Take a trip down memory lane at this year’s magical Shambhala music festival [Festival Recap]
Each year, thousands upon thousands of participants eagerly wait to head to “The Farm,” also known as Salmo River Ranch, in beautiful British Columbia. To participate Shambhala Music Festival 2022 in full swing, this has been a truly magical year as the music community has finally come together to create memories that will undeniably last a lifetime. An iconic festival that has been recognized around the world not only for the wide range of artists performing, but also for the life-changing experiences of the Shambhala Music Festival.
Positivity, acceptance and freedom. These three words immediately come to mind when we think of Shambhala Music Festival. Established in 1998 and become one of the most recognized electronic music festivals in North America and beyond, the highly anticipated festival has always been the highlight of the summer for many as attendees head to their second home. A jaw-dropping experience indeed from the start, the festival features six performance stages which are all individually curated known as The living room, AMP (AMPhitheatre), The fractal forest, The village, The groveand The Pagoda. A recent discovery this year was the music and DJ lineup at the Muscle Beach entry point, which was truly spectacular as attendees could enjoy the beautiful river while listening to their favorite beats. Upon entering the festival grounds and being greeted with joy by the wonderful festival staff, the festival radiates positivity and there really is no place like it to truly be yourself during the week. Allowing attendees to arrive at the campgrounds early, the Shambhala Music Festival is offering early entry starting Tuesday at 6:00 a.m. and it’s definitely a good idea if you’re looking to take in all that the festival has to offer. Officially taking place this year from July 22-25, the stellar lineup included world-class artists such as What’s up, grand theft, Chris Lake, Chris Lorenzo, Cordae, CloZee, DEATHPACT, Subtronics, SLANDER, Dr Fresch, Boogie T, The Librarian and even a surprise set from the king of dubstep known as Circumcision to officially welcome them to an absolutely epic new Village stage. With a lineup stacked indeed from early afternoon and past sunrise, Shambhala Music Festival 2022 was definitely one of the books, and be sure to experience more of the magic below.
An unforgettable journey of exploration deep into the forest of Salmo River Ranch, as soon as you enter the campgrounds you are immediately welcomed into a new family united by music and radiant positivity. When neighbors become some of your best friends, you can immediately tell the vibe is about to be one of a kind. As the festival offers attendees the opportunity to explore several workshops including dance classes, yoga sessions, body painting, etc., there are actually endless activities that attendees have the opportunity to take part in. . One of my favorite memories of Shambhala every year bathing in the beautiful river and cooling off from the sun as those majestic rhythms play in the background alongside all your “family” participants who vibrate all day. With a long list of experiences worth mentioning, Shambhala also has a wide range of local shops for clothing, handmade jewelry, official merchandise, and more. Not to mention the delicious food and drink one has to offer there, including their famous lemonade, burgers, pastas and more, which include beef and pork raised at the Salmo River Ranch, as well as fruits and vegetables of the highest quality which are also grown on site.
Going into the majestic scenes which all create an individually unique vibe and aura, some Friday highlights would definitely start from Nostalgia, Cloonee, Chris Lake and Chris Lorenzo all throw it non-stop on the Pagoda Stage for all the house music lovers out there. The Village scene was absolutely destructive as Excision unleashed a legendary surprise set along with top-notch artists such as Virtual Riot, Dion Timmer and more. The AMP also hosted out of the trees and the legend Apashe for a monumental ensemble indeed. To end on my absolute favorite stage known as The Fractal Forest, where photos would never do justice to the immersive live experience it has to offer, Joseph Martin closed the bumping scene until early Saturday morning. Saturday also brought a very stacked list of artists, including Truth and a wild extended set of slump and his friends in place of Mr. Carmack at the MPA, DJ Premierand DJ Jazzy Jeff returning to the classics of The Fractal Forest, Vinyl Richie in the living room, Justin Martin and Felix Cartal at La Pagode and a super wave of drum and bass madness at the Village from Phibes, Delta Heavy, downlink and more. Sunday being the icing on the already impressive cake, some highlights included Cordae at The Grove, Corrupt (UK), and a special House Call Records Fam Jam at the Fractal Forest, DEATHPACT at the Pagoda, and SLANDER at the Village.
With a very special performance at The AMP from the one and only Which is not the case. The vibes were truly flawless from start to finish. A fully engaged crowd indeed as the legend took the stage beginning at 1:00 a.m. What So Not blessed his fan base with classics and hidden gems set to drop soon on his highly anticipated album “Anomaly.” While these audio and visual elements completely immersed the crowd in a complete experience alongside What So Not’s ever-evolving sound design, the PK sound couldn’t have sounded better during this monumental set. The crowd was energized, engaged and ready to dance to the sonic soundscapes and captivating melodies flushed out by this talented performer. A set that many couldn’t miss at this year’s festival, What So Not absolutely killed his performance in the best possible way and allowed the music to speak for itself. To stay sane until What So Not’s album release, be sure to add their latest single “As One” to your summer playlist.
Easily a highlight of this year and past Shambhala music festivals, Grand theft went on to create an eclectic set for the masses that ranges from trap, house, bass and more to get you rockin’ on the dance floor no matter what time of day. Devoting his time to providing a unique experience for Shambhala participants who join him at the Pagoda, Grandtheft shares:
“Coming back to play here at Shambhala is the best because I often say it’s my favorite festival. It’s just a unique vibe and people are here for the vibe and here for the music more than most festivals. , it’s an independent festival and a lot of festivals these days are corporate and owned by the same people and companies. This one has a unique vibe because it’s independent. I love coming to play here. I’ve been coming here for ten years now and it’s my fourth time playing and it’s exciting also with the pandemic there’s been a big gap, and being able to come back here I think that’s exciting for me and all the DJs who play. It’s definitely special this year.
A stellar set indeed to initiate the groove with house signatures to The Pagoda and not to mention a legendary return to trap history as it rinsed off all those hard-hitting classics to put those bandanas into action, Grandtheft did. not disappointed. Dropping more than one can handle, the legend shifted the levels of the distorted sound and fast-paced momentum perfectly to sound all the alarms in the Energy Department. With a set at 2:30, the energy couldn’t be contained and you could tell this genre-defying artist really put all his energy into delivering one of the best sets of the weekend.
“My favorite part of Shambhala, from a DJ standpoint, I’m doing an entirely different set for Shambhala. I’m still working on it as we speak. I’m doing a lot of editing just for this set and my latest in 2019 felt special and full of music that I never used to play. I feel like we can go a little further, and people are here to experience it in a way different here.
Experiencing a high-energy, immersive set for the books, Grandtheft is only heating up this year as it exclusively shares:
“I’m still out there playing and stuff. I’ve been in the studio like crazy and worked on a lot of stuff. Release some new Grandtheft music! I just released an album in November on Fools Gold. It’s more rap and R&B. I’m super proud of this album. Not all DJ bangers, but some kind of shock music in the car. Working on lots of new Grandtheft music and a secret side project. A ton of records for it and a fire was released on August 19th with more details to come.
With an unparalleled atmosphere and aura, the festival speaks for itself and it’s certainly not just about the music. It has so much more to offer. As the Shambhala Music Festival is already gearing up for its 2023 edition, official dates and ticket sales information can be found here. Caring for their “family” of participants comes naturally to Shambhala staff and let us tell you, the experience is unlike any other. Stay tuned for more festival announcements and be sure to grab your tickets early once released.
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Featured photo credits: Pulse Photography