be revealed.
The Sunny Hill festival debuted in Kosovo’s capital, Pristina, in 2018 and took place again in 2019, attracting international performers including British-born Dua Lipa.
The festival brought invaluable publicity to Kosovo. The event has been suspended in 2020 and 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.