5 Reasons Shambhala Feels Like Home

If you’ve heard of Shambhala Music Festival, but have never attended, it’s likely you’ve been told “you have to experience it to understand what it is” and why it is constantly being referred to as HOME. This is something our Shambhalovelies have been saying for as long as we can remember. But for those who haven’t attended and are curious to know more, we want to give you a quick glimpse into what makes Shambhala different from any other festival experience you may have had. Here are 5 reasons that keep our Farmily come back year after year, and why you should go to Shambhala if you have not yet experienced it.

Banner Photo: Cameron Frazier/Banana Cam


The Stages

Shambhala has 6 main stages. Each one is managed by incredibly talented different teams of people who have been responsible for designing the stage and building the lineup every year. Some stage crews have been around since the beginning, and have truly made their stage their home. Each stage has a completely different vibe, curated and designed to each Stage Director’s personal style and taste. Each stage is like entering a whole new world, and one that you’ll never want to leave. You’ll find yourself immersed in essentially different homes to our stage crews that have been fueled with a lot of love over the years.

The Amphitheatre – Serves up some of the darkest and heaviest bass music around and brings a full crowd of bass heads every night. Reunite with your bass family.

The Living Room – Set on the Salmo River, this stage is for the melodic and laid back music you can groove to all day and all night. Bring a lawn chair and soak your feet in the river. This stage is a special treat.  

The Pagoda – Brings only the best in house music with a dash of bass and a sprinkle of techno. Not only is the lineup impossible to beat, but the visuals projected onto the stage are out of this world. You gotta see it to believe it.

The Grove – Nestled amongst the trees, The Grove offers a relaxed vibe with aerial artists and spiritual ceremonies, all while you can chill out in a hammock with your friends and the gnomies.

Fractal Forest – Known as Shambhala’s best-kept secret, this stage is one that’s easy to get lost in. Between the hundreds of lasers and funky jams, you’ll never want to leave.

The Village – A stage that’s bass heads’ dream. The lineup always serves up the heaviest dubstep and Drum n Bass around. Bring a neck brace — you’ll need it.

Photo: James Coletta


You’re Cared For

Shambhala takes great pride in its harm reduction programs. From a women’s safe space to judgement-free drug testing, we’ve spent 21 years perfecting the tools we provide to keep our Shambhaloves safe. We’ve teamed up with the incredible people at ANKORS who have been the backbone to these programs for years. No matter what happens on the dancefloor, we always got your back.

Photo: Cameron Frazier/Banana Cam


Ask yourself, “Why do I go to music festivals?” If your answer was to adventure and explore, then Shambhala is the place for you. Not only is there physical exploration — everything from art galleries and live painters to theme camps and attractions  — but there’s a deep personal exploration that many of our Shambhaloves experience. Shambhala provides a safe and accepting place to be yourself, and explore oneself even further. Whether it’s through meditation and yoga classes, a long soak in the Salmo River, or experiencing new genres of music, you’ll discover things about yourself you never knew.

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It’s easy to get caught up with your group of friends and forget there’s others around you, but there’s something that happens on the farm for our Shambhalovelies that breaks down those walls and connects people in ways they never expected. The radical acceptance we see on the farm has brought together lifelong friends and married couples (aw, Shambhalove). The connections you make on the farm will last you a lifetime.

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At Shambhala, you have the ultimate freedom to be your authentic self — not only that, but being your authentic self is not only encouraged, it’s celebrated. We want you to be you — you know, the you who wishes you could wear tutus to board meetings or the you who wants to bike around town with a boombox blaring your favourite tunes on your shoulder. We love and accept you for you, and we feel honoured to build you a safe space where you feel free to be who you wish you could every day of the week.

Photo: James Coletta


It’s true when our Shambhalovelies say you have to experience Shambhala to truly know what it is, so we encourage you to do just that. Dip your feet in the Salmo River, dance like you’ve never danced before to your favourite music and world-renowned artists, wear a tutu on your head, cover yourself head to toe in glitter, make meaningful connections, maybe find yourself a Shambhalove, explore the unimaginable, and open your heart and mind to new things.

By: Talia Smith
 loved Shambhala Music Festival long before she began working as the Entertainment Assistant two years ago, and that love only grew stronger when she was adopted into the
farmily. She now works in several areas of the music industry, returning HOME every year to be a part of the Shambhala magic. 

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