Shambhala Music Festival returns for its eighteenth year at the majestic Salmo River Ranch, located in British Columbia, Canada. Known as a place that changes lives and never sleeps, Shambhala will immerse you in something truly special.
From far and near, people congregate to a little farm in BC. Salmo River Rach is nestled in the trees and provides you with a 360 degree view of the mountains. What really sets Shambhala apart from other festivals is its local food. The food vendors sell beef from the same farm you party on and the fruit sold is grown within a ten mile radius, making it the freshest option out there in terms of food.
Did I mention this festival is held on a private property? (You may be thinking "what exactly does this mean?"). Well, having the festival on private land means that the authorities cannot bug and harass festivals goers as excessively as other festivals on non-private grounds. In my opinion, police harassment has become a problem at many festivals around North America (Narnia is a great example). Another great aspect of Shambhala is its drug usage awareness and test stations. The Shambala staff is there to make sure everyone is safe, providing the festival-goers and staff with a sense of companionship. We all know what goes on at festivals and so do the people who run them. Having resources for those under-the-influence not only cuts back on people getting hurt or sick, but spreads awareness about testing drugs before usage. Shambhala is also a “dry” festival, meaning no alcohol is allowed on the grounds. Mixing booze and illegal substances is a big no-no, and it’s taken very seriously at this festival. Safety is a major focus for Shambhala and that’s the way it should be.
Now... the music. The heart and soul of every festival is the musical acts that preform. Shambhala has, and always will be one of the premier electronic music festivals around the world. It seems that each year, the lineup gets better and better, and this year is the best yet. Shambhala is known for bringing in up-and-comers, who always bring the freshest beats, but is also known for bringing insanely talented headliners.
This year we have two sets of Tipper (which is a must see), some funky sets from Pretty Lights and Big Gigantic, and a bass thumping round of dubstep from Canada’s own Excision and Datsik and that’s just scratching the surface. To add, we’ll be getting down to Skrillex and Zomboy, Mr. Carmack, G-Jones, ill Gates and the ever-so-amazing David Starfire. The list goes on and on with four days of non-stop music. The best part of Shambhala is that every act who goes on pours everything they have into their turntables and instruments, holding nothing back. No matter what time of day or which stage, you’re guaranteed a good time.
The artwork at Shambhala is extremely unique. Along with other vendors, you can walk away with fairy vests, patchwork pants and one-of-a-kind clothing pieces found nowhere else. You can even buy glow toys and we all know how fun those can be. The main reason besides the music to head over to our northerly neighbors is for the people. The attendees are what really make a festival special and Shambhala has the best attendees around. We’re fun, friendly, have a dirty sense of humor and we love to share things! If you get shy, bring a squirt gun and watch how many friends you make. We rage together, we party together, we’ll be friends together.
So, if any of this makes you want to come to Canada and take a daring step into another dimension, then take that risk and come play. We even have a river flowing through the center of the festival to keep us cool during those hot days. Shambhala is nothing but magic and fairy tales, with amazing food, grounds, music, art and even better people. If you make it, there will be no disappointments, just unforgettable memories. We’re lucky to have such a great place to call home and as I stated before, it gets better with each passing year. So come join us this August in the beautiful mountains of British Columbia and experience something out of this world!
Always spread that Shambhalove
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Written by: Shaun Kukla
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