Shambhala Music Festival’s Hidden Gems

Deep in the British Columbia wilderness lies Shambhala Music Festival, one of the world’s premier bass-centric music festivals. Spurred from a truly grassroots effort, Shambhala was first put on in 1998 by the Bundschuh family as music and art showcase. News of the festival quickly spread by word of mouth, and by 2010 Shambhala had nearly 10,000 attendees embracing the “Shambhalove.” Still held on the same private, family-owned ranch each August, the festival continues to attract visitors from all around the globe.

Last summer, I had the privilege of attending my first Shambhala (or Shambs, as the veterans call it), and my life has been forever changed because of it. In my very humble opinion, Shambhala is easily one of the most magical places in the world. Nestled in the strikingly beautiful Kootenay Mountains, each of the six themed stages are tucked away beneath the trees, surrounded by beautiful lights and art installations. The atmosphere of Shambhala is something of a dream.

fractal forest

credit: leah Gair Photography

As the festival has grown and evolved over the last 16 years, so has the lineup. Having dropped just over a month ago, electronic music fans have gone crazy over how good this year’s lineup is. Boasting headlining acts such as Moby, Bassnectar, Beats Antique and Excision (to name just a few), people get lost in these big names and overlook many of the equally amazing lesser-known acts. Because of this, I have taken it upon myself to help familiarize some of you with some of the classic Shambhala favorites, as well as some new additions that you may have never heard of.

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Here are a few of my current favorite artists performing this year, all of whom are at the tip top of my must-see list:

Organic Mechanic

Stylust Beats

El Papachango

A Tribe Called Red

Stickybuds

Check out the Shambhala Music Festival website HERE to see the full 2014 lineup!

shambhala music festival lineup 2014

Maddy Bahner

Maddy Bahner

Maddy is currently a senior at the University of Washington studying Public Health. When she's not studying or sleeping you can find her twerking or hula hooping at the nearest music festival.
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