This past August I got to experience for the first time, the magic of Shambhala Music Festival. It was my first time in B.C, Canada and also my first Canadian music festival. The festival was from Aug 10th-14th at Salmo River Ranch. It was a wonderful experience despite some challenging weather, but overall everything worked itself out in the end. Here are a few things I learned and experienced at the Ranch.
The community is amazing. I've been to ALOT of music festivals. And when I tell you that I met some of the nicest people here, I'm not kidding. Going to a festival you have never been to before can be overwhelming sometimes, but I found at Sham that I had so many people that happily would offer advice or directions; from what set we shouldn't miss to what food stand we should try...by the way the mini doughnuts with apple pie topping was so bomb. They even have a "virgin train" where they take all the first time Sham-goers and line them up ( basically like a conga line, but better) and take you around the festival so you can familiarize yourself with all the stages and structures.
Schedules are nice but sometimes just going with the flow and exploring is even better. I found at Shambhala, there were artists that I knew, but there were even more that I didn't and I have to be honest, it was so much fun just to walk around to all the different stages during the day and discover all different types of music. One such discovery was at the Grove, I happened upon CharlestheFirst. One of my friends told me that his genre is considered storytelling, and it didn't make sense until I heard the set, and once I heard it I completely agreed. It takes you on this melodic voyage, each note has a purpose. It was so beautiful and you can definitely tell it was influenced by nature. It was such a treat to listen to and to be able to create my own interpretations to the dreamy symphony of sounds, and I'm so glad I got to experience that at Shams.
Typically, when you think of music festivals, scenes of massive crowds at huge stages all raging hard comes to mind. At Sham, we do rage, but if that's not your thing and you want to just chill in a hammock or float in the river it's totally acceptable, and actually encouraged! And yes, I said river. Behind the Living Room Stage, there is a river where you can grab your float and relax while listening to some deep house beats. What is better than that, especially on a 90-degree day? Add one of their fresh and organic popsicles (I recommened the pineapple mojito one) and its the perfect way to spend your afternoon before all the evening festivities. And when night falls, the Ranch comes alive. Things change when the sun sets, and that's when all the magic happens...for instance fractal forest. I cant explain it guys, it's just something you will have to see with your own eyes. But no matter what you do, Shambhala offers so much to experience and explore. Your journey is up to you.
I definitely recommend Shambhala to any avid festival goer, it was such a wonderful experience. If you're looking to try something new, I would consider putting this on your list of festivals to attend for 2018. Tickets have already gone on sale for next year, and are already 50% sold out! So don't wait! You dont want to be that person with FOMO next year, while everyone else is having fun. ;)