Shambhala music festival remains my favorite event of the year season after season. Once you are there you never want to leave and it truly is a wonderland. The farm and the surrounding landscape bring you to a different world. Salmo river ranch is situated on a remote 500-acre slice of forest and working farmland on the pristine Salmo river in the Salmo river valley in the West Kooteny region of Southern Britsh Columbia, Canada. Everyone there is family, including the staff, witch arrive months in advance to prepare the grounds. 1,000 staff members and 10,000 guests make Shambhala the largest city in the West Kootenys for 5 days. The people who populate the ranch are beautiful, respectful, passionate, genuine shambhlovelies decked out in epic gear and swag from all corners of the globe. The festival encourages community involvement by planning official attendee-organized events and theme camps activities for everyone to enjoy.
The first Shambhala took place in 1998 making this the 20th year and has stuck to its grassy roots since growing only by word of mouth to an event that sells out almost a year in advance. You will see zero advertisements or corporate sponsors on the farm and it continues to grow. This allows massive freedom compared to corporate events. This year the organizers hint at new stage developments that are sure to blow minds including a completely fresh stage design at the pagoda and the beach stage and an upgraded sound system at the amp stage. Also a special 2 hour set from Excision to celebrate 10 years of performances (all available on soundcloud).
The lineup this year contains some Gems with extreme diversity thanks to different organizations organizing each stage. debut north american performances, the futures most relevant artists, legendary idols, and fan favorites all will grace the ranch with booming bass and tremendous treble. Rezz, Justin Martin, Kill the noise, Pendulum, The Orb and a special Wakaan takeover featuring Bleep bloop, Proko, Space Jesus, and Liquid Stranger is just the beginning of the madness.
Hope to see you there, tickets sold out in September but it's not too late to try and get yours thanks to the smooth functioning Shambhala ticket exchange group on facebook.