Shambhala Music Festival is on a farm in British Columbia, and It’s one of the only festivals that keeps their stages up all year around while being a completely functional farm. This year I got the pleasure of interviewing some of my favorite artist such as Kyle Watson the famous house producer from South Africa. Kyle Watson just announced his 2018 USA tour, you can find the full list of his upcoming shows below. You can find interviews with BUKU, Craze, Four Color Zack, and Kyle Watson on Fresh Music Freaks YouTube.
I made it a point to spend a lot of time exploring the farm this year because I heard there was a lot of hidden gems at each stage. At the Pagoda I found a bunch of bridges with ponds underneath them and benches to sit on around some of them. There was a good amount of shade under some trees by the ponds as well at this stage. Most of the mainstream electronic music artist played here. It was also right next to all the food stands and had the best 7/11 slushy truck right out front. I can honestly say I sat on a bench at this stage every day and ate a panini while slurping a slushy.
The AMP doesn’t have any hidden gems because this stage is killer without anything extra. Fully equipped with PK sound this stage is amazing to say the least. I actually took a video of Barclay Crenshaw’s set and sent it to my mom in Alaska and told her I felt like my brain was shaking. You need to have high fidelity earplugs at this stage. Ear protection is very important at Shambhala.
I wish I could tell you all about the Fractal Forest but its trademarked (for good reason too), so you will just have to come to see it for yourself. 🙂
The living room is one of my favorite stages because of the hidden gems inside of it. There are lots of places to chill on nice living room furniture, which all are in shaded places so you can still enjoy the music when its 100+ degrees out like it was this year. Also, you can hear the music from the river. It was extremely hot this year so I spent most of my days in the river cooling off and shaking my booty to all the disco and techno played at the living room stage. As well as the main living room stage there is a side stage called the Rabbit Hole inside of a tree. The Rabbit Hole has a small stage and lots of day beds and couches to chill out on.
I have been to a lot of festivals in the last ten years and I can honestly say that Shambhala 2018 was the best festival I have ever had the pleasure to attend. All the vibes were right even though it was uncomfortably hot. I have never felt so much love from every single person at a festival, from security, staff, artist, and attendees everyone was so nice. I saw people get married that had met on the farm the year prior. I saw people get proposed to. Shambhalove is very much real and I felt it all around me for a week and I can’t wait to return next year.