Shambhala Music Festival 2019: Energetic Electronica in the BC Wilderness Located on the banks of the Salmo River near Nelson, British Colombia, Canada Shambhala Music Festival is a wild, welcoming, corporation-free festival that celebrates music, art, energy and spirit. Beginning as a commemoration of local music festival and art, Shambhala has grown over the past […]Shambhala Music Festival 2019 7790 BC-3, Salmo, BC V0G 1Z0, Canada Salmo, BC V0G 1Z0, Canada BC Canada
Located on the banks of the Salmo River near Nelson, British Colombia, Canada Shambhala Music Festival is a wild, welcoming, corporation-free festival that celebrates music, art, energy and spirit. Beginning as a commemoration of local music festival and art, Shambhala has grown over the past 20 years into a much-loved event for electro-enthusiasts while remaining close to its roots in terms of its eco-ethos.
The family-run Salmo River Ranch is completely transformed from an off-grid farm to a Shambhalove community for five days every August. The family and their team of volunteers and event staff safely create a haven for festivalgoers to dance their hearts out while ensuring the land and wildlife remains intact and healthy for continued use after the event.
The six stages of Shambhala 2019 are each curated by a separate Stage Director who puts their heart and soul into creating a world where electronic music can be celebrated. Each stage has its own vibe with crazy decorations, lighting, sound and unique line-ups so you can find your home for the weekend or float freely between stages.
Shambhala 2019 is a corporation-free-zone allowing the organisers to include whichever performers and vendors they like without being ‘watered down’ by corporate pressure. This means you can expect high-quality farm-to-table food, craft beverages, hand-crafted goods and accessories and free-flowing, fresh mountain water at absolutely no cost!
‘Fancy dress is highly encouraged with the more colour and texture the better! Bring your best festival attire or head to one of the artisan outlets to find a new festival favourite accessory.’
Shambhala Music Festival is held at the Salmo River Ranch in the West Kootenay mountains near Nelson, British Columbia. The sprawling 500-acre ranch is home to on-site camping, six music stages, food and beverage vendors, a yoga garden and even a wedding chapel!
There is something for every electro-lover here so you’ll be sure to find your space at Shambhala to enjoy the music you love.
Shambhala is located in a very remote part of the West Kootenay mountains and is situated around 30 minutes from Nelson, British Columbia. It is recommended you arrive by car or RV although there are also bus shuttle services available from Vancouver, Kelowna, Calgary and Spokane.
When arriving, there is free parking available in a parking lot on the edge of the ranch and a free shuttle service into the festival. It is recommended that you bring a cart or trolley for transferring your luggage into the festival.
If you are arriving from the US, don’t forget to bring your passport and have any relevant travel insurance ready for crossing the border!
More information can be found on the Getting Here section of the Shambhala Music Festival Website.
There are a number of camping options available on-site at Shambhala, from general camping (included in the festival ticket) to glamping upgrades and RV hook-ups. Opt for the Fancy Pants or Belle Luxe upgrades for the most stylish festival lodging.
The Shambhalodging packages include a variety of upgrades from pre-erected tents with comfortable air mattresses, to express lane entry, complimentary showers and Shambhalodging parking lots.
If you are only visiting Shambhala for one day of the festival, you may want to choose accommodation in Nelson or around. See the map below for an idea of where to stay in and around West Kootenay and Nelson for the Shambhala Music Festival.
Shambhala hosts a whole range of events across the weekend aside from the obvious electro-music line-up. From yoga and art workshops to costume days, parades and spirit animal searching there is something fun and fantastical to take your fancy!
If you’re driving to/from Shambhala, why not stop off at Nelson which has some interesting galleries and cafes to inspire you.
Shambhala Music Festival will take place from the 9th -12th August 2019.
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