Alright so here it is, round 3 of my beloved Shambhala, the festival that stole my heart, changed my life and continues to feel like home. I remember thinking after the first year “how can it get any better?” yet every year, as the universe would have it, it does. And this is just the nature of life. Change is the name of the game, and the festival evolves, the events of it evolve, and we evolve with it. Thank you to all my fellow Shambhalovelies, friends and fam for making this year explosively amazing.
This year I drove from Alberta instead of the coast of BC, so the drive was new to me, a lovely winding trail of excitement through southern BC to the dusty lineup trail and into the welcoming arms of the grassy parking lot. So much love. Sitting and dancing in that lineup is just the first amazing checkpoint in what is about to be a crazy ass bunch of days filled with the unimaginable, just how I like it. Unbenounced to us, one of our best homies had flown all the way from New Zealand to be at this world-rocking festival with us, talk about surprise. And this was just the beginning.
While camping in the field is fun and I for one love heat, camping in the ‘Fractal Forest’ little elf hideaway area this year was the best idea since pb and j. Perfect temperature in the day and just enough light, not the kind of scorching sun that busts you out of your tent early in the morning.
The opening act was Wakcutt and Deeps again this year, who just destroyed the Amphitheatre. Getting down and weird in the sand, feeling the bass again in your chest, that’s when it all starts to set in.
Between dips in the river, frolicking through crowds of happy people and who knows what in the city of Shambhala there were some of the best sets this year that just blew my mind. In addition to the usual stages, ‘The Grove’ was a new installment this year, with crystal clear sound that shone through in the music of some of my favorite artists like Phaeleh and Opiuo. The Grove was definitely a successful addition.
Going to Shambhala each year is like watching a movie multiple times, you continue to notice more and more details, uncover more new and beautiful experiences just waiting to happen and become more and more one with the place itself. As for favorite sets, Truth, Toltek, Phaeleh, Commodo and G Jones were top of my list.