Fresh off the back of their 22nd event, the folks behind Shambhala Music Festival in Salmo, B.C. — among the seven most ‘transformational festivals’ in the world according to Rolling Stone — are already gearing up for 2020. It is the longest-running electronic music festival in Canada, fiercely independent, and according to DJ Mag, the best that North America has to offer. 

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The small independent festival beat out corporate-sponsored industry titans Coachella and Bonarroo in the competition. The awards were voted on by the premiere music publication’s readers. 

This year was one for the books, but organizers say they’ve got a few surprises up their sleeves for 2020. 

“We were beyond amazed at what our team put together for 2019,” said Jimmy Bundschuh, who founded Shambhala Music Festival 22 years ago on his family farm using a grant from the government. “Next year is sure to be even better. We’re beyond excited to welcome you to the farm in July for the first time.” 

For 22 years Shambhala has pioneered an alternative to the status quo. 

They have challenged the traditional festival model and continue to thrive independently. They do not serve alcohol or accept any corporate sponsorship and have an industry-leading approach to harm reduction.

The festival owns the land on which they operate, meaning their stages are permanent structures that can be constantly improved upon. 

Some of those stages have become iconic, like the Village, operated by PK Sound, where some observers say West Coast Bass was born. 

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2019 highlights included Bonobo’s only Canadian stop on his world tour, a packed FKJ performance at the Grove, Troyboi tearing up the Amphitheatre, Zed’s Dead blowing the roof off the Pagoda, a Blacklizt set from Zhu, anonymous Deathpact’s first live performance, Excision’s return to the Village, and all-time sets from Rezz, Canadian indigenous icons A Tribe Called Red, 1000 Volts, (Jayceeoh and Redman’s collaborative project) DJ OG Kaskade, and first time appearances from Diplo and Mark Ronson, who performed at the Fractal Forest as Silk City. It was just their second festival performance ever. 

So if you’re into the grassroots, world-class production and artists, you won’t want to miss out on early-early-bird pricing for this legendary, world-class, independent music festival in the mountains. At 395$ CDN — it’s the steal of the summer. 

Early-Bird tickets are expected to sell out quickly. You can grab your tickets here.

Official 2019 After-movie!!

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The 23rd Shambhala Music Festival runs July 24 – 27 2020. 

Shambhala began in 1998 as a grassroots gathering of 500 people on founder Jimmy Bundschuh’s family farm in an evergreen forest beneath breathtaking mountains and has since grown primarily by word-of-mouth. Shambhala’s home has continued to evolve over the past two decades with a focus on infrastructure that ensures a healthy and sustainable environment.

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Billboard recently called it, ‘the northern stronghold of the West Coast transformational festival circuit.’ 

Rolling Stone has listed it among ‘the seven most transformational music festivals on earth’  

DJ Mag recently named it the ‘Best Music Festival in North America’

VICE has called it, ‘a leader in Canada’

CBC has called it, ‘an enduring piece of the live music scene in British Columbia’

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