Shambhala Music Festival 2015 Promises Isolation, Exhilaration
February 4th, 2015MASS EDMC STAFF
Deep in the wilds of the British Columbia Interior, the 500-acre Salmo River Ranch, home of Shambhala Music Festival, lies in wait. In about six months, from August 7th to 10th, the family-owned farm, flanked lengthwise by the pristine Salmo River and on all sides by rolling, wooded hills, will be transformed into a Mecca of electronic music & sound system culture..
For the past 17 years, Shambhala Music Festival has shielded itself against the mainstream by not accepting any corporate sponsorships. The festival’s directors erect six uniquely themed stages, free from corporate logos or influence, stocking them throughout the event with underground electronic talent and genre-defining, homegrown superstars like Canadian-born producers Excision and Datsik.
For many, Shambhala represents an isolated outpost of sonic rejuvenation and boundless creativity. It’s also a shining example of sensible tolerance and safety policies. Attendees are screened for drugs and alcohol at the gates, but organizers recognize the reality that substances will always find a way onto festival grounds. Accordingly, the 10,000-person event features an extensive safety and medical crew on site, as well as harm reduction and counseling services.
Shambhala’s 2015 lineup hasn’t been released. Last year’s festivities featured 300 acts, including Andy C, Lucent Dossier Experience, Bassnectar, Skream, What So Not, Flinch and Getter. Expect the Village stage to deliver a world-class sampling of heavy bass music. Headliners hit the Pagoda stage, designed like a Japanese pagoda; funkier, experimental acts find a home at the Fractal Forest stage; the AMPhitheatre houses future music and funk and rock hybrids; the Living Room is a mellow, open space for melodic tunes; and the Grove is an interactive area in the heart of the forest that features soulful acts like Odesza and Emancipator.
First tier early bird tickets have sold out, and second tier early bird tickets are going fast. All tickets include tent camping on the Shambhala grounds, but upgraded “Shambhalodging” packages are available.
Shambhala’s official 2014 aftermovie, “A Journey Home,” captures the essence of the event: its isolated location, unadulterated dedication to impactful performances and the sheer joy felt by those who choose to make the pilgrimage.
Written by Contributor Liam O’Kennedy. Find him on Twitter Here