The Road to Shambhala 2016
A great pilgrimage is underway deep in the southern Rockies of Canada. Music enthusiasts are circling in on a musical Mecca, from afar, to convene in the well nestled town of Salmo, British Columbia. For some this will be their 19th journey to Shambhala Music Festival, a now world renowned event showcasing art, performance, lifestyle and above all music. Click here to visit Shambhala Music Festival’s official website.
From early roots, Shambhala has stood the test of time and evolved in physical form as well as in spirit. Past patrons have left ‘the farm’, spreading great tales to far flung corners of the globe, generating an ever accelerating velocity of awareness and interest in society. This was clearly exhibited by the ticket frenzy which led to a fully sold out event nearly six months in advance, well before the line up had been released, a first for Shambhala.
Returning fans will attest to the fact that there is no word that quite describes the excitement and anticipation of returning to the farm that begins immediately after leaving. Upon return, each attendee feels welcomed home and among their extended family, one that grows every year as new guests are overtaken with Shambhalove.
With music set to begin a week from now, ticket holders have a lot to look forward to. The list is topped by the Village Stage rebuild, which will include the return of PK Sound’s Trinity. The continual development of the five other stages, all of which are permanent, will see organic changes from 2015. Musically, 2016 looks to be the most diverse and well balanced year yet. Stage talent procurement groups have hit the mark with electronic performers and groups from across the globe. Not to be missed this year will be dubstep heavyweights Caspa and Rusko, New Zealand’s Truth, The Widdler, and Shambhala regular Excision. The drum and bass massive is sure to be pleased with visits from Andy C, Alix Perez, TC, Sub Focus and The Upbeats. Turntable enthusiast will have an opportunity to see many of the top names in turntablism as Jurassic 5’s DJ Numark and Cut Chemist spin alongside Questlove, Skratch Bastid and Z-Trip back to back for more than 5 hours of madness. For those funkier folks, Shambhala veterans Stickybuds, Neighbour, Five Alarm Funk, Fort Knox 5 and The Funk Hunters are locked in along with first time appearances from Defunk and UK’s Father Funk. From A. Skillz to What So Not, the list goes on… the only tough part will be trying to see everyone with such a stacked line-up. As they say, see you on the farm and enjoy the road to Shambhala!