OMG! OMG!! OMG!!!
I’m so freaking excited for Shambhala I can’t even stand it. This will be my third time to Shambs and it sits atop my list of favorite festivals (Co-favorite with Lightning In A Bottle). There are so many things that make this festival special that I’m going to let you figure them all out for yourself. The point of this post is to get you ready to for the festival and get all of us on the same page.
Here are the ten things you need to know before you go to Shambhala!
- tThe first thing you are going to want to know is that Shambhala takes place on a farm in middle-of-nowhere Canada. There is only one way in and out of the property, so the entry line always takes a long time. Combine this with the fact that alcohol is not allowed on the premises (which I wholeheartedly support) so the searching takes extra time and the entry line can last up to 24 hours. This is the festival tax that everyone has to pay to get to the bliss that is Shambhala. My advice is to enjoy it. You are going to get in. You are going to have some of the best days of your life. Take the time to meet the people next to you in line. This is the calm before the storm.
- Pack smart: You are going to have to carry everything to your camp site and back out again. Consider this when you pack and try and bring a cart to help with the move. Also, make sure to avoid bringing trash to the festival. Trash includes single-use water bottles, cardboard boxes that your tents or air mattresses come in, etc.
- Shambhala goes ALL NIGHT LONG. This can be both a blessing and a curse, as you need to sleep at some point but this can be difficult during the day if you are not prepared. So, BE PREPARED. Buy an emergency blanket to block the sun out of your tent, and bring a sleeping mask and earplugs so you can sleep any time you want.
- Shambhala is a super clean festival already, but it’s not perfect. Practice LeaveNoTrace+1 and let’s make it PERFECT. LeaveNoTrace+1 is like Leave No Trace, but you pick up after one person in addition to yourself. If half of us do it, the venue will be spotless for all of us.
- Two words: PK Sound. These speakers deliver the bone-crushing sound that we all love, but you are going to want to be prepared and ALWAYS have earplugs with you.
- I have some inside info that it’s going to be dusty this year. Be prepared and bring bandanas and dust masks. Goggles never hurt, while you’re at it.
- WARNING: SHAMELESS SELF PROMOTION:
The Shambhala lineup is STACKED. With over 220 different artists, it is hard to know who plays what. Download FestEvo (yes, this is my app, but it was created specifically to help you have a better festival) and click the Play button on the Shambhala page. This will activate the FestEvo player, which lets you listen to each artist and rank them on a scale of 1-5. Once you have ranked all of the artists you can print out your own schedule. Here is a link to mine if you don’t have time. Definitely print more than one as schedules always seem to disappear. (Side note: My tastes are mine. Yours are yours. There is no right or wrong.)
- Don’t miss the performance troupes! Lucent Dossier, Omnika, and Spiraylnn & Dislocate add epic variety to your festival.
9. Don’t pee in the forest. I’ve seen reports of a new shipment of port-a-potties making their way to the farm, so hopefully there will not be any lines. Guys make sure to use the trouphs that are located at the far ends because then it keeps the lines down for everyone. Either way, DO NOT PEE in the forest.
10. The One Mile Burger: Shambahala has my number one favorite festival food. They are called One Mile Burgers because the cattle were born, raised, butchered, and served on the very ranch you are dancing on. Respect the farm and the circle of life that takes place here. I promise you will not find a better burger anywhere you go.
That’s it. Follow these simple steps and you will be ready for the best weekend of your life. I honestly cannot wait to see you there.