The Concert Addicts’ Guide to Shambhala Music Festival 2018

Words: Phil Austrom, Photos: Joey Rootman

Shambhala is in less than a week and dreams are moments away from becoming reality. To guarantee a smooth transition from fantasy to fact we have chalked up the official Concert Addicts’ guide to Shambhala Music Festival 2018 for all you Shambhalovelies.


Get to the farm early to ensure you find a nice campsite, but beware there is an early entrance fee at $50 per day of early entry (i.e. Tuesday is $150, Wednesday $100, $50 for Thursday). Every year it’s a mad dash for space, making the Shambhala opening day one of the only ways to participate in a real modern-day land rush. Please be kind and courteous to your neighbours, we’re all just trying to have a good time!

Additional Shambhala preparation tips: it can be scorching hot in the day and feel freezing at night so bring layers and stay hydrated. Moreover, bring some high-quality earplugs (here at Concert Addicts we recommend the Earpiece plugs).


Thursday is the day to familiarize yourself with Shambhala’s Downtown: home of Shambhala’s vendors, food trucks, and water refilling station. While grabbing yourself some fresh lemonade from pucker up lemonade, make sure you are rocking your favourite animal onesie because Thursday is Day Onesie! Let’s not forget that Thursday bears its own weight musically: Be sure to check out SkiiTour at the Amphiteatre for an upbeat party, That African for some proper boom-bap-hip-hop at the Living Room, and Longwalkshortdock’s closing set back at the AMP. One more Thursday pro-tip is to keep in mind that many merchandise vendors run out of their good stuff early so Thursday is a great day to get all your fresh gear!


Let the games begin! If this is your first Shambhala we recommend checking out the opening ceremonies at The Grove (1:00pm) which will lead you straight into Frase’s multi-instrumental future soul sound. Later into the night you will catch me and the homies gettin’ weird for CharlestheFirst’s ultra-unique-super-wonky-nature-bass set and If you are ready for something different from the Uber-bass that is 90% of Shambhala music, don’t miss the Claude Von Stroke double header with his Barclay Crenshaw (Claude’s alter ego) hip-hop infused set at the amp followed by a classic claude-ing at the Pagoda. Claude’s music speaks for itself, and you can check out his official Shambhala mix.


After accumulating a lifetime’s worth of sweat raging through the Thursday and Friday festivities you may be interested in a cool off with a dip in the river followed by a disco nap in the Living Room hammocks. Nelson locals Meowmix will be providing the tunes on that beach and are always a lot of fun: this all-female DJ super group will surely kick off your Saturday afternoon the right way.

Later, just as the clock strikes funk-o-clock, you can get your dose of old school funk and R&B from a turntable legend DJ Maseo: one third of the Hip-Hop group De la Soul.

As Saturday reaches its peak, Koan Sound will be slaying the Pagoda. This duo from Bristol are trained professionals when it comes to seamlessly blending genres to deliver a non-stop heavy hitting drum and bass-glitch-whatever-ya’want of a set. Finally, we would be remiss if we failed to mention Destructo’s traditional sunrise sermon will be bringing in the good vibes as we all get ready to recharge our batteries for one last party.  



Sunday, the final give. If you have not taken a shower, or at least had a dip in the river, please do so for the benefit of your fellow ravers.Your tank may be low on fuel by now, but if there is one thing that keeps Shambhala moving on Sunday it’s bass. Lots and lots of bass. With Feed Me at the Pagoda, Camo and Krooked in the Village, and the Chord Marauders showcase in the grove, bassheads have their hands full when it comes to managing a night of bass music’s full spectrum of flavours.  Don’t leave Shambhala before heading right up to the subwoofers for a sonic experience only The Village can provide (don’t forget those earplugs).

Last but not least, end your festival with Shambhala legend Rich-E-Rich and dance until you can’t no more. Rich shuts the Fractal Forest down with old school jams and party favorites: you may leave his set exhausted, but it is the best way to build excitement for 2019!


Make sure to clean up after yourself and leave no trace, try to leave your campsite better than you found it. Don’t be in a rush to leave, make sure you’re well rested and sober before you drive and there will be roadblocks on the way home so make sure there are no suspicious smells in your car. Take breaks, eat food, check out the scenery and get home safe and sound so you can kick it with me during Rich-e-Rich’s 2019 (and beyond) closing set!  


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