Small, yet perfectly formed, Shambala has blended music, art, creativity and participation into perfect, bite size chunks of brilliance for well over a decade. Set across four days on the August Bank Holiday weekend (August 25-28) on a beautiful country estate in the heart of the English countryside, the variety and quality of entertainment on offer is staggering for a festival of its size. With over 200 diverse musical acts across 12 live stages, world-class cabaret, stand-up comedy, inspirational talks and debates, jaw dropping circus and acrobatics, interactive theatre and nationally acclaimed poetry all housed in beautifully crafted venues.
The complete line up is still to be announced, but some of the world-class acts in this year’s programme include Lamb, playing tracks from their new album “5”; Jamaican roots reggae legend Johnny Clarke; the infectious party spirit of the Bollywood Brass Band; the relentless energy of Shambala favourites The Correspondents and Junglist legends Congo natty featuring Tenor Fly. On a more tranquil note, over Shambala’s acoustic venue (housed in the biggest yurt in Europe), welcome innovative singer-songwriter Nick Harper alongside a stripped down set from Bristol's Beth Rowley. Then there’s American troubadour Willy Mason, German gypsy masters the 17 Hippies and so much more.
Shambala always offers so much more than just a line-up of fantastic musicians. Wandering around the site you’ll stumble across late night secret hideaways curated by acclaimed arts collectives from all over the UK including The Recursive Function Immersive Dome (RFID) with their unique 360 degree visuals and the sumptuously decadent, 1930’s inspired Lost Picture Cinema featuring live film scores and classic celluloid. Learn the art of rebellion, resistance and explore positive futures in the Rebel Soul tent; expect the unexpected in the Wilderness Woodlands, home to surreal art installations, beautiful soundscapes, live theatre and huge scale AV installations through the night, and watch out for the gorillas in the mist! And if all that wasn’t enough, don’t miss the legendary grand finale with the infamous Pirate Technics: large-scale fire shows, performance and fireworks set against a stunning backdrop of tree-lined lakes.
With over 200 workshops and activities there’s no excuse not to get involved. The legendary Shambala Fancy Dress Carnival Procession is second to none; each year the participant’s costumes are taken to new levels. This year’s theme is “Around the World in 80 Ways”, so get those thinking caps on and join in. Test your handicap on the giant sized Crazy Golf Tournaments, your table tennis skills with the annual Kings of Ping Championship or, if you think you have you got what it takes, enter The S-Factor Talent Contest.
If all that excitement seems too much to take in you’ll also find healers waiting to massage and pamper fun-fatigued limbs, lounge around in hot tubs sipping cocktails or swim in the lake amongst giant lotus flowers. Over 50 local ales, the best ciders and beers and sumptuous cocktails will be available at the six themed bars and you’ll have chance to sample the wares of some of the best food providers on the festival circuit.
Shambala has long been known as being one of the most family friendly events but with its own wild side. This year Shambala has a dedicated quiet family camping area, a toddlers tent, baby bathing, one of the biggest kids areas known to the festival world and bedtime stories with cocoa in the family yurt. All this and the event is 99% powered by wind, sun and waste vegetable oil, an ethos which led to Shambala being judged the Greenest Outdoor Event by Industry Green and A Greener Festival.
Make sure you get your ticket before they’re all gone! Early bird tickets are already sold out.
There is a chance to win a family ticket to the festival by answering the following question: What is the name of the talent show organised by the Social Club at this year's Shambala? Answers by July 16 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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