From August 10-13, festival-goers from around the globe traveled to the pristine Salmo River Ranch in British Columbia, Canada to experience the 21st anniversary of Shambhala Music Festival. Throughout the unforgettable weekend, those in attendance had the chance to witness performances from an array of musical talent, six unique stages, dazzling art installations, and the best of what nature has to offer.
To celebrate the successful event, Shambhala has released a stunning aftermovie created by Sweetgrasss Productions that captures the magic of the festival and gives viewers an insight look into the majestic venue, the unique stages, and the blissful attendees that keep Shambhala coming back year after year. Shambhala has also announced dates for their 22nd annual edition, which will take place from August 9-12, 2019. Tickets for the festival are now on sale and can be purchased via Shambhala’s website.
For the first time this year, attendees were given the opportunity to arrive on the Tuesday before the festival. This gave the Shambhala faithful even more time to set up their camps and hang out on the farm. In the days before the music officially started, guests had the chance to hang out in the waters of the pristine Salmo River, explore the festival grounds, and take in the natural beauty of the property.
The early arrival party started on Thursday with The Living Room and The Amp Stage getting things warmed up. This included an early morning opening ceremony with Joaqopelli to officially kick off the musical festivities, which gathered crowds together for a peaceful moment. Other music highlights on Thursday included performances from Born Dirty, SkiiTour, Nico Luminous and Pigeon Hole.
On Friday, the moment everyone had been waiting for finally arrived as each of Shambhala’s six unique stages fully opened up. Highlights included Dirtybird favourites like Justin Martin, Claude VonStroke, Fisher, Kyle Watson, and Christian Martin taking over The Pagoda for an unforgettable night of bouncy house music, along with a dance-inducing set from Claptone right in the middle of the Dirtybird takeover.
Standout moments on Saturday included a 1985 Label Showcase at The Amp with Alix Perez and more, a rare DJ set from The Glitch Mob at The Village, legendary grime rapper D Double E lighting up The Grove, a heavy focus on vinyl at Fractal Forest with performances by Z-Trip and Skratch Bastid, and a sunrise set by Destructo at The Pagoda that extended well beyond its scheduled end time.
As the final day of Shambhala arrived on Sunday, attendees continued to explore the grounds to witness blissful moments like the Fractal Funk Jam hosted by Smalltown DJs, a collaborative set from Ooah and Boreta of The Glitch Mob under the name 29 Palms, wild performances by REZZ and Feed Me at The Pagoda, and a B2B set from Yheti and Toadface to close out The Amp in the early hours of Monday.
Shambhala began in 1998 as a grassroots gathering of 500 people on founder Jimmy Bundschuh’s family farm in an evergreen forest beneath breathtaking mountains and has since grown overtime primarily by word-of-mouth thanks to past guests and artists. Shambhala’s home has continued to evolve over the past two decades with a focus on infrastructure that ensures a healthy and sustainable environment.